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Recognizing Creativity in Affordable Housing Development

Two awards bestowed annually by the ULI Terwilliger Center for Housing—the Jack Kemp Excellence in Affordable and Workforce Housing Award and Robert C. Larson Housing Policy Leadership Award—recognize efforts by ULI members and public policymakers to increase the supply of affordable housing in communities across the United States.

In FY 2018, the Hahne & Co. Building in Newark, New Jersey; Mosaic on the Riverway in Boston, Massachusetts; and Wildflower Terrace in Austin, Texas, were selected as winners of the Kemp Award, which honors developments that ensure housing affordability for people in a broad range of incomes, including those earning no more than 120 percent of the area median income. Washington, D.C.’s Department of Housing and Community Development was the recipient of the Larson Award, which recognizes innovative public-sector solutions to the affordable housing challenge.  

Wildflower Terrace in Austin, Texas, one of three winners of the 2017 Jack Kemp Excellence in Affordable and Workforce Housing Award.

Nearly 1,000 affordable housing units were produced by the finalists and winners of the Kemp award, and thousands of additional affordable units were preserved through the policies of the Larson award winner and finalists. 

A key goal of the Kemp and Larson awards is to highlight the critical role that housing plays in achieving economic prosperity and a high quality of life, both for individuals and communities. “If a family is constantly worried about housing, then being healthy, getting educated, and staying employed is never much of an option,” said Terwilliger Center Founder and Chairman and former ULI Chairman J. Ronald Terwilliger, who served as jury chairman for the Kemp and Larson awards. “A family with a stable housing situation is a family with a chance. Housing is the foundation from which everything else takes root.” 

In addition to Terwilliger, the jury members for the Kemp and Larson awards were Victoria Davis, president, Urban Atlantic; Hal Ferris, principal, Spectrum Development; Gadi Kaufmann, managing director and chief executive officer, RCLCO; Alazne Solis, president and chief executive officer, Make Room USA; and Margaret Wylde, chief executive officer, Pro Matura Group. 

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  • “A family with a stable housing situation is a family with a chance. Housing is the foundation from which everything else takes root.”

    – ULI Terwilliger Center Founder and Chairman J. Ronald Terwilliger

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