For over 30 years, Emphasys HFA has been providing the affordable housing industry with innovative business management software. Our products and services include operational support for housing program management, financial tools to assist in managing multiple funding sources, and executive reporting systems that keep key managers focused on overall agency performance. By providing superior functionality and forward-thinking technology, we help organizations streamline daily business processes and improve productivity.

The HFA division has three offices to serve its clients: Miami, Florida, Charlotte, North Carolina and Poway, California. With locations on both coasts, Emphasys offers its clients the convenience of extended software support hours.

As a full-service technology vendor, Emphasys Software assists clients with modernizing their business systems, maintaining mission-critical applications and data, and planning for future growth.

Our History

Emphasys provides an array of software solutions and related services to public housing authorities (PHAs) and housing finance agencies (HFAs). It was formed in 2000, as the result of a merger between the nation’s two leading vendors of housing software: Creative Computer Solutions, founded in 1976, and Memory Lane Systems, founded in 1983. In May 2004, Emphasys also acquired Application Oriented Designs, Inc., the nation’s leading provider of software and services for HFAs.

Today Emphasys is the largest full-service provider to serve the public housing, housing finance, and redevelopment marketplace.  HFAs and PHAs agencies staff across the country rely on Emphasys software and services. These organizations demand the superior functionality and innovative technology that only Emphasys provides. We have the experience and technical expertise needed to help housing agencies migrate to complete, integrated application infrastructures. Our full range of integration services doesn’t stop after defining initial requirements. It includes workflow analysis through data conversion, training, go-live and post-implementation phases.

Emphasys offers a full complement of skilled employees who are experienced in public housing, implementation and software design. Our implementation specialists are certified public housing managers, as are many of our customer care representatives, project managers, software engineers and members of the sales team. Our network engineers are certified or authorized in numerous operating systems and hardware brands including Novell, Microsoft, HP, IBM, SUN and Citrix.


Emphasys Software is a wholly owned subsidiary of Constellation Software Inc. A publicly traded company (TSX: CSU), Constellation provides software in over 80 different vertical markets on six continents with over 3,500 employees generating consolidated revenues exceeding US$1.6 billion in 2014. Emphasys’ trusted solutions have helped thousands of public and private entities across North America improve their operations and drive growth with the superior product functionality and innovative technology that today’s businesses demand.


Our ability to provide cutting-edge solutions is enhanced by an incredible team of developers, customer service, and support and management personnel. Industry knowledge is a requirement for our staff. The combined knowledge and expertise of our staff transforms your business, affording you a powerful competitive advantage amongst fellow HFAs. In addition to internal education, many staff members are veterans of developing and implementing software solutions at local and state HFAs. Our professional staff members of programmers, trainers, and consultants have a rich background directly related to housing and federal/state programs.


Emphasys HFA collaborates with many technology leaders, Industry Affiliates, and Client Partners: National Council of State Housing Finance Agencies, National Association of Local Housing Finance, First Southwest Bank, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and more.