The National Interim Housing Network (NIHN) was the first national organization established to bring temporary/interim housing providers together for the primary purpose of marketing the industry. Led by Ken Hixon and Bob Greenwald, both from the Dallas, TX area, the organization attempted to unify marketing for all member companies to expand business opportunities for all. Inherently, NIHN was challenged with marketing an industry of small business owners managing bottom line realities and needing an immediate and specific return on their marketing investment. With some consolidation of the industry and some providers expanding faster than others, the premise of the organization was difficult to achieve. The organization disbanded after a few years; however, the foundation of camaraderie and unity of the industry survived – and continues to flourish today.
The New Beginning
The Association of Temporary Housing Providers (ATHP) was established in 1996 as a trade association. The purposes of the Association were to provide education to providers, to strengthen the industry’s professionalism for the betterment of the industry, and to provide a venue in which members could take off their competitive hats to work together for overall industry awareness. The founding board consisted of a wide range of providers from the industry’s largest at that time, along with mid-sized and smaller providers. As NIHN’s membership dwindled, the organization merged with ATHP and the name changed to the Association of Interim Housing Providers (AIHP). Changing the Association’s name to incorporate ‘interim’ recognized the contributions and history of NIHN. In 2002, AIHP again changed its name to the current international trade association known as the Corporate Housing Providers Association (CHPA) to more accurately reflect the current industry terminology.
CHPA continually strives to uphold the highest standards in business and professionalism, provide valuable insight, knowledge and resources to the industry, and increase visibility among related industries. In its twentieth year, the Association offers many programs, services and networking opportunities to members, dedicated to the professionalism and ethics of the industry. Almost 240 corporate housing companies and partners worldwide currently belong to CHPA. In addition, there are more than 60 CHPA member companies worldwide that offer their goods or services as invaluable partners to the industry’s success. Over the last three years, membership has grown by 25% annually on average. The high annual retention rate reflects the value members receive from their involvement in the Association.