Model policies for RAD PBV coming soon!

RAD PBV

Is your agency participating in the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) and transitioning from public housing operating subsidy to project-based vouchers (PBV)?

If so, you’ll need additional policies in your administrative plan to cover the unique requirements of the PBV program under RAD. 

Our technical writers and subject matter experts have just completed a new chapter of our model administrative plan which includes all required policies under PBV regulations and the RAD program. It will be made available electronically in January to all current revision service customers free of charge as part of your annual revision service.

If you are a current subscriber who would like to receive these files, please email Kaynisha Dawson at kdawson@nanmckay.com with your name and your agency’s name. If you don’t currently have the model administrative plan, email sales@nanmckay.com or call (800) 783-3100 for more information.

Thank you to all our subscribers. If you have any questions about your revision services subscriptions, please contact Laurie Durrett in our accounting department and she’ll be happy to assist you.

Looking for further guidance on RAD PBV or other program areas? Don’t miss our annual year-end sale! Now through December 31, save 20 percent on January–March 2017 seminars, including the upcoming session of RAD Project-Based Voucher Specialist in Atlanta this February. (The discount does not apply to seminars hosted by housing authorities or associations.)

HUD publishes notice on RAD conversions

RAD conversions

Last week the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) posted new guidance for the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) in Notice PIH 2016-17. The new notice, which fills 80 pages, combines guidance on fair housing and civil rights requirements with resident relocation requirements and procedures. It supersedes Notice PIH 2014-17, HUD’s previous guidance on RAD relocations. Notice PIH 2012-32 (HA) REV-2, which contains RAD implementation instructions, remains in effect.

The new notice is applicable only to public housing conversions under the first component of RAD. It provides PHAs, project owners, and their RAD development partners with guidance regarding key fair housing and civil rights requirements, explains the situations in which HUD is requiring front-end fair housing and civil rights reviews, and provides information regarding the types of information that must be submitted to facilitate HUD’s reviews.

The notice announces a requirement for submission of a fair housing, civil rights, and relocation checklist by PHAs and project owners. The checklist is currently being revised and will be posted to the RAD website when available.

HUD also announced that it will host a webinar on the new notice.

The presentation is scheduled for this Thursday, November 17,

at 2 p.m. eastern time (11 a.m. Pacific). Click here to register.

According to an accompanying press release, the new notice streamlines and accelerates the RAD approval process by:

  • Clearly outlining the requirements for fair housing and relocation reviews 
  • Providing guidance on what documents to submit and when to submit them, and
  • Offering tools such as a comprehensive checklist to help stakeholders prepare submissions

Today in the Federal Register, HUD  published a request for comments on the new notice. While the requirements of the notice are available and became effective upon posting, HUD has published today’s notice to solicit comments with respect to the clarity and comprehensibility of the requirements.  Comments are due by December 14. 

Got questions about RAD? During our year-end sale, you’ll save 20% when you register for upcoming sessions of our RAD trainings, RAD Project-Based Rental Assistance (PBRA) Overview and RAD Project-Based Voucher (PBV) Specialist. If you aren’t sure which training is the right one for your agency, give us a call at (800) 783-3100 or email sales@nanmckay.com and our experienced staff will point you in the right direction.

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.

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.

NMA’s seminar calendar for Q4 2016 is now available!

affordable housing trainingWe’re pleased to announce the release of NMA’s seminar calendar for the fourth quarter of 2016. You can view a list of the affordable housing training that Nan McKay and Associates is offering from now through December 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.)

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.

RAD Q&A session today at 3 p.m. eastern time

This week via “RADBlast!” HUD released new guidance on the closing process for units converted to the rental assistance demonstration (RAD) program. The guidance is a result of feedback HUD received earlier this year.

The first change involves effective dates for HAP contracts following completion of the closing process. Effective immediately, project owners may now select the effective date of the HAP contract as the first day of either of the two months following the completed closing. For example, if the project closes on October 20, 2017, the HAP contract can be effective on either November 1, 2017 or December 1, 2017. HUD expects that the change will allow PHAs and project owners to better prepare for funding in the initial year and also allow for more time and flexibility to complete administrative functions such as executing new tenant leases.

HUD also announced that it will host a live Q&A session to walk

through the revised tools and respond to PHA questions.

The presentation is scheduled for today, July 13, from

3 p.m. until 4 p.m. eastern time (noon until 1 p.m. Pacific).

In a second change, HUD announced that it is releasing two tools intended to provide guidance on how funding of the new contracts works in the initial year. Initial year funding instructions describe the calculation of funding during the period between the HAP contract effective date and the remainder of the calendar year, as well as instruction on how to access these funds. An initial year funding tool will allow PHAs and project owners to calculate the amount of revenue that will be available to the project in the initial year and ensures that all parties have an accurate understanding of these amounts. Neither of the new tools has been posted to the RAD website.

Got questions about RAD? Don’t miss our sessions on post-closing operational transition at the The Housing Conference this September. You can read the description for the RAD PBV session online here.

RAD: Post-Closing Operational Transition for PBV

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 for PBV
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 focus on the operational tasks necessary to successfully complete the transition from public housing operating subsidy to project-based vouchers under RAD.

Participants will work through a checklist of post-closing procedures, including 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, RAD rehab assistance payment procedures, capital and RHH fund budget revisions, transfer of public housing operating reserves, establishment of rehab and replacement reserves, tenant protection rights, 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

Visit our website to register!

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.