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ACOP: Hands-on Development Session

Posted by BEMuser on Aug 25, 2015 8:32:41 AM

NMA trainer and consultant Terry Provance will be presenting a hands-on ACOP workshop at this year's NMA Housing Conference NMA trainer and consultant Terry Provance will be presenting a hands-on ACOP workshop at this year's NMA Housing Conference

Terry Provance has been a trainer and consultant at Nan McKay and Associates since 1999. He recently took the lead role in creating and developing NMA’s PH Occupancy Tracking Tool, which can be used by any rental development, whether or not it’s HUD-assisted, including mixed finance and LIHTC properties. Terry will be presenting the following session at the 2015 NMA and GoSection8 Housing Conference.

Hands-on Learning for Active Solutions

ACOP: Hands-on Development Session
Presenter, Terry Provance

Join us for this intensive hands-on ACOP workshop! We’ll review mandatory changes required under VAWA 2013, service animal and assistance animal policies, and HUD guidance on public housing provisions in the 2014 appropriations act, as well as more recent HUD changes in the equal access and community service PIH notices.

We’ll also discuss some of the important discretionary policies that further the mandatory requirements. Are your waiting list preferences working for you? Is your definition of family compliant with recent regulatory changes? Is your repayment agreement policy effective? Are your termination actions meeting due process requirements? Compliant and specific policies are a critical factor in navigating these complex areas of public housing.

Bring your PHA’s ACOP to this session and be prepared to take notes. Time will be reserved for discussing your policies. Join us for this fast-paced session!

This is an interactive policy workshop. Please bring a copy of your PHA's ACOP.

Terry 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.

Topics: appropriations, assistance animals, community service, equal access, fair housing, GoSection8, service animals, The Housing Conference, Trainers and Consultants, VAWA

Are your NMA model policies and Master Books up to date?

Posted by BEMuser on Aug 24, 2015 12:33:08 PM

NMA's revision services team has been working hard to get the latest editions of our model policies and Master Books written, published, and shipped to you!

2015: For 2015, the NMA Model Admissions and Continued Occupancy Policy (ACOP) and Guide has been brought current with all recent regulatory requirements and guidance, including:

  • Updated language regarding nondiscrimination as outlined in Notice PIH 2014-20, which provides guidance on the equal access final rule
  • Revised policy changes concerning flat rent requirements mandated under the 2014 appropriations act and outlined in Notice PIH 2014-12 and its accompanying PIH-issued FAQs
  • Removal of the ACOP addendum due to the expiration of the temporary compliance provisions set forth in Notice PIH 2013-03 and extended by Notice PIH 2013-26
  • Revised clarifications regarding the definition of extremely low-income family, area median income, and other requirements per the implementation of the 2014 appropriations act and the HERA final rule
  • Other modifications for clarification and wording

2015: For the 2015 revision, the  NMA HCV Executive Management Master Book has been brought current with all recent regulatory requirements and guidance, including:

  • Updates regarding the applicability of the equal access final rule to administrators and owners of HUD-assisted housing per Notice PIH 2014-20
  • Additions regarding PHA-owned units to account for Notice PIH 2015-05 on project-based voucher (PBV) guidance
  • Updates to all regulatory references concerning 24 CFR part 982, which has been revised to reflect the sunset of the former certificate program
  • An entirely new section providing guidance and clarification on service and assistance animals
  • Other changes and updates for clarity, accuracy, and ease of reading

2015: For the 2015 revision, the NMA Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Master Book has been brought current with all recent regulatory requirements and guidance, including:

  • Updates regarding the applicability of the equal access final rule to administrators and owners of HUD-assisted housing per Notice PIH 2014-20
  • Revisions to VAWA certification guidance pertaining to the transmittal of the newly updated form HUD-50066
  • Minor modifications to account for Notice PIH 2014-25 on over-subsidization in the HCV program
  • Updates to all regulatory references concerning 24 CFR part 982, which has been revised to reflect the sunset of the former certificate program
  • Other changes and updates for clarity, accuracy, and ease of reading

2015: For the 2015 revision, the NMA HCV Housing Quality Standards (HQS) Master Book has been brought current with all recent regulatory requirements and guidance, including:

  • Updates to all regulatory references concerning 24 CFR part 982, which has been revised to reflect the sunset of the former certificate program
  • Revisions concerning the required frequency of inspections—either annually or biennially—per HUD’s implementation of the 2014 appropriations act provisions
  • Other changes for clarity, accuracy, and ease of reading

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.

Topics: appropriations, assistance animals, books and revision services, equal access, executive management, fair housing, final rule, flat rent, HERA, inspections, PBV, PIH Alert, Program News and Notices, service animals, VAWA

NMA's Public Housing Master Book has shipped!

Posted by BEMuser on Jan 14, 2015 10:34:23 AM

Subscribers to our annual revision service can expect to receive the latest version of the NMA Public Housing Master Book this week or next. If you have any questions about your subscription, please contact Laurie Durrett in our accounting department and she'll be happy to assist you.

The 2014 revision to the NMA Public Housing Master Book includes the addition of the following regulatory changes:

  • Extensive additions regarding the new flat rent requirements mandated under the 2014 appropriations act and outlined in Notice PIH 2014-12 and its accompanying PIH-issued FAQs
  • Updates to account for the issuance of Notice PIH 2013-26, which extends the temporary compliance provisions of 2013-03
  • Updated language regarding nondiscrimination as outlined in Notice PIH 2014-20, which provides guidance on the equal access final rule
  • Changes throughout the book for the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA)
  • A new section for service animals and assistance animals incorporating the latest guidance, including Notice FHEO 2013-1
  • A revised definition for extremely low-income (ELI) family, as per the Federal Register notice published June 25, 2014
  • Updates to the list of federally mandated income exclusions as published in the Federal Register, as well as other changes required by the HERA final rule
  • Additions, updates, and corrections to important HUD references
  • Minor modifications for clarification and wording

Looking for further guidance? Don’t miss our recent blog series on the new flat rent requirements, in which Annie Stevenson, author of the daily PIH Alert, analyzes how the new regulations will affect housing authorities and the families they serve.

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.

Topics: appropriations, assistance animals, books and revision services, fair housing, final rule, flat rent, HERA, Notice PIH 2013-03, PIH Alert, Program News and Notices, service animals, VAWA

The 2014 NMA Model ACOP has shipped!

Posted by BEMuser on Sep 8, 2014 10:17:23 AM

Subscribers to our annual revision service can expect to receive the latest updates to the NMA Model Admissions and Continued Occupancy Policy (ACOP) and Guide this week. If you have any questions about your subscription, please contact Meg Kennedy in our accounting department and she'll be happy to assist you.

Most of the changes for the 2014 revision were made necessary by the publication of the Federal Register notice regarding the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA), issued August 6, 2013. The notice stated that the provisions of VAWA 2013 were not self-implementing, and that HUD would issue rules or guidance at a later date. However, on September 30, 2013, HUD sent a letter to PHA executive directors which called for immediate policy development addressing certain provisions of VAWA 2013.

In response to HUD’s letter, NMA has developed transitional model policies to assist our subscribers in meeting this HUD requirement. Please note that once HUD issues the expected guidance, additional changes may be required. In addition to the extensive VAWA changes, the 2014 revision has been brought current with all recent regulatory requirements and guidance and also includes:

  • Extensive policy changes concerning flat rent requirements mandated under the 2014 appropriations act and outlined in Notice PIH 2014-12 and its accompanying PIH-issued FAQs
  • Updated policies regarding service animals, assistance animals, and pets, incorporating the latest guidance including Notice FHEO 2013-1
  • A revised definition for extremely low-income (ELI) family, as per the Federal Register notice published June 25, 2014
  • Updates to account for the issuance of Notice PIH 2013-26, which extends the temporary compliance provisions of 2013-03
  • Updates to the list of federally mandated income exclusions as published in the Federal Register
  • Minor modifications for clarification and wording

Looking for further guidance? NMA can help rewrite your ACOP in only three days.

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.

Topics: appropriations, assistance animals, books and revision services, flat rent, Notice PIH 2013-03, pets, PIH Alert, PIH notices, Program News and Notices, service animals, VAWA

NMA's seminar calendar for Q4 2014 is now available!

Posted by BEMuser on Aug 11, 2014 9:09:32 AM

We’re pleased to announce the release of NMA's seminar calendar for the fourth quarter of 2014. You can view a list of the training opportunities that Nan McKay and Associates is offering from now through the end of 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.) Our seminars have been updated for:

  • Notice FHEO 2013-1, issued April 30, 2013, which provided new guidance regarding service animals, assistance animals, and pets
  • The Federal Register notice published August 6, 2013, which provided an overview of the Violence against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA 2013) as it applies to HUD programs
  • The final capital fund rule, published October 24, 2013
  • Notice PIH 2013-26, issued November 5, 2013, which extends the temporary compliance provisions of 2013-03
  • Notice PIH 2014-12, the flat rent interim notice mandated by the 2014 appropriations act, issued May 20, 2014
  • The Federal Register notice implementing other program changes contained in the 2014 appropriations act, including biennial inspections, issued June 25, 2014
  • The final rule implementing changes from the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 (HERA), published June 25, 2014
  • And more!

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.

Topics: appropriations, assistance animals, books and revision services, capital fund, final rule, flat rent, HERA, inspections, Notice PIH 2013-03, pets, PIH notices, Program News and Notices, service animals, VAWA

ACOP: Hands-on Session

Posted by BEMuser on Jul 29, 2014 9:59:45 AM

NMA trainer and consultant Cara Gillette will be presenting a hands-on ACOP workshop at this year's NMA Housing Conference NMA trainer and consultant Cara Gillette will be presenting a hands-on ACOP workshop at this year's NMA Housing Conference

Cara Gillette trains, consults, and provides technical assistance nationwide in fair housing, public housing management, hearings, economic self-sufficiency, and governing boards. Prior to joining NMA, she administered public housing and Section 8 waiting lists, served as hearing officer, managed public housing, and oversaw resident economic development programs at the San Diego Housing Commission. She has previously written for the NMA blog on how to work with sequestration in the public housing program. Cara will be presenting the following session at the 2014 NMA and GoSection8 Housing Conference.

Hands-on Learning for Active Solutions

ACOP: Hands-on Session
Presenter, Cara Gillette

Join us for this intensive hands-on ACOP workshop! We’ll review mandatory changes required under VAWA 2013, service animal and assistance animal policies, and the new changes to flat rent requirements.

We’ll also discuss some of the important discretionary policies that further the mandatory requirements. Are you struggling with your occupancy rate in public housing? What about your rent collection rate? Your community service program design? Are your termination actions meeting due process requirements? Compliant and specific policies are a critical factor in navigating these complex areas of public housing.

Bring your PHA’s ACOP to this session and be prepared to take notes. Time will be reserved for discussing your policies. Join us for this fast-paced session!

This is an interactive policy workshop. Please bring a copy of your PHA's ACOP.

Cara and other industry experts are available for limited free one-hour consulting sessions at the 2014 NMA and GoSection8 Housing Conference to registered participants. Don’t delay, consulting signups are first-come, first-served! Register online or email sales@nanmckay.com for more information.

Topics: assistance animals, flat rent, GoSection8, occupancy, service animals, The Housing Conference, Trainers and Consultants, VAWA

The 2014 revision for NMA's PHM Master Book has shipped!

Posted by BEMuser on Jul 14, 2014 10:06:02 AM

Subscribers to our annual revision service can expect to receive the latest version of the NMA Public Housing Management (PHM) Master Book this week. If you have any questions about your subscription, please contact Janell Guilbeaux in our accounting department and she'll be happy to assist you.

The issuance of the final capital fund rule in October 2013 prompted major revisions to the PHM Master Book. In addition to those changes, the 2014 revision also includes:

  • New guidance for ensuring compliance with Notice PIH 2014-12, the flat rent interim notice mandated by the 2014 appropriations act
  • Extensive changes throughout the book for the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA)
  • A new section for service animals, assistance animals, and pets, incorporating the latest guidance including Notice FHEO 2013-1
  • Updates to account for the issuance of Notice PIH 2013-26, which extends the temporary compliance provisions of 2013-03
  • Updates to the list of federally mandated income exclusions as published in the Federal Register
  • Other minor modifications and reorganizations for clarification and wording

Looking for further guidance? Don't miss our blog series: Working with Sequestration in the Public Housing Program. You may also be interested in our Public Housing Management class, which has also been thoroughly updated for the final capital fund rule as well as all bulleted items above.

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.

Topics: appropriations, assistance animals, books and revision services, capital fund, fair housing, final rule, flat rent, Notice PIH 2013-03, pets, PIH Alert, PIH notices, Program News and Notices, public housing management, reasonable accommodation, sequestration, service animals, VAWA

HUD issues notice on assistance animals, statement on accessibility

Posted by NMA on May 1, 2013 3:07:17 PM

Service dogIn a press release yesterday, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced the issuance of a notice on assistance and service animals by its Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO). Notice FHEO 2013-1 is divided into three sections:

  • Section I explains the obligations that housing providers have under the Fair Housing Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 to provide reasonable accommodations to persons with disabilities who need assistance animals. This section includes a two-question test that housing providers with a no-pets policy can apply to determine whether or not the Fair Housing Act and Section 504 require a modification to that policy.
  • Section II explains the revised definition of service animal adopted by the Department of Justice (DOJ) in its regulations implementing the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
  • Section III explains the obligations of housing providers subject to both the service animal requirements of the ADA and the reasonable accommodation provisions of the Fair Housing Act and/or Section 504.

In another press release yesterday, HUD and the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced the publication of a joint statement on accessibility (design and construction) requirements for covered multifamily dwellings under the Fair Housing Act. The 31-page joint statement is intended “to assist design professionals, developers, and builders in understanding and meeting their obligations and to assist persons with disabilities in understanding their rights.” It consists of a brief introduction and the answers to 63 questions on the following topics:

  • Accessibility requirements of the Fair Housing Act
  • Types of dwellings covered by the Fair Housing Act
  • Ground floor dwelling units
  • Single-story and multistory dwelling units
  • Additions
  • Alterations/renovations
  • Building separations
  • Dwelling units custom-designed or presold prior to completion
  • Subsequent changes to accessible features
  • Buildings with one or more elevators
  • Accessible routes
  • Accessible entrances
  • Safe harbors for compliance with the Fair Housing Act
  • Reviews for compliance
  • Buildings covered by the Fair Housing Act and other accessibility laws or codes
  • Accessible public and common use areas
  • Enforcement
  • Reasonable accommodations and reasonable modifications under the Fair Housing Act
  • Location of documents

Do you have concerns about whether or not your agency is compliant with federal fair housing law? Nan McKay and Associates can help. Our resources for your PHA include consulting, a newly-updated video, and a training seminar, also newly updated.

Topics: assistance animals, fair housing, pets, Program News and Notices, reasonable accommodation, service animals

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