2003 National Communities of Quality Awards Announced

December 4, 2003, Alexandria, Va. – The National Affordable Housing Management Association is pleased to announce the winners of its 2003 Communities of Quality awards, which recognize outstanding property management companies providing the highest possible quality of safe, affordable multifamily rental housing at particular sites.

This year, the COQ awards are sponsored by The Home Depot Supply company and a leading supplier of maintenance repair and replacement parts to the multifamily industry. Maintenance Warehouse® recently changed its name to The Home Depot Supply.

The 2003 COQ winners are:

  • Outstanding Turnaround of a Troubled Property: First Cumberland Properties, Inc., Brentwood, Tenn., for its Berkshire Place Apartments in Nashville, representing the Southeastern Affordable Housing Management Association (SAHMA).
  • Exemplary Development for the Elderly or Disabled (tie): Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly, Inc., for three interconnected developments in Brighton, Mass. (Ulin House, Leventhal House and Genesis House) representing the New England Affordable Housing Management Association (NEAHMA); and PRD Management, Inc., Merchantville, N.J., for Acacia Lumberton Manor in Lumberton, N.J., representing the New Jersey Affordable Housing Management Association (JAHMA).
  • Exemplary Family Development: Corcoran Management Company, Braintree, Mass., for Pelham Apartments in Framingham, Mass., representing the New England Affordable Housing Management Association (NEAHMA).

Winners were chosen from among nominations submitted by each of the 17 regional Affordable Housing Management Associations (AHMAs) nationwide, which hold the first round of the competition. Entrants are judged on the physical and financial condition of the properties; the quality of life they offer to residents; the level of resident involvement in planning and problem solving; and the nature of collaborations with other organizations and agencies that contribute to the betterment of the lives of residents and the communities at large.

“It is a challenge to maintain and manage affordable housing so that it enhances the lives of its residents and is a credit to its surrounding community, while continuing to remain affordable,” said NAHMA President Wayne Fox, HCCP, NAHP-e. “Those who do it well inspire others to attain the same high levels of quality and concern for the safety and comfort of people of modest means.”

Mike Hendel, Director of Multifamily Business Development, Maintenance Warehouse, said his company is particularly proud to be involved in giving an award that honors those properties who are doing the right thing for their communities. “Giving back to the community is part of the way we do business in The Home Depot family of companies,” Hendel said, “and it is a pleasure to actively share this value with many of our customers in the multifamily industry.”

The COQ awards will be presented at NAHMA’s annual winter meeting, March 6-9, 2004, in Washington, D.C.

Maintenance Warehouse is the leading direct wholesale supplier of maintenance, repair and replacement products to owners and managers of multifamily, lodging, assisted living and other institutional facilities. With 21 distribution centers throughout the U.S., the company offers free, next-day delivery to most areas on most items. Maintenance Warehouse customers can select from thousands of maintenance items, offered at every day low wholesale prices through its free 1,700-page catalog – published annually – and its e-commerce site (www.mwh.com). Maintenance Warehouse was founded in 1973.