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.

RAD: Ready for Conversion?

NMA vice president of professional services Carrol Vaughan, presenting a session on RAD at last year's NMA Housing Conference

NMA vice president of professional services Carrol Vaughan, presenting a session on RAD at the inaugural 2013 NMA Housing Conference

Carrol Vaughan, NMA’s vice president of professional services, is our resident expert on the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program. She presented sessions on both RAD and the Moving to Work (MTW) demonstration at last year’s conference. Carrol will be moderating the following session at the 2015 NMA and GoSection8 Housing Conference.

Executive Leadership for Performance Excellence

RAD: Ready for Conversion?
Moderator, Carrol Vaughan
Panelists:
Jennifer Green, Indianapolis Housing Agency
Bruce Baird, Indianapolis Housing Agency
Tanya Dempsey, CSG Advisors, New York
Nicole Graham, CSG Advisors, San Francisco

Submitting an application 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 — this session will focus on the process, policies, and procedures that you must have in place for the conversion date. Our panel includes housing agency staff who are in the midst of completing their preparations for RAD conversion in December, as well as financial consultants specializing in the changes needed in your financial systems and how this part of the business will evolve. Bring your questions, concerns, and experiences to this important session and be part of the dialogue.

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

HUD requests comments on new RAD application forms

In a notice of proposed information collection published in Friday’s Federal Register, HUD’s Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH) requested comments on new application forms for the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program:

The RAD applications are Excel-based and will be pre-populated with data the department collects and maintains for each housing agencies. Information collected by the applications will allow the department to determine which applicants meet the eligibility requirements and have the capacity to successfully meet RAD’s mission delineated in Notice PIH 2012-32, REV-2.

To review draft versions of the applications, please follow the links provided: Obtain Draft Application for PHAs and Obtain Draft Application for Owners of Mod Rehab.

If you wish to submit comments on the new RAD application forms, you’ll find instructions following the “Addresses” heading in Friday’s notice. Comments are due by August 31, 2015.

In other RAD news, the National Housing Law Project (NHLP) has posted a new memorandum that reviews and analyzes the long-term affordability provisions of the RAD program. The memorandum lists the “five key documents that contain long-term renewable use and affordability protections for both the project and tenants in converted units,” then explains that despite these protections, two significant risks remain:

Of course, these substantial protections are not absolute guarantees; affordability could be compromised by Congress’s failure to provide adequate Section 8 funding or by termination of HAP contracts by HUD or the contract administrator. Additional risks include unremedied breaches of critical contracts, policies or laws, or unforeseen circumstances that motivate HUD to use legally-conferred discretion to relax or release certain requirements or use agreements.

To stay updated, follow the #RAD tag to keep up with all related blog posts, or subscribe to the PIH Alert and receive a daily email with breaking news and analysis for PHAs and housing professionals.

NMA’s seminar calendar for Q4 2015 is now available!

We’re pleased to announce the release of NMA’s seminar calendar for the fourth quarter of 2015. 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 autumn 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.)

Our website has been newly redesigned to make it easier for you to find what you’re looking for. Here are some pages you might be interested in:

We’re also excited to announce the debut of a new class, RAD Project-Based Voucher Specialist. This class is designed for agencies transitioning their public units to the project-based voucher (PBV) program under the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program. You can sign up for upcoming sessions in Anaheim, CA and Charlotte, NC, as well as in Miami, FL at the third annual NMA and GoSection8 Housing Conference. Register for the conference and save 20 percent off the seminar price!

If you’re attending the NMA and GoSection8 Housing Conference, you’ll also receive 20 percent off the HCV Financial Management class that follows the conference. Look for a coupon code in your confirmation email that can be used for either seminar.

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.

Federal Register notice supplements RAD revisions

On Friday in the Federal Register, HUD solicited comments on regulatory and other changes to the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD). Friday’s notice follows the June 15 publication of Notice PIH 2012-32, REV-2, which announced revisions and alternative requirements for the program. This notice announces further revisions to RAD and solicits public comment on changed eligibility and selection criteria.

As further explained in the notice, items subject to notice and comment will be effective July 27, 2015. The due date for comments is also July 27.

If HUD receives adverse comment that leads to reconsideration, HUD will notify the public in a new notice immediately upon the expiration of the comment period.

To receive updates and analysis on the latest PIH news, subscribe to NMA’s PIH Alert and receive a daily email with breaking news and other important information for PHAs and housing professionals.

HUD issues revised RAD notice

In a press release Monday, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced to the public the online publication of revised program instructions for the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) in Notice PIH 2012-32, REV-2.

The revised notice, which fills 235 pages, includes the following key revisions:

  • Increases the cap on public housing conversions from 60,000 to 185,000 units (approximately 15 percent of the public housing stock)
  • Expands the program’s eligibility to include Moderate Rehabilitation Single Room Occupancy (Mod Rehab SRO) properties funded under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act
  • Strengthens key rights and protections for residents
    • Requires owners/mangers to notify and consult with residents
    • Gives residents the a right to remain or return to the property
    • Prohibits re-screening of current residents
    • Provides an option for a tenant-based voucher, if a resident chooses to leave the assisted property following conversion
    • Continues the essential rights and protections provided under the public housing program, including funding to support resident organizations
  • Offers multifamily property owners participating in HUD’s legacy Rent Supplement (Rent Supp) and Rental Assistance Payment (RAP) programs full participation in the RAD program
  • Strengthens the requirement that PHAs maintain control of any new entity formed as part of a RAD conversion

In a related “RADblast” emailed yesterday, HUD added two live question-and-answer (Q&A) sessions to its schedule of RAD training events:

To receive more updates and analysis like this on the latest HUD news, subscribe to NMA’s PIH Alert and receive a daily email with breaking stories and other important information for PHAs and housing professionals. Have you entered our contest to win a free year’s subscription to the PIH Alert? Don’t delay, the contest ends tomorrow!

HUD publishes guide comparing PBV and PBRA conversions

Today on the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) website, HUD posted a guide to choosing between project-based vouchers (PBV) and project-based rental assistance (PBRA) for RAD conversions.

The seven-page comparison guide was published by the Office of Multifamily Housing and the Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH). According to the guide’s introduction:

Under the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program, a public housing authority (PHA) may convert assistance under the public housing program to long-term, project-based Section 8 assistance. A PHA must choose between two forms of project-based Section 8 assistance: project-based vouchers (PBVs) and project-based rental assistance (PBRA). To assist PHAs in making this decision, this guide compares key requirements between these two forms of project-based Section 8 assistance.

To stay updated, follow the #RAD tag to keep up with all related blog posts, or subscribe to the PIH Alert and receive a daily email with breaking news and analysis for PHAs and housing professionals.

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