MARION (April 9, 2021)– United Church Homes (UCH) has welcomed Chadwick Johnson as Director of Housing Operations. Johnson will oversee the daily operations of more than 60 affordable housing communities in 14 states.
The role is an important one. By 2030, there will be an estimated 73 million Americans aged 65 or older. Today, there is not enough affordable housing to meet the needs of an aging population. Only 2 of every 3 older adults seeking affordable housing find a home, and waitlists number in the hundreds for these federally subsidized apartments.
Housing operators and industry groups are calling for a major overhaul of the nation’s aging service infrastructure to address the needs of America’s growing older adult population.
UCH has a longstanding mission to serve low-income individuals in need of a safe and affordable home. Over the next five years, it will expand affordable housing inventory through strategic acquisitions and partnerships, and embark on capital preservation projects for older, HUD-subsidized properties.
Johnson will be a key player in these plans. He has more than 20 years of property management experience including a past role as senior area manager with Olsen Securities Corporation supporting 52 affordable multi-family properties in four states. He has expertise in multi-family and single-family communities, and Conventional-Market, HUD, project-based housing, Section 8, Rural Development and Low-Income Housing Tax Credit financing.
“We expect more federal funding for aging services over the next few years,” Johnson said. “This will create opportunities to expand the supply of affordable housing for the most vulnerable older adults in America, which aligns with UCH’s strategic plan to serve more people who might otherwise be homeless.”
Johnson’s primary goals are to work to implement new operating efficiencies and support property managers as they work to ensure every affordable apartment is occupied, and residents are connected with vital services in their local communities that create a better quality of life.