Call for Papers: The RCLCO Foundation 50th Anniversary Paper Prize

The Organization’s First White Paper Competition to Award $5,000 for Affordable Housing Innovation

Bethesda, MD, September 22, 2017 --( The RCLCO Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, is pleased to announce a Call for Papers for its first white paper competition. In celebration of RCLCO’s 50th anniversary year, the Paper Prize is a thought leadership competition that draws entries from all segments of the housing innovation community, with the goal of making a meaningful difference in the policy and practice of affordable housing provision.

The RCLCO Foundation 50th Anniversary Paper Prize will honor scholarly work that drives innovation in approach to financing or incentivizing the creation of affordable housing in America.

The paper that demonstrates the most innovative thinking regarding strategies that support the creation of affordable housing in America, as deemed by the Foundation’s judges (comprised of both internal and external thought leaders), will receive a prize of $5,000 and promotional publication through RCLCO’s website and digital distribution, including The Advisory newsletter.

Eligibility Requirements: The competition is open to current academics, graduate students, independent scholars, economists, policy experts or practioners in the field. New (unpublished) or recently published research (within the past 3 years) will be accepted, and the selected winner will retain academic republication rights if so desired.

Submission Process: Applicants interested in the paper prize are invited to submit a one-page prospectus or summary by November 1, 2017. Send all questions and submissions to Ann Geary at; include full contact information and a short bio in your prospectus submission. A list of finalists will then be selected, who will be asked to prepare a short (roughly 2,000 word) summary of the research or thesis. These finalist submissions will be due January 30, 2018, with the winner to be announced in March 2018.

For the official contest posting, go to

About The RCLCO Foundation
The RCLCO Foundation was formed in 2006 as a means to positively influence the availability and development of affordable housing. Funding to The RCLCO Foundation is provided by RCLCO, which annually contributes a share of its profits, along with contributions and grants provided by RCLCO team members, alumni, clients, and other organizations who are interested in advancing the cause of affordable housing. The Foundation is committed to making a meaningful difference in the practice and policy of affordable housing, by encouraging and facilitating the development of balanced communities.

Since 1967, RCLCO (formerly Robert Charles Lesser & Co.) has been the "first call" for real estate developers, investors, public institutions and non-real estate companies seeking strategic and tactical advice regarding property investment, planning, and development. RCLCO leverages quantitative analytics platforms and a strategic planning framework to provide end-to-end business planning and implementation solutions at an entity, portfolio, or project level. With the insights and experience gained over 50 years and thousands of projects—touching over $5B of real estate activity each year—RCLCO brings success to all product types across the United States and around the world. RCLCO is headquartered in Washington, DC, and has offices in Los Angeles, Orlando, and Austin.
Diana Black