The Council for Affordable and Rural Housing (CARH) is a national non-profit trade organization. For over 35 years, CARH has served as the nation’s premier association for participants in the affordable rural housing profession, including: Builders, Owners, Developers, Managers, Non-profits, Housing Authorities, Syndicators, Accountants, Architects, Attorneys, Bankers, and companies that supply goods and services to the industry.

There is no other association that solely represents the needs of the entire rural housing industry.  CARH represents the views and concerns of its members before Congress and appropriate officials at the Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development (RD), Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Department of Treasury, and before state housing finance agencies and other state and local agencies that focus on housing.

By serving as the coordinator of industry comments on proposed regulations, legislation and funding, CARH provides a respected voice for the concerns of all major participants in the affordable rural housing industry. During times when both Congress and the Administration have proposed drastic cuts in the housing budgets, CARH has vigorously supported additional and realistic funding.  The association has been a leader in developing the low income housing tax credit (LIHTC) and continuously monitors all tax proposals to protect and improve the provisions that make the construction of affordable housing possible.  On the management side, CARH promotes necessary legislation to protect rental housing subsidies and the ability of its members to effectively manage their federally assisted properties.

Recognizing that knowledge is the key to a successful career, CARH also strives to ensure that its members remain the best informed in the industry.  CARH members have access to timely and insightful publications, meetings, seminars, training programs, and nationally recognized education designations. Owner issues have dominated the CARH legislative and regulatory agenda for the past several years.  Preservation rules and transactions that will allow for needed cash infusion into properties are important, not only to owners but residents who live in aging complexes.

Hundreds of professionals in more than 45 states trust CARH to provide them with superior legislative representation, the most up-to-date industry information, and invaluable benefits and services.  CARH is dedicated to advancing their goals and yours.

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“CARH is effective and has, over the years, been successful at keeping affordable
housing issues in the discussions on [Capitol] Hill.”

CARH Member — 2010 Membership Survey