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HUD To Select Madison Community Development Authority For Annual Innovation

HUD aims to motivate and back students in areas like architecture, planning, policy, and finance to promote affordable and sustainable housing solutions for low- and moderate-income individuals in the U.S.

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November 8, 2023

HUD has declared that the City of Madison Community Development Authority in Madison, Wisconsin, will partner as the public housing agency for the 11th annual Innovation in Affordable Housing Student Design and Planning Competition.

Every year HUD invites graduate students from educational institutions in the United States to form teams that will respond to affordable housing design and planning issues. The teams composed of graduate students in planning, architecture, policy, and finance are required to address design, financial, social, economic, and construction issues along with affordable housing design challenges.

HUD’s Secretary Marcia L. Fudge said, “Today’s students are more creative than ever. Through this competition, we’re channeling their ingenuity to build quality, safe, and resilient affordable housing for millions of Wisconsin families. I’m pleased by my team’s commitment to innovative new ways to advance housing for those we serve.”

The Madison Community Development Authority (CDA) is contemplating the demolition of an existing 169-unit public housing building on a 7-acre site and its replacement with new construction. They plan to reposition these units via a Section 18 or a RAD/Section 18 blend application. The CDA’s goal is to establish a sustainable mixed-income community, blending affordable and workforce housing. Student teams participating in the project are tasked with designing a development that incorporates multifamily rentals and affordable homeownership options. Additionally, the CDA wants the new development to integrate seamlessly with the surrounding neighborhood.

Once the applications are submitted in January 2024, five subject matter experts will select a team of four student finalists and advance to the second round of the competition. The finalist teams will be allowed to visit the site in Madison to refine their submissions. The finalist team will then present their final projects to a jury of practitioners at HUD’s headquarters. The winning team will get $20,000 and the runner-up team will be awarded a $10,000 award. The remaining finalist teams will receive $5000. 

HUD hopes to inspire and support aspiring members of fields such as architecture, policy, and planning in advancing affordable and supportive housing for low-income Americans by initiating and funding this competition.

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Department of Housing and Urban Development. “HUD Selects City of Madison Community Development Authority as Partner for the Annual Innovation in Affordable Housing Student Design and Planning Competition”. Department of Housing and Urban Development, November 7, 2023, 

HUD Selects City of Madison Community Development Authority as Partner for the Annual Innovation in Affordable Housing Student Design and Planning Competition | HUD.gov / U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

Last Updated: September 20, 2021