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The real cost of sexual harassment

Posted by Staci Canny, HAI Group on Oct 23, 2018 5:00:00 AM

As a professional in the workplace, you are faced with the awful reality of having a one in three chance of experiencing sexual harassment as a female, and a one in five chance as a male.

Through recent movements, like #metoo, and the takedown of powerful celebrities, politicians, and journalists, this difficult topic is finally being brought to the forefront of conversations nationwide.

While the media has portrayed sexual harassment at large over the past year, have you ever stopped to think about how this relates to you specifically? If a case of sexual harassment happened at your place of work, would you know how to handle it?

Let’s take a look at a scenario that can happen at a housing organization.

Amy is an employee at a housing organization, and Rodney is a contractor who works daily as an onsite property manager. They are both avid sports fans and have frequent conversations about work projects and their common interest in sports. Rodney begins to send Amy daily calls and texts, asking her to join him for the playoff game. Amy did not express an interest in furthering their relationship outside of work, and the ongoing calls and texts made her feel very uncomfortable.

This scenario depicts an example of harassment, resulting in a hostile work environment. If such behavior goes ignored, this type of environment can lead to increased absences and stress among your employees, and consequently, a decrease in productivity.

How would you handle this situation if you were Amy, and you do not wish to have a personal relationship with Rodney outside of the workplace? Here are three steps you should take:

  1. Speak directly to the perpetrator – Take immediate action of the situation by meeting face-to-face with the perpetrator. Do not ignore the situation – this may allow things to escalate.
  2. Discuss your feelings – Keep your cool as you let the individual know that you value your working relationship, and that is all. Explain that their behavior is making you feel uncomfortable, and to please stop.
  3. Meet with Human Resources – If you are still uncomfortable after speaking with the individual, schedule a meeting with Human Resources to discuss the situation and possible solutions. It is your right to feel comfortable in your workplace.

While you may not be able to control whether or not these situations happen at your place of work, what you can control is how you respond to them and take action to prevent them from reoccurring. If you would like to learn more about how to handle various forms of sexual harassment in the workplace, click here to watch HAI Group’s simulated scenario.

HAI Group is a trusted partner, recognized for our experience and exceptional service. While we’re known for pioneering public and affordable housing insurance programs, insurance is not our only strength. For more than 30 years, we’ve evolved with the housing industry and emerged as a leading provider of insurance, risk management, training, capital, research, and advocacy solutions tailor-made for housing.

Topics: HAI Group, Knowledge Base, harassment

Housing and community news

Posted by NMA on Oct 16, 2018 9:58:49 AM

What we're reading now: The latest housing reports and analysis

More on the proposed public charge rule: CBPP blog post, NHLP fact sheet, analysis from the National Association of Counties, and resources from the Protecting Immigrant Families Campaign

Affordable Housing Finance: LIHTC properties fare well during Hurricane Florence

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities: Voucher non-discrimination laws may boost acceptance

Multifamily Executive: How older multifamily buildings help the affordability crisis

National Resources Defense Council: A new prescription for healthy building retrofits

New York Times: With market hot, landlords slam the door on Section 8 tenants

Zillow: How small area FMRs expand opportunity for families using vouchers

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PIH issues instructions for MTW expansion

Posted by Kaylene Holvenstot on Oct 12, 2018 1:12:08 PM

Late yesterday, HUD’s Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH) published Notice PIH 2018-17, offering eligible PHAs the opportunity to apply for admission to the Moving to Work (MTW) Demonstration under the first cohort of the recent expansion, and providing the two-step application process to do so. HUD republished in the Federal Register the operations notice on the MTW expansion yesterday. While the operations notice does cover the implementation and continued operations of MTW agencies selected through the expansion, it does not include the application instructions. Notice PIH 2018-17, however, lays out those instructions in detail:

  • In the first step of the two-part application process, interested PHAs that meet the eligibility criteria in Section 4(b) of the notice will submit a letter of interest package and HUD will conduct an eligibility review. Regional lotteries will then be held to determine which PHAs will be invited to apply, which PHAs will be placed on a waitlist, and which PHAs will not receive an MTW designation or continue to the next step in the process.
  • In the second step, regional lottery selectees will be invited to submit a full MTW plan and application requesting an MTW designation. Waitlisted PHAs may be invited to apply to replace a selected PHA that withdraws or does not sufficiently complete its application. After sufficient completion of the requirements, lottery selectees will then be offered an MTW designation in the first cohort of the expansion.

Notice PIH 2018-17 also covers important elements of the program structure and evaluative components of the expansion, the general framework and selection process, information on submitting a letter of interest package, and information on submitting an MTW plan and application. Applications for other cohorts of the MTW expansion will be requested through future selection notices.

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Topics: MTW, PIH notices

HUD publishes MTW expansion notice

Posted by Annie Stevenson on Oct 11, 2018 11:25:00 AM

On Friday in the Federal Register, HUD published an operations notice for the expansion of the Moving to Work (MTW) program. The 2016 MTW Expansion Statute allows HUD to increase the size of the program from 39 agencies to 139 agencies over a seven-year period. MTW agencies are given flexibility to develop alternative housing program policies aimed at reducing program costs, increasing self-sufficiency of assisted families, and increasing housing choice.

HUD published the first operations notice and request for comments on January 23, 2017. Today’s notice incorporates changes suggested in public comments and seeks further comments, which must be submitted no later than November 19, 2018.

The operations notice details the implementation and continued operations of MTW agencies selected through the expansion. It does not include application instructions, which will be issued in future PIH notices. The 16-page document covers the following 11 topics:

  • Purpose and applicability of the program
  • Waivers, including agency-specific and cohort-specific waivers
  • The term of participation
  • MTW funding flexibilities and financial reporting
  • Program-wide and cohort-specific evaluation
  • Program administration and oversight
  • The Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program
  • Applying MTW flexibilities to special purpose vouchers
  • The applicability of other federal, state, and local requirements
  • MTW agencies admitted prior to the 2016 MTW expansion statute
  • Sanctions, terminations, and default

The notice provides the following information about the 100 agencies which will be selected for the MTW expansion:

  • No less than 50 PHAs shall administer 1,000 or fewer aggregate housing voucher and public housing units
  • No less than 47 PHAs shall administer 1,001–6,000 aggregate housing voucher and public housing units
  • No more than 3 PHAs shall administer 6,001–27,000 aggregate housing voucher and public housing units
  • No PHA shall be granted MTW designation if it administers more than 27,000 aggregate housing voucher and public housing units; and
  • Five of the PHAs selected shall be agencies with a Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) portfolio awardLearn more about MTW

Topics: MTW

Housing and community news

Posted by NMA on Oct 10, 2018 10:57:43 AM

What we're reading now: The latest housing reports and analysis

The Atlantic: Elizabeth Warren's ambitious fix for America's housing crisis

Brookings: It's a dark time for renters

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities: Renters' incomes still lagging behind housing costs

Center for Community Progress: Building equitable communities takes systems reform

Center for Study of Social Policy: Comment period begins today for public charge rule

CityLab: Why affordable housing isn't more affordable

National Association of Counties: Congress approves major disaster reform bill

National League of Cities: Cities leading on fair housing

National Low Income Housing Coalition: Congress passes stopgap funding for HUD

New York Times: Along the Carolinas coast, entire neighborhoods remain submerged

Shelterforce: 30 years of reporting on the state of the nation's housing

Urban Institute: Rural communities need more affordable rental housing

Urban Land: 2 developers share their path to transformational projects

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