Housing Authority of Winston-Salem Receives NAHRO Award of Merit

The Housing Authority of Winston-Salem (Housing Authority) will be honored with an Award of Merit by the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) during their upcoming summer conference in Austin, Texas. The recently constructed Oaks At Tenth apartment community will be recognized for its innovation in new construction. The Oaks At Tenth surpassed strong competitors from hundreds of affordable housing program award applicants nationwide. NAHRO selected awardees based on innovation in multiple categories, including but not limited to: design sustainability, the design in relation to its surrounding community, total cost and financing of the program, as well as the enduring nature of the structure.

The Oaks At Tenth is the first "Step Up" affordable housing location of its kind in Winston-Salem. It is located at 795 Johnson Circle, near the intersection of Tenth Street and Cleveland Avenue (formerly known as Johnson Square). The location is considered part of the first phase of the Cleveland Avenue Initiative Masterplan (Masterplan), an effort to revitalize the surrounding 130 (one hundred thirty) acre community as a mixed income, mixed-use neighborhood.

The Step Up housing initiative is designed to promote self-sufficiency and ultimately reduce or eliminate dependency on public assistance. The affordable housing location helps to bridge the gap between traditional public housing and market rate living. A new work requirement of 30 hours per week exists for all able-bodied adult residents. Tenants who are unable to maintain the work requirement over a period of time would still have the option of residing in more traditional affordable housing locations managed by the Housing Authority. As program participants become more economically stable, they will move upward and out in order to provide more opportunities for others waiting for a chance to achieve their dreams of home ownership.

The apartment complex features 50 (fifty) units fully equipped with modern energy efficient appliances. One, two and three bedroom apartments are available with single level and multilevel floor plans. The new community also offers convenience to the heart of downtown Winston-Salem, a retail, restaurant and cultural epicenter.

The Housing Authority's Chief Executive Officer, Larry C. Woods, extends his personal thanks to the Board of Commissioners, staff, and especially the residents of the East Ward community for their tireless support and participation in the Cleveland Avenue Neighborhood Transformation initiative. Woods states, "It is by your good works that this project has become another crown jewel in the City of Winston-Salem. This national award is a clear and positive indication that the community transformation is moving in the right direction."

Walter W. Pitt, of Bell, Davis and Pitt, P.A., currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Commissioners for the Housing Authority of Winston-Salem. Pitt states, "I am proud of the diligence and efforts of the Housing Authority, our community partners and residents that helped make this step-up housing program successful. This award is reflective of the level of quality and excellence we strive for in the revitalization of the Cleveland Avenue corridor. We will continue to collaborate with others to make a positive impact in Winston-Salem and beyond for many years to come."