For the 20th consecutive year, the National Affordable Housing Management Association (NAHMA) has recognized the best multifamily affordable housing communities across the country for excellence in the way they manage the physical, financial and social conditions of the properties. Winning member sites also are honored for the quality of life they offer residents, the level of resident involvement in community life, their financial stability, the certified quality of their staff, and the nature of collaborations with other organizations and agencies.
MAHMA is proud to recognize MAHMA member company, Paragon Management and their property, Restoration Towers in Detroit, Michigan for winning the Exemplary Development for the Elderly Award at the NAHMA Winter meeting on March 25, 2013 in Washington, DC.
Restoration Towers is a 147-unit, high-rise apartment complex built in 1981 that utilizes both Section 202 and Section 8 subsidies for its elderly and/or physically challenged residents. Situated in the Brightmoor neighborhood, one of Detroits most economically challenged regions, Restoration Towers is a pillar of the community, with its beautifully manicured landscape and its critical outreach to the elderly in the neighborhood. Since 1994 Restoration Towers has benefited from HUDs Congregate Housing Services Program (CHSP), which includes access to transportation, housekeeping and weekend meals, allowing its frail elderly residents to maintain their independence. An onsite service coordinator helps residents secure other needed services (such as home health aides, financial management and general counseling).
Restoration Towers has a Neighborhood Network Center, which was upgraded in 2011 thanks to a $304,000 Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) grant secured by the owner in partnership with the state of Michigan and others. Residents also have access to numerous social activities and health-care services. Outreach to the community is extensive: Restoration Towers provides an additional 300,000 meals for seniors in housing facilities without adequate kitchens and to the Meals on Wheels Programs in several counties for homebound seniors and senior centers. Its Neighborhood Network Center has an extension program that serves entire communities and offers after-school tutoring for youth, as well as inter-generational programs. Restoration Towers is a beacon of hope in an otherwise blighted Detroit neighborhood.
This year, there were four Communities of Quality® (COQ) award categories and winners.
Also, for the tenth straight year, the COQ awards were co-sponsored, with NAHMA, by HD Supply Multifamily Solutions, a leading supplier of maintenance and renovation products to the multi housing industry.
The COQ award submissions are meant to draw attention to the high quality for which much affordable housing should be known, said Gianna Solari, NAHP-e, SHCM, President of NAHMA. From the buildings and grounds to the individual apartments to the programs and services aimed at bettering the lives of residents, these winners exemplify the asset that affordable housing is for thousands of communities across the country.
Its quite an accomplishment to be named a National Community of Quality® Award winner, said NAHMA Executive Director Kris Cook. The process is competitive and takes into account not just a propertys structure and appearance, but the quality of its management and staff, finances, compliance scores, and other factors.
These award winners are certainly great assets to their surrounding communities, Solari said.
Other 2012 Award Winners Include:
OUTSTANDING TURNAROUND OF A TROUBLED PROPERTY
Riverwood Tower Apartments
Owner: ALCO Management
Management: ALCO Management
EXEMPLARY DEVELOPMENT FOR RESIDENTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
South Sioux City, NE
Owner: Seldin Company
Management: Seldin Company
EXEMPLARY FAMILY DEVELOPMENT
Owner: Williamsport Village Associates, LLC
Management: Community Realty Management, Inc.