The Columbia Group Earns Two National Community of Quality® Certifications

For Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida's Property: Santa Barbara Village
By: Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida
CAPE CORAL, Fla. - March 16, 2020 - PRLog -- The National Affordable Housing Management Association (NAHMA), headquartered in Alexandria, Va., announced that The Columbia Group recently received National Recognition as a Community of Quality® for outstanding management of Goodwill's Santa Barbara Village in Cape Coral.

To be recognized as a National Community of Quality®, a property must receive a high score based on six criteria: Physical Inspections; Employee Credentials; Financial Management; Programs and Services; Endorsements; and Photographs and Reports. Applicants must score a minimum total of 225 points in the categories.

The Columbia Group was honored in two categories for its resident services and programs at Santa Barbara Village, a residential apartment complex for people with disabilities located in the heart of Cape Coral that is owned by SWFL Goodwill Housing. The awards were for 'Exemplary Development for Residents with Special Needs' and for 'Exemplary Development for Single Room Occupancy Housing.'

"The Columbia Group is among the select few that have achieved the very highest standard of excellence in property management and in the provision of services to lower-income families.  These services enable residents to attain high levels of self-sufficiency and success in their lives and for their families.  The work done by The Columbia Group is a credit to its entire community," commented Kris Cook, CAE, Executive Director of NAHMA.

"Our residents are offered many amenities through the owner, Goodwill Housing, such as a Meals on Wheels program, medical and dental services, activities such as dancing, games, and billiards; they also have library visits, computer classes, discussion groups, and assistance with accessing transportation," says Melanie Moe, President of The Columbia Group.  "We are humbled everyday by the love our residents have for each other, and knowing that we are making a difference in their lives makes every day worth it."

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 holds a unique position in the industry as the advocate for professional multifamily management standards.

For more information about the National COQ Recognition program and NAHMA, the leading voice for affordable housing managers and owners, visit

For more information on Goodwill Housing, see its website at


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