COQ Awards Applications Due Thursday

COQ Awards Applications Due Thursday

This is your last chance to enter the 2019 National Affordable Housing Management Association (NAHMA)’s Communities of Quality Awards competition; applications are due this Thursday. To enter the awards competition, a property must have achieved national recognition as a NAHMA Community of Quality (COQ) with a minimum score of 325 points on its National Recognition application. For certified COQ properties, the submission deadline for the awards competition to NAHMA is Nov. 7. Get your applications finalized now. Winners are announced in January.

The COQ Awards recognize outstanding property management companies providing the highest quality of safe, affordable multifamily rental housing in communities across the country. Judging is based on a point system that takes into account your National COQ Recognition Program application and the required COQ Awards application essay. All affordable multifamily properties may compete—it doesn’t matter how big or small your community may be, where it is located, or which affordable rental program (HUD, RD or LIHTC) it participates in. To download a copy of the COQ Awards brochure, visit

Detailed application information and submission materials for the NAHMA COQ National Recognition and Awards programs are available on the NAHMA website at All COQ nationally recognized properties are eligible to highlight their accomplishments through the use of Digital Smart Badges on their properties’ websites, enabling web visitors to see, and validate, their COQ national recognition status through a simple “click and verify” process.

“The Communities of Quality Awards honor the achievements of affordable housing providers who make an unprecedented contribution to developing outstanding properties for families of modest means. NAHMA believes it is essential that outstanding affordable properties―and the individuals who establish them―be publicly recognized for providing quality housing that offers a safe, healthy environment,” Timothy Zaleski, SHCM, NAHP-e, NAHMA president, said. “They are communities supplying essential programs and services for their residents. These awards bring valuable well-deserved attention to the important work we are all doing.”

The awards competition has five categories:

  • Exemplary Family Development
  • Exemplary Development for the Elderly
  • Exemplary Development for Residents with Special Needs
  • Exemplary Development for Single Room Occupancy Housing
  • Outstanding Turnaround of a Troubled Property

Award winners will be notified in early January 2020 and will receive their awards in a special ceremony at the NAHMA Biannual Top Issues in Affordable Housing Winter Conference, March 8-10, 2020, in Washington, D.C.

This year’s COQ Awards program is once again jointly sponsored by HD Supply Multifamily Solutions, a leading supplier of maintenance and renovation products to the multihousing industry, and Navigate Affordable Housing Partners, a leading provider of consulting and development services to public housing authorities and the HUD Section 8 project-based contract administrator (PBCA) for several states.

COQ Awards contest application materials should be submitted directly to NAHMA by Nov. 7, c/o NAHMA COQ Awards Entry, 400 N. Columbus St., Suite 203, Alexandria, VA 22314.

For questions about the COQ program and awards, contact Paulette Washington at 703-683-8630, ext. 110 or .