COLUMBIA, Md., April 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The 16th Annual MetLife Foundation Awards for Excellence in Affordable Housing is officially open for entries. Enterprise Community Partners, Inc. and MetLife Foundation have focused this year’s competition on best practices in the area of green and service-enriched affordable housing for seniors. The deadline for entries is May 31, 2011.
“Decent affordable housing is needed in all sectors of our community, but housing for seniors is among the most urgent,” said Melinda Pollack, vice president, Enterprise Community Partners. “Having a healthy, green environment and supportive services where the elderly can age in place and be well cared for are critical aspects for those who enter this competition. We thank MetLife Foundation for partnering with us to highlight the best examples in the field.”
Started in 1995, the program has honored 89 affordable housing developers and service providers across the country and has awarded more than $1.5 million to the winners. Created to showcase models of excellence in design, supportive services, operations and property management in affordable senior housing, the Excellence in Affordable Housing competition has consistently offered the winning organizations support and recognition for their work. This year, the four winning organizations will receive $50,000 each in unrestricted funds, recognition at the annual conference of Leading Age (formerly the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging), a commemorative plaque and recognition at a local event. Entries must be from recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations and Tribes/Tribally Designated Housing Entities (TDHEs). Each entry will also need to include information on innovation in supportive services and green building technology.
Submissions for the 2011 MetLife Foundation Awards for Excellence in Affordable Housing must be received via online application by midnight Pacific Daylight Time, Tuesday, May 31. The awards will be presented to the four winning organizations in the fall.
For more information and/or to apply, visit www.enterprisecommunity.org/metlifeawards.
MetLife Foundation was established by MetLife in 1976 to carry on its longstanding tradition of corporate contributions and community involvement. Grants support education, health, civic and cultural programs. MetLife and MetLife Foundation have supported Enterprise’s housing and neighborhood revitalization activities with grants and loans of more than $60 million. For more information about the Foundation, visit www.metlife.org.
Enterprise is a leading provider of the development capital and expertise it takes to create decent, affordable homes and rebuild communities. For more than 25 years, Enterprise has introduced neighborhood solutions through public-private partnerships with financial institutions, governments, community organizations and others that share our vision. Enterprise has raised and invested more than $11 billion in equity, grants and loans to help build or preserve more than 280,000 affordable rental and for-sale homes to create vital communities. Visit www.enterprisecommunity.org and www.enterprisecommunity.com to learn more about Enterprise's efforts to build communities and opportunity.
SOURCE Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.