History of Housing
In 1919 fewer than a dozen Tri Delta chapters owned properties. Most members could be found living in crowded dormitories or rooming houses. It was just 30 years after the Fraternity's founding and World War I had ended. The restrictions of the war had been lifted, and students began pouring into college towns and needed safe and comfortable places to live. College administrators were focused on securing classroom space and equipment and could not give their attention to student housing. Concerned for members' health and safety, Fraternity officers encouraged chapters to own their own houses, and they would make funds available where needed. Before the end of the 1920s, 40 houses valued at $2,000,000 had been built, remodeled or were in the blueprint stage. Many of these houses were built according to Fraternity guidelines that called for quiet study rooms, airy sleeping quarters and spacious but homelike living and dining rooms.
In 1991, the Fraternity formed National House Corporation (NHC) for the purpose of holding property titles, collecting income and submitting net income to the Fraternity. Today, 120 Tri Delta chapters have some sort of chapter space (e.g., traditional house, dorm floor, chapter room, etc). The majority of these are owned and operated by local house corporations made up of Tri Delta alumnae members in the area. National House Corporation currently owns and operates 29 chapter facilities. Executive Office
National House Corporation (NHC) serves as the Fraternity's administrative arm for all matters related to housing and provides resources and support to all Tri Delta properties, regardless of who owns and operates them. Local house corporations and collegiate house managers can utilize the expertise of volunteer housing specialists or online resources such as manuals, model contracts, and recommended partners.
Managing a property successfully requires creating and maintaining a budget, overseeing the day-to-day operations, as well as planning for future improvements. These responsibilities can be overwhelming for volunteers, and local property management companies typically lack an understanding of Greek housing. That is why the Fraternity relies on the professional staff of NHC to provide management services to Tri Delta properties. NHC management services include day-to-day property management, bookkeeping (including accounts payable and receivable) and rent and fee analysis. These services can be tailored to the chapter's needs and can be utilized by all Tri Delta properties whether locally or NHC owned.
Perpetuating the growth of Tri Delta properties requires continual evaluation and enhancement. Properties that are owned and operated by NHC receive this continual support so that they can remain competitive with other housing options provided in their campus community. NHC can assist any Tri Delta chapter with project management and interior design projects. For chapters who have some form of meeting or living space, but who do not own a building or land, NHC provides an Asset Management Program designed to ensure that the spaces are continually enhanced through a three-year renovation rotation.