National accounting firm CohnReznick has spearheaded an effort to bring together independent state housing associations so they can amplify their advocacy efforts for the low-income housing tax credit on the federal level and share best practices with one another.
“I have been traveling the country for so many years and know the executive directors, but I realized the executive directors didn’t know each other and they should,” says Bob Moss, principal and national director of governmental affairs at CohnReznick. “We want to help shape the future of the affordable housing industry by connecting the people who can best advocate for the regulations and [tax] credits that will keep our industry strong.”
Moss announced the formation of the Council of Independent State Housing Association (CISHA) today at the CohnReznick’s Fall Affordable Housing Conference in Atlanta.
During the board’s first meeting, the following founding officers were elected:
- President Andrea Traudt Inouye, Illinois Housing Council;
- Vice president Jolie Milstein, New York State Association for Affordable Housing;
- Secretary Ray Pearl, California Housing Consortium; and
- Treasurer Maureen Mercer, Georgia Affordable Housing Coalition
Additional founding members of CISHA include executive directors from Alabama Affordable Housing Association, California Council for Affordable Housing, Citizens Housing and Planning Association focused on Massachusetts, Housing Colorado, Maine Affordable Housing Coalition, Michigan Housing Council, North Carolina Housing Coalition, Pennsylvania Developers Council, and Texas Affiliation of Affordable Housing Providers.