The National Affordable Housing Management Association (NAHMA) is the leading voice for affordable housing management, advocating on behalf of multifamily property managers and owners whose mission is to provide quality affordable housing. As an advocate for professional standards for affordable housing providers, NAHMA holds a unique position in the industry. Founded in 1990, NAHMA’s membership today includes the industry’s most distinguished multifamily managers, owners, and industry stakeholders.
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Our Mission: Advancing and Preserving Communities of Quality®
NAHMA’s mission is to support legislative and regulatory policy that promotes the development and preservation of decent and safe affordable housing. NAHMA serves as a vital resource for technical education and information, fosters strategic relations between government and industry, and recognizes those who exemplify the best in affordable housing. NAHMA is the voice in Washington for 16 regional, state and local affordable housing management associations (AHMAs) nationwide. NAHMA advocates a supply adequate to meet the growing need for multifamily, residential affordable housing by bringing nationwide attention to the necessity of preserving decent and safe housing. The foundation of NAHMA’s vital mission is based upon:
- Solid partnerships with the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Congress, the Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development office, the Internal Revenue Service, state housing finance agencies, and housing credit monitoring agencies.
- Promotion of industry standards for professionals in affordable housing management through initiating and maintaining professional education and certification programs.
- Commitment to Communities of Quality® for families living in affordable housing.
- Preservation of existing units of affordable housing.
NAHMA concentrates its efforts on housing policy, finance and other current issues shaping affordable housing legislation and regulation, presenting testimony, drafting white papers and disseminating alerts, newsletters and other communications to its members. NAHMA also maintains strategic alliances with other industry groups, thereby strengthening the voice of the affordable housing industry.
Now, more than ever, it is vital that we as a nation not only protect low-income housing, but also ensure appropriate government involvement at all levels. We believe that a public/private partnership will take advantage of the best both sectors have to offer to low-income residents, and it is more efficient and less expensive to the country.
NAHMA Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Policy Statement
Since its inception, NAHMA’s mission of advancing and preserving Communities of Quality has supported legislative and regulatory policy that promotes decent and safe affordable housing.
By advancing professional standards, education and certification, and broad-based housing policy, and by fostering a collaborative network of multifamily managers, owners and housing advocates, today NAHMA serves as a vital resource connecting government to industry.
Because of this unique role, NAHMA has long been committed to the promotion of diversity, equity and inclusion within the affordable housing industry. For example, NAHMA’s Fair Housing Compliance (FHC) course established the industry standard in understanding complex fair housing regulations so they can be successfully sustained.
Through providing such industry training opportunities, as well as a broad spectrum of programs, tools and resources, NAHMA demonstrates its commitment to encouraging and supporting a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion across all areas of the organization and within all of its membership and stakeholder groups.
NAHMA’s success is dependent on attracting and retaining a diverse membership and stakeholder universe. Diversity, equity and inclusion are key ingredients in creating great outcomes, as the variety of thought, experience and culture results in creative and innovative decision making and member/stakeholder satisfaction in the increasingly diverse field of affordable multifamily housing management.
Through this commitment, NAHMA provides equal opportunities for participation and engagement with all of its programs and services to all members and stakeholders, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, familial status, sexual orientation or any additional protected category under federal, state and local law.
For NAHMA to succeed in its commitment, all members and stakeholders of the organization have a responsibility to treat others with dignity and respect at all times. All NAHMA members and stakeholders are expected to encourage and support diversity, equity and inclusion during any and all events or activities connected to NAHMA or the provision of its programs and services.
NAHMA members and stakeholders who believe they have been subjected to any kind of discrimination that conflicts with the organization’s diversity, equity and inclusion policy are encouraged to bring the matter to the attention of NAHMA’s President or a member of its Board of Directors.
NAHMA commits to a deliberate process of seeking out diverse perspectives and counsel so that its culture of diversity, equity and inclusion remains effective and relevant and is reflected in all of its programs and services provided to all members and stakeholders.
To download a PDF of the statement click: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Policy Statement
Standards of Excellence
The promotion of professional standards is a cornerstone of NAHMA activities. NAHMA offers several professional education and certification programs:
- National Affordable Housing Professional® Certification (NAHP®)
- National Affordable Housing Professional® – Executive Level (NAHP-e®)
- Certified Professional of Occupancy™ (CPO™)
- Fair Housing/Section 504 Compliance™ (FHC™)
- Specialist in Housing Credit Management® (SHCM®)
- NAHMA Maintenance Professional Credentials (NAHMT™ and NAHMS™)
- Credential for Green Property Management™ (CGPM™)
The management of affordable housing is a specialized business, requiring skills and programmatic knowledge not required of other real estate management professionals. Since the 1970s, NAHMA members have been actively involved in federally regulated housing programs. Managers, developers and owners, and industry stakeholders join NAHMA because it is essential to their business. They rely on NAHMA for representation in Washington, invaluable professional education, information, networking and opportunities for one-on-one dialogue with federal and state agencies impacting the industry.Whether you own or manage LIHTC, Section 8, 202 or 236 properties, or participate in one of the many other affordable housing programs, NAHMA membership is essential to smart asset management.
NAHMA membership is not limited to property managers and owners. Supporting them are providers of goods and services, nonprofit rganizations and other stakeholders who know that NAHMA helps them better serve the industry.
NAHMA members manage and provide quality affordable housing to more than eight million Americans with very low and moderate incomes. Presidents and executives of property management companies, owners of affordable rental housing, public agencies and national organizations involved in affordable housing and providers of supplies and services to the affordable housing industry make up the membership of NAHMA.
NAHMA Membership Categories
Membership Benefits at a Glance
- Voting privileges are available to Executive (I, II & III) members. These members play a strategic role in shaping national policy impacting affordable housing.
- Leadership positions allow NAHMA members to play a strategic role in advancing the affordable housing industry through activities in NAHMA, including serving on committees such as: AHMA Liaison, Budget and Finance, Certification Review Board, Contract Administration, Education and Training, Fair Housing, Federal Government Affairs, Housing Proposal, Marketing, Membership, Resolution and Bylaws, Regulatory Affairs, Rural Housing, Senior Housing, Tax Credit and TRACS.
- Accreditation programs give NAHMA members an important career advantage. A recognized source for quality educational programs, NAHMA offers these certifications: National Affordable Housing Professional-Executive (NAHP-e), National Affordable Housing Professional (NAHP), Certified Professional of Occupancy (CPO), Fair Housing Compliance (FHC), Specialist in Housing Credit Management (SHCM), Credential for Green Property Management (CGPM), and Maintenance Professional Credentials.
- Networking is important to NAHMA because it gives members an opportunity to share information and experiences. NAHMA holds three meetings a year to provide networking forums, as well as a full agenda of workshops on current issues presented by experts in their respective fields.
Professional Recognition and Other Benefit Details
- Communities of Quality Awards recognize the property owners and managers who are taking bold steps to promote quality affordable housing. NAHMA recognizes these visionaries each year with three awards: Exemplary Family Development, Exemplary Development for the Elderly or Disabled, and Outstanding Turnaround of a Troubled Property.
- NAHMA News is a bimonthly newsletter about issues affecting the rapidly changing affordable housing industry, including regulation, legislation and NAHMA initiatives.
- NAHP Update is the quarterly e-newsletter for NAHPs and other site staff focusing on professional development and hands-on property management topics.
- Members’ Only website provides extensive resources at www.nahma.org.
- Drug-Free Kid Calendar is an attractive, nationally-distributed full-color calendar which acknowledges the artistic talent of youths living in member properties.
- Member Discounts can save hundreds of dollars on meeting attendance and advertising.
- Annual Membership Directory is a handy desktop reference.
- Annual Congressional Directory is a handy who’s who reference.
- Member Recruitment offers a variety of advantages to members who enroll new members.