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By Paul Votto, National Director of Housing Programs
A centerpiece of the National Center for Housing Management’s Registered Housing Manager (RHM) program is the property assessment prepared by candidates for the RHM designation. Candidates collect and analyze key performance data on their properties, identify any weaknesses, and propose a plan of action to address the issues. The vast majority of the assessments are conducted on affordable housing properties, with many of those involving housing for seniors and people with disabilities. As a member of the National Certification Review Board I have the distinct pleasure of reviewing each submission. I greatly enjoy the task as it gives me a glimpse into properties all across the United States and Puerto Rico in a way few get to experience.
Recently, I was reviewing an assessment prepared by Ann Vachula of Pittsfield, Massachusetts. Her assessment of Central Annex Apartments included a brief history of the building, which was built in 1896 at a cost of $200,000 and served as Pittsfield’s high school for many years. In 1980 the old high school building was converted into housing for seniors and persons with disabilities and in 2015 it was reborn again through the use of low-income housing tax credits.
By Glenn Stevens, NCHM President
During my 30 years in this business I have been to countless industry conferences and events. While I believe these events are important for training and networking among other things, I have never seen any truly tangible results from them that positively impact low-income public housing residents -- until last month.
At a two-hour luncheon, the Alabama Housing Authorities Education and Enrichment Fund (AHAEEF) did more to assist the advancement of young public housing residents than I have seen in most government programs or industry group initiatives. It gave college scholarships to 10 deserving young adults living in public housing operated by public housing agencies throughout the State of Alabama.
The people behind AHAEEF are extraordinarily committed to the purpose of the fund. "This is one of the most fulfilling things I have ever been a part of," said AHAEEF board member and past president Mickey McInnish. According to McInnish, the fund has supported over 250 promising kids and adults during its 26 years in existence. "People just need a break in life," he said, and this is that break.