Moments of perfection are hard to find. Perhaps the closest the affordable housing industry comes to them is when a development is completed and residents move into their homes.
Here we have 36 developments, each a victory, each recently celebrating or soon to celebrate their completion. They show the diversity of affordable housing being built for families, seniors, people who used to be homeless, and those with special needs.
Selected from 118 entries from across the country, they are finalists in Affordable Housing Finance’s 15th annual Readers’ Choice Awards, recognizing the best developments from 2018 and 2019. They were chosen based on innovation, impact, and creative problem-solving.
You can read about the finalists below. AHF magazine and newsletter subscribers can then vote for the winners in 10 categories plus an overall winner. Voting takes place from July 1 to Aug. 2 and is restricted to subscribers as of June 30. Cast your votes here.
The winners will be honored at AHF Live: The 2019 Affordable Housing Developers Summit, Nov. 18–20, in Chicago.
Commonwealth Development Corp. combined the adaptive reuse of a historic trade school along with new construction to create 72 affordable homes for families in Muncie, Ind.
Paradise Creek Apartments accomplishes two goals: It provides needed affordable housing for families and uplifts an entire neighborhood in National City, Calif.
One of the worst apartment complexes in Orlando, Fla., has been replaced by a new 200-unit mixed-income community that will be the cornerstone in the redevelopment of the city’s West Lakes community.
Located on a formerly city-owned beachfront property, this 101-unit, mixed-income development brings sustainable and resilient housing to the Rockaway Peninsula in Queens, N.Y.
Edwina Benner Plaza in Sunnyvale, Calif., is not only meeting the critical need for workforce housing in the Silicon Valley, but also reducing its carbon footprint as an all-electric building.
The first multifamily development in Ohio to be built to Passive House Institute US standards, Fairwood Commons provides 54 units of affordable housing for seniors 55 and older in Columbus.
Once home to the Rochambeau Worsted Wool manufacturing facility and the Imperial Knife Co., this vacant historic mill in the Olneyville neighborhood of Providence, R.I., has been transformed into 60 units of mixed-income housing.
The historic rehabilitation of 15 dilapidated and vacant structures is breathing new life into the East End neighborhood of Newburgh, N.Y., as well as providing 45 units of mixed-income housing.
Two nonprofits committed to social justice have combined their skill sets to preserve a historic building and create inclusive housing for the most vulnerable in a rapidly changing area of downtown Boston.
The heart of the Lower East Side of Manhattan is being transformed by the development of the Essex Crossing master plan, which includes the 26-story Essex, featuring 195 units of housing, entertainment, shopping, and dining.
Independence Apartments and Library is bringing renewal to Chicago’s Irving Park neighborhood, with the development of 44 units of affordable housing for seniors and a much-needed full-service library.
Bowery Residents’ Committee has utilized a new financing model to develop The Apartments at Landing Road, 135 units of permanent housing, and Reaching New Heights Residence, a 200-bed employment shelter for homeless single men, under one roof in the Bronx, N.Y.
The Fort Chaplin Park Apartments was at risk of being sold and losing its affordability when residents teamed with veteran developers to preserve the 549-unit development.
Mt. Baker Housing has transformed a 1950s-era garden-style apartment complex into a modern, transit-oriented development, increasing the number of units and ensuring the complex remains affordable for decades to come.
Community HousingWorks has made sure that Sun Ridge Apartments will remain a significant source of affordable housing for the long term in the San Francisco Bay Area.
A former “super block” of aging public housing has been replaced with 104 new townhouse-style buildings in a walkable neighborhood in Asbury Park, N.J.
Hikari, the first multifamily development built using modular construction in Monterey County, Calif., is home to 50 farmworker households and other working families.
The opening of Village at Westerly Creek 3 marks the completion of an ambitious 15-year initiative to redevelop 130 units of physically and functionally obsolete public housing into a modern campus with 194 affordable homes and recreational space for families and seniors in Aurora, Colo.
A blighted market-rate housing development with over half of the units uninhabitable has been turned around to provide much-needed affordable housing for residents in Belle Glade, Fla.
Two historic and vacant school buildings have been transformed into 33 units of affordable housing in Nelsonville, Ohio, an Appalachian community in southeastern Ohio with about 5,300 residents.
Dominium has redeveloped 76 units of needed housing in the rural Gulf Coast community of Rockport, Texas, which was devastated when Hurricane Harvey made landfall as a category 4 storm in August 2017.
One of Hollidaysburg, Pa.’s most prominent buildings was falling into disrepair before S&A Homes stepped in to adapt the property into 53 affordable apartments.
The Foundation for Senior Living combined the rehabilitation of a historic building with the construction of a new seven-story building to bring 83 affordable apartment homes to seniors in Tucson, Ariz.
Silver Birch of Kokomo is among the first developments in Indiana to combine low-income housing tax credits with assisted-living services funded by a federal Medicaid waiver.
Veterans have a found a place of their own at HELP Perry Point Veterans Village, a 75-unit development built on the campus of the Perry Point VA Medical Center in Maryland.
The 24-unit Recovery Point of Charleston provides women with safe, stable, affordable housing as they recover from opioid and other drug addictions.
Renaissance Downtown Lofts provides residents who had been homeless for an average of eight years with permanent supportive housing and access to an Assertive Community Treatment team that provides case management, counseling, health care, and other services.
Sulzbacher Village brings together 124 housing units, including permanent affordable homes, emergency housing, and respite units for women leaving a hospital, and a 7,000-square-foot Federally Qualified Health Center.
Two Chicago nonprofits have teamed to bring integrated housing for low-income and formerly homeless families and a wealth of services to Chicago’s Brainerd Park neighborhood.
With young adult homelessness on the rise across the nation, nonprofit Project HOME is working to serve the needs of this population through a new permanent supportive housing development that is LGBTQ friendly in Philadelphia.
This new Seattle mixed-use development has risen on the site of the first African-American-owned bank in the Pacific Northwest, paying tribute and providing opportunity for the community.
Gorman & Co. has built 40 two- and three-bedroom townhomes for low-income families on the site of the former paint manufacturer T.C. Esser Co., an environmentally blighted parcel that required extensive remediation.