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Posted by NMA on Oct 12, 2016 2:36:41 PM

John McKayOur fourth annual national housing conference was our best one yet, and we couldn't have done it without you! Thank you to everyone who joined us at the The Housing Conference in San Antonio, Texas. To view a slideshow of photos from the event, go here. I’d like to extend a warm thank-you to our generous sponsors, HAI Group, HousingHubHTVN, and GoSection8, 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 2016 NMA Housing Awards.

If you missed us in San Antonio, we'd love to say hi to you at another event! The NMA team will be attending conferences this month for national NAHRO, Texas NAHRO, and the New England Affordable Housing Management Association (NEAHMA). Stop by the booth, pick up some goodies, and chat with one of our team members. We'll see you next year for the fifth anniversary of The Housing Conference... location to be announced soon!

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.

Topics: Executive Team, GoSection8, HTVN, NMA Housing Awards, The Housing Conference

Preventing Shortfall: Lessons Learned

Posted by NMA on Sep 1, 2016 2:27:29 PM

NMA's Steven Rosario will lead a session on preventing shortfall in the housing choice voucher program

In his current role as HCV program director, NMA's Steven Rosario oversees the operations of Miami-Dade County’s housing choice voucher program. He previously served as director of some of the largest voucher programs in the nation, administering more than 45,000 vouchers in Chicago and San Francisco.

With extensive experience in program and project designs, Steven is a high-energy, fiscally conscious, and goal-driven leader who has earned a reputation for building and leading strong and collaborative team efforts. He approaches each new challenge with a flair for innovation, creative problem-solving, and measured risk-taking to drive positive change in affordable housing programs. Steven will be presenting the following session at The Housing Conference.

Executive Leadership for Performance Excellence

Preventing Shortfall: Lessons Learned
Presenter, Steven Rosario

Housing authorities have historically been challenged with maximizing utilization without going over budget authority. This session will cover various funding scenarios and highlight the pitfalls that may result in a program shortfall. Topics to be discussed include:

  • Program reserves: How much should you keep?
  • PHA vs. HUD held reserves
  • Disbursements vs. budget authority
  • Prior calendar year HAP payments
  • Cash vs. accrual accounting
  • VMS updates
  • Utilizing results of 2-year tool
  • Impact of the PUC

The session will provide you with the guidance to ensure a PHA’s financial and program operations teams are tracking, updating, and reporting accurate and meaningful data. Along with this, the session will provide PHA with strategies on working with HUD’s shortfall prevention team.

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.

Topics: executive management, Executive Team, financial management, HCV utilization, The Housing Conference, VMS

Best Practices in Managing VASH Vouchers

Posted by NMA on Aug 31, 2016 9:46:36 AM

 

Michele Lazdowsky NMA director of program management Michele Lazdowsky will be presenting a session on VASH at The Housing Conference

Michele Lazdowsky, NMA's director of program management, will be presenting a session this year at The Housing Conference on best practices in managing VASH vouchers. Michele is a strong leader with over two decades of housing experience in the areas of compliance, HCV operations, inspections, management, project-based programs, public housing, state housing operations, and the VASH program.

Best Practices for Program Success

Best Practices in Managing VASH Vouchers
Presenters, Michele Lazdowsky and Becky Gligo

Leasing our nation’s veterans has recently been a top priority for HUD, as well as for many PHAs awarded funding under the HUD–Veterans Affairs (VA) supportive housing (HUD-VASH) program, which provides special vouchers for homeless veterans. As a PHA, you don’t get paid an administrative fee for unleased VASH vouchers — so the sooner a veteran is leased, the sooner fees are earned for you to administer the program. In working with PHAs and the VA through the Housing First initiative, we’ve discovered some best practices to quickly and effectively lease up homeless veterans. In this session, presenters Michele Lazdowsky and Becky Gligo will share those best practices and discuss what your agency needs to know in order to run a successful VASH program.

Interested in learning more about VASH? Make an appointment to talk with one of our experts at The Housing ConferenceMichele, Becky, and other industry experts are available for limited free one-hour Q&A sessions with registered conference attendees. Don’t delay, signups close this Friday! Register online or email sales@nanmckay.com for more information.

Topics: Executive Team, The Housing Conference, VASH, veterans

Achieving High Performance in the HCV Program with Nan McKay

Posted by NMA on Aug 29, 2016 11:37:22 AM
 
Nan McKay
NMA president and founder Nan McKay speaking at The Housing Conference last year in Miami

With more than fifty years of experience in affordable housing, Nan McKay is considered to be the nation's foremost expert in the housing choice voucher program. Nan launched one of the nation’s first Section 8 programs as executive director of a Minnesota housing authority, went on to found Nan McKay & Associates in 1980, and continues to train and write books on how to successfully manage an HCV program.

NMA senior consultant Teri Robertson is nationally recognized as a leading expert in HCV and Section 8. She has written for the NMA blog about HCV administrative fees, how to maximize your agency’s performance rating, and working with sequestration in the HCV program. Teri and Nan will be presenting the following session at The Housing Conference.

Executive Leadership for Performance Excellence

Achieving High Performance in the HCV Program with Nan McKay
Presenters, Nan McKay with Teri Robertson

Is your agency achieving the performance standards you'd like to see? In this fast-paced session, Nan will share her depth of experience in the housing choice voucher program, laying out a series of clear steps that will help you build a high-performing HCV program. Nan and Teri will explore these steps in depth, including:

  • Ways to define and communicate your agency's goals
  • How to monitor results
  • Setting up a leadership system
  • Methods for maximizing HCV program utilization

Nan and other industry experts are available for limited free one-hour Q&A sessions at The Housing Conference to registered participants. Don’t delay, signups close this Friday! Register online or email sales@nanmckay.com for more information.

Topics: executive management, Executive Team, HCV utilization, The Housing Conference

New Ideas in Housing: Initiatives and Innovations

Posted by NMA on Jun 28, 2016 10:50:56 AM

Moving to Work panel session at The Housing Conference NMA director of program management Michele Lazdowsky will be moderating a panel session on MTW at The Housing Conference

Michele Lazdowsky, NMA's director of program management, will be moderating this year's Moving to Work panel session at The Housing Conference. Michele is a strong leader with over two decades of housing experience in the areas of compliance, HCV operations, inspections, management, project-based programs, public housing, state housing operations, and the MTW program.

Regulatory Knowledge for Smart Management

New Ideas in Housing: Initiatives and Innovations (MTW Panel Session)
Moderators, Michele Lazdowsky and Becky Gligo

Join our panel of innovators for a robust discussion of new ideas in affordable housing and the Moving to Work program. We'll discuss how to prepare and retain the next generation of leaders in your organization, shine a spotlight on the accomplishments of this year's NMA Housing Awards winners, and talk about new initiatives in waiting lists. Panelists will include Tracey Scott, vice president of innovation at the Atlanta Housing Authority, and other thought leaders in the affordable housing industry.

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.

Topics: Executive Team, MTW, The Housing Conference

Legislative Update with Nan McKay

Posted by NMA on May 3, 2016 10:42:07 AM

NMA president and founder Nan McKay presenting the legislative update at last year's NMA Housing Conference NMA president and founder Nan McKay presenting the legislative update at The Housing Conference

While serving as executive director of a Minnesota housing authority, Nan McKay started one of the nation’s first Section 8 programs. She has previously written for the NMA blog on the topic of executive management and high performance as well as stories from her fifty years in the housing industry.

With three decades of experience in welfare and public housing, Annie Stevenson shares her expertise in many ways at NMA, serving as a trainer to thousands of housing authority staff every year; as a technical researcher who analyzes and deciphers new HUD regulations; and as a technical writer, contributing to NMA Master Books, seminars, and model policies as well as writing the popular daily PIH Alert. Nan and Annie will be presenting the following session at The Housing Conference.

Regulatory Knowledge for Smart Management

Legislative Update with Nan McKay
Presenters, Nan McKay with Annie Stevenson

One of the most popular sessions at The Housing Conference is always Nan's review of recent regulations, guidance, and breaking news. We're bringing her back this year to fill us in on the most important changes of 2016, including the final rule on streamlining administrative requirements and its accompanying notices, new guidance on the use of criminal records, and a forecast of what she sees ahead for our industry in 2017, including the planned expansion of the Moving to Work (MTW) program and REAC's plans to replace HQS with a new inspection protocol, UPCS-V.

Nan and Annie will be available for limited free one-hour Q&A sessions at the The Housing Conference this September in San Antonio, Texas. Registered participants can sign up on a first-come, first-served basis now. Register online or email sales@nanmckay.com for more information.

Topics: criminal records, Executive Team, final rule, HQS, inspections, MTW, streamlining, The Housing Conference, UPCS-V

Conference photos and what's new at NMA

Posted by BEMuser on Oct 13, 2015 12:22:40 PM

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.

Topics: Executive Team, GoSection8, HTVN, NMA Housing Awards, PBV, RAD, The Housing Conference

Financial Reporting for RAD Conversions

Posted by BEMuser on Sep 21, 2015 1:35:09 PM

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.

Topics: Executive Team, financial management, GoSection8, RAD, The Housing Conference

Overview of the New HCV Admin Fee Formula

Posted by BEMuser on Aug 12, 2015 8:38:34 AM

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.

Executive Leadership for Performance Excellence

Overview of the New HCV Admin Fee Formula
Presenter, Ray Adair

Earlier this year, HUD released the long-awaited results of its study on administrative fees in the housing choice voucher program. NMA's Ray Adair is credited in the report for his participation in the study as a member of the expert and industry technical group. In this session, he will discuss the HCV admin fee study and provide an overview of the new admin fee formula.

Register online or email sales@nanmckay.com for more information. Don't delay, only three days 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.

Topics: Executive Team, financial management, GoSection8, The Housing Conference

Legislative Update with Nan McKay

Posted by BEMuser on Aug 11, 2015 8:26:27 AM

NMA president and founder Nan McKay presenting the legislative update at last year's NMA Housing Conference NMA president and founder Nan McKay presenting the legislative update at last year's NMA Housing Conference

While serving as executive director of a Minnesota housing authority, Nan McKay started one of the nation’s first Section 8 programs. She has previously written for the NMA blog on the topic of executive management and high performance achievement in the HCV program as well as stories from her fifty years in the housing industry.

Regulatory Knowledge for Smart Management

Legislative Update with Nan McKay
Presenters, Nan McKay with Terry Provance and Annie Stevenson

One of the most popular sessions at the NMA and GoSection8 Housing Conference is always Nan's review of recent regulations, guidance, and breaking news. We're bringing her back this year to fill us in on the most important notices of 2015, including the final rule on affirmatively furthering fair housing (AFFH), proposed rules on streamlining, Section 3, and VAWA, and a forecast of what she sees ahead for our industry in 2016 and the second half of the decade.

Register online or email sales@nanmckay.com for more information. Don't delay, only four days 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.

Topics: Executive Team, fair housing, GoSection8, Section 3, The Housing Conference, VAWA

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