Thursday, September 1, 2011

NeighborWorks Affiliate Receives International Recognition for Innovative Housing Solutions

NeighborWorks America is very excited to share that San Francisco affiliate Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation’s (TNDC) 990 Polk Street project has been selected as the U.S. Finalist for the 2011 World Habitat Award. This is an international award established in 1985 by the Building and Social Housing Foundation as part of its contribution to the United Nations International Year of Shelter for the Homeless.

The eight finalists and two winners were selected from more than 250 entries from 82 countries around the world. TNDC’s 990 Polk Street development was the only United States finalist and one of only two selected from all of North America.

990 Polk was selected for its innovative approach to housing a diverse mix of low-income and formerly homeless seniors, both in its social services model and its innovative and green design. The World Habitat Award rewards practical and innovative solutions to current housing needs and problems. 

“Being selected as an award finalist is exciting for TNDC because it highlights our innovative housing solutions in a global context,” said TNDC Executive Director Donald Falk. We are particularly proud of this accomplishment because it was truly an ‘all hands on deck’ effort…to meet every standard for World Habitat Award’s strenuous three-stage entry process.”