Robert C. Larson Housing Policy Leadership Awards


"Larson Awards show innovative approaches to how the public sector is addressing the growing affordable housing crises in cities."

Ali Solis, Enterprise Community Partners, ULI Terwilliger Center national advisory board member

The Robert C. Larson Housing Policy Leadership Awards, named in honor of a former ULI trustee and ULI Foundation chairman, recognize exemplary state and local programs, policies, and practices that support the production, rehabilitation, or preservation of affordable and workforce housing.

States and localities can undertake a broad range of policy and administrative initiatives to support housing affordability. These can take the form of regulatory or administrative changes such as higher densities and waivers of fees, or programs that provide grants or financing assistance.

The Robert C. Larson Awards recognize innovative state and local policy initiatives that provide ongoing and sustainable support for affordable and workforce housing, specifically policies that support the creation and preservation of housing affordable to households earning at or below 120 percent of area median income (AMI).

Nominate a Great Program or Policy! If you would like to nominate a state or local program or policy for a 2016 Larson Award, please send an email with the following information: 1) Jurisdiction and policy or program you are nominating, 2) Policy or program’s contact name, email and phone number, and 3) Brief description of the reason you are nominating the program or policy.

Nominations should be received prior to the early bird deadline on January 22, 2016, and all nominated entities will be asked to submit full applications by the final submission deadline. Nomination is not required in order to submit an application. See the Nomination and Submission Process page for more details.

2015 Larson Awards Winners

The Connecticut Housing Finance Authority’s Small Multifamily Rental Development Strategy and the Palm Beach County Workforce Housing Program were selected as recipients of the Robert C. Larson Workforce Housing Policy Award.

Potential applicants can review the eligibility and criteria for the award and learn more about the previous winners and finalists.

2016 Schedule

Applications open:
December 1, 2015

Submissions early-bird deadline:
January 22, 2016

Submissions final deadline:
February 22, 2016

Finalists announced:
May 2016

Site visits by jury representatives:
May–August 2016

Winners announced/award ceremony:
Fall Meeting in Dallas, Texas, October 25–28, 2016

For more information, e-mail

2015 Finalists