Affordable housing news 1/29/16

NMA Infographic 2015
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This week, the NMA design department put together the fun infographic that you see on the right.

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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.

Financial Reporting for RAD Conversions

NMA vice president of finance Ray Adair, presenting a session at last year’s NMA Housing Conference
NMA vice president of finance Ray Adair, presenting a session at the inaugural 2013 NMA Housing Conference

NMA vice president of finance Ray Adair has a wide range of experience in finance and accounting, both with private companies and government entities, and is considered one of the public housing industry’s leading experts in the areas of financial management and accounting for HUD’s public housing and HCV programs. Ray will be presenting the following session at the 2015 NMA and GoSection8 Housing Conference.

Regulatory Knowledge for Smart Management

Financial Reporting for RAD Conversions
Presenter, Ray Adair

Is your PHA preparing for RAD conversion, or interested in how it affects financial reporting? Join NMA’s Ray Adair for a deep dive into the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program, focusing on funding and the steps you’ll need to take in order to ensure you’re reporting correctly. Whether you’re already participating in RAD or just considering it, this is a don’t-miss session!

Ray 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.

HUD publishes capital fund guidebook

This week on HUDCLIPS, the Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH) posted the newly published and highly anticipated Capital Fund Guidebook, Handbook 7600.1. The guidebook is meant to be taken along with the capital fund program final rule to ensure that the capital fund program is more efficiently and uniformly implemented by PHAs and managed more effectively by HUD field offices. The final rule was published on October 24, 2013, but until now the guidebook had yet to be issued.

The 188-page document consists of 12 chapters offering guidance for all areas of the program, including:

  • Background and introductory information, such as an overview of the program and types of grants
  • Eligible activities, ineligible activities, and cost limits
  • Planning, annual submission, and distribution of funds
  • Capital fund formula calculation
  • Replacement Housing Factor (RHF) Grants, Demolition Disposition Transitional Funding (DDTF), and the transition from RHF to DDTF
  • General program requirements and implementation, including wage rates, procurement and contract requirements and administration, and other requirements
  • Obligation, budget revision, expenditure, and closeout
  • Emergency, non-presidentially declared national disaster, and safety and security grants, covering eligible and ineligible uses of the latter
  • Public housing development and methods of development, including funding sources, general program requirements, mixed finance, and site acquisition and development proposals
  • Demonstration programs, such as the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) and Moving to Work (MTW) programs, including the procedure for RAD conversion
  • Security interests and financing activities, including capital fund and operating fund financing programs, Section 30, CFCF, and capital financing not secured by the property
  • Compliance, penalties, and sanctions

It is worth noting that the guidebook also contains useful exhibits at the end of several chapters with various examples, lists and checklists, model plans, and process overviews, in addition to appendices at the end of the guidebook consisting of definitions and an eligible activities chart. While the table of contents lists a third appendix for the capital fund final rule itself, it does not appear to be present or linked in the document.

HUD has scheduled several two-day training sessions on the new guidebook, the details of which can be found on the Office of Capital Improvements webpage. Upcoming sessions will be held in Detroit (2 classes), Denver, Atlanta (2 classes), St. Louis, San Francisco, New York, and Houston (2 classes). For more information and to register for the trainings, click here.

Got questions about RAD, MTW, and the capital fund? Don’t miss the 2015 NMA and GoSection8 Housing Conference, 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.

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.