MidPen Housing’s Half Moon Village is Awarded the ULI Global Award of Excellence

Half Moon Village Recognized as a National Model for Innovations in Health and Housing for Seniors


ULI Winner Half Moon Village provides 160 affordable rental homes for seniors in Half Moon Bay.

November 15, 2017 – MidPen Housing’s Half Moon Village, an affordable rental community for seniors in Half Moon Bay, California, has won the prestigious 2017 Urban Land Institute (ULI) Global Award for Excellence. ULI selected thirteen developments from around the world as winners in the 39th annual competition, widely recognized as one of the land use industry’s most prestigious awards programs.

Half Moon Village, which opened in 2015, is the result of a tremendous vision held by the County of San Mateo to transform an underutilized site into an innovative model for housing and community resource care for seniors on a fixed income. A strikingly beautiful apartment community, Half Moon Village provides 160 rental homes affordable to low-income seniors, aged 62 and older, in the nation’s most expensive rental housing market. As part of an extended 10 acre Senior Campus, Half Moon Village residents have easy access to the adjacent Coastside Adult Day Health Center and Coastsiders Senior Community Center. By providing high-quality senior health and social services onsite and in their neighborhood, a continuum of care is created where seniors can successfully age in place and serves as a best practice housing model for the growing population of seniors in the United States.

With over 40,000 members worldwide, the mission of ULI is to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide.

The Awards for Excellence program, established in 1979, recognizes real estate projects that achieve the highest standard of excellence in design, construction, economics, planning, and management. As the centerpiece of ULI’s efforts to promote best practices in real estate development, the program recognizes the full development process of a project, not just its architecture or design. The criteria for the awards include leadership, contribution to the community, innovations, public/private partnerships, environmental protection and enhancement, response to societal needs, and financial viability.

“Each of these winners demonstrates a thoughtful, innovative approach to urban development that is adding to the sustainability and livability of the communities in which they are located,” said 2017-2018 Global Awards Jury Chairman Wendy Rowden, president of 42nd Street Development Corp. in New York City. “The attention paid to project detail, flexible design, and neighborhood context were among the factors making these entries stand out. They represent the type of development that will withstand the tests of time and change.”

“We are extremely honored to have Half Moon Village recognized by ULI as a model for best-practices in land use innovation, planning and design,” said Matthew O. Franklin, President of MidPen Housing. “Through a visionary partnership with the County of San Mateo and the City of Half Moon Bay, we intentionally developed a services-enriched community for low-income seniors designed to help them successfully age in place. It’s wonderful that this innovative collaboration and development has been honored and held up as both a national and an international model.”

Half Moon Village was selected by the State of California and the Health Plan of San Mateo County (HPSM) to participate in the Community Care Settings Pilot (CCSP) program that aims to provide less expensive, more independent alternatives to traditional nursing home services for low-income seniors who are dually eligible for Medicare and MediCal. MidPen set aside 12 apartments at Half Moon Village for residents who met these criteria and the results have been striking: In the first two years of the program, there has been a 96 percent reduction in skilled nursing costs, a 71 percent savings in pharmacy costs and a 42 percent savings in total costs. Additionally, residents have reported high levels of satisfaction with the pilot program and improved quality of life.

“Collaboration among our County agencies as well as with the private sector becomes increasingly important in meeting the needs of our growing population of seniors,” said Don Horsley, San Mateo County Board of Supervisors President Don Horsley whose district includes Half Moon Village. “Investing in innovative communities like Half Moon Village provides much need senior housing in a way that improves their quality of life while saving the County hundreds of thousands of dollars in health care costs. It’s a win-win and a model we hope to replicate.”

Stories of Half Moon Bay residents can be found on MidPen’s website here.

Information on the twelve other 2017 ULI Global Awards for Excellence winners can be found on ULI’s website here.


Note to Editors: For interview requests or professional photographs of Half Moon Village, please contact Beth Fraker at 650-288-7013 or bfraker@midpen-housing.org.

About MidPen Housing
MidPen Housing provides safe, affordable housing of high quality to those in need; establishes stability and opportunity in the lives of residents; and fosters diverse communities that allow people from all ethnic, social, and economic backgrounds to live in dignity, harmony and mutual respect. Since 1970, MidPen has developed and professionally managed over 7,400 homes for low-income families, seniors and those with special needs. With offices in Foster City and Watsonville, MidPen works in 10 Northern California counties. For more information visit: www.midpen-housing.org

About the Urban Land Institute
The Urban Land Institute is a nonprofit education and research institute supported by its members. Its mission is to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide. Established in 1936, the institute has more than 40,000 members worldwide representing all aspects of land use and development disciplines. For more information, visit uli.org or follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram.