Ruby Awards

In 2015 San Diego Housing Federation’s Ruby Awards for Excellence in Affordable Housing and Community Development will be presented as part of our 25th Anniversary Celebration:

Friday, April 24th, 2015
The Westin Gaslamp Quarter

Every year, the San Diego Housing Federation recognizes the best in affordable housing at our annual Ruby Awards gala. Our coveted ‘Rubies’ celebrate the people, organizations and projects that make safe, stable and affordable homes a reality for San Diegans in need. Our independent Selection Committee (which does not include any Federation staff or board members), includes leaders in the field of affordable housing development, sustainability, resident services, and advocacy.

The Selection Committee is responsible for selecting all awards, based on established criteria, except our prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award, Volunteer of the Year and any Special Recognition awards that are awarded by the SDHF Board of Directors. While our goal is to select one awardee in each category below, the Committee and Board reserve the right to present multiple awards or no awards in certain categories based on the quality of nominations that are received. Some awardees will be announced prior to the Ruby Awards and included in a video presentation at the event, while several awards will be presented live at the event.

Thank you for helping us identify the people, organizations and projects that are worthy of recognition through your nomination!

 

AWARD CATEGORIES AND CRITERIA

Be sure to carefully review the categories and criteria, as well as instructions at the beginning of the online submission form, before crafting your nomination. NOTE: Nominations are due Friday, January 23, 2015 at 5:00 PM.  

Housing Project of the Year – New Construction  |  Recognizes Affordable Housing Developments completed in San Diego County between January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2014 (Certificate of Occupancy obtained in 2014). Projects will be evaluated based on their overall design, neighborhood enhancement, promoting sense of community for residents, affordability levels, and overall project complexity (technical, political, funding, etc.).

Housing Project of the Year – Rehabilitation  |  Affordable Housing Developments that was an acquisition/rehabilitation project completed in San Diego County between January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2014 (Certificate of Occupancy obtained in 2014). Projects will be evaluated based on their overall design, neighborhood enhancement, promoting sense of community for residents, affordability levels, and overall project complexity (technical, political, funding, etc.).

CSH Supportive Housing Award  |  This award recognizes an outstanding supportive housing project, organization, or individual leader in San Diego. Nominations are invited for housing developments completed in San Diego County between January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2014 (Certificate of Occupancy obtained in 2014) that have a focus on supportive services to enable people to end their homelessness, especially special needs populations including:

  • People living with HIV/AIDS
  • Child welfare involved families
  • People with chronic health needs
  • People with substance use disorders
  • People with lived experience of mental illness

Nominations are also invited for individuals or organizations, including supportive housing tenants, advocates, and public or private partners that demonstrate innovation and leadership in the supportive housing movement.

SDG&E Energy Efficiency & Sustainability Award: New Construction  |  Affordable housing development in San Diego County that has taken unique steps to promote energy efficiency and/or sustainability in their design and construction between January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2014 (Certificate of Occupancy obtained in 2014).

The nomination shall include a list of energy efficiency, renewable generation, and other measures utilized to exceed the California Title 24 Energy Standard (Title 24 Part 6) by at least 15%., including third-party verified Home Energy Rating System measures (if any).

Nominations should also mention participation in any green building certification programs, such as: LEED for Homes, LEED New Construction, LEED Existing Building: Operations and Maintenance (EBOM), ENERGY STAR® qualified homes, or GreenPoint Rated, and/or utility programs such as California Advanced Homes Program, Energy Upgrade California™ Multifamily program, and the Multifamily Energy Efficiency Rebate program.

SDG&E Energy Efficiency & Sustainability Award: Retrofit  |  Affordable housing development in San Diego County that has taken unique steps to promote energy efficiency and/or sustainability in their design and construction between January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2014 (Certificate of Occupancy obtained in 2014).

The nomination shall include a list of energy efficiency, renewable generation, and other measures utilized to achieve energy savings of at least 10% above existing (baseline) conditions and meet any green building certifications or utility program criteria.

Nominations should also mention participation in any green building certification programs, such as: LEED for Homes, LEED New Construction, LEED Existing Building: Operations and Maintenance (EBOM), ENERGY STAR® qualified homes, or GreenPoint Rated, and/or utility programs such as California Advanced Homes Program, Energy Upgrade California™ Multifamily program, and the Multifamily Energy Efficiency Rebate program.

Outstanding Development Partner  |  Lender, Architect, General Contractor, Engineer, Title Company, Consultant, Attorney or other entity that provided unique or outstanding support on an affordable housing development project. Please make sure to describe how they provided the support on a project or projects and what made them an excellent team member for the development team.

Outstanding Advocate  |  Individual or organization who has contributed time, energy, leadership, and dedication to the cause of affordable housing. If this individual or organization was particularly useful on a specific affordable housing development project, please make sure to describe in detail how they were helpful on that project. In addition, you can include their ongoing or career commitment to the cause of affordable housing.

John Craven Memorial  |  A public employee who has taken risks and has gone above and beyond the call of duty to assist affordable housing developers. Given in memory of John Craven, one of San Diego’s most prominent housing development officials. Award includes $1,000 donation from Craven family to non-profit organization of winner’s choosing. This category may include any local, regional, state or federal public employee (not just those based locally) as long as their work benefits the San Diego County region. Include a brief bio/career history of the candidate.

Outstanding Government Agency or Elected Official  |  Governmental agencyor elected official that took unusual risk or initiative to support affordable housing and/or community development initiatives in the past year. Any local, regional, state or federal governmental agency or elected official is eligible (regardless of where they are based) as long as their work substantially benefitted affordable housing in the San Diego County region.

Outstanding Service to Residents  |  Any individual employee (property manager, resident services coordinator, maintenance worker, landscaper, daycare worker, etc.), volunteer, team or program of an affordable housing complex who provides excellent service to residents. Please note this category is open to anyone in an affordable housing community providing excellent service to residents.This can also include a volunteer resident or other member of the community that provides excellent service to the residents. This award can apply to an individual or a team of individuals.

For questions, please contact: Katy Lillig, Events and Membership Coordinator, (619) 239-6693