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Columbia Housing Corporation

Rating: 3.33 stars   3 reviews 296

Address:

9150 Rumsey Road Columbia MD 21045 USA

Mission:

To be the premier non-profit agency in howard county providing safe, high quality, affordable rental housing to low and moderate-income families, individuals, senior citizens, and for those who are physically and mentally challenged. To work in partnership to develop homeowner opportunities for low and moderate-income individuals and families in support of educational programs for the betterment of low and moderate-income children and adults in the county.

Programs:

The organization is a nonprofit organization formed for the purpose of acquiring, rehabilitating, operating, maintaining, and managing low and moderate income housing projects.

provides 50 units of low-income housing and independent senior living for 62 and older, disabled and handicapped persons.

since 1994, chc has worked in partnership with the howard county public school system. In 1996, the collaboration established three community-based learning centers to provide after school academic, social, and cultural enrichment to approximately 75 children residing in community homes. The learning centers have become models for replication in other communities in howard county and has received national recognition under huds neighborhood networks program. In 2011, the program was recognized by the state of maryland and was awarded a certificate of excellence under the lights on initiative. The program has now doubled to six sites located in howard county serving approximately 125 children during the school year. The columbia housing corporation established the dr. Elsie j. Walters memorial scholarship fund in 1996. Each year a scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior and adult student residing in our community. In 2009, we established the carole macphee award, after our former executive director who had served the agency for 20 years. This award is used to recognize a worthy volunteer.

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www.columbiahousing.org

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Rating: 4 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

After reviewing the financial situation of this company following the loss of revenue in 2012 as described below by BeHonest, I believe the Columbia Housing Corp is a competent non-profit property management company.

The Columbia Housing Corporation owns and manages properties that provide elderly, disabled and low income housing with rent assistance from HUD. Staff includes an Executive Director with over 20 years experience with non-profit and for-profit entities, certified property managers with over 15 years experience managing HUD and residential units, maintenance staff producing high quality repairs for 10+ years and degreed accounting staff with 20+ years in the property management field.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

It has been well over two years since a small group of disgruntled employees attempted to overthrow the executives of this organization who were in the middle of redeveloping the properties and reorganizing the staff. They did this by going to the police and the HUD OIG with fabrications. NO funds were ever misappropriated and NO charges have ever been brought against any current or former executives. The investigation cost the company the management of their largest property which the organization built, owned and managed for more than 45 years. Because of this loss in revenue, numerous employees had to be laid off after being given the opportunity to be hired by the new management company who then made the decision not to retain them. The organization also had a forensic audit performed and several others have been performed since and there have been no findings of mismanagement or misappropriations of funds. These reports are available for public review. It has only been through the efforts of the hard working loyal remaining staff and the dedicated board that this organization has even been able to even survive such a fiasco.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

fire staff immediately who think they own the company and don't have to do what their supervisors ask them to do.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Quite well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

This organization has received media coverage about misappropriation of funds and fired the "whistle blowers" who, out of concern for government and donors' investments, brought this to public attention.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Disband the board and start anew.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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