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The Proposal – Judging Criteria

The competition jurors will include a wide range of people who have helped develop successful affordable housing. As such, this panel may include affordable-housing developers, architects, municipal officials, low-income housing residents, and bankers.

Submitted proposals will be judged against the following six categories.

Project Financing (20 percent)
Points will be awarded for the completeness and appropriateness of the project-financing proposal.

Physical Design (20 percent)
Points will be awarded to the extent that the design is compatible with its physical setting, responds to the needs of its project's residents, is attractive and is likely to remain so over time, and contributes to the desirability of the community in which it is located.

Community Responsiveness (20 percent)
Points will be awarded to the extent that the development responds to identified community needs. Special consideration will be given to those developments that meet the needs of very low-income residents.

Environmental Sensitivity (20 percent)
Points will be awarded to the extent that the development is designed to minimize negative environmental impacts and maximize desired environmental benefits. Proposals should specifically address the direct and indirect effects that the development and its operation will have on energy use and environmental pollution. Proposals should outline any measures, such as lead-paint abatement or wetlands preservation, that will positively impact the environment. Proposals should also focus on the smart-growth implications and impacts of this development.

Project Feasibility (10 percent)
When all aspects of the proposal are considered, points will be awarded based upon the likelihood that the development might be built.

Innovation (10 percent)
Points will be awarded to the extent that the judges find that the proposal is innovative and provides a useful model for future developments.

 

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