It is quite an accomplishment and was an even better surprise. Last month, at the New Mexico Infrastructure Finance Conference (NMIFC), the Pueblo of Acoma Housing Authority (PAHA) won a 2017 Best Practice Award for outstanding achievement in housing in New Mexico.
The New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority (MFA), the state’s allocating agency for Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTCs), nominated PAHA for PAHA LIHTC Homes #1. Construction is underway on three multifamily buildings (30 new units), a new community building and an outdoor recreation area on the Acoma Indian Reservation. (Read more here.)
I’ve had the pleasure of working as the architect for the development with Travois Design, and I attended the brunch and awards ceremony with PAHA staff and Executive Director Floyd Tortalita.
Floyd (who received a 2017 Travois Superhero Award a few months back) accepted on behalf of the group. He addressed the crowd with a heartfelt thank you to his team, spoke about his community and gave Travois the nicest shout-out!
A few details to note about this award:
- PAHA was chosen for recognition after consideration of all housing development projects in New Mexico (not strictly LIHTC or tribal developments)
- The awards are competitive and selected by a panel of judges
- NMIFC awards seven projects a year in different design categories
PAHA received a nice plaque, and I can’t wait to see it hanging in the housing office the next time I visit! Congratulations!