2009 Winners Announced for Highest-Quality Multifamily Housing Nationwide

For Seventeenth Year, NAHMA Commends National Communities of Quality®

Alexandria, Va. – The National Affordable Housing Management Association (NAHMA) is recognizing four affordable housing communities as winners of its 2009 Communities of Quality® Awards. The awards acknowledge excellence in the physical, financial and social condition of federally subsidized properties. In addition, sites are honored on the basis of the quality of life they offer to residents; the level of resident involvement in community life; and the nature of collaborations with other organizations and agencies that contribute to the lives of residents and the larger community.

“Being named a National Community of Quality® Award winner is very significant to our members and to the affordable housing industry,” said Kris Cook, executive director of NAHMA, which represents affordable housing managers and owners nationwide. “It takes a stand-out property to win one of these national awards, and the competition process itself requires considerable time, effort and documentation on the part of entrants.”

The awards are co-sponsored by HD Supply™ Multifamily Solutions, a leading supplier of maintenance and renovation products to the multihousing industry.

This year’s winners were chosen from properties that qualified for the competition after achieving National Recognition from NAHMA as a Community of Quality®. This means that they exceeded the challenging criteria properties must meet to achieve National Recognition by 100 points.

Winners of the 17th annual COQ Awards competition are:

  • Exemplary Family Development: Spear Management, Inc. for Westbrook Pointe Apartments, Westbrook, Maine
  • Exemplary Development for the Elderly: WinnResidential for Whalers Place, New Bedford, MA
  • Outstanding Turnaround of a Troubled Property: Creative Management, Inc. for Riverside Apartments, Columbia, SC
  • Exemplary Development for Residents with Special Needs: WinnResidential for Foxwell Memorial Apartments, West Baltimore, MD

“There is an acute need for high-quality, affordable multifamily housing as more and more families lose their homes to foreclosure, and as the elderly population on fixed incomes increases,” noted NAHMA President Dan Murray, NAHP-e. “Communities of Quality® demonstrate that affordable housing is a tremendous asset to communities, providing much-needed services to the working poor, the elderly, special needs populations, and families who are desperate for safe, stable places to call home.”

For the sixth straight year, HD Supply Multifamily Solutions has co-sponsored the COQ program. Mike Hendel, Director of Multifamily Business Development, said his company values the effort COQ award winners place on maintaining safe, sound and attractive properties for at-risk populations. “This requires vigilance and dedication on the part of owners and managers,” he said. “NAHMA is leading the way in keeping expectations high for the quality of affordable multifamily housing.”

The COQ awards will be presented at NAHMA’s annual winter meeting, March 14-16, 2010, in Washington, D.C.

NAHMA is the leading voice for affordable housing, advocating on behalf of multifamily property mangers and owners whose mission is to provide quality affordable housing. NAHMA holds a unique position in the industry as an advocate for professional standards. It supports legislative and regulatory policy that promotes the development and preservation of decent and safe affordable housing. It also is a vital resource for technical education and information and fosters strategic relations between government and industry. Founded in 1990, NAHMA’s membership today includes the industry’s most distinguished multifamily owners and management companies.

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For more information on the Communities of Quality® Award winners, visit www.nahma.org.