With a large portion of the population being 65 years and older, many living on fixed incomes, it is important to provide affordable housing options for this growing population. Enterprise, in partnership with MetLife Foundation, recognizes the importance of this need, and in turn, offers the MetLife Foundation Awards for Excellence in Affordable Housing. The awards program recognizes nonprofit organizations that show exemplary leadership, innovation, effectiveness and quality operations in affordable senior housing with services.
All applications are evaluated on green features, innovation in health and supportive services and approach to aging in place, design responsiveness to resident and community needs, effectiveness of property and asset management, documented resident outcomes, use of technology, and integration of universal design.
The 2012 MetLife Foundation Awards for Excellence in Affordable Housing Winners:
- Menorah Housing, Long Beach Senior Housing (Long Beach, Calif.)
- Metro West Housing Solutions, Residences at Creekside (Lakewood, Colo.)
- National Church Residences, Hopeton Village (Chillicothe, Ohio)
- Rogerson Communities, Farnsworth House (Jamaica Plain, Mass.)
How to Use
This is a great awards program for 501(c)(3) community-based or regional nonprofit organizations to consider. It provides grant funding to four selected winners each year. There is information about the award and the winners, including case studies of winning projects that can provide information for local planners and leaders interested in promoting the importance of affordable housing in their area.