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Meet the NMA team: Betty Turner

Posted by BEMuser on Mar 6, 2014 9:38:02 AM

Betty TurnerToday in the NMA "Meet the Team" interview series, we sit down with senior associate trainer Betty Turner. With longstanding expertise in subjects including transition to asset management, supervision, and working with commissioners, Ms. Turner frequently trains popular NMA classes such as Public Housing Management, Public Housing Specialist, Supervision and Management, and Hearing Officer Workshop.

Tell us about your work experience.

I have over 25 years of experience in the affordable housing industry and have worked in both public housing and Section 8.

How did you get your start in the industry?

I ended up in the industry because I needed a job! I had no clue what a housing authority was about — in fact, I didn't know the government was even involved in housing!

How many years have you been at NMA?

Nine years. Ten years this September.

Education credentials and professional organizations?

B.S. in business administration, and some graduate school. I'm semi-retired now, so I don't do a lot with professional organizations anymore.

What’s one topic you’re most passionate about in the affordable housing industry?

Public housing management. You have an opportunity to work with the whole family in a very meaningful way.

What's your favorite part about your job?

I love training, especially when I see the class participants really getting it!

Describe your typical work day?

Up at 5:30 a.m., in the training room by 6:45 a.m., no lunch, out of the training room about 6 p.m.

Tell us about a successful project that you had a part in.

A collaboration with the social services department in assisting kids aging out of foster care with eligibility for family unification Section 8 vouchers.

Hobbies outside of work?

Movies! There's just something magical about sitting in a large, dark room full of strangers eating popcorn.

NMA senior associate trainer Betty Turner honed her creative team-building skills over more than three decades as executive director of both large and medium-sized PHAs.

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Topics: Asset Management, Commissioners, Foster Children, Hearing Officer, Meet the NMA team, Public Housing Management, Supervision

New NMA conference sessions and one-on-one consulting

Posted by NMA on Aug 29, 2013 3:32:22 PM

One week left to register for the 2013 NMA Housing Conference and GoSection8 User Conference! New track sessions and signups for one-on-one consulting have just been announced. To read the full list of sessions, go here.

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Topics: Asset Management, Blended Occupancy, Commissioners, EIV, Eligibility, Executive Management, Fair Housing, HCV utilization, Hearing Officer, HQS, Inspections, LIHTC, Maintenance, NMA Housing Awards, Occupancy, PBRA, PBV, PHAS, Program Management, Quality Control, RAD, Rent Calculation, SEMAP, Supervision, The Housing Conference

Working with sequestration in the public housing program: Tip #20

Posted by NMA on May 15, 2013 10:42:06 AM

Cara Gillette

While public housing funding for May is now at an 82% proration level (up from 79% in April), sequestration is still in effect, and Congress shows no inclination to reverse it any time soon.

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Topics: Asset Management, Budget Cuts, Executive Management, Occupancy, Quality Control, Sequestration

The Green PNA: Your road map to asset improvement

Posted by NMA on Feb 27, 2013 9:28:37 AM

This article was recently published in the Winter 2012/2013 issue of the Affordable Housing News. As it may be of interest to our readers, we're reposting it here.

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Topics: Asset Management, Energy Efficiency, Final Rule, Green Building, Maintenance, PNA, Proposed Rule

Achieving maximum occupancy: Tip #5

Posted by NMA on Oct 18, 2012 11:23:17 AM

Tip #5: Plan for the future.

In Tip #2, I mentioned that the property manager should track the occupancy rate on a monthly basis. In doing so, your PHA will know whether the rate is improving, getting worse, or staying the same. But tracking is an ongoing process, and as your PHA approaches the end of its fiscal year, it will need to set new goals and plan for the following year, taking into consideration the identified problems and strengths.

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Topics: Asset Management, Blended Occupancy, LIHTC, Mixed Financing, Occupancy, PHAS, Knowledge Base

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