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Mission Housing organizes affordable housing training

People representing several California nonprofits and government agencies in the affordable housing industry participated in a three-day training offered by Mission Housing Development Corporation, in collaboration with NeighborWorks. Photo by Tony Bear!

Regional affordable housing managers converge at Valencia Gardens for NeighborWorks three day training, certification

Three days of intense training for people in the affordable housing industry kicked-off November 14, 2016.

Mission Housing Development Corporation collaborated with NeighborWorks to make an important professional growth opportunity available in San Francisco.

NeighborWorks is a network of more than 240 nonprofit organizations offering technical assistance, grants and training for more than 12,000 professionals in the affordable housing and community development field.

The Consortium for Housing and Asset Management, also known as CHAM, is a collaboration of leaders in the fields of nonprofit affordable housing production and community development. CHAM enables community-based organizations and others in the nonprofit housing industry to responsibly own and professionally manage affordable rental housing. CHAM training helps community development organizations overcome the challenges of managing aging properties and increasingly complex portfolios.

The training encompassed two CHAM courses: Asset Management Fundamentals, and, Financial Fundamentals for Asset Managers. At the end of the training, attendees can test to obtain Asset Management Specialist designation, a certification that they have learned the basic principles of asset management and mastered the tools required to manage property and fulfill the owners’ goals.

Twenty-nine people representing several Bay Area nonprofits and government agencies participated in the training. People from agencies in the cities of Chico and Ventura, California also attended.

“Mission Housing is deeply committed to helping all San Franciscans have access to affordable housing. This training is our way of giving back to the community of professionals who have the same commitment. We all want to add to the long term sustainability and financial viability of affordable housing,” said Sam Moss, Executive Director of Mission Housing.

“Training like this is rarely held in the Bay Area,” said Julie Sontag, an Asset Manager for Mission Housing, and the organizer of the training event. “When we put the word out that the courses would be available here, the community responded very quickly and positively. We look forward to working with our affordable housing partners to offer other courses.”

Mission Housing is providing the Valencia Gardens community room as the site for the training, rent-free. Mission Housing also contributed the staff time needed to organize the event, including daily logistics such as check-ins, catering and staging.

“Our community-serving space at Valencia Gardens is a perfect venue for this training, and a great showcase of what the Mission has to offer,” said Marcía Contreras, Director of Operations and Resident Services at Mission Housing. “Our team is very focused on making sure everyone who attends an event there has a great experience, because it is a reflection on the organization and on our neighborhood.”

The trainers:

Katherine Fleming, since 2014, has been Vice President of Portfolio at BRIDGE Housing. Katherine leads the BRIDGE team that maintains high quality assets and directs short- and long-term portfolio strategies. She also oversees the long term financial, operational and physical health of BRIDGE properties.

Katherine has worked in affordable housing since 1998. Previously, Katherine served seven years as Vice President, Development Risk Manager for RBC Capital Markets Tax Credit Equity Group.

Judy Weber, a principal of VIVA Consulting, has worked in the management and administration of affordable housing since 1986. Judy provides affordable property management services to profit and not-for-profit organizations. She also is a certified instructor in property and asset management, and has provided technical assistance and research in various national studies on the operations of affordable housing.

Judy is a frequent instructor and lecturer on affordable housing management topics at universities, public housing authorities and training institutes. She is a Certified Property Manager® and teaches for the Institute of Real Estate Management.

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