Housing Organization and Education Partnerships Survey

As part of NAHRO’s work to improve the educational outcomes of the children that your agencies serve and as part of NAHRO’s ongoing partnership with the Public and Affordable Housing Research Corporation (PAHRC), we ask for your participation in an education partnership survey. Below are the details.

The work our HAs and housing partners do expands well beyond just providing stable housing. We know that connecting the housing sector to other areas like education can create the impact necessary to improve life outcomes. In order to obtain a more comprehensive understanding of the landscape of housing organizations involved in this critical work, we have partnered with PAHRC and Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future (SAHF) to collect data.

You may have already received a brief survey from PAHRC, but we would like to remind you to add your housing organization’s story by answering this brief five to nine question survey.  All data will be aggregated and no single organization’s data will be identifiable or shared. If the survey does not appear, you can copy this link and paste it into your web browser http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/2715688/f0550dd524bf

The survey asks about education services and related programs you provide directly to your residents or provide through partnerships with other organizations. It also inquires about the challenges related to providing these services or why they might be too difficult for your housing organization to provide at all. Even if you do not currently provide education services, we still encourage you to take the survey. If you are a public housing authority that administers multiple housing authorities, please note in the comments which services are provided for each housing authority.

This survey is part of a larger research project being conducted by PAHRC, a HAI Group company; the Council of Large Public Housing Authorities (CLPHA); and Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future (SAHF) to build knowledge on how housing organizations are working to improve education outcomes for residents and the tools used in the most successful programs. The initiative is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

We know you may have received other surveys regarding your education efforts and want you to know that we are working with the industry groups and partner non-profit organizations to coordinate our efforts. It is exciting that there has been a growing interest in this work and how we can better it, and we greatly appreciate you assisting in the effort to highlight your work and contribute to the field at large.

Thank you for your time! We appreciate your help in improving knowledge about the many services housing agencies provide to their community. Please contact kstater@housingcenter.com or kmelwain@housingcenter.com with any questions.

Affordable Housing Accreditation Board Looking for Input on Standards and Guidelines

The Affordable Housing Accreditation Board (AHAB) is an independent, non-profit organization with the mission to establish a comprehensive accreditation system that recognizes excellent governance, quality management, and best practices in affordable housing programs.

AHAB’s accreditation standards and evaluation methods are designed to cover a wide range of affordable-housing provider types in order to increase the likelihood that the provider’s mission, structure, financial resources, and leadership will result in delivering quality, affordable housing and services to residents within their communities.

In 2012, AHAB began developing, with feedback from our colleagues, an accreditation system for the affordable housing industry that recognizes good management, quality programs, and best practices. AHAB believes the Accreditation Standards and Guidelines serve as the framework for the indicators that will be used for the accreditation process.

AHAB has developed a survey tool to provide feedback on the Accreditation Standards and Guidelines. AHAB needs your critical eye to examine if these are an acceptable foundation for an excellent accreditation program. The Standards are divided into eight general areas with associated Guidelines. Conceptually, upon “go-live” there will be an application process, a comprehensive review of initial documentation, and a site visit by reviewers. The reviewers will utilize more specific Indicators that demonstrate successful achievement of the Standards and Guidelines.