Friday news roundup 8/28/15

Brookings: The deep and durable influence of HUD secretary Henry Cisneros

CityLab: Why Louisiana fought low-income housing in New Orleans after Katrina

The HUDdle: Helping affordable housing managers get ready to respond to natural disasters

Planetizen: A conversation with HUD secretary Julián Castro

Urban Institute: A housing policy recap of week two of HBO’s Show Me A Hero

Washington Post: Housing subsidies reduce inequality, but mortgage tax breaks make it worse

Section 3 reporting system relaunched

This week in a letter sent out to covered recipients, HUD’s Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO) announced the relaunch of the Section 3 Performance Evaluation and Registry System (SPEARS) for the submission of annual summary reports (Form HUD-60002) and to notify Section 3 businesses about the availability of local HUD-funded contracts. In 2012, the system had been disabled due to fatal technical errors and lapses in information security, leaving PHAs, PJs, and other covered recipients unable to submit reports for the 2013 and 2014 reporting periods.

As previously reported, no recipients were penalized for failing to submit Form HUD-60002 while the system was disabled, although grantees were encouraged to maintain sufficient records to facilitate report submission once the system had been relaunched. With SPEARS officially back on-line as of August 24, 2015, however, electronic submission of Form HUD-60002 for the 2013 and 2014 reporting periods can resume. Submissions are due no later than October 30, 2015. Agencies who fail to submit by this date will be subject to penalties in accordance with the type of covered assistance.

To access SPEARS, users must obtain an ID and password in HUD’s Web Access Secure System (WASS). User registration instructions, submission instructions, FAQs, video training, and additional information can be found on HUD’s Section 3 webpage.

Looking for further guidance? We can bring our Procurement and Section 3 seminar to your PHA. Email sales@nanmckay.com for more information about our affordable onsite training options. And if you missed it the first time, check out our blog series on what you need to know about Section 3.

Save on two seminars in Miami this October

Miami neonTo help you squeeze the most out of your training dollars, Nan McKay and Associates will be offering two seminars right after the third annual NMA and GoSection8 Housing Conference this October in Miami.

2015 NMA and GoSection8 Housing Conference in Miami, FL

October 5–6 at the Marriott Biscayne Bay

Sign up now and receive 20% off HCV Financial Management and RAD Project-Based Voucher Specialist!

Choose one of these certification classes to attend directly following the conference, and make it a complete week of learning in beautiful Miami on the bay.

Visit our website to register!

The conference will spotlight three tracks this year: an executive track, a regulatory track, and a hands-on track. Go here to view a list of the session descriptions that have been published so far. If you’re registered for the conference and want to sign up for a free one-on-one consulting session, click here and reserve your time now. The consulting sessions are limited to registered attendees and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

HCCP exam option now available for attendees of our LIHTC class

NMA trainers Samantha Pratter and Sheryl Putnam at the inaugural 2013 NMA Housing Conference

NMA trainers Samantha Sowards and Sheryl Putnam at the inaugural 2013 NMA Housing Conference

We’re very excited to announce that NMA trainers Samantha Sowards and Sheryl Putnam are now authorized to administer the Housing Credit Certified Professional (HCCP) exam. The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) HCCP designation is a specialized designation for developers, property managers, asset managers, and others who work in the low-income housing tax credit (LIHTC) program. The HCCP is a well-known and respected designation in the LIHTC world.

Students who attend NMA’s Fundamentals of Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Management course now have the option to take the HCCP certification exam instead of the NMA certification exam at the end of the seminar. Individuals interested in obtaining just the HCCP certification may also take the exam without attending the course, since the exam is given independently from the course. Attendance of an NMA course is not a prerequisite for taking the HCCP exam. Students who wish to receive both certifications may take the HCCP exam at the end of the seminar and the NMA exam online within six months of attending the seminar.

NAHB’s requirements for achieving the HCCP designation include:

  • Successful completion of the HCCP exam ($175 fee; $100 for retakes)
  • Minimum of two years’ experience in the LIHTC industry by graduation (those who fail to meet this requirement may consider themselves an HCCP candidate until reaching two years of experience)
  • A total of 10 hours of LIHTC training
  • Adherence to the HCCP Code of Ethics

What happens when you receive the HCCP designation?

  • You receive a congratulatory welcome kit, including a plaque, HCCP lapel pin, HCCP ribbon, and sample press release for your company to use internally or for local media recognition
  • Your name listed in the online HCCP Directory
  • You receive a subscription to The Credential, a quarterly e-newsletter developed by the HCCP Board of Governors to bring HCCPs the latest tax credit industry information
  • You are eligible for discounted registration to one-hour educational webinars offered quarterly; HCCPs that attend each webinar fulfill their annual continuing education requirement
  • You have the opportunity to attend the annual reception and networking event honoring the HCCP of the Year
  • You have access to the professional LinkedIn group exclusively for active HCCPs
  • You have access to LIHTC technical assistance through NAHB staff and the HCCP Board of Governors

If you’d like more information on the HCCP exam, please visit NAHB’s website at www.nahb.org.

Samantha, Sheryl, and other industry experts will be available for limited free one-hour consulting sessions at the 2015 NMA and GoSection8 Housing Conference. Registered participants can sign up on a first-come, first-served basis now. Register online or email sales@nanmckay.com for more information.

Admin Plan: Hands-on Development Session

NMA trainer and consultant Annie Stevenson will be presenting a hands-on session on admin plan policies at this year's NMA Housing Conference

NMA trainer and consultant Annie Stevenson will be presenting a hands-on session on admin plan policies at this year’s NMA Housing Conference

With over 25 years of experience in welfare and public housing, Annie Stevenson shares her expertise in many ways at NMA, serving as a trainer to thousands of housing authority staff every year; as a technical researcher who analyzes and deciphers new HUD regulations; and as a technical writer, contributing to NMA Master Books, seminars, and model policies as well as writing the popular daily PIH Alert. Annie will be presenting the following session at the 2015 NMA and GoSection8 Housing Conference.

Hands-on Learning for Active Solutions

Admin Plan: Hands-on Development Session
Presenter, Annie Stevenson

Join us for this fast-paced, two-part, hands-on session focusing on the administrative plan. In a climate of rapidly changing HUD requirements, it can be difficult to keep discretionary policies up to date. We’ll look at the most recent developments requiring policy changes, as well as some of the more troublesome issues for many agencies.

We’ll discuss HUD guidance on HCV provisions in the streamlining portability rule, including necessary policy changes. We’ll also review the mandatory policy changes required under VAWA 2013 and other current HUD developments. Time will be reserved for discussing your policies and the organization of your agency’s plan.

This is an interactive policy workshop. Please bring a copy of your PHA’s administrative plan.

Annie and other industry experts will be available for limited free one-hour consulting sessions at the 2015 NMA and GoSection8 Housing Conference. Registered participants can sign up on a first-come, first-served basis now. Register online or email sales@nanmckay.com for more information.

ACOP: Hands-on Development Session

NMA trainer and consultant Terry Provance will be presenting a hands-on ACOP workshop at this year's NMA Housing Conference

NMA trainer and consultant Terry Provance will be presenting a hands-on ACOP workshop at this year’s NMA Housing Conference

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 PH 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 2015 NMA and GoSection8 Housing Conference.

Hands-on Learning for Active Solutions

ACOP: Hands-on Development Session
Presenter, Terry Provance

Join us for this intensive hands-on ACOP workshop! We’ll review mandatory changes required under VAWA 2013, service animal and assistance animal policies, and HUD guidance on public housing provisions in the 2014 appropriations act, as well as more recent HUD changes in the equal access and community service PIH notices.

We’ll also discuss some of the important discretionary policies that further the mandatory requirements. Are your waiting list preferences working for you? Is your definition of family compliant with recent regulatory changes? Is your repayment agreement policy effective? Are your termination actions meeting due process requirements? Compliant and specific policies are a critical factor in navigating these complex areas of public housing.

Bring your PHA’s ACOP to this session and be prepared to take notes. Time will be reserved for discussing your policies. Join us for this fast-paced session!

This is an interactive policy workshop. Please bring a copy of your PHA’s ACOP.

Terry and other industry experts will be available for limited free one-hour consulting sessions at the 2015 NMA and GoSection8 Housing Conference. Registered participants can sign up on a first-come, first-served basis now. Register online or email sales@nanmckay.com for more information.

Are your NMA model policies and Master Books up to date?

NMA’s revision services team has been working hard to get the latest editions of our model policies and Master Books written, published, and shipped to you!

2015: For 2015, the NMA Model Admissions and Continued Occupancy Policy (ACOP) and Guide has been brought current with all recent regulatory requirements and guidance, including:

  • Updated language regarding nondiscrimination as outlined in Notice PIH 2014-20, which provides guidance on the equal access final rule
  • Revised policy changes concerning flat rent requirements mandated under the 2014 appropriations act and outlined in Notice PIH 2014-12 and its accompanying PIH-issued FAQs
  • Removal of the ACOP addendum due to the expiration of the temporary compliance provisions set forth in Notice PIH 2013-03 and extended by Notice PIH 2013-26
  • Revised clarifications regarding the definition of extremely low-income family, area median income, and other requirements per the implementation of the 2014 appropriations act and the HERA final rule
  • Other modifications for clarification and wording

2015: For the 2015 revision, the  NMA HCV Executive Management Master Book has been brought current with all recent regulatory requirements and guidance, including:

  • Updates regarding the applicability of the equal access final rule to administrators and owners of HUD-assisted housing per Notice PIH 2014-20
  • Additions regarding PHA-owned units to account for Notice PIH 2015-05 on project-based voucher (PBV) guidance
  • Updates to all regulatory references concerning 24 CFR part 982, which has been revised to reflect the sunset of the former certificate program
  • An entirely new section providing guidance and clarification on service and assistance animals
  • Other changes and updates for clarity, accuracy, and ease of reading

2015: For the 2015 revision, the NMA Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Master Book has been brought current with all recent regulatory requirements and guidance, including:

  • Updates regarding the applicability of the equal access final rule to administrators and owners of HUD-assisted housing per Notice PIH 2014-20
  • Revisions to VAWA certification guidance pertaining to the transmittal of the newly updated form HUD-50066
  • Minor modifications to account for Notice PIH 2014-25 on over-subsidization in the HCV program
  • Updates to all regulatory references concerning 24 CFR part 982, which has been revised to reflect the sunset of the former certificate program
  • Other changes and updates for clarity, accuracy, and ease of reading

2015: For the 2015 revision, the NMA HCV Housing Quality Standards (HQS) Master Book has been brought current with all recent regulatory requirements and guidance, including:

  • Updates to all regulatory references concerning 24 CFR part 982, which has been revised to reflect the sunset of the former certificate program
  • Revisions concerning the required frequency of inspections—either annually or biennially—per HUD’s implementation of the 2014 appropriations act provisions
  • Other changes for clarity, accuracy, and ease of reading

Questions about your revision services subscriptions? Contact Laurie Durrett in our accounting department and she’ll be happy to assist you.

NMA revision services provide a yearly update to your NMA Master Books and model policies with explanations and guidance regarding the most current HUD rules and regulations. To stay updated on the latest program information, try a free 30-day trial subscription to the PIH Alert. Email sales@nanmckay.com to get started.

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