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The Housing Conference in Boston

Signups for Q&A sessions at The Housing Conference are now open!

We’re thrilled to be taking our fifth annual national housing conference to Boston this August. Included with every conference registration is the opportunity to reserve a free, one-hour Q&A session with one of our NMA experts, including Nan herself!

If you’re registered for the conference and want to sign up for a session, click here and reserve your time now. The Q&A sessions are limited to registered attendees and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

The tentative agenda has just been updated, and when you register now you’ll receive early bird pricing!

Join us August 21-22, 2017, for two fantastic days of networking, learning, and exploring the beautiful and historic city of Boston, Massachusetts. Industry experts will present sessions and panels on the latest topics in affordable housing, including:

  • An update on UPCS-V, the proposed inspections protocol to replace HQS
  • How to deal with generational differences in the workplace
  • What you need to know if you’re a new executive director
  • Nan McKay’s annual legislative update, including new rules and notices
  • Best practices in PBV and RAD PBV
  • Public/private partnerships and grant funds
  • What you need to know before applying for MTW
  • Understanding tax credits and RAD finance
  • Best practices in managing FSS, plus how to start a new FSS program in PBRA
  • What’s new in capital fund finance
  • Best practices in PBRA and RAD PBRA
  • Effective waitlist management
  • What’s new in fair housing
  • Best practices in SEMAP
  • CDBG-DR and resilience
  • Roundtable panel session with NMA Housing Awards winners
  • And more!

Visit our website to register!

HUD solicits comments on MTW expansion

MTW expansion

In an item dated April 7 and posted to the Moving to Work (MTW) website, HUD announced that it will reopen the comment period for the “Operations Notice for the Expansion of the Moving to Work Demonstration Program Solicitation of Comment.” The notice was published in the Federal Register on January 23 and comments were due by March 24.

The operations notice addresses implementation of the 2016 MTW expansion statute, and solicits public comments on the following topics:

  • Purpose and applicability of the program
  • Waivers, including general, conditional, and cohort-specific waivers
  • The term of participation
  • Funding, the MTW block grant, 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
  • Regionalization
  • The applicability of other federal, state, and local requirements
  • Sanctions, terminations, and default

HUD will reopen the comment period for the operations notice in order to allow interested participants and stakeholders additional time to review the notice and provide feedback to HUD.

HUD also announced that it will be offering a series of four in-person listening sessions to discuss the operations notice. PHAs interested in applying for the MTW expansion are invited to attend; however, attendance is limited to two representatives per agency. Topics for the sessions include performance assessments, funding, regulatory waivers, and regionalization.

The all-day listening sessions are scheduled as follows (click one of the city links to register):

If your agency is interested in applying under the MTW expansion, NMA can help. We have extensive experience working with MTW agencies, including as partners during the application process, and we can guide you through questions such as the kinds of things MTW agencies can do, how you intend to measure performance, guidance and insight into what HUD is looking for from newly sanctioned agencies, and more. For more information, call (800) 783-3100 or email sales@nanmckay.com.

NMA’s seminar calendar for Q3 2017 is now available!

affordable housing trainingWe’re pleased to announce the release of NMA’s seminar calendar for the third quarter of 2017. You can view a list of the affordable housing training that Nan McKay and Associates is offering from now through September on this page at our website.

Start planning your summer training now and save! If you register at least 45 days in advance for most seminars, you’ll receive a 10 percent discount. (The discount does not apply to seminars hosted by housing authorities or associations.)

All Nan McKay classes have been updated for the latest HUD rules and notices. Our Fair Housing and Reasonable Accommodation class, the most comprehensive training on fair housing regulations available, has been updated for the recent notices on LEP, sexual harassment, and nuisance ordinances. All of our HCV classes have been updated for the new payment standard rules from HOTMA and the recent Federal Register notice for the student rule.

Having trouble finding the class you want? We can bring the seminar to you. Email sales@nanmckay.com for more information about our affordable onsite training options.

Four weeks to enter the 2017 NMA Housing Awards

NMA Housing AwardsHave you sent us your application yet for the 2017 NMA Housing Awards? Entries are due Friday, April 28, 2017 and must be postmarked or emailed by that date.

If you haven’t entered yet, now is your opportunity to share all the amazing work your agency has done for the community. Award winners will be presented with an engraved trophy at The Housing Conference this August in Boston, Massachusetts.

2017 NMA Development Award

NMA honors the outstanding achievement of housing authorities or associations in affordable housing with the NMA Development Award. One award will be given to an agency with 1250 or more units and one to an agency with 1249 or fewer units. Unit size is based on the total number of housing units.

Eligibility: Housing authorities or associations that administer affordable housing programs will be eligible. Each entry must be limited to one specific development initiative. Examples of such initiatives are new development or construction, green initiatives, property improvements, or out-of-the-box financing.

Criteria: To apply for the 2017 NMA Development Award, all applicants must respond to the following in 1500 words or less.

  • Describe the housing authority’s / association’s most significant accomplishment in development over the past 12 months.
  • Describe the individual achievement by your employees that helped your agency reach your goal.
  • Describe the lasting impact of such development on the community served.

2017 NMA Resident Service Award

The NMA Resident Service Award is sponsored by NMA to recognize housing authorities who are leaders in the affordable housing industry through their community outreach and efforts to improve the future of the families they serve. One award will be given to an agency with 1250 or more units and one to an agency with 1249 or fewer units. Unit size is based on the total number of housing units.

Eligibility: Housing authorities or associations that administer affordable housing programs will be eligible. Each entry must be limited to one specific service initiative. Examples of such initiatives are self-sufficiency programs, community projects, education, or other resident or participant initiatives.

Criteria: To apply for the 2017 NMA Resident Service Award, all applicants must respond to the following in 1500 words or less.

  • Describe the housing authority’s / association’s most significant accomplishment in service over the past 12 months.
  • Describe the individual achievement by your employees that helped your agency reach your goal.
  • Describe the lasting impact of such social achievements on the community served.

You can download the entry form on our website. Go here to read about last year’s winners. If you have any questions, email us at marketing@nanmckay.com. We look forward to reading your entries!

Affordable housing news 3/17/17

CBPP: 3 out of 4 at-risk renters don’t get housing assistance

The HUDdle: New study shows why all public housing should be smoke-free

NCSHA: FY 2018 budget blueprint proposes deep cuts to HUD, elimination of HOME

Next City: Investment in affordable housing has ripple effect

NHC: Digging deep into who struggles to afford housing in your region

NLIHC: Register for March 20 webinar on opposing HUD funding cuts

Urban Wire: Improving the lives of kids in public housing

2017 MTW conference now open to all PHAs!

2017 MTW conferenceRegistration for the annual Moving to Work (MTW) national conference in Washington, DC, is now open to all housing authorities! View the agenda online here.

Topics at the 2017 MTW conference include:

  • Strategies to Address Homelessness in Your Locality
  • University Studies Update: Evaluating Work Requirements, Term-Limits, and Rent Reform
  • Portfolio Management: What’s Next After Development?
  • Leveraging External Partnerships
  • Current Legislative Climate
  • Expanding Opportunity and Choice: Mobility and Place-Based Strategies
  • Rent Reform
  • Interventions in a Tough Rental Market
  • Administrative/Operational Streamlining in MTW PHAs
  • Serving Specialized Populations
  • Creating Local Non-Traditional Service Programs to Support Seniors
  • Leveraging MTW Flexibility to Create Local Development Strategies
  • And more!

In previous years, registration has been open only to MTW agencies, universities, and industry groups working with the MTW program. Due to upcoming program changes, and increased interest in applying for MTW status, this year’s conference is open to all PHAs on a first-come, first-served basis. Space is limited to 2 registrations per agency, and we encourage you to register immediately, as the event is quickly nearing capacity.

2017 MTW Conference

Visit our website to register!

Agenda now available for 2017 national conference

The tentative agenda for our fifth annual national housing conference is now available, and when you register now you’ll receive early bird pricing!

Join us August 21-22, 2017, for two fantastic days of networking, learning,
and exploring the beautiful and historic city of Boston, Massachusetts. Industry experts will present sessions and panels on the latest topics in affordable housing, including:

  • An update on UPCS-V, the proposed inspections protocol to replace HQS (panel session)
  • Best practices in managing FSS, plus how to start a new FSS program in PBRA (panel session)
  • Best practices in PBRA and RAD PBRA (panel session)
  • Best practices in PBV and RAD PBV
  • Best practices in SEMAP (hands-on session)
  • CDBG-DR and resilience
  • Effective waitlist management
  • How to deal with generational differences in the workplace
  • Nan McKay’s annual legislative update, including new rules and notices
  • Public/private partnerships and grant funds (panel session)
  • Quality control
  • Rent reasonableness
  • Roundtable panel session with NMA Housing Awards winners
  • Succession planning
  • Understanding tax credits and RAD finance
  • What you need to know before applying for MTW
  • What you need to know if you’re a new executive director
  • What’s new in capital fund finance
  • What’s new in fair housing

Visit our website to register!

Newly available: NMA’s Model Tenant Selection Plan!

affordable housing trainingWe’re very excited to announce the debut of the NMA Model Tenant Selection Plan (TSP) and Guide! The model TSP joins our existing family of model policies, including the model administrative plan, the model ACOP, and the model FSS action plan.

In HUD’s multifamily program, owners of project-based rental assistance (PBRA) projects are required to develop and make public a tenant selection plan (TSP) which contains each project’s eligibility and admissions policies. Our new model TSP covers all required and recommended topics from HUD Handbook 4350.3, REV-1, CHG-4, as well as a guide to help with discretionary decisions.

The NMA model TSP also includes all the requirements of the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program found in Notice PIH 2012-32, REV-3. If your housing authority is converting to PBRA under RAD, we strongly recommend that you consider purchasing our model tenant selection plan for two reasons. First, it’s the only model TSP available that includes these required RAD policies. Second, as with our other policies, the model TSP offers a revision service option.

What does that mean? At least once a year, and more frequently if HUD releases major regulatory changes, the NMA team of subject matter experts updates our model policies so that you always have the most current and correct policies for your affordable housing program. We send you the revisions with with user-friendly instructions to help you insert them in your existing TSP as needed and provide any necessary guidance to assist you in discretionary areas.

If you’d like additional assistance, we can also provide on-site consulting with our policy experts. If you’re transitioning from an ACOP to a TSP under RAD, this is an excellent way to ensure that your new policies are current and compliant. Your TSP needs to be ready to go immediately after the RAD conversion is finalized. Our team of experts can get you there! For more information, visit our website.

Affordable housing news 2/17/17

Brookings: The changing geography of U.S. poverty

CityLab: Fair housing faces an uncertain fate

Greater Greater Washington: Myths and misperceptions surrounding public housing

NY Daily News: Report shows boost in affordable housing funds improves the economy

NLIHC: Inadequate funding puts housing vouchers at risk

Quartz: The unexpected solution to America’s affordable housing crunch

Rooflines: New bills would enforce ignorance on state of housing opportunity

SAHF: Bringing healthy, efficient infrastructure home

Urban Wire: What could happen if the Violence Against Women Act is defunded?

PIH issues guidance on smoke-free rule

Late yesterday HUD’s Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH) issued Notice PIH 2017-03, “HUD Guidance on Instituting and Enforcing Smoke-Free Public Housing Policies.” The notice follows December’s publication of the smoke-free final rule.

Subjects discussed in the guidance notice include implementation, PHA flexibility, and PHA policy options concerning use of electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) and designated smoking areas (DSAs). The notice also includes instructions for revisions to public housing leases and PHA plans.

The notice also encourages PHAs to adopt graduated enforcement mechanisms for violations of smoke-free policies. PHAs may not evict for a single incident of smoking.

On the subject of reasonable accommodations, the notice includes suggestions for smoke-free policies for residents with disabilities. Such measures could include offering the resident a transfer to a unit near an exit, to a unit on the ground floor, or to a unit in another development where DSAs are provided. However, a PHA may not permit continued smoking in restricted areas.

The notice concludes by encouraging PHAs to engage residents early in the development of smoke-free policies. Best practices have indicated that resident engagement in policy development, implementation, and enforcement are less likely to result in evictions.

Got questions about the smoke-free rule? Don’t miss Nan’s legislative update at the The Housing Conference this August in Boston, where she’ll discuss acts of Congress, regulation changes, and what’s ahead for 2017. Register now for the best rates!