AIMCO Named Industry Leader for Quality Affordable Housing

By Anuradha Kher, Online News EditorDenver–Apartment Investment and Management Co. (AIMCO), owner and operator of apartment communities, received the 2007 Communities of Quality Program Award from the National Affordable Housing Management Association (NAHMA), the affordable housing advocacy organization representing multifamily owners and management companies.The annual award recognizes AIMCO for having the nation’s highest number of multifamily communities that have earned NAHMA’s “Communities of Quality” (COQ) certification for excellence in affordable property management, customer service, personnel performance and other areas. The award was formally presented to AIMCO at NAHMA’s annual meeting from March 9 to 11 in Washington, D.C.In addition, AIMCO’s University Square community in Philadelphia was awarded NAHMA’s annual award as the nation’s outstanding affordable housing development for elderly residents.“We are honored to receive NAHMA’s recognition as the industry leader in affordable housing,” says AIMCO Senior Vice President and head of Affordable Operations Jeff Kimes. “The award underscores our commitment to creating outstanding affordable housing communities throughout the country.”As of the end of 2007, more than 60 AIMCO communities across the country had earned the COQ certification.“Affordable housing done right is a tremendous asset to a community, especially because it gives pride of place to families and individuals who deserve–but may not always have access to–safe, decent and satisfying housing and communities,” says Michelle Norris, president of NAHMA. “Companies that qualify for the COQ awards program are emblematic of why affordable housing deserves to receive continued federal and other support. They fulfill a growing need for housing for the working poor, the elderly, special needs populations and others.”