The Robert C. Larson Housing Policy Leadership Awards recognize exemplary state and local programs, policies, and practices that support the production, rehabilitation, or preservation of affordable and workforce housing. States and localities can undertake a broad range of policy and administrative initiatives to support housing affordability. 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.
New this year, the 2014 Robert C. Larson Awards will recognize innovative state and local policy initiatives that provide ongoing and sustainable support for affordable and workforce housing. Specifically, these policies should support the creation and preservation of housing affordable to households earning below 120 percent of area median income (AMI). Previously, only policy initiatives serving those earning 60-120 percent AMI were eligible.
Applicants are judged on on a number of criteria, including:
- Impact on the supply of affordable or workforce housing;
- Comprehensiveness of the tools and programs employed by the state and/or locality;
- Use of innovative strategies and tools by the state and/or locality;
- Involvement of public/private partnerships;
- Ability to leverage private and nonprofit funds;
- Quality of the housing resulting from these efforts;
- Incorporation of sustainable green construction and land development, as well as the demonstrated cost effectiveness of these efforts;
- Extent to which the housing resulting from these efforts is located near major employment centers and/or transportation hubs; and
- Extent to which the efforts of the jurisdiction are worthy of replication.
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