Using HUD’s Two-Year Forecasting Tool to Create an Ongoing Leasing Plan

HCV leasing plan
NMA senior consultant Teri Robertson will be presenting a hands-on workshop for creating an ongoing HCV leasing plan

NMA senior consultant Teri Robertson is nationally recognized as a leading expert in HCV and Section 8. She has written for the NMA blog about HCV administrative fees, how to maximize your agency’s performance rating, and working with sequestration in the HCV program. Teri will be presenting the following session at The Housing Conference in San Antonio this September.

Hands-on Learning for Active Solutions

Using HUD’s Two-Year Forecasting Tool to Create an Ongoing Leasing Plan
Presenter, Teri Robertson

Join us for this hands-on workshop and discover how to eliminate leasing events in the HCV program! You’ll learn how to tweak HUD’s two-year forecasting tool to create an ongoing HCV leasing plan showing:

  • How many families to select from the waiting list
  • When to select the families
  • How leasing activities will impact utilization

We’ll provide you with an Excel tool to track eligibility success rates, so you can base the number of families to select from the waiting list on factual, historical information. Presenter Teri Robertson will demonstrate how to create a plan for selecting families every month to avoid those disruptive leasing events. As an added bonus, she’ll demonstrate how to perform a rent burden analysis to determine whether higher payment standards are in fact justified.

Register online or email sales@nanmckay.com for more information. Don’t delay, less than 24 hours left for early bird pricing!

Best Practices in Public Housing Unit Turnover and Vacancy Tracking

public housing occupancy
Terry Provance will be presenting a session at The Housing Conference in San Antonio on best practices in public housing unit turnover and vacancy tracking

Terry Provance has been a trainer and consultant at Nan McKay and Associates since 1999. He recently took the lead role in creating and developing NMA’s public housing occupancy tracking tool, which can be used by any rental development, whether or not it’s HUD-assisted, including mixed finance and LIHTC properties. Terry will be presenting the following session at The Housing Conference in San Antonio this September.

Hands-on Learning for Active Solutions

Best Practices in Public Housing Unit Turnover and Vacancy Tracking
Presenter, Terry Provance

Join us for this hands-on public housing occupancy workshop! We’ll review:

  • How occupancy rate and turnaround time affect revenue to the project and PHA
  • Private sector strategies for occupancy
  • Calculating vacant unit turnaround time
  • Tracking performance and identifying problem areas
  • Incorporating  the monitoring of unit turnaround time in the public housing quality control program

Register online or email sales@nanmckay.com for more information. Don’t delay, less than 48 hours left for early bird pricing!

MTW Expansion: What to Consider Before Applying

Moving to Work panel session at The Housing Conference
NMA director of program management Michele Lazdowsky will be moderating a panel session on MTW at The Housing Conference

Michele Lazdowsky, NMA’s director of program management, will be moderating this year’s Moving to Work panel session at The Housing Conference. Michele is a strong leader with over two decades of housing experience in the areas of compliance, HCV operations, inspections, management, project-based programs, public housing, state housing operations, and the MTW program.

Executive Leadership for Performance Excellence

MTW Expansion: What to Consider Before Applying (Panel Session)
Moderator, Michele Lazdowsky

Housing authorities across the country are interested in joining the Moving to Work (MTW) demonstration, but many are unclear on how to become an MTW agency, or how to implement flexibilities once they achieve MTW status. Although many PHAs would like to be MTW, the only way that agencies in the past have become MTW is through legislation and, in most instances, subsequent application processes via PIH notices. Demand for the flexibility offered by the MTW demonstration, particularly that related to streamlining administrative burden, has far exceeded the number of slots available.

The 2016 appropriations bill was a game-changer, authorizing HUD to expand the MTW demonstration by an additional 100 public housing authorities over seven years. HUD is anticipated to issue the notice to select the initial cohort of new agencies this autumn, with up to four months to submit applications. This panel includes housing executives who will discuss what your PHA should consider before applying for the expansion.

Register online or email sales@nanmckay.com for more information. Don’t delay, less than a week left for early bird pricing! Plus, you’ll have the opportunity to reserve a free, one-hour Q&A session with one of our NMA experts before they’re all gone.

Win a subscription to NMA’s PIH Alert!

PIH AlertNMA’s PIH Alert is a daily email summary with notices, regulation changes, new guidance, tools, webcast announcements, acts of Congress, and everything else that affects the public housing and HCV programs — plus weekly Q&As, in-depth analysis, and more.

In short, it’s a must-have for anyone working in the affordable housing industry. And now you can win a full year’s subscription!

To enter the  contest, all you need to do is sign up for NMA blog updates via email. How? It’s easy — just enter your email address in the box to the right, where it says “Follow our blog via email,” and click the Subscribe button. If you’re already receiving blog updates via email, you don’t have to do anything. You’re automatically entered to win!

The contest is open until Tuesday, July 5, and we’ll announce a winner on Wednesday, July 6. If you’re already a PIH Alert subscriber, we’ll extend your current subscription by another year. Good luck!

Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Final Rule

AFFH final rule
NMA trainer and consultant Cara Gillette will be presenting a session at The Housing Conference in San Antonio covering the affirmatively furthering fair housing final rule

Cara Gillette trains, consults, and provides technical assistance nationwide in fair housing, public housing management, hearings, economic self-sufficiency, and governing boards. Prior to joining NMA, she administered public housing and Section 8 waiting lists, served as hearing officer, managed public housing, and oversaw resident economic development programs at the San Diego Housing Commission. She has previously written for the NMA blog on what you need to know about Section 3. Cara will be presenting the following session at The Housing Conference in San Antonio this September.

Regulatory Knowledge for Smart Management

Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Final Rule
Presenter, Cara Gillette

In this session, NMA fair housing expert Cara Gillette will cover everything you need to know about the affirmatively furthering fair housing final rule. She’ll discuss the background leading up to the AFFH final rule, new definitions included in the final rule, the newly-required assessment of fair housing (AFH) which replaces the previous analysis of impediments (AI), AFH alternatives for housing authorities, and how to use the AFH tool.

Cara and other industry experts are available for limited free one-hour Q&A sessions at The Housing Conference to registered participants. Don’t delay, signups are first-come, first-served! Register online or email sales@nanmckay.com for more information.

Affordable housing news 6/24/16

CBPP: As more low-income renters struggle, federal subsidies favor well-off homeowners

CCP: Stabilizing neighborhoods through effective rental registration programs

HUD: New MTW committee and timeline for expansion

The HUDdle: Expanding horizons with STEM education

The HUDdle: Fulfilling HUD’s commitment to creating economic opportunities

NCSHA: HOTMA introduced in Senate

Next City: Harvard’s national housing report has bad news for renters

NHC: Using opportunity mapping to improve affordable housing policy

NLIHC: Live podcast on the housing affordability crisis

Rooflines: To reduce recidivism rates, turn to housing policy

Urban Wire: National housing supply falls short of demand by 430,000 units

RAD: Post-Closing Operational Transition for PBV

Rental Assistance Demonstration
Jennifer Green of the Indianapolis Housing Agency, speaking on the RAD panel at The Housing Conference

With more than three decades of experience in affordable housing development, Cindi Herrera currently leads the Rental Assistance Demonstration team at NMA, completing relocation of nearly 4,000 households to date under the federal Uniform Relocation Act. She has served as an executive in various PHAs and as president and CEO of a large nonprofit affordable housing development and management company. Cindi will be presenting the following session at The Housing Conference in San Antonio this September.

Regulatory Knowledge for Smart Management

RAD: Post-Closing Operational Transition for PBV
Presenter, Cindi Herrera

Submitting an application to the Rental Assistance Demonstration and getting through a CHAP (commitment to enter into a housing assistance payments contract) is a long, arduous process. Now that you’ve been approved — or are waiting for approval — what’s next? This session will cover the process and timing for completing EOP (end of participation) in public housing, new admission and first recertification requirements for HCV, phase-in of rent increases, what to do when the tenant rent is greater than the contract rent, accounting for HAP subsidy in year one, VMS reporting in year one, and more.

Register online or email sales@nanmckay.com for more information. Don’t delay, less than a week left for early bird pricing! Plus, you’ll have the opportunity to reserve a free, one-hour Q&A session with one of our NMA experts before they’re all gone.

Take FSS and ROSS Programs to a New High

Patti Zatarain-Menard, the nation's foremost expert on family self-sufficiency, will be leading a session on FSS at The Housing Conference
Patti Zatarain-Menard, the nation’s foremost expert on family self-sufficiency, will be leading a session on FSS at The Housing Conference this year

In her capacity with the San Diego Housing Commission, Patti Zatarain-Menard designed, developed, and implemented one of the nation’s largest and most successful family self-sufficiency programs.

For the past two decades, she has worked with Nan McKay & Associates conducting training seminars nationally and undertaking consulting assignments on federally subsidized housing. You can read her five tips for a successful FSS program here. Patti will be presenting the following session at The Housing Conference this September in San Antonio, Texas.

Hands-On Learning for Active Solutions

Take FSS and ROSS Programs to a New High
Presenter, Patti Zatarain-Menard

  • Improve the HCV and public housing bottom line with these two self-sufficiency programs
  • Reduce legal vulnerability by improving FSS and ROSS policies
  • Be ready for FSS and ROSS new program evaluation from HUD, coming in 2017—no more logic model!

In this interactive session, you’ll learn how to calculate your likely return on investment in the FSS and ROSS programs with key, concrete steps. Patti Zatarain-Menard, the nation’s foremost expert in FSS, will detail the policies needed to ensure high quality self-sufficiency services and reduce possible legal challenges. She will introduce, for the first time, HUD’s proposed FSS and ROSS program evaluation—giving you the lead in self-sufficiency compliance and excellence for the FY 2017 rollout. Finally, she’ll set all of this in a quick review of HUD’s actual requirements for these programs, including a fast-paced Q&A to catch any concerns.

Patti will also be available for free one-on-one Q&A sessions at the The Housing Conference this September in San Antonio, Texas. Registered participants can sign up on a first-come, first-served basis now. Register online or email sales@nanmckay.com for more information.

HUD to hold briefing on SAFMR proposed rule

SAFMR proposed ruleHUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R) today announced that it will be holding a briefing on the recent proposed rule on small area fair market rents (SAFMRs).

The briefing will be webcast Thursday, June 30, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. eastern time (8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Pacific time). HUD will walk through the proposed rule and answer questions. A link to the webcast will be available on the announcement page the day of the event. To register for the webcast, click here.

HUD published the SAFMR proposed rule last week in the Federal Register. Intended to help reduce the number of assisted families that reside in areas of high poverty concentration, the rule would require the use of SAFMRs in certain metropolitan areas if the area meets a specific set of criteria. Among the highlights are the following:

  • The rule would require the use of SAFMRs in administering the housing choice voucher (HCV) program for certain metropolitan areas, if the area meets a specific set of criteria.
  • Criteria for those areas in which SAFMRs would be set include metropolitan areas where at least 2,500 HCVs are under lease, at least 20 percent of the standard quality rental stock is in ZIP codes where the SAFMR is more than 100 percent of the metropolitan FMR, and the measure of the percentage of voucher holders living in concentrated low-income areas relative to all renters within these areas over the entire metropolitan area exceeds 155 percent.
  • PHAs not administering a voucher program in a metropolitan area subject to SAFMR application would be able to request HUD approval to use SAFMRs.
  • The rule would amend the existing regulations to no longer provide that FMRs be set at the 50th percentile, and instead transitioning metropolitan areas with FMRs set at the 50th percentile to either the 40th percentile rent at the expiration of a three-year period for the 50th percentile rent, or designation as an SAFMR in accordance with the proposed criteria.
  • PHAs with a jurisdiction within a 50th percentile FMR area that reverts to the standard 40th percentile would be able to request HUD approval of payment standard amounts based on the 50th percentile rent. PHAs would continue to meet the provisions of 24 CFR 503 annually in order to maintain payment standards based on 50th percentile rents.
  • The rule would provide that SAFMRs would also apply to project-based vouchers (PBVs) under certain conditions, if the PBVs are located in an area or jurisdiction in which HUD has designated or approved the application of SAFMRs. The application of SAFMRs in such cases would occur when a PHA notice of owner selection of existing regulations in 24 CFR 51(d) was made after the effective date of the SAFMR designation.
  • Finally, HUD intends to designate SAFMRs at the beginning of the federal fiscal year and make additional area designations every five years thereafter as new data becomes available.

Comments on the proposed rule are due August 15, 2016.

Agenda now available for 2016 national conference

The Housing Conference, September 19–20, 2016, in San Antonio, TexasJust one week left for early bird pricing! Register by June 30 to receive the best rates for The Housing Conference.

The updated agenda is now available here. Industry experts will present sessions and panels on the latest topics in affordable housing, including:

  • Affirmatively furthering fair housing (AFFH) final rule
  • Community partnerships
  • Community Development Block Grants (CDBG)
  • Creating an ongoing leasing plan
  • Family self-sufficiency and resident opportunities
  • Insurance for development projects
  • Rent reasonableness
  • Technology strategies
  • Strategies for success in HCV audits
  • Upcoming legislation
  • New inspection protocol for the voucher program
  • Best practices in managing portability
  • Best practices in managing VASH vouchers
  • Best practices in preventing shortfall
  • Best practices in public housing unit turnover and vacancy tracking
  • RAD post-closing operational transition for PBRA and PBV
  • What to consider before applying for the MTW program

Presented by NMA and HAI Group, this year’s conference in San Antonio, Texas, will also feature a roundtable panel session with NMA Housing Awards winners.

The Housing Conference

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