On April 5, 2016, the Piedmont Triad Apartment Association (PTAA) held its annual Diamond Awards banquet to celebrate and acknowledge the "best of the best" in the Triad's multi-family housing industry. Companies and individuals in this industry were acknowledged for their exemplary contributions to the Piedmont Triad community during 2015. This year, the Housing Authority of Winston-Salem received the Piedmont Triad Apartment Association's Diamond Award for the Best Affordable Housing Community of the Year in recognition of the Oaks at Tenth "Step Up" housing location. This is the second Diamond Award for the Housing Authority of Winston-Salem. The first one was awarded to the Townview Apartments community in 2011 for the "Best Turnaround Property."

PTAA Diamond Award criterion is based on a combination of financial performance, community composite, personal performance, professional development as well as recommendations from industry peers. Representatives from three different associations outside of North Carolina actually judge the competition.

Tenants enjoy living one step closer to total economic self sufficiency at the Oaks at Tenth apartment homes. This is one of the Housing Authority's first housing locations with a work requirement for its tenants. In order to continue occupancy, each head of household must maintain a work schedule of at least 30 (thirty) hours per week. Each additional adult household member will increase the minimum number of required work hours by 10 (ten) hours per week. However, heads of households or adult household members who are considered elderly and or disabled are considered to be exempt from the standard work requirements. 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.

This revolutionary concept is designed to encourage upward economic and educational mobility for the community. The Oaks at Tenth has changed the dynamics of the traditional public housing and affordable housing models. The concept is modeled after the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Moving to Work (MTW) program. The MTW program, as defined by HUD, provides housing authorities with the "opportunity to design and test innovative, locally-designed strategies that use Federal dollars more efficiently, help residents find employment and become self-sufficient, and increase housing choices for low-income families."

Larry Woods, CEO of the Housing Authority, recognizes the opportunity to have a major positive impact on the local community. He expressed his appreciation for the staff members, contractors and community members that help transformed the progressive vision into reality. Woods stated, "Motivating program participants to 'step up' and reduce their need for public assistance will allow us to help even more people waiting for the chance to achieve self sufficiency."