Well-planned volunteer efforts can be mobilized to do property management and physical maintenance at significant savings in overall costs. Volunteers can be skilled professionals and unskilled individuals drawn from the residents living in an affordable housing development.
As well as keeping costs down, using volunteers can create a sense of ownership for those who give their time and effort to help manage and maintain the homes in which they live. For non-resident volunteers, participating in the operations and management increases community support for affordable housing developments.
While the efforts of volunteers reduce the costs of operating and managing housing, there are some costs to using volunteers. For example, there are those costs associated with recruiting, organizing and training volunteers and supervising their work.