Awards

National Housing and Rehabilitation Association J. Timothy Anderson Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation, Most Advanced Financial Structure, 2014

The Women’s Institute’s consulting client The YWCA Cambridge in Cambridge, MA was honored to receive this award. This rehabilitated property includes 103 Single Room Occupancy units for formerly homeless women and 9,000 sq. feet of commercial and program space.

      “The Timmy Awards honor outstanding real estate projects that involve rehabilitation of older, historic buildings primarily using Federal or State Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credits. Nominated projects are judged for overall design and quality, interpretation and respect of historic elements, innovative approach to construction and use of building materials, community impact, sustainability and financial and market success.”

 

Novogradac Journal of Tax Credits Developments of Distinction Awards, Major Community Impact, 2014

The Women’s Institute received this award for Victory Gardens in Newington, CT.  The property includes 74 units of mixed-income affordable and supportive rental housing for veterans and their families on the campus of the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.

      “The JTC Developments of Distinction awards recognize excellence and honor outstanding achievement in the development of projects using the low-income housing tax credit (LIHTC), historic tax credit (HTC), renewable energy tax credit (RETC), Section 1602 Exchange Program grant funds and/or tax credit projects using U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) program financing. Those tax credit projects to be honored will have been placed in service in 2013/2014 and will either have

      • had a meaningful and major impact on their community;
      • demonstrated financial innovation; or
      • overcome significant obstacles in their development.”

 

CT Housing Coalition Award for

Best Practices in Collective Impact, 2012

The Women’s Institute was honored to receive this award for the Collective Impact for Ferry Crossing, our 16 town-house style apartments located in Old Saybrook, CT. In 2001, members of the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Old Saybrook learned that families with children were living in local motel rooms because they had nowhere else to live.  In response, the Church outreached to the community and town leaders to build a coalition that could work toward expanding affordable housing. In 2008, HOPE Partnership again partnered with the Women’s Institute to advance the development concept and bring to fruition Ferry Crossing. The Collective Impact of Ferry Crossing was evident long before construction started.  The project represents a true partnership of a municipality, a community-based non-profit, and an experienced housing developer. To read more about the efforts involved in bringing this project to reality click here. 

 

CT Mortgage Bankers Association

Affordable Housing Committee Award, 2012

The Women’s Institute received this award for providing affordable housing opportunities to CT residents. We are proud of the hundreds of units of housing that we have created in our 10 years in Connecticut and are thankful for the partnership and support we receive from the members of the Connecticut Mortgage Bankers Association.

 

Sarah R. Delano Preservation Award, 2011

The Women’s Institute received this award for Ingraham Place in New Bedford. Ingraham Place is the renovation of a historic school into 19 affordable apartments as well as program and commercial space.

    “The Sarah R. Delano Awards are given annually to New Bedford area individuals and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to the rehabilitation, restoration and interpretation of the historic character and environment of Greater New Bedford.”

Novogradac Journal of Tax Credits Development

of Distinction Awards, Overcoming Obstacles, 2010

The Women’s Institute received this award for The Franklin and The Eleanor in Bridgeport, CT.  The property includes 110 units of affordable and supportive housing; 48 units of supportive housing for individuals, 62 units of elderly housing and program space.

      “The JTC Developments of Distinction awards recognize excellence and honor outstanding achievement in the development of projects using the low-income housing tax credit (LIHTC), historic tax credit (HTC), renewable energy tax credit (RETC), Section 1602 Exchange Program grant funds and/or tax credit projects using U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) program financing. Those tax credit projects to be honored will have been placed in service in 2010/2011 and will either have

      • had a meaningful and major impact on their community;
      • demonstrated financial innovation; or
      • overcome significant obstacles in their development.”

George C. Perkins President’s Award, 2007

This award was presented to Women’s Institute for their development of Acushnet Commons in New Bedford, MA. Acushnet Commons, a former historic school, was renovated to provide 12 units of affordable housing along with a community center that provides supportive programs. The award was given to recognize their “vision, courage and commitment to creating affordable housing and community program space through the historic preservation and restoration of a 19th-century abandoned school building.”

    “The George C. Perkins President’s Award is given yearly to an individual or organization whose contributions have made a positive impact on the quality of life in Greater New Bedford and beyond.”

Fannie Mae Maxwell Award of Excellence, 2006

The Women’s Institute was honored with the national Maxwell Award for a second time for its development of Acushnet Commons in New Bedford, MA.  Acushnet Commons was the historic preservation and conversion of the Kinyon-Campbell School in affordable housing, program/commercial space, and a community center.  The project was honored for the “innovative partnership” of a regional developer, Women’s Institute, and its local partner, NorthStar Learning Centers.

    “Through the Maxwell Awards program, the Fannie Mae Foundation identifies, recognizes, and showcases the outstanding work of nonprofit organizations that develop and maintain housing for low-income Americans”

J. Timothy Anderson Award for

Excellence in Historic Preservation, 2006

The “Timmy Award”, administered through the National Housing and Rehabilitation Association, is awarded annually through a national competition, and is named in honor of Boston architect and historic preservationist,  J. Timothy Anderson.  The Women’s Institute was honored with the Timmy Award for its historic preservation and adaptive re-use of the Kinyon-Campbell School into Acushnet Commons in New Bedford, MA.

    “The ‘Timmy Awards’ were created to honor outstanding real estate projects throughout the United States that involve rehabilitation of older, historic buildings using the federal historic rehabilitation tax credit.”

Enterprise Innovative Ventures Award, 2005

The national Enterprise Innovative Ventures Award was first awarded in 2006 and recognized our partner, the YWCA of the Hartford Region, in the development of Soromundi Commons in Hartford, CT.  Soromundi Commons is a supportive housing community that offers a full continuum of housing, including an emergency shelter, transitional efficiency units, permanent one-bedroom apartments, and program space.  In addition, supportive services such as case management, counseling, economic literacy, and a variety of other services are offered to residents.  This nationally-recognized project was highlighted for the extensive partnerships that were created to steward the project, as well as the complex financing required to bring it to fruition.The Enterprise Innovative Ventures Award is granted to those who “increase the supply of affordable housing and/or provide the most innovative community development services.”

 

Boston Society of Architects Commonwealth Award, 2001

The Women’s Institute was recognized for innovation in built structures.

 

Fannie Mae Maxwell Award of Excellence, 1999

The Women’s Institute and BAC-YOU received this prestigious award for GrandFamilies House in Boston, MA, a multi-generational project uniquely designed to support low-income grandparents as they raise their grandchildren.  A cutting-edge model now being replicated nationally, GrandFamilies House renovated a vacant public housing building to create 26 apartments and community space.