Tobi Goldberg

Affordable Housing Development Competition

To generate interest in community development, FHLBank Boston partners with dedicated sponsors to bring together graduate students for the annual competition.

“This competition focuses a new generation of thinkers on affordable housing.”

Tobi Goldberg
Senior Community Investment Manager


Learn how the competition works and the benefits of participating, including prizes.


See this year's student coordinators and sponsors and learn how to form a team. Also, see which  developers and finance and design mentors previously participated in the competition.  


Students and housing developers can find out more about submission requirements and judging criteria.

Overhead shot of a series of multi-level buildings with a greenspace with trees, walkways, a playground, and people walking in the middle

High Street Homes Holyoke, MA

High Street Homes, which won the first prize in the 2024 competition, involves the transformation of 10 underutilized parcels in the heart of downtown Holyoke into a mixed-use development of 86 carefully crafted homes, 10,890 square feet of communal green space, and 30,116 square feet of community space which incorporates a daycare, residential amenities, rooftop gathering spaces, and community partnerships. 

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The Nest Falmouth, MA

The Nest, the 2024 competition second-prize recipient, is an adaptive reuse, mixed-income, mixed-tenure project that offers affordable rental units to seasonal workers and year-round residents in the Cape Cod community of Falmouth. The project creatively utilizes 9% Low Income Housing Tax Credits to fund single-room occupancy units that can be rented month-to-month and utilizes decarbonization soft sources to implement a deep energy retrofit. The site includes a cafe, commercial kitchen, winter garden, and atrium space for community gatherings. 

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Newcombe Pointe and Campanella Nashua, NH

The 2024 competition third-prize recipient honors Nashua’s rich history by providing affordable rental housing and homeownership options for the city’s future. These two developments leverage modularity, clean energy tax credits, and NeighborWorks’ unique financial capabilities to give diverse renters in the Tree Streets neighborhood dignified housing choices.