COSCDA James Reeves Member Contribution Award
Named in honor of long time COSCDA member, James Reeves, this award recognizes an individual COSCDA member who has made the most significant and sustained contribution to the work and mission of COSCDA during the last five years.
James E. Reeves Member Contribution Award is being awarded by the Members of COSCDA to F. Edward Geiger, III recognition of his dedicated service and outstanding contribution to the mission and vision of the organization.
COSCDA President's Award for Innovations
This award is selected by COSCDA's President and recognizes innovative activities, policies or programs that have been implemented at the state level. The project exhibit 4 keys to demonstrated success in solving community needs through innovation, demonstrated results, transferability and state leadership.
2012 COSCDA Presidential Award for Innovation is awarded to State of Indiana - Stellar Communities.
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COSCDA Sterling Achievement Award in Housing
Housing State of Maryland
Housing Affordability Program (MEEHA): Seeking to increase the supply of affordable energy efficiency housing in Maryland, the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) began thinking and seeking new partners. In September 2009, DHCD and the State's energy office, the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to partner in providing energy assessments and energy efficiency improvements for affordable multifamily rental housing. The goal of the program was to greatly increase energy efficiency in rental apartments that are affordable to Maryland residents. This innovative partnership led to the creation of the Multifamily Energy Efficiency and Housing Affordability (MEEHA) program. By creating the MEEHA program, the State was working to achieve multiple objectives while leveraging limited resources. MEEHA results to date include of demand for energy efficiency in future affordable housing projects.
In addition, MEEHA also: Helps achieve the Governor's EmPOWER Maryland goal to reduce energy consumption in the State by 15 percent by 2015, helps the State achieve goals set forth in the Maryland Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act of 2009, which requires the State to reduce emissions 25 percent from 2006 levels by 2020 and establishes new and better working relationships among developers, builders, construction firms, multifamily property owners and energy efficiency stakeholders so that energy efficiency has not a separate concept or action, but rather a part of the day-to-day practice of the building industry.
COSCDA Sterling Achievement Award in Homeless|
State of Alaska Tenant Based Rental Assistance for Former Prisoners
Alaska Housing Finance Corporation (AHFC)'s HOME Tenant-Based Rental Assistance (TBRA) Program for Former Prisoners is an ongoing collaboration and partnership amongst the State of Alaska Department of Corrections (DOC), the AHFC Public Housing Division, and the AHFC Planning Department. To participate in the program, former prisoners must initiate an application with their probation/parole officer. DOC screens, selects and refers applicants to AHFC. The AHFC Public Housing Field Offices complete the applicant eligibility, conduct a briefing class appointment and issue a TBRA coupon to the household. The probation/parole officers act as a point of contact for the household, landlord and AHFC staffs. In SFY2012, the program served 54 households throughout the State. Participants are eligible to receive 24 months of rental assistance under this program. Similarly, AHFC has entered into an agreement with the State of Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Office of Children's Services (OCS) to administer a TBRA program for youth that are aging out of foster care. Youth will initiate their application with an OCS Independent Living Specialist; the Independent Living Specialist will also act as the household's point of contact. It is anticipated that this program will be available sometime in October.
COSCDA Sterling Achievement Award in Community Development
State of Massachusetts - Downtown Initiatives
An innovative and highly effective program advancing the mission of DHCD is the Massachusetts Downtown Initiative (MDI). The program provides communities with a range of assistance services to help them revitalize their downtowns. From small grants of consultant assistance to hands-on workshops, the goal is to leverage lasting and positive change in the downtowns of non-entitlement communities across the state.
The primary mission of the MDI is to make downtown revitalization an integral part of community development in cities and towns. Since 2003, the MDI has been providing technical assistance in the form of workshops, programs and professional consultant services through modest grants to communities that have resulted in a sustained, dispersed and effective impact in communities throughout the state resulting in improvements for downtown housing, economic development, parking, design, and organizational development and planning. Recently, the American Planning Association-Massachusetts Chapter (APA-MA) honored innovative planning efforts and individuals with its 2011 Annual Awards Program. MA MDI was one of two winners in the Comprehensive Planning Award category which honors a plan, program or process of unusually high merit.
As currently structured, the program remains sustainable based on its reliance on state CDBG funds and the associated 1% TA set-aside. State Leadership:
MA MDI's history dates back to DHCD's original participation in the National Main Streets Program. The Agency developed its own successor to Main Streets and that effort subsequently developed into the current approach to assisting communities with strategic consultant services and technical assistance workshops.
DHCD's leadership in procurement of consultants on behalf of communities has allowed local governments to focus on local organization, citizen involvement and the integration of downtown revitalization concepts into their underlying approach to community development. The Agency's leadership in sponsoring technical workshops to meet local revitalization needs is providing resources to communities they may not otherwise have available.