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What are people saying about CHS?

You guys did a really good job on this – maybe too good (not liking the costs). .. Anyway a “congratulations” and a “nice work” are in order.   We appreciated the assistance.  You guys did a great job – thanks.

Rick Ruzicka
Executive Director
Hall County Housing Authority
February 2012

Thank you for the great job you did on the City Wide project. The HAN folks looked to you for guidance and you delivered. You certainly represented OCCH well. Thanks again.

Kip Lewis
Director of Construction Management
Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing
January 2010

I so appreciate working with you and the rest of the professionals in CHS. Have a great day!

Dwayne C. Vaughn
Executive Director
Mobile Housing Board
September 2011

Don Dudrow goes over and above what is expected …An excellent company who knows HUD procedures and processes very well.

Bill Duncan
Executive Director
Clermont Metropolitan Housing Authority.

Denise…your reports are great and I am sure will be really helpful to us. Thank you so much for your great work.

Elyn Schloer
Executive Director
Housing Authority of the City of Park Falls Wisconsin
1/13/09 PNA

We’re ready for the final reports! There are a couple of changes (2). Otherwise, they look fantastic! … Thanks much!

Megan Allen
Scott County CDA
(Minneapolis, MN)
6/4/09

Once again I thank you for the excellent work your agency did for us on our needs assessment. It will be a very helpful guideline for us.

Elyn Schloer
Executive Director
Housing Authority of the City of Park Falls Wisconsin
January 2009

Thank you for arranging and “officiating” last week’s visit to Bethel Wood Apartments – your new LEED “baby.”  As the first certified seniors’ LEED-NC public housing in Ohio, your firm has definitely raised the public sector bar. Thank you even more so for that. Since you have already carved a design niche in housing authority projects, your LEED accomplishment puts you in the vanguard of this growth curve.

Judith A. Lewis, LEED AP
Developer, The Arbors LEED-ND
Managing Partner, City Lands
July 2009

Don has been tremendously helpful to his clients. It is a pleasure to work with professionals that add the extra value to their customers.

Robert Graham
Executive Director
Virgin Islands Housing Authority
August 2008

Several months ago we awarded a contract to Creative Housing Solutions to do our PNA. They were selected following a national search for a qualified firm.

Don’t be concerned about their being located in Cincinnati. They go to many other cities far outside of Ohio to do work. Traveling to your PHA will not be an issue.

Don Dudrow is a former CMHA employee.  He left CMHA in 1994 to form this company. One of his key employees, Denise Ryan, is also a former employee of CMHA. She left around 1996-1997 to join Don. I worked with both of them while they were at CHMA. Their dedication to quality and ethical standards are always of the highest order.

They do excellent work. I recommend them highly.

Richard Rust III
Executive Director
Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority
and Chief Legal Counsel
June 2009

RE: PNA Energy Audit
Good very cold morning, Denise! Yes, we received it and from what I have seen it looks fine to me. I will be reviewing it with our board members next week at our board meeting also. Both of your reports are great and I am sure will be really helpful to us. Also your payment will be approved at our board meeting next week. Thank you so much for your great work and I will be in contact with questions, etc. Elyn

Elyn Schloer
Executive Director
Housing Authority of the City of Park Falls Wisconsin
January 2009

Best physical needs assessment and viability study HUD has seen.

William Shen
Director of Troubled Housing
HUD, Washington DC Headquarters
(3/15/07 meeting at HUD Headquarters after VIHA presentation)

CHS completed the PNA and Viability Study on-schedule and within budget – excellent report.

Michael Hollis
Executive Administrator
Virgin Islands Housing Authority.
(Stated during 3/15/07 CHS PNA and Viability Study presentation to Alphonso Jackson, HUD Secretary)

Don is a well-organized person and does a good job of communicating results. He has been very instrumental in the success CMHA has experienced in our modernization and development programs. Don is very knowledgeable of the regulations and has a good rapport with the HUD field office.

Archie Glaspy
Acting Executive Director
Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority
September 1994

Letter in response to Don's presentation to the Ohio Housing Conference, Col, OH Seminar title: "Professional Construction Administration from Contract to Close-out": “Our session was attended by 76 participants with 62 of them turning in the session evaluation sheets. The session rated very well with 28% rating it as ‘excellent’, 64% rating it as ‘very good’ and 8% rating it as ‘average’.

“Some of the comments were: ‘The session had a well rounded panel of experts that provided good insight into the benefits of professional CA.’, ‘Great job! This session was very helpful.  Thanks’ and ‘I’m starting a 1.2 mil HUD project and this session was extremely helpful!’

“The professional Construction Administration from Contract to Close-out session was a success and provided the participants with information they can use.”

Kip Lewis
Director of Construction Management
Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing
December 2007

I just wanted to say “Thank You” for a job well done. I know it was a total team effort to demo and replace 106 South Park. Please pass my thanks on to the staff that worked with you.

Homer A. Virden
Executive Director
Lorian County Metropolitan Housing Authority
August 2004

The Cincinnati Preservation Award is pleased to present you with a 2004 Preservation Award for your work on the renovation of 727, 731 and 732 South Fred Shuttlesworth Circle. Congratulations!

Margaret Warminski
Preservation Director
Cincinnati Preservation Association
October 2004

Don, I’ve reviewed the final spreadsheet and it looks good. Great Job! …Thanks for your services. I look forward to working with you again.

Larry Woods
Assistant Executive Director
Wilmington Housing Authority, Wilmington, DE
(PNA and 504 assessment 7/05)

Don is well known for his good judgment and ability to make good decisions under stress. Therefore, without reservation or hesitation, I would recommend him for any endeavor in which he would choose to pursue.

James C. Avery
Director of Development Program
Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority

I’ve reviewed the final spreadsheet and it looks good. GREAT JOB.  Please forward (fax) your final invoice for payment and a check will be issued immediately.

Larry Woods
Assistant Executive Director
Wilmington Housing Authority
Wilmington, Delaware
July 2005

Mr. Dudrow’s experience and expertise in the housing industry set his company apart from most architectural firms.  He is capable of completing work on time and he understands the need to be within budget.

Denise R. Ryan, AIA
Design Manager
Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority
May 1997

Don, thanks for the quick turnaround. It truly is appreciated. I will give a thoughtful review this afternoon. Your attention to this quick task is very professional.  Bill

William Z. Simon, Director
Neighborhood Investment Partners, Inc.
October 2004

Don Dudrow and Denise Ryan, both individuals are knowledgeable and complement each other’s strengths. Easy to communicate concerns. CHS plans and designs with client and provides realistic alternatives. LMHA would hire CHS again.

Lorian County Metropolitan Housing Authority

On behalf of the Bloomington Indiana Housing Authority, I would like to express our appreciation of your thoroughness and professionalism while your firm worked on compiling information to complete our Comprehensive Grant 6th Year Plan.

Clarissa Inman
Section 8 Administrator
The Housing Authority of the City of Bloomington, Indiana
March 1999

Creative Housing Solutions, Inc. specializes in the complicated, yet rewarding housing industry. I continue to utilize Mr. Dudrow as a resource for information. I am happy to recommend Creative Housing Solutions, Inc. for other housing related work.

Denise R. Ryan, AIA
Design Manager
Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority
May 1997

Your assistance with Section 3 initiatives such as the Millvale Resident and Community Council’s Self Help Business and Training project gave many residents hope and the opportunity to learn new skills.

Don, I sensed that you had a genuine concern for the residents of CMHA’s public housing developments and a willingness to inform and include the residents in the modernization process. In my opinion this inclusion of the residents is essential to the creation of successful public housing.

Maria Pesante
President, Millvale Resident and Community Council
January 1995

Very qualified and competent firm. Have performed work in a timely and professional manner.

Ramona Nelson
President/CEO
Nelson and Associates, Inc.

DMHA hired an extremely well qualified consulting firm, Creative Housing Solutions (CHS), to assess the needs of their entire housing inventory. I commend DMHA on their choice of forms. Your choice was well informed about disability laws, thorough, well organized, prepared for meetings, and other forms of professionalism.

Alan R. Cochrun
Executive Director
The Access Center for Independent Living
Dayton, Ohio
3/06

CHS is committed to the schedule they propose. They are the first A/E firm to meet their proposed schedule. Very dependable… Excellent - Detailed cost estimates prior to bid. Understands PHA budgets… Due to CHS’ PHA experience as employees and consultants, CHS has provided LMHA with knowledge to perform more effectively.

Homer Virden
Executive Director
Lorain Metropolitan Housing Authority

Subsequently, Don prepared the CMHA’s “Five Year Plan for Modernization” which was considered to be the best in Region V, administered by the HUD Chicago Regional Office.

James C. Avery
Director of Development Program
Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority

Don, you deliver and that is the basis for my confidence.

Robert Graham
Executive Director
Virgin Islands Housing Authority
November 2008

During the past 2 years, DMHA management staff has worked closely with the Access Center to resolve both accessibility and policy issues. DMHA went on to hire, an extremely well qualified consulting firm, Creative Housing Solutions (CHS), to assess the needs of their entire housing inventory. I commend DMHA on their choice of firms. Your choice was well informed about disability laws, thorough, well organized, prepared for meetings and other forms of professionalism.

Alan R. Cochrun
Executive Director
The Access Center for Independent Living
March 2006

Drawings and specifications are complete and thorough, knowledge of various materials and construction techniques are extensive. Due to CHS’s PHA experience as employees and consultants, CHS has provided LMHA with knowledge to perform more effectively.

CHS is committed to the schedule they propose. They are the first A/R firm to meet their proposed schedule. Very dependable.

Detailed cost estimates prior to bid. Understands PHA budgets.

CHS makes themselves readily available to answer concerns of the LMHA, contractors and bidders. Very responsive. Written and verbal communications are very thorough and understandable.

CHS negotiates with the “best interest” of the LMHA in mind. At the same time, they act with fairness towards the contractor.

Lorian County Metropolitan Housing Authority

 

 


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