In 1992 ARCH was conceived as an alternative way to address local housing issues. ARCH member jurisdictions are honored that our cooperative approach has received the following awards:

ARCH awards

Housing Development Consortium Municipal Champion Award 2018
Presented by the Housing Development Consortium of Seattle-King County on March 6, 2018 to East King County ARCH member cities in recognition of the cities' exemplary leadership and creative, collaboration efforts to create an affordable community for all of its residents through ARCH. 

Governor Awards Woodinville's Greenbrier Heights for Smart Community
Governor Chris Gregoire honored Greenbrier Heights for creating a model affordable livable community, one of six statewide winners.  Greenbrier Heights partners included in the award: The City of Woodinville; King County; A Regional Coalition for Housing (ARCH); CamWest Development, Inc.; Downtown Action to Save Housing (DASH); Shelter Resources, Inc.; and The National Development Council.
Press Release

The Harvard & Fannie Mae Foundation Innovations in American Government Award
ARCH was selected as the inaugural winner of the national Fannie Mae Foundation Innovations in American Government Award in Affordable Housing, in partnership with the Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard University.  The award was announced at the annual Excellence in Government conference in Washington D.C. and includes a $25,000 grant to study ARCH's replicability in other regions of the country.
7-28-2004 Press Release, Innovations Award, Harvard & Fannie Mae Foundation
7-28-2004 Press Release, A Regional Coalition for Housing

Innovations Award presentation: Arthur Sullivan, ARCH Program Manager; Rosemarie Ives, City of Redmond Mayor; Janet Lewine, ARCH Housing Planner; Sheila Maith, Fannie Mae Foundation Managing Director of Policy and Leadership  Development; and Peter Beard, Fannie Mae Vice President.


HUD Secretary's Opportunity and Empowerment Award   
Awarded in 1999 by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the American Planning Association.  ARCH was recognized as an exemplary program where interjurisdictional cooperation has increased housing and other opportunities for low- and moderate-income residents. "APA & HUD singled out ARCH because of its innovative approach to improving housing policies and increasing the supply of affordable housing on a regional basis.  We believe that ARCH stands as a model for the kind of cross-jurisdictional collaboration needed in all sections of our country to address this critical issue."  National APA/HUD Housing Award to ARCH

Vision 2020 Award
Awarded in 1998 by the Puget Sound Regional Council.  ARCH was honored for its outstanding efforts in helping to implement VISION 2020, the central Puget Sound region's growth management, economic and transportation strategy.  ARCH was recognized for helping to increase choices in housing types, especially affordable housing.

Honor Award  Awarded in 1993 by the American Planning Association and the Planning Association of Washington for outstanding achievement in a planning program that contributes to advances in the planning field.  


ARCH Recognition awards

The ARCH Citizen Advisory Board sponsors the ARCH Community Housing Recognition Awards.  These awards are presented to local programs, individuals, and projects that have made a positive difference in housing opportunity for families, seniors, the homeless, and persons with special needs.

Golden Nugget award for Kensington Square in Bellevue earned by the Master Builders Care Foundation.  Click here for more information.

  Outstanding Projects Outstanding Programs Outstanding People
1994 Family Village, YWCA

Park Highland, Intrawest
Habitat for Humanity

Congregations for the Homeless, Eastside Interfaith Social Concerns
Darcy Johnson: Former Chair, St. Andrew’s Housing Group

Ann Lewis: Boardmember & Former Chair, Housing at the Crossroads
1996 Brandenwood Senior Residence

Madison Place at Klahanie
Seafirst Bank Community Development Department Karin Frankenberger: KITH Exec. Director

Dan Watson: Assistant Director, King County Housing Authority
1998 Highland Gardens at Klahanie

Cambridge Court

Mercer Island Accessory Housing Program

LATCH Co-operative Housing Management Model
Todd Bennett: Chair, DASH Board of Directors

Jan Dickerman: Housing Director, Multi-Service Center

Habitat Coal Creek Terrace

Hopelink Place



Master Builders Care Foundation ‘Home Aid’ Program Len Brannen: Principal, Shelter Resources

Kathleen Pittis: VP of Community Development, Key Bank

Doreen Cato: Board of Directors, KC Housing Authority member


Avondale Park

Evergreen Court

Kirkland Housing Demostration Program

Community Homes Adult Family Home Program

Linda Hall, Former Executive Director, St. Andrew's Housing Group

Eric Campbell: Founder & President, CamWest

Doreen Marchione, President & CEO, Hopelink


Member awards

Programs and activities initiated by member cities and King County have received the following awards:  

2009 Governor's Smart Communities Award. 
Issaquah received a "Smart Partnerships Award" honoring the YWCA's 146 unit affordable housing project. 
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Successful Local Strategies for Affordable Housing - King County 
HUD's Regulatory Barriers Clearinghouse named King County one of 14 inaugural winners of the Robert L. Woodson, Jr. Award for their efforts in reducing regulatory barriers and making great strides in affordable housing.  King County demonstrated an increase in affordable housing through several programs, including the County's program to permit accessory units on all lots over 10,000 square feet, streamlined environmental requirements for small developments, and pre-approvals of commonly used house plans. The County revised the zoning ordinance to provide for townhomes, zero-lot-line development, and small cottage housing. It also now allows multifamily housing in many formerly single-family residential areas and mixed uses in many residential areas.  An article on this award is found on the Regulatory Barriers Clearinghouse website here.

2005 Vision 2020 Award
Redevelopment of Redmond's former Coast Guard property - Springboard Alliance (formerly EHA), Mosaic Homes, Habitat for Humanity, ARCH and City of Redmond
An integrated development, including market-rate townhomes, very low income family emergency shelter and transitional housing for formerly homeless individuals, and low income ownership housing via Habitat for Humanity.  The site also includes a community center and a park.  

2004 Vision 2020 Award
Greenbrier Heights -  Sponsored by
King County and the City of Woodinville
Greenbrier Heights is a new neighborhood built on King County surplus property, featuring affordable housing as well as 11 acres of dedicated wetlands and wildlife habitat.  The range of housing includes rental units for low-income seniors, rental units for low-income families and well as moderate income single-family owner homes and cottage housing, all of which have been extremely popular.  The neighborhood includes a park, trails, and a community center.

2003 Vision 2020 Award
Talus -  Sponsored by Oly/Intracorp General Partnership and the City of Issaquah

Talus is a new urban village development in Issaquah on the slopes of Cougar and Squak mountains near SR 900. This project creates a balance between new housing, environmental protection, and public infrastructure improvements.  Of the site's 630 acres, only 25% is used for development and utilities. 

Best in American Living Awards (BALA) by the Professional Builder magazine and the National Association of Home Builders - 2005
CamWest Developer, Mithun Architect and the City of Bothell

A Best in Region Award in the BALA competition competition was awarded to Kirkland developer CamWest's North Creek - Leschi Plan for the Best Single-Family Detached Home, under 1,500 sq. ft. The BALA program showcases homes that illustrate design quality, succeed in the marketplace and exemplify the "Best in American Living".

The National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) Award of Excellence in Program Innovation - 2003
Village at Overlake Station - King County Metro, King County Housing Authority, and City of Redmond

Redmond's Village at Overlake Station park-and-ride lot transit-oriented development (TOD)  was one of the first pilot projects for King County's TOD Section, and the first bus TOD in the nation. The project integrates 308 units of workforce housing, a mass transit facility and a child day care center on a single site.   Also received the 2002 Vision 2020 Award.