The Affordable Housing Accreditation Board ™ (AHAB) has awarded national affordable housing accreditation to both Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority in Ohio and Seattle Housing Authority in Washington – the first two organizations in the country to receive AHAB accreditation. The designation of “Accredited Affordable Housing Organization” reflects an organization’s commitment to meeting performance standards established by the affordable housing industry and to providing quality, well-managed housing.
Both organizations underwent a rigorous review of documentation that culminated in a three-day site visit and final report earlier this year. During the review and site visit, Affordable Housing Accreditation Board reviewers evaluated each organization on their conformance with 8 standards and 47 guidelines related to how effectively the board, leadership and staff work to meet their mission to enhance their communities by providing quality affordable housing.
“Organizations that pursue accreditation from the Affordable Housing Accreditation Board are demonstrating the highest commitment to their communities by delivering quality affordable housing” said Diana McWilliams, President and CEO of the Affordable Housing Accreditation Board. “I commend both organizations for successfully achieving this milestone and for their dedication to providing quality affordable housing to their residents and their communities.”
Renee Rooker, Chair of the Affordable Housing Accreditation Board and Executive Director of Walla Walla Housing Authority in Washington state has been advocating for national accreditation for affordable housing providers for over two decades. “We are so excited to bring national accreditation to affordable housing. We feel the standards and guidelines are an effective tool for looking at an organization’s fiscal, managerial and operational health, as well as how effectively it’s meeting its mission. Our goal is to roll affordable housing accreditation out across the country and share best practices for organizational improvement and recognize the good work that is happening in every state.”