2001 National Communities of Quality Awards Announced
The National Affordable Housing Management Association (NAHMA), who’s members manage well over 50 percent of all privately owned, government-assisted housing, and provide quality housing to over four million Americans, held its annual Communities of Quality Award November 6, 2001.
The goal of the Communities of Quality Awards program is to recognize outstanding affordable properties that are members of NAHMA and/or one of its affiliate Affordable Housing Management Associations (AHMAs). A Blue Ribbon panel consisting of representatives from various housing organizations and government entities selected the national winners from the dozens of entries received. These prestigious awards are given to properties which exemplify the essence of a Community of Quality and are judged in three distinct categories; Exemplary Family Development, Exemplary Elderly/Disabled Development, and Outstanding Turnaround Property.
Awards are given to recognize a family or elderly/disabled property for outstanding financial and physical management of the site, overall resident satisfaction and positive contributions to the surrounding community.
The 2001 COQ winners are:
EXEMPLARY FAMILY DEVELOPMENT
Villages of East Lake I & II
Managed by the Lane Company, a member of the Southeastern Affordable Housing Management Association (SAHMA). Villages of East Lake I & II is unique in countless ways and has overcome many challenges to achieve a “village concept”. This was accomplished by combining public and private partnerships to provide quality housing, amenities, conveniences and opportunities in this lakeside neighborhood of townhouses, garden-style and duplex villa apartment homes.
EXEMPLARY DEVELOPMENT FOR THE ELDERLY/DISABLED
Managed by Beacon Residential Management, a member of the Virginia Affordable Housing Management Association (VAHMA). Dominion Place is a 12-story, 249 unit hi-rise built in 1977 which was designed to meet the needs of elderly and disabled residents. From the lobby sitting area to the roof top gardens, solarium, terrace, exercise and billiard rooms, these well-maintained facilities remain home to more than a dozen of its original tenants. All of the residents enjoy the safe, secure and caring environment that encourages them to feel part of their neighborhood.
The Outstanding Turnaround of a Troubled Property Award recognizes a management company for its ability to “turn around” a property within the past 36 months that has experienced severe financial and/or physical distress.
OUTSTANDING TURNAROUND OF A TROUBLED PROPERTY
Windham Heights I & II
Managed by Konover Residential Corporation, a member of the New England Affordable Housing Management Association (NEAHMA). Windham Heights I & II has been transformed, through the efforts of creative law enforcement and management staff initiatives. This 57 acre community was once a place with escalating violence, where residents were afraid to let their children out to play. Today, through the many site and security improvements, program developments and team building efforts, over 2300 residents are proud to call “The Windhams” home.