What isthe National Affordable Housing Management Association
Established in 1990, the National Affordable Housing Management Association (NAHMA) is the top resource for the affordable multi-family housing industry. Above all other issues, NAHMA’s core focus is lobbying. NAHMA also provides educational training, scholarships, and a wealth of other benefits to property managers. Headquartered in Alexandria, VA, NAHMA has regional sub-chapters around the country. Property managers can use NAHMA’s online chapter directory to find their local chapter.
NAHMA’s Lobbying Efforts
Affordable multi-family housing owners rely on NAHMA to advocate for regulatory policies that protect and advance the affordable housing industry. As a result, they are at the forefront of the affordable housing industry on a wide range of important legislative issues. The most noteworthy issues include:
- Fair Housing Policies
- Low Income Tax Credits
- Affordable Housing Financing
- Public/Private Development Partnerships
Above all, NAHMA works to foster legislative policy that preserves existing affordable housing units and encourages the development of additional units.
NAHMA’s Communities of Quality
While NAHMA lobbies in Washington, it also works to establish industry standards. Their cornerstone program is Communities of Quality, a national program that acknowledges excellence in affordable housing properties. Maybe their most important initiative besides lobbying, the program requires excellence in the management of a property’s physical assets and finances. Even more important are requirements for maintaining outstanding social conditions.
Other Benefits of NAHMA
Finally, NAHMA offers a wide range of benefits beyond lobbying and Communities of Quality. While these programs are important, NAHMA is the leading educational resource for industry professionals. They offer multiple property management credentials for affordable housing professionals including the Specialist in Housing Credit Management certification via a partnership with the National Apartment Association. Furthermore, they run both regional and national conferences that provide networking and educational opportunities to industry professionals.
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