MetLife Foundation Awards Announced, Focus on Affordable Senior Housing

The MetLife Foundation is calling for entries to its 16th Annual MetLife Foundation Awards for Excellence in Affordable Housing.

This year’s competition is focusing on 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.”

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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 said Enterprise Community Partners.  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.

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