RAD: Post-Closing Operational Transition

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
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.

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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NMA’s seminar calendar for Q3 2016 is now available!

affordable housing trainingWe’re pleased to announce the release of NMA’s seminar calendar for the third quarter of 2016. 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.)

Upcoming classes updated for the streamlining final rule include:

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.

OCI revises capital fund guidebook

capital fund guidebookThis week on the Office of Capital Improvements (OCI) website, HUD posted a revised version of the Capital Fund Guidebook. The new, undated version replaces the original guidebook, which was dated August 2015. While the 2015 version was numbered “Handbook 7600.1,” the new version does not have a handbook number.

The following brief announcement was posted to the OCI home page:

The capital fund guidebook details the requirements contained under the public housing capital fund program final rule, including but not limited to eligible and ineligible activities and cost limits; decoupling of the capital fund from the PHA plan submission; replacement housing factor grants (RHF) and demolition and disposition transitional funding (DDTF); changes in obligation and expenditure end dates and close-out requirements; emergency, non-presidentially declared natural disaster, and safety and security grant program requirements; streamlined mixed-finance and other public housing modernization and development requirements; changes to demonstration programs such as RAD and MTW; and capital fund rule impact on security interests and financing activities.

Got questions about RAD, MTW, and the capital fund? Don’t miss the The Housing Conference this September in San Antonio, Texas, where NMA’s Carrol Vaughan and other industry experts will address hot topics around those issues. Register online or email sales@nanmckay.com for more information.

NMA classes now updated for streamlining final rule

Samantha Sowards discusses the streamlining final ruleIn a press release last week, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued a prepublication copy of the final rule streamlining administrative regulations for the housing choice voucher (HCV), project-based voucher (PBV), public housing, HOME, and multifamily (PBRA) housing programs. The streamlining final rule combines changes in the 2014 and 2015 appropriations acts, elements of HUD’s 2013 temporary compliance options, and other streamlining changes. It will become effective 30 days after publication in the Federal Register.

In response to the publication of the 99-page final rule, which includes regulatory changes in 14 different topic areas, Nan McKay & Associates (NMA) is pleased to announce we have reviewed all our seminars and updated them with new guidance as needed.

HCV seminars updated for the streamlining final rule:

Public housing seminars updated for the streamlining final rule:

Multifamily seminars updated for the streamlining final rule:

The streamlining final rule also includes several new policy options. Our technical writers and subject matter experts are in the process of revising our model ACOP and model administrative plan to include language and guidance for these new options. We are expediting those revisions for our subscribers and will be issuing them as quickly as possible.

Finally, the rule includes significant changes to the earned income disallowance. Due to those changes, the NMA Earned Income Disallowance (EID) Kit is being pulled from our classes and online store as we update it to comply with the new regulations.

We recognize that this is all a lot of new information to absorb. Remember, we’re here to help! If you have any questions, you can get in touch with our team by emailing sales@nanmckay.com or calling us at (800) 783-3100.

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.

Are your NMA Master Books up to date?

Master BooksNMA’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 the 2016 revision, the NMA Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Master Book has been brought current with all recent regulatory requirements and guidance, including:

  • Expansion of the annual plan contents per Notice PIH 2015-18 on PHA plans
  • Replacement of Notice PIH 2009-48 with Notice PIH 2015-12 on administering the community service and self-sufficiency requirement (CSSR)
  • Deletion of references to the now obsolete certificate program per Federal Register 2/17/15
  • Other changes and corrections for relevance, clarity, and ease of reading

2016: COMING SOON! For 2016, the NMA Public Housing Management (PHM) Master Book has been brought current with all recent regulatory requirements and guidance, in addition to expanding on useful information for public housing managers. Changes include:

2016: COMING SOON! The 2016 edition of the NMA Uniform Physical Condition Standards (UPCS) CD has been brought current with all regulatory guidance, resources, and tools, including:

  • The latest version of the RAPID DCD 4.0 software, current as of September 2015
  • Additional information pertaining to the latest software, such as the most recent installation guide and instructions for scroll bar usage
  • REAC’s most recent Compilation Bulletin, dated March 2015

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.

Affordable housing news 1/29/16

NMA Infographic 2015
Click to view at full size (you might have to click a second time to zoom in).

This week, the NMA design department put together the fun infographic that you see on the right.

Click to view the infographic at full size (you might have to click a second time to zoom in).

In other news, last week HUD’s Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH)–Real Estate Assessment Center (REAC) issued a notice for all certified inspectors who conduct physical inspections of HUD assisted and insured properties in accordance with the Uniform Physical Condition Standards (UPCS).

Inspector Notice No. 2016-01 amends inspection requirements for properties reported to have or suspected of having bed bug infestations. The updated protocol, which among other things now requires inspectors to enter all units in which bed bugs are reported, becomes effective February 1, 2016.

You will find a link to the notice on this page at REAC’s website, along with a link to a compressed (WinZip) file of a recorded conference call discussing the new notice.

This week HUD also published its January newsletter for RAD participants, which includes a very positive article about the Housing Authority of Greene County (HAGC) in Illinois, who replaced obsolete units with new single family homes through a RAD conversion.

The January newsletter also includes an announcement that RAD’s first substantial rehab project, an extensive rehabilitation of 150 units in Washington State, is now complete. Congratulations to the Housing Authority of the City of Yakima (YHA) for their success!

HUD’s newsletter concludes with a page of handwritten thank-you notes from happy residents impacted by RAD at the Housing Authority of the City of San Buenaventura (HACSB).

Any interesting stories that we missed? Leave your links and recommendations in the comments!

NMA’s seminar calendar for Q2 2016 is now available!

2016 clockWe’re pleased to announce the release of NMA’s seminar calendar for the second quarter of 2016. You can view a list of the training opportunities that Nan McKay and Associates is offering from now through the end of the year on this page at our website. Start planning your spring 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.)

You might already be familiar with our popular HCV Specialist and Public Housing Specialist classes. Today we’re excited to announce the debut of a new specialist class, Multifamily Housing Specialist (MHS). This seminar is designed specifically for anyone who works with HUD’s multifamily program, including:

  • Housing authorities that are transitioning to project-based rental assistance (PBRA) under the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program
  • Staff who need training on HUD Handbook 4350.3 REV-1
  • People who manage multifamily project-based Section 8, including management company staff

Sign up for upcoming sessions in Charlotte, NC; Seattle, WA; and New Orleans, LA.

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.

The 2015 NMA Customer Satisfaction Survey

2016 NMA Customer Satisfaction SurveyThis is it! Your last chance to take the annual NMA Customer Satisfaction Survey. It’s very short, and only takes a minute or two to complete.

Please take a moment to share your feedback and let us know how we can better serve your needs in the future.

Take the customer satisfaction survey now!

In other news, our annual year-end sale is currently underway. Save 20% on all Q1 NMA-hosted classes, including upcoming sessions of our popular new RAD PBV class in Denver, CO and Indianapolis, IN.

Visit our online seminar calendar to see more upcoming classes. All sessions January thorough March without an asterisk are 20% off before January 1, 2016! Contact sales@nanmckay.com for more information.

Conference photos and what’s new at NMA

John McKayThank you to everyone who joined us at the 2015 NMA and GoSection8 Housing Conference last week in Miami. To view a gallery of photos from the event, go here. I’d like to extend a warm thank-you to our generous sponsors, GoSection8, HAI Group, HousingHub, HTVN, COTG, and Beacon Hill Associates, who helped make the conference a truly special event.

It was a real pleasure to enjoy face-to-face conversations with so many enthusiastic and thoughtful members of our industry who appreciate the unique challenges and successes we all navigate, whether new to affordable housing or an old pro. I continue to be inspired by what you’re doing to improve the lives of the families in your communities. For some more impressive achievements, go here to read about the honorees of the 2015 NMA Housing Awards.

It’s been a while since I’ve written for the blog, so I wanted to take this opportunity to share some news about what NMA has been up to over the past few months:

  • As you know, the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) is one of HUD’s largest new initiatives. If your agency is participating, we can help with RAD relocation, conversion, and compliance. Email sales@nanmckay.com for more information.
  • We recently launched a brand-new class, RAD Project-Based Voucher Specialist, designed specifically for agencies transitioning their public housing units to PBV under RAD. You can sign up now for upcoming classes in Anaheim, CA, October 20–22; Charlotte, NC, December 2–4; Denver, CO, February 23–25; and Indianapolis, IN, March 29–31.
  • Our calendar of classes for the first quarter of 2016 has just been released. HUD recently issued several notices on flat rent, and all our public housing classes have already been updated to reflect that new guidance.

Finally, if you missed the NMA and GoSection8 Housing Conference, we’d love to say hi to you at another event! The NMA team will be attending conferences this month for national NAHRO and the New England Affordable Housing Management Association (NEAHMA).

John McKay has been with NMA since 1998, and has served as CEO of the company since 2007. He brings his knowledge of housing regulations and industry best practices into his role as project executive on many of NMA’s contracts with large housing authority clients and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). He has assessed, analyzed, and provided feedback to some of the country’s most well-run private and public organizations.