The Affordable Housing Innovative Program of the Year Award honors an outstanding and innovative program at an affordable elderly, family and/or disabled housing community that:
- Can be similarly replicated by other affordable housing communities
- Demonstrates extraordinary initiative and commitment in working to improve the lives of the residents at the affordable housing community
- Is innovative in the traditional and/or non-traditional partnerships created with entities in the larger community to develop and implement the program
- Addresses a property-wide or community-wide need
- Serves to maintain independence, eliminate barriers, improve skills and assets, engages the residents with the larger community or improves the quality of life for the residents
- Creates new opportunities for residents
- Achieves significant or unique measurable outcomes as a result of the program
The 2019 Affordable Housing Innovative Program of the Year was Homes for America’s 21st Century Learning Center LINK Club. Brent Place Apartments, an affordable housing community in Alexandria, Virginia, is home to 207 very low income and immigrant households. The community is largely underserved, and the youth of Brent Place are performing well below their academic grade level. Recognizing the need for quality afterschool enrichment opportunities, Homes for America sought creative ways to serve the disadvantaged students and families by partnering with the Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) to bring certified teachers to Brent Place. Now in its second year, ACPS teachers continue to serve 65 students five days a week and during the summer onsite. The program has been recognized by the Virginia Department of Education as an exemplary program and ACPS is looking to duplicate this program within other high-need communities.
Each nomination must include a letter of recommendation from each of the following:
- Two residents affected by or who participated in the program
- One community provider or partner that participated in or helped develop and/or launch the program
- One person of the nominator’s choice (another community partner, elected official, community leader, housing organization executive, etc.)
To be eligible for Affordable Housing Innovative Program of the Year Award, the service coordinator at the property must be a current AASC member and in their current position for at least one year prior to the National Service Coordinator Conference. Also, the nominated Program must not be from a property or other affordable housing community that has been an Innovative Program winner within the past five (5) years.
The property service coordinator for the winner of the Affordable Housing Innovative Program of the Year Award will receive:
- Sunday-Wednesday conference registration
- CEU certificate
- three (3) nights lodging at the Gaylord National (room and tax only)
The deadline for nominations is April 2, 2020.
For further information, contact Therese Foust at (614) 848-5958 ext. 103, or email@example.com.