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Our easy to use Dashboard provides a simple interface for property staff to submit files for review. We operate a secure, dedicated server, meaning you can submit files whenever it's convenient for you.

Keep corporate staff in the loop with our Corporate Dashboard, an option available to all clients for no additional fee.

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We offer a wide variety of training courses designed to meet the needs of all members of the affordable housing industry. We're also able to cater training to your specific needs.

All training is conducted by A. J. Johnson, a national leader in affordable housing compliance, so you can be confident that the information presented is accurate and complete.

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Meet our team

With over 100 years of combined experience in the affordable housing industry, our team can help you confidently manage risk.

  • A. J. Johnson

    President

  • Betty Johnson

    Vice-President

  • Chris Johnson

    Senior Asset Management Consultant

  • Jen Johnson

    Compliance Analyst

  • Linda Moss

    Compliance Analyst

  • Tanisha Johnson

    Compliance Auditor

What makes us different?

A. J. Johnson Consulting Services, Inc. is a small firm. That is by design – not by accident.

By staying small, we maintain a great deal of flexibility, a collegial atmosphere, hands-on opportunities for each individual, and grassroots ingenuity. With only six professional staff, each person recognizes their full worth to the company, leading to two-way loyalty — in good times and bad.

The single greatest advantage to our small size, and the main reason we resist excessive growth, is the ability of management to be involved in the work process and product. Clients always have the opportunity to work with decision-makers, and no report goes to a client without first having been reviewed by A. J. Johnson.

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All of our staff members are experts in multifamily housing programs, and draw on a wealth of knowledge gained through real world experience.

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Our knowledgeable staff is dedicated to providing superior service and adapting quickly to each client’s needs.

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Our ability to leverage the latest technology translates directly into cost savings for our clients.

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A. J. Johnson Partners with Mid-Atlantic AHMA for Affordable Housing Training - July 2024

In July 2024, A. J. Johnson, a renowned expert in the field, will join forces with the esteemed Mid-Atlantic Affordable Housing Management Association to conduct training for real estate professionals. This session, tailored for those in the affordable multifamily housing field, will be delivered through a live webinar. The following session is scheduled: July 16: Budgeting 101 for Multifamily Housing This comprehensive three-hour course provides a foundational understanding of budgeting and financial management specific to affordable multifamily housing. It will equip property managers with the essential skills to evaluate and manage operating funds, maximize net operating income (NOI), and ensure accurate financial reporting. Key Discussion Areas: Introduction to Budgeting & Financial Management:Importance of tracking income and expenses Overview of cash receipts, expenditures, reserves, and security deposits Evaluation of Operating Funds: Understanding profitability and return on investment (ROI) for rental real estate The Cash Flow Chart:Definition and significance of Net Operating Income (NOI) Owner s assessment of pre-tax and after-tax cash flow Gross Potential Rental Income: Calculation and importance of maximum rent income Vacancy & Collection Loss:Measures of vacancy (physical and economic) Impact of vacancies and collection losses on gross potential rental income Miscellaneous Income: Sources of additional income beyond scheduled rent Effective Gross Income: Calculations involving vacancy and collection loss and miscellaneous income Operating Expenses: Categories of operating expenses, including payroll, maintenance, utilities, and more Net Operating Income (NOI): Importance of maximizing NOI as a measure of management success Debt Service: Explanation of debt service and its impact on financial management Cash Flow: Calculation of cash flow and its importance in financial management Income and Expense Categories: Detailed discussion on various income and expense categories Budgeting:Types of budgets: operating, capital, and long-range Annual budgeting process and importance of quarterly updates Operating Budget: Monthly planning and detailed allocation of income and expenses Annual Budget:Historical vs. zero-based budgeting Review and approval process with property owners Capital and Long-Range Budget: Planning for future capital expenditures and long-term financial forecasting Summary: Key takeaways on maximizing NOI, effective budgeting, and financial management in multifamily housing Learning Objectives: Develop Financial Management Skills: Understand the basics of budgeting, financial tracking, and reporting. Maximize Property Income: Learn techniques to increase NOI and manage operating expenses efficiently. Effective Budget Planning: Gain knowledge on creating accurate operating, capital, and long-range budgets. Improve Financial Decision-Making: Enhance ability to make informed financial decisions to benefit property operations. Target Audience: Property Managers Financial Officers Asset Managers Compliance Officers in the multifamily housing sector Conclusion: Budgeting 101 for Multifamily Housing provides essential training for managing the financial aspects of affordable housing properties. By the end of the course, participants will be equipped with the knowledge and tools necessary to ensure financial health and sustainability for their properties. This session is part of a year-long collaboration between A. J. Johnson and MidAtlantic AHMA designed to provide affordable housing professionals with the knowledge needed to effectively manage the complex requirements of the various agencies overseeing these programs. Persons interested in this training may register by visiting either www.ajjcs.net or https://www.mid-atlanticahma.org.

Navigating Fair Housing in Digital Advertising - Ensuring Non-Discriminatory Ad Delivery

Introduction: The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity has released crucial guidance on how the Fair Housing Act applies to digital advertising in the housing and real estate sectors. With the increasing use of automated systems and artificial intelligence (AI) in ad targeting and delivery, it is essential to understand the potential risks of discriminatory practices and take proactive measures to ensure fairness. Understanding the Risks: It's crucial to grasp how new technologies enable advertisers to target specific audiences while excluding others, potentially leading to discrimination in housing-related ads. The Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination based on protected characteristics such as race, color, religion, sex, national origin, familial status, or disability. By understanding these risks, you can proactively ensure fairness and avoid potential legal issues. Discriminatory ad targeting can manifest in various ways, including denying information about housing opportunities, targeting vulnerable consumers for predatory products, discouraging potential consumers, and steering home-seekers to specific neighborhoods. Audience Targeting Tools: Ad platforms offer audience categorization tools that segment potential audiences based on various characteristics like gender, age, income, and location. While these tools can be useful, they can also lead to discrimination if used to exclude or target specific groups based on protected characteristics. Advertisers and platforms should be cautious when utilizing these tools for housing-related ads and avoid segmenting audiences based on protected characteristics or proxies. Custom and Mirror Audience Tools: Custom and mirror audience tools allow advertisers to target specific audiences or find similar audiences based on existing data. However, if protected characteristics limit the source audience, these tools can perpetuate discrimination. Advertisers and platforms should carefully analyze the composition of source lists and ensure they are not unjustifiably limited based on protected characteristics. Regular audits of ad delivery outcomes can help identify and mitigate discriminatory practices. Algorithmic Delivery Functions: Ad platforms employ machine learning and AI to determine which ads are delivered to consumers. However, these algorithmic delivery functions can also result in discriminatory outcomes. Ad platforms should ensure their algorithms do not direct housing-related ads based on protected characteristics, leading to steering, pricing discrimination, or other discriminatory practices. Regular testing and adjustments are necessary to minimize disparities and ensure fairness. Recommendations for Advertisers and Platforms: Advertisers need to utilize platforms that actively manage the risk of discriminatory practices to ensure non-discriminatory ad delivery. Ad platforms, on the other hand, play a crucial role in this process. They should create separate processes for housing-related ads, avoid targeting options based on protected characteristics, conduct regular testing, adopt less discriminatory alternatives for AI models, ensure fair pricing practices, and maintain transparency through documentation and auditing. Ad platforms can contribute significantly to fair housing practices by fulfilling these responsibilities. Conclusion: By diligently following the guidance provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, advertisers and ad platforms can contribute to fair housing practices and mitigate the perpetuation of discrimination in digital advertising. This commitment to fairness ensures compliance with the law and fosters a more inclusive and equitable digital advertising landscape. It is crucial to be aware of the risks, implement proactive measures, and work towards non-discriminatory ad delivery to ensure equal access to housing opportunities for all.

Maximize Efficiency and Savings - Sign Up for HUD's Energy and Water Benchmarking Service for Multifamily Properties

HUD recently provided information on its Energy and Water Benchmarking Service, available for sites participating in HUD s Multifamily project-based rental assistance programs. The free service provides participating owners with data on energy and water consumption at their sites. While up to 9,000 properties are eligible for the service, it's concerning that only just over 700 properties have taken advantage of this opportunity. I encourage all eligible property owners to sign up for the Energy and Water Benchmarking Service to ensure they are not missing out on this valuable resource. The Green and Resilient Retrofit Program (GRRP) is a game-changer, offering over $800 million in grant funding and $4 billion in loan commitment authority. It is the first HUD program to invest in energy efficiency, renewable energy generation, climate resilience, and low-embodied-carbon materials in HUD-assisted multifamily housing. This program presents a significant opportunity for property owners to improve their properties and potentially gain financial benefits. Provided Data Leads to Actionable Improvements The service's data is not just numbers but a practical tool that helps owners identify opportunities for energy efficiency improvements. These improvements can benefit residents and promote green investment in individual properties or entire portfolios. Once the data is provided, owners can confidently use it to apply for GRRP grants and loans, knowing they are making informed decisions based on real data. Offers annual property analysis reports identifying usage trends and energy and water savings opportunities. Establishes eligibility for or prepares owners to use federal, state, and utility energy efficiency programs. It supports early compliance with local ordinances as more localities across the country become interested in the energy usage data of multifamily properties. Provides technical assistance, training, and other resources. When an owner signs up for the service, they will receive personalized support in assessing the efficiency of their buildings for up to four years. HUD s contractor, Leidos, will support property owners and management by contacting utilities to access the necessary energy and water use data and provide cost and energy savings recommendations. Registration Information There is no deadline for signing up for the service, but limited funding is available. Owners who delay signing up for the service may miss the opportunity or not be able to take advantage of the full four years of the initiative. Owners and managers interested in the program should email their interest and the property ID(s) to mfbenchmarking@hud.gov.

Webinar Announcement: Tenant-on-Tenant Harassment in Multifamily Housing

A.J. Johnson will host a pivotal webinar titled "Tenant-on-Tenant Harassment in Multifamily Housing: Navigating the Challenges" on June 20, 2024, from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM Eastern Time. Webinar Overview This essential webinar addresses the pressing issue of tenant-on-tenant harassment in multifamily housing properties. The session will provide property managers and landlords with the knowledge and tools to handle these conflicts effectively, ensuring a safe and respectful living environment for all residents. The webinar will cover the legal implications of harassment, preventative measures, and practical strategies for managing tenant interactions. Key Topics Understanding Harassment: Learn the definitions and examples of tenant-on-tenant harassment. Legal Framework: Gain an overview of the laws and regulations that protect tenants from harassment. Roles and Responsibilities: Understand what landlords and property managers can and should do when faced with tenant complaints. Who Should Attend This webinar is ideal for: Property Managers Landlords Real Estate Professionals Tenant Advocates Legal Professionals Registration Interested participants can register for the webinar on the A.J. Johnson Consulting Services website under the "Training Schedule" section. For more details and to secure your spot, visit www.ajjcs.net. Don't miss this opportunity to enhance your understanding and management of tenant-on-tenant harassment in multifamily housing. Register today to ensure your residents a safer and more harmonious living environment.

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