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Newport News' Warwick Recognized as One of Nation's Best Affordable Housing Communities

Christiansburg, Va. - Notable as a treasured Newport News’ historic landmark, the former Hotel Warwick is now being recognized as one of the nation’s best affordable housing communities by the National Affordable Housing Management Association (NAHMA).

For the 21st consecutive year of its Communities of Quality® (COQ) Awards program, NAHMA is honoring the top multifamily affordable housing properties across the country for excellence in the management of their physical, financial and social conditions. The winning communities were also selected for the quality of life offered to residents, the level of resident involvement in community life, their financial stability, the certified quality of their staff, and the nature of collaborations with outside community organizations and agencies.

"As one of only four recipients of this prestigious award, CHP truly is honored to be recognized for our ongoing commitment to excellence at The Warwick,” said CHP Vice President of Property Management Scott Reithel. “This award is a testament to the quality of our staff—both on site and those behind the scenes—who work so hard to make The Warwick such an outstanding community for its residents.”

Built in 1928 as a luxury hotel, The Warwick was once the center of downtown activity before going into decline in the 1980s. In 1995, Community Housing Partners (CHP) acquired the property after years of vacancy and converted it into 88 single-room occupancy (SRO) affordable, permanent, supportive apartments for previously homeless individuals.

Most recently, CHP’s in-house development, design, and construction teams completed a comprehensive rehabilitation of The Warwick in July 2013. The rehab included a new roof, updated plumbing, new windows, HVAC upgrades and a variety of energy-efficiency improvements resulting in EarthCraft Virginia certification and a 50 percent increase in energy efficiency. The renovation also included improved accommodations for CHP's property management and resident services programming with newly designed offices, a rehabilitated community room, and new community kitchen. Services provided within these facilities include nutritional education, health screenings, mental health services, Alcoholics Anonymous/Narcotics Anonymous meetings, employment services, case management, and family support.

The 88 residents of The Warwick are all formerly homeless individuals, 97 percent of whom live at or below 30 percent of area median income. These individuals are greatly assisted by the case management and support services offered by staff and community partners.

“The 80-plus entrants and the five award winners in our Communities of Quality Awards program prove that affordable housing is a valuable asset to the larger community,” said Gianna Solari, NAHP-e, president of NAHMA. “The competition for these awards demonstrates the degree to which affordable housing providers value the quality of everything from maintenance of the buildings and grounds to services made available to residents.”

The 2013 COQ awards will be presented at NAHMA’s annual winter meeting, March 9-11, 2014, in Washington, D.C.

NAHMA’s 2013 COQ Awards program has been jointly sponsored by HD Supply Multifamily Solutions, a leading supplier of maintenance and renovation products to the multi-housing industry, and RealPage, a leading provider of on-demand products and services for the rental housing industry.

NAHMA is the leading voice for affordable housing management, advocating on behalf of multifamily property managers and owners whose mission is to provide quality affordable housing. NAHMA supports legislative and regulatory policy that promotes the development and preservation of decent and safe affordable housing, is a vital resource for technical education and information, fosters strategic relations between government and industry and recognizes those who exemplify the best in affordable housing. Founded in 1990, NAHMA’s membership today includes the industry’s most distinguished multifamily owners and management companies.