Support for veterans of the United States armed services is a national priority, and many organizations have answered the call to help veterans in the areas of health care, housing, jobs, and beyond. We applaud these organizations for providing services to those who have selflessly pledged to protect our freedom and way of life.
But the Veterans for Housing Initiative is different. Our goal is to attract and train veterans for careers in housing management. We believe that the housing industry itself, and affordable housing in particular, represents a unique opportunity for veterans to continue to give back to their community while also being an excellent career choice.
Every year, 200,000 service members transition out of their military career and into civilian life, and when they do that, they bring a wealth of experience and intangible leadership qualities to whatever career path they choose. While law enforcement agencies, defense contractors, and the federal government have understood the advantages to recruiting talent from the military, the housing industry has not. The National Center for Housing Management sees an opportunity not only to show veterans an oft-unseen career path in housing, but to help the industry as a whole by attracting candidates that are qualified, experienced, and bring attributes to their job that only a previous career in the military would cultivate.
NCHM is spearheading this long-term effort to educate veterans on the benefits of a career in housing management and is committed to training them to be better prepared for day-to-day operations of their properties.
Why Housing Management?
Like many industries, housing management has a continuing and significant need for trained and motivated employees. Available jobs include property managers and assistant managers, maintenance supervisors and facilities managers and a variety of administrative support positions. These jobs are well-paying and just as importantly, they provide excellent opportunities for advancement. Additionally, many of the jobs available in the housing industry fit well with the skills for which veterans have already been trained and competencies that veterans possess.
Housing management represents more than a source of jobs – it offers careers where professionals can make a difference in local communities while providing for themselves and their families. It’s as if the industry were made for veterans, as they bring attributes to the table that are in high demand, particularly in affordable housing communities, including work ethic, discipline, personal responsibility and dedication to team and mission.
NCHM offers tuition-free access to veterans, transitioning service members, and their spouses who are not currently employed in the housing industry to any of our training and certification programs. It’s a great way to explore the possibilities of a new career without spending precious personal funds or GI Bill education benefits. Eligible recipients can take multiple courses, availing themselves of the entire catalog of more than 15 programs in areas ranging from property management and facilities management to affordable housing program rules and regulations. And since all programs are offered entirely online on a regularly scheduled basis, it is easy to complete a course when and where convenient.
Mentoring, Support, and Connection to Employers
Our dedicated staff is here to help the veteran, transitioning service member or spouse understand the career opportunities that may be available to them and how best to prepare for those opportunities. And our help doesn’t end when the class is complete. As the largest and most highly regarded training and certification organization in the affordable housing industry, we are connected to employers across the United States and all of its territories. Our partners have jobs, good, well-paying jobs, and they welcome veterans and their spouses with open arms.
If you are a veteran or a transitioning servicemember, you can get started in the Veterans for Housing Initiative today. Simply fill the form below to apply for an available scholarship. From there, a member of the Veterans for Housing Initiative team will reach out about your application.