Jack Kemp Excellence in Affordable and Workforce Housing Awards


The Jack Kemp Award recipients serve as models for developers seeking ideas on how to bring both private capital and expertise together with public resources to improve communities and increase housing opportunities.

Michelle Winters, senior visiting fellow for the ULI Terwilliger Center for Housing

ULI’s Jack Kemp Excellence in Affordable and Workforce Housing Awards recognize and honor exemplary developments that demonstrate creativity in expanding housing opportunities for America’s working families. 

Starting in 2014 Jack Kemp Awards honor developments that ensure housing affordability for a range of incomes, particularly for households earning below 120 percent of area median income (AMI). Previously, only developments serving those earning 60-120 percent AMI were eligible.

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Developments are selected based on a number of criteria, including:

  • Number of affordable and workforce housing units;
  • Successful market acceptance and neighborhood impact;
  • Demonstrated community benefits, including supporting a mix of incomes.
  • Proximity to employment centers and transportation hubs;
  • Quality of the design, amenities and site planning;
  • Involvement of public and private partnerships;
  • Ability to leverage public, private, and nonprofit funds;
  • Use of regulatory reform to reduce costs;
  • Minimal use of public subsidy;
  • Energy efficiency beyond code;
  • Sustainable green construction and land development, as well as the demonstrated cost effectiveness of these efforts;
  • Innovative building technologies and systems; and
  • Replicability of the development.

Previous Jack Kemp Workforce Housing Models of Excellence Award Winners and Finalists

2015 Schedule

Applications open: November 17, 2014
Submissions deadline: March 16, 2015
Finalists announced: May/June, 2015
Site visits by jury rep: June-August 2015
Winners Announced: Fall Meeting in San Francisco, October 6-9, 2015

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2014 Finalists