2019 Committee of 100 Vision Awards

Nominations Information

Accepting nominations through Friday, March 8th, 2019.

Since its founding in 1923, the Committee of 100 on the Federal City has championed responsible planning and land use to protect our city’s cultural richness, natural beauty, livability and historic distinction as the Nation’s Capital.

In support of our mission, we advocate for balanced zoning and planning, parks and  environment, multi-modal transportation, affordable housing, and historic preservation.

The Committee of 100’s annual Vision Awards recognize a wide range of projects, programs, plans, and the work of organizations and individuals that fulfill our vision of a beautiful and livable city for all people.  Past awardees are distinguished by their accomplishments for neighborhoods, historic preservation, public space, environmental preservation, housing and good planning within the District of Columbia.  As we continue this tradition, the 2019 Vision Awards will be held on May 29, 2019 at Trinity Washington University. 

In 2019, the Committee of 100 again seeks nominations of outstanding citywide or smaller area projects, programs and plans, as well as the ongoing work of organizations and individuals that contribute to our city. 

We are also especially interested this year in recognizing outstanding projects in affordable housing, particularly low-income housing (By low income housing we mean those earning at or below $56,000/year or 50% of the Area Median Family Income of approximately $117,000 for a family of 4.) (See section below for details).  We are pleased to announce that the Coalition for Nonprofit Housing and Economic Development (CNHED) will partner with us to publicize the call for nominations to ensure that the 2019 Vision Awards celebrate the many fine projects and people who are addressing the challenges of housing affordability in our city. 

 

Vision Awards Categories

  • Projects, Programs or Plans:  Awarded for undertakings that benefit the District of Columbia as a whole, or serve as an exemplary achievement to be duplicated in other areas of the city. Nominations may include completed projects, published plans, and programs undertaken by individuals, groups, or organizations (profit or non-profit/ governmental or private). They may also include educational and stewardship programs that promote innovative and visionary land use, planning, and other efforts that reflect the mission of the Committee of 100.
  • Organizations: Awarded to public, private, non-profit, and philanthropic organizations located in the District of Columbia for an exemplary body of work not restricted to one project, plan, or program.
  • Individuals: Awarded at the discretion of the C100 Trustees in three categories for public service, activism, and lifetime achievement to those who have devoted significant professional or voluntary time and effort to planning and land use city wide, in their neighborhoods, or through a significant project. To qualify for the Lifetime Achievement award, individuals must have accomplished visionary work that has benefited the District of Columbia, as a whole or in part, within one or more of the advocacy areas in which the Committee engages.

2019 Vision Awards for Affordable Housing

For many residents, livability will be determined by their ability to afford to live in the city at all. Affordable housing, especially low income housing, is a vital component of a truly livable city for many residents who have long called this city home, worked hard to staff our essential services, or are in great need. 

In 2019, the Committee of 100 encourages nominations of innovative affordable housing projects and programs that embrace one or more of the following goals:

  • Preserve existing affordable housing without resident displacement
  • Build new housing, especially family housing, that fits well into the community, provides spaces for community-building, and does not displace residents or inflate neighborhood property values
  • Engage low-income residents in meaningful participatory planning and development in their communities including, but not limited to, providing for local small businesses and multi-generational housing
  • Provide supportive services essential to successful housing, such as legal services, financial counseling, health and job referrals, tenant education, personal legal assistance, etc.
  • Organize and counsel tenants to purchase buildings under the TOPA program
  • Assure long-term affordability and equity through mechanisms such as community land trusts, limited equity cooperatives, innovative financing or other means.

The application form is found at https://fs19.formsite.com. While we prefer electronic filing, we will accept a completed paper application from a downloaded and printed copy of the online version.

You may submit additional supporting materials online, or, you may mail them in an envelope clearly marked VISION AWARDS SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION plus the name of your project to Committee of 100, 945 G St, NW, Washington, DC 20001. 

If you would like to discuss your nomination with a C100 member in advance of completing the form, you may email Meg Maguire (megmaguireconsultant@msn.com), Kirby Vining (nulliparaacnestis@gmail.com) or Pat Tiller (pat_tiller@prodigy.net).

We look forward to your nominations of visionary projects that represent excellence in planning and development to achieve a beautiful and livable city for all.

The deadline for completed submissions is March 8, 2019.

Vision Awards Ceremony attendees enjoying refreshments and conviviality before and after the awards ceremony (2016)