The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, in partnership with the American Planning Association (APA), is currently accepting nominations for its annual HUD Secretary’s Opportunity and Empowerment Award, which recognizes community planning efforts that have improved the quality of life for low- and moderate-income residents.
Award submissions should demonstrate the ways in which a nominee’s efforts have overcome adversity within the community, created or preserved affordable housing options, improved job opportunities, and reduced homelessness and poverty. The award may be granted to a community, specific plan, program, or project that has measurably improved the quality of life for low- and moderate-income residents. Nominations should include only projects that have been implemented or completed for a minimum of three years and demonstrate collaborative private and public partnerships.
The winner will be selected on the basis of planning, results, innovation, equity, and transferrability.
The deadline to submit applications is September 10, 2018, until 5:00 pm (CDT). The award will be presented at APA’s National Planning Conference, April 13–16, 2019, in San Francisco. For more information about specific eligibility requirements and to apply, click here.