Needs Assessments

CHS has been performing Physical Needs Assessments (PNA) for public housing authorities since 1994. Even before then, in 1985 President, Donald Dudrow prepared the first comprehensive PNA for the Cincinnati’s hosuing authority, the 15th largest public housing authority in the United States. 

CHS understands that a comprehensive and thorough PNA is an invaluable tool for housing authorities strategic planning and budgeting. A good PNA will help identify distressed properties and will enable the PHA to make informed decisions about the development’s long-term viability.

CHS has provided PNAs for nearly 100 housing authorities and thousands of units throughout the U.S.A. from Ventura, CA to St. Thomas, USVI. HUD has recognized the quality of CHS Pysical Needs Assessments. Learn more.

CHS also provides:

Capital Needs Assessments (CNA): The assessment outlines the anticipated capital needs of a development and the estimated cost per year to complete this work.  Learn more.

Green Physical Needs Assessments (GPNA): A long-range planning tool with a focus on increased energy efficiency, reduced utility cost, and reduced life-cycle costs.  Learn more.

Green Physical Condition Assessment (GPCA): A renovation and long-range planning tool required by the HUD Office of Affordable Housing Preservation (OAHP) for the Mark to Market refinance program.  Learn more.

RAD Physical Condition Assessments (RPCA): A redevelopment/renovation and long-range planning tool required by the HUD for the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program. Learn more.

CHS has recently completed RAD RPCAs for the following public housing authorities:

     Kingsport, Tennessee

     Mobile, Alabama

     Griffin, Georgia

     Chattanooga, Tennessee

     Texarkana, Texas

     More RPCAs are underway as CHS helps PHAs make the RAD transition.

Section 504 Assessment and Transition Plan: a planning and compliance report required by HUD and the office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO). Learn more.

Section 18 Physical Needs Assessments: provides an objective opinion to support the disposition or demolition of a public housing development.  Learn more.


Best physical needs assessment and viability study HUD has seen.” 

William Shen

Director of Troubled Housing, HUD Washington DC Headquarters meeting with HUD Secretary Jackson

“The draft reports look good. Go ahead and finalize the reports. Thanks again for a job well done!”

Mark Bell

Development Project Manager, Chattanooga Housing Authority