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Emphasys Software Awarded SOC 2 Type 1 Certification

PEMBROKE PINES, FLJune 10, 2021 – Emphasys Software (Emphasys) is proud to announce that it has successfully completed the Service Organization Control (SOC) 2 Type 1 audit. With this SOC 2 Type 1 designation, Emphasys continues to demonstrate its commitment to best-in-class compliance and data security standards for our affordable housing customers.

The SOC 2 certification process affirms that Emphasys Software’s information security practices, policies, procedures, and operations meet the SOC 2 standards for security, availability, processing, integrity, privacy, and confidentiality in the cloud.

“Our SOC 2 certification shows customers that Emphasys takes customer data safety and security on the internet very seriously,” said Dave Badun, General Manager of Emphasys. “With the increasing risk of ransomware attacks on public housing authorities, it is of the utmost importance that we provide assurances of security and reliability of Emphasys to all our customers and their residents.”

By meeting the stringent requirements to receive a SOC 2 standard of security, Emphasys provides a broad range of capabilities and benefits for any public housing agency with an assurance that our internal controls have undergone the most rigorous review. This creates peace of mind and convenience when, for example, residents are making rent payments or are filling out rental applications online with personal information being stored in the cloud.

About Emphasys Software:

As a pioneer of enterprise software for public housing authorities, Emphasys has set the standard for innovative compliance-based business solutions since 1976. Emphasys’ software is used to help manage and house nearly one million families through over 200 of the nation’s leading, and many of the nation’s largest, public housing authorities. Emphasys offers a complete suite of enterprise software applications with service and support that automates business processes efficiently and effectively. Emphasys Software is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Constellation Software Inc. (TSX:CSU).

Emphasys Software Launches MyTenantPayments, an Integrated Tenant Payment Solution for Public Housing Authorities

PEMBROKE PINES, FLJanuary 26, 2021 – Emphasys Software (Emphasys) announced that it has launched a new tenant payment portal, MyTenantPayments.

“Our MyTenantPayments portal allows us to offer an online solution to our 200+ Public Housing Authority (PHA) customers who process about $800 million in annual tenant receivables,” said Larry Huckle, VP of Sales and Marketing at Emphasys Software. Mr. Huckle continued, “We have created an integrated and electronic processing infrastructure inside of the Emphasys software that can handle both card and ACH payments, affording tenants the ability to easily and conveniently remit payments. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have seen an expressed desire from many of the PHAs we serve to eliminate, as much as possible, the in-person acceptance of paper checks and card payments, for obvious reasons. MyTenantPayments solves these challenges and completely mitigates in-person payments by providing PHAs the ability to collect tenant payments electronically via various payment methods, including ACH (eCheck), credit and debit card. We’re confident PHAs will embrace the solution of MyTenantPayments, as accepting payments electronically improves cash flows, eliminates the manual processes of receiving and depositing paper checks, and reduces costs overall.”

Emphasys partnered with Usio, a tech-enabled payment solutions provider, leveraging Usio’s proprietary PayFac-in-a-BoxTM, an electronic payment platform that integrates seamlessly and securely with Emphasys’ Elite software for PHAs.

Commenting on the partnership, Greg Carter, Senior Vice President of Payment Facilitation at Usio, said, “Utilizing our proprietary PayFac-in-a-BoxTM technology, Emphasys will now offer a truly integrated payments functionality that will benefit PHAs, tenants, landlords, vendors, and the network of related entities associated with supporting affordable housing. This is an exciting opportunity for Usio to further penetrate a large and growing vertical market where we are establishing a strong foundation.”

About Emphasys Software:

As a pioneer of enterprise software for public housing authorities, Emphasys has set the standard for innovative compliance-based business solutions since 1976. Emphasys’ software is used to help manage and house nearly one million families through over 200 of the nation’s leading and many of the nation’s largest public housing authorities using our technology. Emphasys offers a complete suite of enterprise software applications with service and support that automates business processes efficiently and effectively. Emphasys Software is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Constellation Software Inc. (TSX:CSU).

About Usio, Inc.:

Usio, Inc. (Nasdaq:USIO), a leading integrated payment solutions provider, offers a wide range of payment solutions to merchants, billers, banks, service bureaus, and card issuers. The Company operates credit, debit/prepaid, and ACH payment processing platforms to deliver convenient, world-class payment solutions and services to their clients. The strength of the Company lies in its ability to provide tailored solutions for card issuance, payment acceptance, and bill payments as well as its unique technology in the prepaid sector. Usio is headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, and has offices in Franklin, Tennessee, just outside of Nashville.

Scottsdale Housing Agency Partners with Emphasys Software for its Housing Choice Voucher program

Scottsdale Housing Agency Partners with Emphasys Software for its Housing Choice Voucher program

MIAMI, FL – June 18, 2019 – Emphasys Software, the leading provider of compliance-driven software specifically designed for the affordable housing industry, announced today that the Scottsdale Housing Agency (SHA) has selected Emphasys Software as its core enterprise software solution. The SHA is one of the Southwest’s largest Housing Choice Vouchers agencies, assisting more than 3,000 residents in Maricopa County.

The Scottsdale Housing Agency has indicated it is excited to get started with the Emphasys product and is looking forward to using the software to help improve efficiencies and increase service to their community. Further, SHA has expressed the utmost confidence in the Emphasys solution and their staff based on the number of years Emphasys has been serving the affordable housing market.

Larry Huckle, Emphasys Software’s VP of Sales & Marketing, reacted to the selection by saying, “We’re honored SHA elected to partner with us and we’re ready to deliver our industry-leading solutions and services. As the only institutional vendor solely focused on the affordable housing market, we are uniquely positioned to help the SHA provide safe and affordable housing for the long term.”

ABOUT EMPHASYS SOFTWARE

Emphasys’ software is used to help manage and house one million+ families through over hundreds of leading public housing authorities (PHAs), from hundreds of units to tens of thousands, including most of the nation’s largest PHAs.

Founded in 1976, Emphasys is the only institutional-scale vendor that is solely focused on this industry. Emphasys is not owned by private equity, meaning our clients never need to worry about forced migrations or highly disruptive business sales. With a sole focus on the PHA market, Emphasys’ clients know that its attention and efforts will never change.

Emphasys has growing teams and offices in Petoskey, Michigan, and in Miami and Orlando, Florida.

Emphasys Software launches partnership with the City of Phoenix Housing Department as their primary software vendor

Emphasys Software launches partnership with the City of Phoenix Housing Department

MIAMI, FL – April 12, 2019 – Emphasys Software, the provider of compliance driven software specifically designed through collaborative partnerships with leading Public Housing Authorities throughout the nation, announces that the City of Phoenix Housing Department has selected Emphasys Software as its strategic business software solution. The City of Phoenix Housing Department’s programs provide public housing, Section 8 housing vouchers, affordable rental apartments and single-family homes to more than 35,000 area residents. Through these programs, it is the City of Phoenix Housing Department’s mission to provide sustainable and affordable rental housing and homeownership opportunities to Phoenix residents. Emphasys’ suite of solutions will empower the City of Phoenix Housing Department to effectively manage its 6,700 Section 8 housing vouchers and 1,518 low-income public housing units.

Cindy Stotler, Housing Department Director, city of Phoenix said “I like the fact that Emphasys Software is solely dedicated to serving Public Housing Authorities, and is one of the few software vendors whose product can handle the size of our agency. Their software solution is the most flexible and robust in the market and will allow our agency to automate common processes, improve efficiencies, ensure compliance and assist our families and applicants within one comprehensive system. Additionally, the unmatched industry experience and domain knowledge of Emphasys’ staff assures us that we’re in good hands.”

Emphasys’ CEO, Paul Yancich, also commented: “Phoenix is an industry leading large PHA that represents the complex and knowledgeable client base we appreciate serving. We look forward to our partnership with Phoenix, as well as announcing more exciting developments here at Emphasys in the coming months.”

Emphasys Software appreciates the opportunity to serve the City of Phoenix Housing Department as its primary software vendor, and looks forward to nurturing a long-lasting and successful partnership.

ABOUT EMPHASYS SOFTWARE

As a pioneer of enterprise software for public housing authorities, Emphasys has set the standard for innovative compliance-based business solutions since 1976. Emphasys’ software is used to help manage and house nearly one million families through over 200 of the nation’s leading and many of the nation’s largest public housing authorities using our technology. Emphasys offers a complete suite of enterprise software applications with service and support that automates business processes efficiently and effectively.