A community for formerly homeless veterans in Syracuse, N.Y., an old Pillsbury flour mill reimagined as affordable apartments for artists in Minneapolis, and a development focused on school district employees in Los Angeles are among the 34 outstanding developments selected as finalists in Affordable Housing Finance’s 11th annual Readers’ Choice Awards competition.

This year’s finalists were selected from 112 nominations from across the country and were chosen for their impact, creative problem solving, and innovativeness. To qualify, projects were completed in 2014 or will be completed this year.

Located in 16 states and Washington, D.C., the developments are home to working families, seniors, the disabled, and formerly homeless individuals.

Read about each of the finalists on the following pages, and then vote to select the most deserving project in nine categories, as well as one overall winner. This year, AHF recognizes four projects in a new category, Public Housing Redevelopment.

To vote, go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5DLN9GK. Profiles and slide shows of the projects will also appear online. Voting takes place between July 13 and Aug. 14 and is restricted to AHF magazine and newsletter subscribers as of July 1.

2015 Readers' Choice Finalists

(Mouse over each category to view the finalists. Click on a finalist project to see more details and photos.)


Cathedral Gardens
From Church Property to Affordable Housing

Northside Housing Initiative
Widespread Effort Uplifts Milwaukee Neighborhoods

Sage Park
Sage Park Helps Meet the Housing Needs of L.A. School Employees

Woodrow Wilson Commons
Mixed-Income Development Rises on Public Housing Site


A-Mill Artist Lofts
Minneapolis Flour Factory Turned into Artist Lofts

DePaul Carriage Factory
Rochester Manufacturing Factory Becomes Affordable Apartments

Lloyd House
Historic Department Store Updated for Housing and Services

Parkview Place
Indiana Renovation Combines Community, Seniors, Health

Tabor Grand Hotel Apartments
Hotel Rehab Shines Through Winter Weather


Families, Seniors Come Together at San Diego Community

Shops and Lofts at 47
Mixed-Use, Mixed-Income Project Catalytic for Chicago Neighborhood

MetroTowns at Parkside
MetroTowns Brings Together Public Housing, Homeownership


Azusa Apartments
Developer Answers Call to Preserve California Project

The Lakewoods Apartments
Innovative Financing Helps Preserve Ohio Development

Renaissance Gateway Apartments
Struggling Louisiana Property Gets a Fresh Start


Bristol Commons / Lenox Green
Taunton Public Housing Transformed Into Bright Community

Dorchester Art+Housing Collaborative
Art, Housing Merge in Chicago

Landings at Cross Bayou
RAD Saves the Day for St. Petersburg Public Housing Complex

Rush Crossing
Trenton's Rush Crossing Replaces Vacant, Crime-Ridden Public Housing


Downtown Terrace
Needed Seniors Housing, Clinic Built in Rural Indiana Community

Meadow Park Apartments
Affordable Housing Replaces Eyesores in Clinton, Ind.

Seton Village
Seton Village a Win-Win for Seniors, Daughters of Charity


Berrellesa Palms
Frail Seniors Find a Home at Berrellesa Palms

Chimes Terrace
Chimes Terrace Combines Assisted-Living and Affordable Units

Town Hall Apartments
Chicago Project Delivers Housing and Services to LGBT Seniors

Vera Haile Senior Community
San Francisco Development Melds Housing and Meals


The Courtyard
Indiana Project Fills the Void After Foster Care

Metro East 99th Street
N.Y. Housing Development Seeks to Reduce Medicaid Costs

Uptown Lofts on Fifth
Pittsburgh Project Built Using Passive House Design

VanKeuren Square
Syracuse Development Delivers Housing and Services to Veterans


12th Avenue Arts
Capitol Hill Housing Creates Standout Ensemble

Celadon at 9th & Broadway
San Diego High-Rise Utilizes Both 9% and 4% LIHTCs

Hope Manor II
Development Provides Hope for Veterans and Their Families

Monsenor Romero Apartments
Monsenor Romero Apartments Replaces Building Destroyed by Fire

The winning developments will be announced in September and honored at AHF Live: The 2015 Affordable Housing Developers Summit, Nov. 18-20, at the Fairmont Millennium Park in Chicago.