NAHMA Celebrates the Affordable Housing Industry’s Best

The National Affordable Housing Management Association (NAHMA) announces the winners of its annual Industry and AHMA Awards, which will be presented during its Biannual Top Issues in Affordable Housing winter conference, March 9-11.
The list of award winners includes individuals and organizations whose professionalism, dedication, and accomplishments in assuring quality housing for low-income Americans raise the multifamily affordable housing industry standards. More detailed descriptions of award winners will be provided in the March-April issue of NAHMA News.

AHMA of the Year
Given to AHMAs using criteria such as size, number of members, success in membership recruitment, membership retention, education and training course attendance, financial stability, and other factors.
Large: SAHMA evaluated and reimagined many of its in-person events due to the pandemic, but most member services continued uninterrupted. It continues to concentrate on providing a diverse and extensive catalog of member services. Additionally, the association established some creative partnerships that offer SAHMA members some wonderful opportunities.
Medium: AHMA of Washington’s many accomplishments over the past year include increasing membership, increasing the number of trainings as well as the number of attendees at the activities, holding a successful virtual conference, strengthening its financial position, and absorbing the Affordable Rural Housing Council.
Small: JAHMA successfully implemented a restructuring of its membership tiers, held an in-person fundraiser for the JAHMA Foundation and a creative in-person annual conference, and hosted virtual member town halls and NAHMA credential courses throughout the year.

AHMA Innovation Award
Given in recognition of a new program, service, or activity that an AHMA began sometime in late 2020 or in 2021.

Large: SAHMA canceled all in-person conferences and education for the first half of 2021 due to the pandemic. With safety and quality education in mind, the SAHMA board decided to hold the Southeast Virtual Conference for Affordable Housing and Virtual Maintenance Workshop in addition to continuing to offer live and on-demand webinars, four-hour Zoom classrooms and virtual certifications.

Small: JAHMA moved forward with an in-person Spring Maintenance Event but incorporated technology to allow government speakers to present virtually. All concurrent sessions were recorded and made available to registered attendees through a password-protected platform. JAHMA also integrated an event app that allowed attendees to receive reminders and updates, share photos taken at the event, and connect with other attendees.

AHMA of East Texas, AHMA of Washington and Rocky AHMA created a training coalition and partnership trainings. The collaboration has resulted in increased attendance, revenue and AHMA member opportunities for training. The partnership was divided into two categories: calendar sharing, through which each of the three AHMAs can advertise any of the scheduled trainings on another AHMA’s calendar; and revenue sharing, through which the hosting AHMA calculates the per-person profit after all expenses and shares 50/50 with the other AHMAs based on the member attendance from that AHMA.

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