The Robert C. Larson Workforce Housing Public Policy Awards recognize exemplary state and local programs, policies, and practices that support the production, rehabilitation or preservation of workforce housing. This awards program complements the highly successful ULI Jack Kemp Workforce Housing Models of Excellence Awards program that recognizes excellence in the actual development of workforce housing projects. Building or preserving workforce housing, especially in high cost areas, requires the active cooperation and participation of state and local government.
States and localities can undertake a broad range of policy and administrative initiatives to support workforce housing. This can take the form of regulatory or administrative changes such as higher densities and waivers of fees, or programs that provide grants or financing assistance.
Applicants are judged on a number of factors, including:
- Impact on the supply of workforce housing
- Comprehensiveness of the tools and programs employed by the state and/or locality
- Use of innovative strategies and tools by the state or locality
- Involvement of public/private partnerships
- Ability to leverage private and nonprofit funds
- Quality of the housing resulting from these efforts
- Extent to which the workforce is located near major centers of employment and/or transportation hubs
- Extent to which the efforts of the jurisdiction are worthy of replication
Past Award Winners