Professional Organizations for Housing Studies

American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS)

AAFCS is the only national forum where K-12 teachers, university educators, and corporate executives collaborate to improve the quality of individual and family life. Their members are professionals who educate and influence generations of American consumers in our classrooms, our companies, and our communities.

American Planning Association (APA)

APA is a nonprofit public interest and research organization committed to urban, suburban, regional, and rural planning.  APA and its professional institute, the American Institute of Certified Planners, advance the art and science of planning to meet the needs of people and society.

Minnesota also has a state chapter. 

Housing Education and Research Association (HERA)

HERA is an organization that promotes excellence in the planning, development, delivery, and service of decent, safe, sanitary, affordable, ecologically sound, and appropriately designed housing for all people. 

Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM)

IREM is the source for education, resources, information and membership for real estate management professionals.  The institute is also an international organization that serves as an advocate on issues affecting the real estate management industry.

Minnesota also has a state chapter. 

National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO)

NAHRO is the leading housing and community development advocate for the provision of adequate and affordable housing and strong, viable communities for all Americans—particularly those with low- and moderate-incomes. Our members administer HUD programs such as Public Housing, Section 8, CDBG and HOME.

Minnesota also has a state chapter. 

US Green Building Council (USGBC)

USGBC works to promote buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable, and healthy places to live and work. It is a non-profit organization committed to expanding sustainable building practices.

Minnesota also has a state chapter.