RAD: Post-Closing Operational Transition for PBRA

NMA trainers Samantha Sowards and Sheryl Putnam will be presenting a session on RAD conversion to PBRA at The Housing Conference
NMA trainers Samantha Sowards and Sheryl Putnam will be presenting a session on RAD conversion to PBRA at The Housing Conference

As director of professional development, Sheryl Putnam has spearheaded the development of several NMA seminars, including Blended Occupancy ManagementFundamentals of LIHTC Management, and our newest class, Multifamily Housing Specialist (MHS). Prior to joining Nan McKay and Associates in 2011, she managed the compliance department for a state housing finance agency, providing compliance oversight activities for the LIHTC, PBRA, and HOME programs.

Senior trainer Samantha Sowards has been a part of the NMA team since 2008. As NMA’s manager of curriculum development, Samantha oversees publications from concept and creation through the ongoing revision process, including NMA Master Books, model policies, and handbooks. Sheryl and Samantha will be presenting the following session at the The Housing Conference in San Antonio this September.

Regulatory Knowledge for Smart Management

RAD: Post-Closing Operational Transition for PBRA
Presenters, Sheryl Putnam and Samantha Sowards

Congratulations, you’ve been approved for a RAD conversion to project-based rental assistance (PBRA). Now that you’ve been approved — or are waiting for approval — what’s next? This session will cover the key differences between public housing, PBRA, and RAD PBRA that you and your team need to know about. We will cover in-place resident considerations, eligibility and occupancy differences, rent phase-in requirements, what to do when TTP is greater than the contract/market rent, and more. We will also touch on some blended occupancy issues if you are adding low-income housing tax credits.

If you’re interested in learning more about PBRA, don’t miss our upcoming session of Multifamily Housing Specialist! Conference attendees save 10% on the seminar, which will be held immediately following the first two days of the The Housing Conference. Extend your stay and expand your learning! Register online or email sales@nanmckay.com for more information. Don’t delay, room blocks are filling up fast.

Insurance 411 for Development Projects

Lynn Crisci of HAI Group will present a session on insurance for development projects at The Housing Conference
Lynn Crisci, assistant director of product development for HAI Group, will present a session on insurance for development projects at The Housing Conference

Nan McKay and Associates is a proud partner of HAI Group, a family of companies serving the public and affordable housing community, including HousingHub, HTVN, and the Public and Affordable Housing Research Corporation (PAHRC). As a co-sponsor of The Housing Conference, HAI Group will be presenting the following session at the conference in San Antonio this September.

Executive Leadership for Performance Excellence

Insurance 411 for Development Projects
Presenter, Lynn Crisci of HAI Group

Lynn Crisci brings 30 years of industry experience creating unique customer solutions to HAI Group, where she leads the team that develops new and revised insurance products and programs to serve the needs of the public and affordable housing industries.

This workshop is designed to provide participants with a working knowledge of what’s requested at time of closing, and why. Using actual documents from investors, state agencies, and others, we’ll break things down to plain English and give you the tools your organization needs to understand when you can push back, and what you should expect once the project gets rolling. Participants will have hands-on opportunities to read and assess insurance requests using the knowledge gained in the session.

  • This quick-paced, informative session will include real-life examples of what goes right, and the consequences when things go wrong.
  • Participants are encouraged to submit examples of insurance requirements in advance to allow the presentation to be tailored to best meet the needs of the group.
  • This session will not identify or recommend particular investment firms, developers, insurance carriers, or specific services or products.

This is an interactive workshop. We encourage you to submit examples of your agency’s insurance requirements to marketing@nanmckay.com prior to the conference so that the presentation may be tailored to meet your needs.

The Housing Conference, presented by NMA and HAI Group, will spotlight three tracks: an executive track, a regulatory track, and a best practices track. Go here to view a list of the session descriptions that have been published so far.

Technology Strategies for PHAs to Thrive In A Changing Industry

Dave Sagers of HAI Group will present a session on technology strategies at The Housing Conference
Dave Sagers, director of market intelligence for HAI Group, will present a session on technology strategies at The Housing Conference

Nan McKay and Associates is a proud partner of HAI Group, a family of companies serving the public and affordable housing community, including HousingHub, HTVN, and the Public and Affordable Housing Research Corporation (PAHRC). As a co-sponsor of The Housing Conference, HAI Group will be presenting the following session at the conference in San Antonio this September.

Executive Leadership for Performance Excellence

Technology Strategies for PHAs to Thrive In A Changing Industry
Presenter, Dave Sagers of HAI Group

As director of market intelligence for HAI Group, Dave Sagers has spent several years analyzing housing authorities’ strategies, challenges, key processes, and opportunities for operational improvement. This session will leverage industry research and PHA experiences to focus on:

  • Trends impacting PHAs, including regulatory streamlining, LIHTC real estate development, HUD’s Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD), and the Moving to Work (MTW) expansion
  • How PHA business models, strategies, and needs are changing in response
  • How technology is and can be strategically leveraged to support these strategies

The Housing Conference, presented by NMA and HAI Group, will spotlight three tracks: an executive track, a regulatory track, and a best practices track. Go here to view a list of the session descriptions that have been published so far.

Affordable housing news 8/19/16

CBPP: Why HUD should move quickly to implement SAFMR expansion

CityLab: Can “gentefiers” evolve a neighborhood without displacing people?

Next City: Affordable housing gets 2016 presidential election bump

NHC: No time for nostalgia: Why both parties must focus on housing and opportunity

NLIHC: Housing advocates warn about impacts of a long-term continuing resolution

Rooflines: As affordability worsens, state and local governments act on their own

San Francisco Chronicle (via Planetizen): HUD rejects neighborhood housing preference

Washington Post: The moral dilemma of a housing lottery

Win a free registration for The Housing Conference!

The Housing ConferenceNMA’s fourth annual national housing conference is right around the corner and we’re giving away a free registration!

The Housing Conference is in San Antonio, TX on September 19–20 and will feature captivating speakers and brilliant panels discussing diverse, hot-button topics from RAD and streamlining to UPCS-V and ROSS/FSS, and more. This is your opportunity to boost your knowledge and take your PHA to the next level!

To enter, like our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/nanmckayandassociates), watch for our posts tagged #TheHousingConference, and “like” them to earn an entry! We’ll post 2 photos each week for 2 weeks, so you can earn a maximum of 4 entries. A winner will be chosen at random to join us at The Housing Conference! The contest is open until Monday, August 29 at 11:59pm PDT and we’ll announce a winner on Tuesday, August 30. Good luck!

Airfare and hotel not included. For full contest rules, visit: https://www.nanmckay.com/t-contest-rules-and-regulations.aspx

Go8 Software Demonstration: Get a First Look at the New RentWatch5 Housing Authority Dashboard

Go8 owner and president Richard Cupelli, presenting a session on rent reasonableness software at the inaugural 2013 conference
Go8 owner and president Richard Cupelli, presenting a session on rent reasonableness software at the inaugural 2013 conference

Nan McKay and Associates is a proud partner of GoSection8.com, the largest rental listing service for the Section 8 housing program, serving tenants, landlords, and public housing agencies across the United States since 2004. Go8’s rent reasonableness software experts will be presenting the following session at at The Housing Conference in San Antonio this September.

Best Practices for Program Success

Go8 Software Demonstration: Get a First Look at the New RentWatch5 Housing Authority Dashboard
Presenters, Richard Cupelli, Frank Gualtieri, and Dominic Muttillo, GoSection8.com

GoSection8 has been busy building the most advanced version of rent reasonableness software ever designed — RentWatch5 and a new dashboard interface. GoSection8 is always innovating with new features and enhancements; we solicited feedback from several agencies and built this software from the ground up. Our panel of experts will be available to answer any questions you have during this interactive session.

To learn more about how you can bring Go8 to your agency, email sales@nanmckay.com.

Updated forecasting tool, new payment standard tool

HUD's new payment standard tool

HUD’s Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH) has updated the two-year forecasting tool for the housing choice voucher (HCV) program. According to the announcement:

A PHA can now launch the two-year tool and have it be automatically populated with data (e.g. funding, leasing, spending). Until now, PHAs had to manually input data, or obtain a populated version from the local HUD field office. Please review the two-year tool instructions, as depending on your version of Microsoft Office, some settings may need to be adjusted. Any issues, please contact your local field office.

PIH also announced the availability of a new payment standard tool. The purpose of the payment standard tool is to analyze the impacts of a potential payment standard change on both program participants’ rent burdens and the PHA’s program costs.

A one-page document posted to the FMC Highlights website contains an overview of both tools and a description of their accompanying instruction guides. The tools and instruction guides can be accessed through HUD’s Web Access Secure System (WASS).

Got questions about payment standards and the two-year forecasting tool? Don’t miss the The Housing Conference this September in San Antonio, Texas, where NMA’s Teri Robertson and other industry experts will discuss these new HCV tools. Register online or email sales@nanmckay.com for more information.

Congratulations to Sheron Stepney!

HUD regulationsCongratulations to Sheron Stepney at the East St. Louis Housing Authority, the winner of our #ThrowbackThursday contest! She shared a fantastic #NMAthrowback from 2001 on our Facebook page and has won an NMA Master Book of her choice. Thanks to everyone who participated!

NMA’s Master Book series is a complete program guide providing you with detailed explanations on how to apply the latest rules and regulations for the public housing and housing choice voucher programs.

These books clarify tough HUD regulations and are a valuable asset to anyone working in the affordable housing industry. NMA’s revision services team has been working hard to get the latest editions of our Master Books written, published, and shipped to you.

2016: COMING SOON! For 2016, the NMA HCV Executive Management Master Book has been brought current with all recent regulatory requirements and guidance, including:

  • Sweeping changes brought about by the final rule on streamlining administration regulations, issued March 8, 2016, including modifications regarding verification, utility reimbursements, annual and interim reexaminations, and inspection protocol, among other areas of program administration
  • Changes to account for the final rule on streamlining portability, issued August 20, 2015
  • The addition of a new section on required PHA policies and policy development, with a focus on the consolidated plan, the PHA plan, the assessment of fair housing (AFH), and the administrative plan
  • Updates regarding the use of arrest records in denials and terminations per Notice PIH 2015-19
  • Other minor modifications and clarifications to bring the content current with HUD regulations and guidance

2016: COMING SOON! For 2016, the NMA HCV Housing Quality Standards (HQS) Master Book has been brought current with all recent regulatory requirements and guidance, including:

  • Several changes regarding inspection requirements brought about by the final rule on streamlining administration regulations, issued March 8, 2016
  • Further clarifications on the streamlining rule as described in Notice PIH 2016-05, which provided implementation guidance on various aspects of the rule
  • Other clarifications and corrections to bring the content current with HUD regulations and guidance, including topics such as lead-based paint and inspection accuracy

Got questions about the final rules on streamlining administrative regulations and portability? Don’t miss Nan’s legislative update at the The Housing Conference next month, where she’ll discuss acts of Congress, regulation changes, and what’s ahead for 2017.

Affordable housing news 7/29/16

Bloomberg: Why it’s so hard to build affordable housing: It’s not affordable

CBPP: Housing choice vouchers provide essential assistance in every state

CityLab: Why Democrats and Republicans need to talk about affordable housing

New York Times: Towns that defy fair housing law

Next City: This new tool gamifies affordable housing development

NHC: Could Pokémon Go help affordable housing?

Urban Institute: The cost of affordable housing: Does it pencil out?

Washington Post: The basic reason why there isn’t enough decent housing for the poor

White House: Shaun Donovan reflects on progress in ending homelessness