Time to Start Prepping for NAHMA COQ Awards Applications
Before summer vacations and back-to-school events start dominating the schedule, plan to enter the NAHMA 2019 Communities of Quality (COQ) Awards competition. The submission deadline to NAHMA is Nov. 7. To enter the awards competition, a property must first apply for and achieve national recognition as a NAHMA Community of Quality with a minimum score of 325 points on its National Recognition application. If a property is not currently a nationally recognized COQ property, the deadline for submitting an entry-level application to a local AHMA for consideration in the national program is Sept. 5.
Detailed application information and submission materials for the NAHMA COQ National Recognition and Awards programs are available on the NAHMA website at https://www.nahma.org/awards-contests/communities-of-quality. 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, 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.
Entry-level National Recognition applications are due to the property’s local AHMA by Sept. 5. COQ Awards contest application materials should be submitted directly to NAHMA by Nov. 2, c/o NAHMA COQ Awards Entry, 400 N. Columbus St., Suite 203, Alexandria, VA 22314.
The AHMAs will also be honoring their local NAHMA Communities of Quality program participants. Please check your local AHMA’s program details; a directory of the AHMAs is available on the NAHMA website, at https://www.nahma.org/membership/ahma-directory/.
For questions about the COQ program and awards, contact Paulette Washington at 703-683-8630, ext. 110 or .