An innovative development in Denver that includes a homeless shelter, permanent supportive housing (PSH) and affordable housing was selected as one of six winning projects in the Urban Land Institute’s 2020 Jack Kemp Excellence in Affordable and Workforce Housing Award.
Arroyo Village was developed by the nonprofits Rocky Mountain Communities and The Delores Project and opened in July 2019. It is the first of its kind in Colorado and features a 60-bed animal shelter, 35 PSH apartments and 95 affordable apartments under one roof.
For the PSH homes, the development involves the use of trauma-informed design that focuses on the belief that spaces should be designed for healing, particularly with regard to mental health. The community was designed by Shopworks Architecture.
The other winners in the large development group (100 units or more) are:
- Montgomery Mill in Windsor Locks, Connecticut: A historic, long-vacant mill building has been converted into 160 mixed-income residential units and is a catalyst for wider revitalization efforts in downtown Windsor Locks. Developed by Beacon Communities, the project required both gritty and complex funding to refurbish and restore the rundown building, as it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and also to withstand flooding because it is in a floodplain .
- Red Cedar Apartments in Seattle: The Seattle Housing Authority development adds 119 affordable apartment buildings to the redeveloped Yesler Terrace site. The building was designed for large families with three or four bedroom apartments. To strengthen Red Cedar as a center for neighborly connections and activities, the building includes a community engagement hub, large meeting rooms and rooms for service providers close to tram and bus routes as well as the regional light rail. and
- The Lofts at Arthington in Chicago: The development includes the historic preservation and adaptive reuse of one of the original Sears, Roebuck & Co. buildings in the North Lawndale neighborhood of Chicago. Mercy Housing Lakefront transformed the demolished structure into 181 affordable homes for over 400 residents, half of whom are children.
The winner in the small group (less than 100 units) is:
- Beach Plum Village in Nantucket, Massachusetts: The development is a new residential community of 40 single-family homes with affordable homes that are permanently limited at moderate prices and fully integrated with high-end homes available on the market. Affordable housing is a challenge for year-round residents and workers who are vital to Nantucket’s economy. Beach Plum Village was developed by Rising Tide Development and not only provides much-needed affordable housing, but has also made a significant contribution to reducing the community’s resistance to affordable housing.
The jury also recognized Nesika Illahee in Portland, Oregon, with a Chairman’s Award, an award for a particularly creative project to tackle a unique challenge for affordable housing. Community Development Partners and Native American Youth and Family Services combined Indian Housing Block Grant funds and low-income housing tax credits that allow the project to focus on the acute needs of the Native Community, an unrecognized, underserved and under-represented population.
Applications for the 2021 Awards will be accepted until April 2, 2021.