The Affordable Housing Tax Credit Coalition (AHTCC) has announced recipients of the 2020 Charles L. Edson Tax Credit Excellence Awards, recognizing outstanding affordable housing developments that have demonstrated especially impactful use of the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (Housing Credit). Announced each year, the awards honor Housing Credit developments that are strengthening communities, improving resident opportunities and boosting economies in urban, suburban and rural areas across the country.
Though the awards are typically presented by members of Congress on Capitol Hill, this year, the awards were announced virtually. Edson Award-winners received congratulatory letters, videos and other engagement from more than 20 members of Congress from both sides of the aisle, including Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), and Senator Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), who is the lead sponsor of the Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act to expand and strengthen the Housing Credit. Stay tuned to our website for more information as members of Congress participate in virtual events with the winners, submit statements for the congressional record, promote the announcement through social media, and engage with the winning properties in other ways.
“The Housing Credit continues to spur development of affordable homes that go above and beyond for the families they serve,” said AHTCC Executive Director Emily Cadik. “The Edson Award winners this year demonstrate how innovative and high-quality affordable housing can transform communities and help meet the need for education, child care, health care and other services vital to a community’s support system for at-risk families and individuals.”
“The Edson awardees highlight the creative and innovative solutions that exist to combat the nation’s lack of affordable housing,” said AHTCC President Michael Gaber. “As the impact of COVID-19 continues to create hardships for a growing number of families and working people across the country, now more than ever we need effective tools like the Housing Credit to provide stable, affordable homes.”
Since 1986, the Housing Credit has financed more than three million homes for low-income households, including veterans, senior citizens, individuals with disabilities, essential workers, and families with children. Through public-private partnerships, the Housing Credit offers a proven track record of financing safe, decent affordable homes in communities where they are needed most.
Edson Award winners in 2020 include 13 affordable housing projects across 11 states, with locations in rural areas such as Jefferson, North Carolina, and the San Xavier District of the Tohono O’odham Nation, Arizona, and in urban communities including Atlanta, St. Paul and Seattle. The national list of awardees is below:
TOKA Homes III, Tohono O’odham Nation, AZ
Category: Small Metropolitan
Ch’anikna Commons, Anchorage, AK
New Path Community Housing, Boise, ID
Category: Large Metropolitan
Blackburn Center, Portland, OR
The Tony Lee Apartments, Seattle, WA
Victory Park Veterans Residence, Lincoln, NE
Historic Ashe Hospital, Jefferson, NC
Category: Special Needs
Gardner House, Seattle, WA
Mino Oski Ain Dah Yung, St. Paul, MN
Category: HUD Housing Preservation
Amani Place, Atlanta, GA
Flat 9 at Whittier, Roxbury, MA
Category: Historic Preservation
Hotel Maytag Apartments, Newton, IA
Mercy Magnuson Place, Seattle, WA
We thank the organizations that made these developments possible, as well as the organizations that submitted applications on behalf of the more than 80 Housing Credit properties benefiting communities across the U.S. who applied to the Edson Awards this year. We also thank our distinguished panel of judges: Ben Applegate, Managing Partner, Applegate & Thorne-Thomsen, P.C.; Olivia Barrow, Policy Officer, Low Income Investment Fund; Jill Edwards, Managing Director, Charles Schwab; Stacie Nekus, Senior Vice President, Key Bank; and Al Stonitsch, Managing Director, JP Morgan.
Click here for more information about the 2020 Edson Award winners.