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A Company with Vision

Affordable housing that everyone can be proud of.

Northtown Apartments - Chicago, IL

Our Mission

CREA believes that opportunity starts with a safe place to call home. CREA is a values-driven company, passionate about leveraging financial programs and partnerships to eliminate barriers and enhance the quality of life for residents within thriving and accessible communities that uphold the dignity of affordable housing.

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Values in Action


At CREA, we believe that family is at the heart of everything we do. Whether it's our team, our partners, or the communities we serve, we strive to create a sense of belonging and support for everyone. We are proud to be a family organization and look forward to continuing to build strong relationships with all those we work with.


The CREA fabric is woven with unique strands – personalities, skillsets, lived experiences and perspectives. However, we are acutely aware that our unique differences only serve us as a whole when we bring respect to the table, above all else. This doesn’t stop at our office doors. With our partners and industry associates, for residents, community leaders and property managers – respect is an expectation.


Community is at the heart of what we do and why we do it. The community that we build in the office extends to every community we create. Rural, suburban and urban communities. Black and Hispanic, senior and mixed-use, homeless and veteran, special needs and services – we are passionate about creating accessible communities that uphold the dignity of affordable housing.


“Teamwork makes the dream work” – and affordable housing everyone can be proud of is our dream. So, imagine the team needed to accomplish that job. Looking at the lifecycle of a community coming to fruition is a great display of the kind of teamwork we rely on every day. From Acquisitions to Tax Review, and every department in between, it takes our entire company to create success.


CREA is committed to providing quality services while maintaining a high level of professionalism and ethical standards. We believe that doing the right thing is not always easy, but it is essential build trust and dedication both internally and externally.


CREA was born out of an idea Jeff Whiting had. But more, there was knowledge, skill and an expanding network to bring that idea to life.

Expertise put Jeff's initial idea into action and hasn’t stopped since 2001. Over 20 years later, CREA's growth is defined by inventiveness and celebrated by and for those bold enough to step outside of the box.


Values in Action


CREA has been making a educational impacts for student of affordable communities since the establishment of its 501(c)3 nonprofit arm, CREA Foundation. We are proud to share how we are making an even greater impact.

Boston CREA employees volunteering


We are acutely aware of the many impacts that effect people and communities beyond affordable housing. #TeamCREA is rolling their sleeves up to address them. 

Inclusion Advisory Council meeting


Great company culture, personal and professional growth, and DEI are crucial for any organization's success. We believe that investing in our employees' well-being and development is the key to achieving our goals and creating a positive impact in the world.



Welcoming 20 new CREA Scholars through a new university partner, CREA Foundation was CREA's largest social impact investment


2023 saw another successful year of charitable contributions totaling over $200k


Lead important & impactful discussions through our Inclusion Advisory Council efforts


Continuation of DEI training & awareness, as well as integration into business strategy

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