Mid-Atlantic AHMA members can gain further recognition of their outstanding work through various programs, awards and contests sponsored by NAHMA. In addition, residents of member properties can apply for scholarships for post-secondary education that allow them to earn degrees in nursing, business, the arts, education, trades and more. A list of opportunities available to MA-AHMA members is below.
Communities of Quality Awards
Affordable housing providers who create safe, attractive, well-maintained properties that are neighborhood assets deserve to be recognized for their outstanding achievements. That’s why NAHMA created the Communities of Quality® (COQ) National Recognition and Awards program. When your property meets NAHMA’s high standards in physical maintenance, financial management, programs and services, employee credentials and other criteria, it becomes a member of an elite group. COQ properties qualify for regional and national awards, a listing in an online registry of the country’s top affordable properties, and the use of COQ marketing materials.
The NAHMA Scholarship Program
Awarded to a MA-AHMA member property resident
All high school seniors, high school graduates and adults holding a high school diploma or GED living at a MA-AHMA-member property can apply for scholarship grants offered through the NAHMA Educational Foundation. The Foundation is a privately funded nonprofit created in 1994 that awarded its first scholarships in 2007. It is one of a very few foundations of this type in the nation. Since 2007, the NAHMA Educational Foundation has awarded $179,500 in scholarships to students who were enrolled or enrolling in a community college, a four-year college or a trade or technical school.
Each year, MA-AHMA participates in the NAHMA Educational Foundation’s poster/calendar art contest. MA-AHMA member property managers encourage the creation and submission of artwork by children and seniors and/or disabled residents. The artwork is first judged by MA-AHMA, with winning entries then forwarded on to the national competition. National winners are featured in the next year’s calendar, which is sold through NAHMA. In addition to local prizes offered by MA-AHMA, NAHMA awards the following prizes.
- Grand Prize Winner – $2,500 Check and Trip to Washington, D.C.
- National Winners – $1,000 Check
- Elderly/Disabled & Special Needs – $1,000 Check for Use at Their Community
- Honorable Mentions – $100 Check