Asset management professionals from around the country gathered in Chicago in June for The Consortium for Housing and Asset Management (CHAM) Conference. The event attracted 315 attendees, its highest attendance to date, from 160 organizations and 36 states. Participating organizations included both non-profit and for-profit developers and managers, syndicators, housing authorities, and state housing finance agencies.
The conference featured 23 unique sessions with content focusing on key industry topics and trends, including the use of technology and data in asset management, project sustainability, demonstrating impact from resident services, portfolio trends, and more.
“Meeting the housing and community needs of the nation is more than production,” said Harold Nassau, Director of Asset Management for NeighborWorks Amerca. “Sustainability, preservation and community impact are how we will meet the challenge. And that is good asset management.”
OCCH was not only the lead sponsor for this important event, but also played a key role in planning and coordination of the conference. Hal Keller, OCCH President, and Tony DiBlasi, OCCH Chief of Asset Management, participated on panels.
CHAM was originally developed and funded by intermediaries to provide non-profits with basic skills for the sustainable ownership of Low-Income Housing Tax Credit properties. The organization has evolved to become a platform supporting both mission driven affordable housing, and the asset management professionals dedicated to its success. CHAM also features the Certified Housing Asset Manager designation, a curriculum that has been completed by 130 professionals to date.
“CHAM is continuing down a path of growth,” said David Fromm, Curriculum Director for NeighborWorks America. “It is widely recognized as a key player in mission oriented affordable housing asset management, a premium learning platform, a place for peer networking and exchange, a forum to share best practices, and a medium to address the challenges of serving residents.”
The next CHAM Conference will be held June 17-19, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. For more information, please visit www.cham.us.