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WASHINGTON (April 13, 2011) – The Urban Land Institute (ULI) Terwilliger Center for Workforce Housing is collecting entries for a competition to recognize leadership and creativity in the provision of housing for America’s working families.
The Jack Kemp Workforce Housing Models of Excellence Awards recognizes developers demonstrating leadership and creativity in providing expanded housing opportunities for America’s working families. “This award program highlights the growing need for housing that is affordable to people who are essential to the economic vitality, strength, and well-being of our communities,” said J. Ronald Terwilliger, chairman and founder of the Washington-based ULI Terwilliger Center for Workforce Housing.
The awards program honors the legacy of former U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Jack Kemp for his tireless efforts to improve affordable housing opportunities for America’s working families. Secretary Kemp authored the federal Enterprise Zones legislation, which encouraged entrepreneurship and job creation in urban America, and he was a strong proponent of expanding home ownership among moderate-income families through resident management and ownership of public and subsidized housing.
The Jack Kemp Workforce Housing Models of Excellence Awards competition is open to all developers in the United States. The entry deadline is May 15, 2011. Winners will be honored during a ceremony in Washington, D.C. on September 21, 2011. Winning entries will be showcased in Urban Land magazine. The ULI Terwilliger Center’s National Advisory Board will serve as the jury for the Awards.
A new category to recognize exemplary workforce housing developments in resort communities has been added to the 2011 competition.
Developments will be selected based on the following criteria:
- Proximity to centers of employment and transportation hubs
- Quality of the design and site planning
- Involvement of public and private partnerships
- Use of regulatory reform to reduce costs
- Energy efficiency
- Sustainable green construction and land development
- Innovative building technologies and systems
- Replicability of the development
On-line entry forms and complete information on eligibility and requirements are available at www.uli.org/terwilligeraward
About the ULI Terwilliger Center for Workforce Housing
The ULI Terwilliger Center for Workforce Housing (www.uli.org/terwilligercenter) was established in 2007 with a $5 million endowment to ULI from former ULI Chairman J. Ronald Terwilliger, chairman of Trammell Crow Residential and chairman of the ULI Terwillliger Center. The mission of the Center is to act as a catalyst in increasing the availability of workforce housing by harnessing the power of the private sector.
About the Urban Land Institute
The Urban Land Institute (www.uli.org) is a global nonprofit education and research institute supported by its members. Its mission is to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in sustaining and creating thriving communities worldwide. Established in 1936, the Institute has nearly 30,000 members representing all aspects of land use and development disciplines.