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American Planning Association - Opportunity and Empowerment

The HUD Secretary's Opportunity & Empowerment Award honors excellence in community planning that has led to measurable benefits in terms of increased economic development, employment, education, or housing choice and mobility for low- and moderate-income residents. The award stresses tangible results and recognizes the planning discipline as an important community resource. It emphasizes how creative housing, economic development, and private investments are used in, or in tandem with, a comprehensive community development plan.

American Planning Association - Opportunity and Empowerment


Robert R. Taylor Homes/NorthSide Revitalization

Wilmington, North Carolina

The Robert R. Taylor Homes/ NorthSide Revitalization received the HUD Secretary's Opportunity and Empowerment Award for providing quality homes for seniors and low-income families and successfully transforming the surrounding neighborhood. Utilizing multiple sources of funding, the Wilmington Housing Authority demolished the public housing on the site and rebuilt the property with a mix of rental and ownership housing. The resulting development includes units designed to help seniors age in place, as well as affordable units for low- and moderate-income residents, with architecture that is in tune with the nearby historic district. Additionally, the site design reconnects the development with the surrounding street grid.