Here they are—the finalists for AFFORDABLE HOUSING FINANCE's sixth annual Readers' Choice Awards.

AFFORDABLE HOUSING FINANCE received more than 140 nominations this year, and with the help of the magazine's editors, we carefully selected 33 finalists in nine categories.

This year's diverse group of finalists, representing 17 states plus the District of Columbia, really shine and stand out as models for other developers across the nation. Most of the finalists had to be creative, overcoming obstacles related to the nation's economic crisis and the low-income housing tax credit market upheaval.

Three developments are part of the rebuilding efforts in the Gulf Coast after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina— Emerald Pines in Gulfport, Miss.; The Terraces on Tulane in New Orleans; and the Crescent Club in New Orleans. Tomaganuk in Hooper Bay, Alaska, has created muchneeded affordable housing for this small rural village after a fire destroyed more than 30 structures in 2006. And Sandywoods Farm in Tiverton, R.I., combines affordable and market-rate housing with a working farm and artists' space.

The developments were chosen on our assessment of several key characteristics, including:

  • Impact on the community by adding substantially to the affordable housing stock or improving the immediate social or economic fabric; and
  • Employs cost-effective or innovative design and/or construction, including energy efficiency and sustainable development.

Developments had to be completed in 2009 or scheduled for completion in 2010.

Now, it's up to you to choose the most deserving in each category and which development should be the overall winner. You must be an AHF subscriber to vote.

The winners will be highlighted in the November/December issue and will be honored at a luncheon at the conclusion of AHF Live: The 2010 Affordable Housing Developers' Summit on Nov. 5 at the Fairmont Millennium Park in Chicago.

Check out the Finalists:

FAMILY FINALISTS

EMERALD PINES

PETALUMA AVENUE HOMES

RESIDENCES AT EASTLAND

THE ST. AIDAN

GREEN FINALISTS

CASA FELIZ STUDIOS

IRIS GLEN TOWNHOMES

RANCHO LINDO

HISTORIC REHAB FINALISTS

BRITTON BUDD APARTMENTS

COGSWELL HALL REDEVELOPMENT AND EXPANSION

HOTEL NORTH BEND

MASTER-PLANNED/MIXED-USE FINALISTS

THE CRESCENT CLUB

MOSAICA

SANDYWOODS FARM

PRESERVATION FINALISTS

ASHLAND VILLAGE

CHANCELLOR MANOR

MALDEN ARMS APARTMENTS

MONTEVERDE APARTMENTS

RURAL FINALISTS

I-SAH'-DIN'-DII

TOWNHOMES AT TOMAGANUK, HOOPER BAY

VILLA SAN JUAN BAUTISTA

SENIORS FINALISTS

ALTA TORRE

THE BIRCHES AT ESOPUS

SENIOR CITY APARTMENTS

THE TERRACES ON TULANE

SPECIAL-NEEDS FINALISTS

FLORENCE HOUSE

MADRONA STUDIOS

NELSON HOPKINS APARTMENTS

NEW CARVER APARTMENTS

SILVER STAR APARTMENTS

URBAN FINALISTS

10TH AND MISSION FAMILY HOUSING

ATLANTIC AVENUE RESIDENCES

FOX COURTS

ST. MARTIN'S APARTMENTS