The COAH Education Program is a cooperative effort between Rutgers University and the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs–Council on Affordable Housing. The program promotes standards by which COAH approves Municipal Housing Liaisons (MHLs), Administrative Agents (AAs) and Regional Contribution Agreement (RCA) Administrators.
COAH has approved all of the below-listed courses for credit toward its certification.
Module I: Overview of Affordable Housing Administration
This class gives a broad-based understanding of COAH. Half of the day focuses on the history of the Mount Laurel decisions which led to the creation of COAH, and the rules and regulations that govern it. The rest of the day delves into the administration of affordable units and the application of the Uniform Housing Affordability Controls. A final exam is administered in open-book format. This course is required for all MHLs, AAs and RCA Administrators.
Module II: Records Management
This half-day course examines the requirements for the use, retention and release of records kept by municipalities and administrative agents in the course of the administration of affordable units. The highly sensitive nature of some of the documents required for qualification for affordable housing necessitates strict measures in their protection. The course also goes into Open Public Records Act requirements and how to comply. A final exam is administered in open-book format. This course is required for all AAs.
Module III: Ethics
This half-day session focuses on the nature of the public trust and the “rules” for ethical behavior that are relevant for affordable housing professionals. New Jersey law and other relevant regulations and ethical standards are examined and applied to ethical issues using a case study approach. A final exam is administered in open-book format. This course is required for all AAs.
Note: This course is jointly offered through Rutgers’ Affordable Housing Professional Certification Program, in which it is titled Ethics for Affordable Housing Professionals. Reciprocal credit is granted across both programs.
Module IV: Qualifying Households for Affordable Housing
This full-day course teaches Administrative Agents what to know when qualifying applicants for affordable housing. From what to look for when starting a new project to requirements for qualification in the Uniform Housing Affordability Controls to hands on experience and thoughtful advice from seasoned Administrative Agents, this class will give an overview of the regulations and the step-by-step procedures for the qualification process. A final exam is administered in open-book format. This course is required for all AAs.
MODULE V: Fair Housing
This half-day session centers on discrimination in housing, including state and federal legislation. It discusses who can be penalized, how disabilities are defined, what are reasonable accommodations, and what policies and procedures should be established and followed. The Fair Housing complaint process is also reviewed, and a multitude of resources (written, audio, visual, etc.) are shared. This course is required for all AAs.