On April 21, 1972, President Richard M. Nixon signed Executive Order 11668 directing the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to create the National Center for Housing Management (NCHM). The President's action was prompted by the recommendations of a blue-ribbon task force appointed to advise the President on ways of protecting the Nation's investment in affordable housing. The task force, made up of industry leaders from banking, housing, and other fields, determined that there was an urgent need to professionalize the management of affordable housing. They recommended the creation of an entity that could serve the needs of the industry through setting of standards, training individuals and strengthening management organizations.
Since its creation, NCHM has trained and certified over 250,000 housing professionals and worked with hundreds of organizations to improve their housing operations. Today our mission has been broadened to include service to all facets of the multi-family and senior housing industry, but we remain committed to the goals set out for us by the President more than forty years ago.
The Executive Order is reprinted in its entirety below.
Executive Order 11668
By virtue of the authority vested in me as President of the United States and in accordance with the provisions of the Department of Housing and Urban Development Act, as amended (42 U.S.C. 3531et seq.), Title VIII of the Housing Act of 1964, as amended (20 U.S.C. 801et seq.), and Title V of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1970 (12 U.S.C. 1701z-1et seq.), it is ordered as follows:
Section 1. Policy
The Nation’s housing stock represents an important national resource which must be preserved and well managed if public and private investments are to be protected, and if we are to meet our goal of providing a decent home and suitable living environment for low and moderate income residents. The production of Federally-assisted housing has greatly expanded in recent years, creating a need for a balanced strategy to ensure that such housing remains viable for the purposes intended.
This expansion also creates a need for a growing supply of new management manpower for the years ahead. Special skills must be developed among these managers so that they can effectively overcome the social and economic problems facing many residents of Federally-assisted housing, including the elderly. Training, the improvement of career opportunities, and the upgrading of industry standards are all essential to the improvement of the Nation’s housing management capability, particularly for low and moderate income housing.
Section 2. Establishment of a National Center for Housing Management
- The Secretary of Housing and Urban Development is directed to call upon public-spirited citizens, dedicated and experienced in the appropriate disciplines, to create, in accordance with existing laws, a new, non-governmental, not-for-profit institution to serve as a National Center for Housing Management (referred to herein as the Center).
- The Center should be designed to provide objective and independent leadership at the national level in helping meet the Nation’s housing management and training needs and should work cooperatively with the Department of Housing and Urban Development and with the public and private organizations and institutions involved in, or affected by, its activities.
Section 3. Activities of the Center
The activities of the Center should be developed along lines that include the following objectives:
- Development of training and educational programs for housing management and personnel;
- Cooperation with public and private national, State, and local organizations and institutions in extending housing management training and educational opportunities, using to the fullest extent possible the services and facilities of existing agencies with expertise in training and education.
- Cooperation with national, State, and local organizations and institutions in establishing or expanding recruitment and placement systems that will link training in housing management to job opportunities in that field.
- Development of improved housing management practices and assistance in professionalizing the housing management industry; and
- Stimulating the creation of new management entities, and strengthening the effectiveness of existing management entities.
Section 4. Assistance by Federal Agencies
To the extent consistent with law, all other Federal executive departments and agencies shall cooperate and work with the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Center in providing appropriate advice and financial support so as to ensure that the above described objectives are carried out with the most effective and efficient use of Federal, State and local resources, both public and private.