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2018 Awards

Washington State Housing Finance Commission Friend of Housing Award 

Executive Director Andrew Lofton received the Washington State Housing Finance Commission's Friend of Housing Award. The awards are presented each year to individuals, projects or organizations who have made exceptional contributions to creating or supporting affordable housing.

NAHRO Award of Excellence

The National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) honored the Seattle Housing Authority with a 2018 Award of Excellence in Administrative Innovation for its Specialized Maintenance and Repair Training (SMART) program. Awards of Excellence honor programs that improve resident outcomes, resolve problems, are replicable by organizations of similar size, produce tangible cost savings and other positive results, enhance productivity, improve client services, and demonstrate better service coordination. The 2018 winners were selected by regional juries from a pool of 193 Awards of Merit honorees and SHA was one of only 19 agencies nationwide to win an Award of Excellence.

NAHRO honors SHA with three Awards of Merit

The National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) honored the Seattle Housing Authority with three 2018 Awards of Merit. The winning projects were: Specialized Maintenance and Repair Training (SMART) program, Customer Service Awareness, and Lean Public Housing Inspections in the Administrative Innovation category. 

Seattle Sounders FC Golden Scarf award

Executive Director Andrew Lofton and Seattle Housing Authority were presented with the Golden Scarf award at the July 29, 2018 Seattle Sounders FC match. The award honors the partnership and community-centered efforts between SHA and the RAVE Foundation to bring services to the Yesler Community that are focused on soccer, art, and community-building. A few times each season, Sounders FC selects members of the community to honor their service. They are presented with a special gold scarf, which has come to symbolize the game of soccer. Awardees raise the scarf over their heads, signaling to the fans to do the same.

2018 Gold Nugget Grand Award Winner

Hoa Mai Gardens received PCBC's 2018 Gold Nugget Grand Award in the Best Affordable Housing Community – 60 to 100 du/acre.

2018 Gold Nugget Award of Merit

Hoa Mai Gardens received PCBC's 2018 Gold Nugget Award of Merit Winner in the Best Affordable Housing Community – 60 to 100 du/acre.

2018 Urban Soccer Symposium Innovation Award from U.S. Soccer Foundation

The Seattle Housing Authority’s Yesler Redevelopment has been awarded the 2018 Urban Soccer Symposium Innovation Award from the U.S. Soccer Foundation, the national model for sports-based youth development programs in underserved communities. SHA earned the award for utilizing an imaginative approach and original programming to create positive social change in underserved communities, including collaborative efforts with RAVE Foundation and Sounders FC to integrate soccer into the cultural framework of the historic downtown Seattle neighborhood.


2017 Awards

2017 Washington Alliance of School Administrators (WASA), Community Leadership Award

WASA presents this award annually to a community member or group in recognition of their outstanding contributions toward education. Seattle Housing Authority (SHA) and Seattle University (SU) were recognized for their work in the Choice Neighborhood collaborative, a regional collective-impact initiative centered on the redevelopment Yesler Terrace.  SHA and SU partner with local organizations and nonprofits to create a cradle-to-career pipeline of learning resources for children and youth to significantly improve high school and college graduation rates.

2017 Seattle Commute Trip Reduction Awards, Bronze

Seattle Housing Authority received the Bronze award from the City of Seattle for its progress towards reducing employee drive-alone rates, providing innovative and comprehensive commuter programs to their employees, and showing high levels of engagement with the program and their peers.

2017 HUD Secretary's Award for Public-Philanthropic Partnerships

The Council on Foundations, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, recognized the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation with the HUD Secretary’s Award for Public-Philanthropic Partnerships. The award honored the partnerships between the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Council of Large Public Housing Authorities, King County Housing Authority, Tacoma Housing Authority, and Seattle Housing Authority.

Seattle Housing Authority’s Raven Terrace named nation’s best public housing redevelopment

Raven Terrace, the Seattle Housing Authority’s second new residential building at Yesler, was named the best public housing redevelopment in Affordable Housing Finance magazine’s 2017 Readers’ Choice Awards for the Nation’s Best Affordable Housing Developments.

Seattle Housing Authority gets top award for financial reporting

The Seattle Housing Authority was awarded a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting in 2017 by the Chicago-based Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada. In a statement, GFOA said the Certificate of Achievement for SHA’s 2016 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report “is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment.”

Seattle Public Schools Outstanding Partnership award

Seattle Housing Authority received an Outstanding Partnership award in 2017 from Seattle Public Schools for its innovative approach in supporting students at school and at home to reach their educational goals.


2016 Awards

HAI Group 2016 Risk Management Award

The national Housing Authority Insurance (HAI) Group has announced Seattle Housing Authority (SHA) as the winner of its 2016 Risk Management Award for the Resident Safety category.

HUD Secretary’s Award for Healthy Homes

Seattle Housing Authority received the 2016 HUD Secretary’s Award for Healthy Homes in the Cross Cutting Coordination program category.  SHA’s efforts and the Breathe Easy Program in the Yesler Terrace Apartments were judged outstanding by the independent reviewers at the National Environmental Health Association and by HUD. 

2016 Gold Nugget Awards, Award of Merit

Architect Weber Thompson received an Award of Merit for Raven Terrace in the Best Affordable Housing Community. Seattle Housing Authority developed and Walsh Construction built the project.

2016 Wasla Awards, Merit Award Winner

Architect Weber Thompson received the Merit Award in the Residential Design Multifamily category for its thoughtful design execution of Raven Terrace.

2016 Builder’s Choice Awards, Citation Award

Architect Weber Thompson received a Citation Award in the Affordable Housing category for Raven Terrace. The award celebrates thoughtful planning and innovative details to advance the notion of what makes a house a home.


2015 Awards


Seattle Housing Authority received a National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials Award of Merit in Housing and Community Development for the HCV Resource Development Plan.