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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

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

Updated forecasting tool, new payment standard tool

Posted by NMA on Aug 4, 2016 9:20:16 AM

HUD’s Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH) has updated the two-year forecasting tool for the housing choice voucher (HCV) program. According to the announcement:

A PHA can now launch the two-year tool and have it be automatically populated with data (e.g. funding, leasing, spending). Until now, PHAs had to manually input data, or obtain a populated version from the local HUD field office. Please review the two-year tool instructions, as depending on your version of Microsoft Office, some settings may need to be adjusted. Any issues, please contact your local field office.

PIH also announced the availability of a new payment standard tool. The purpose of the payment standard tool is to analyze the impacts of a potential payment standard change on both program participants’ rent burdens and the PHA’s program costs.

A one-page document posted to the FMC Highlights website contains an overview of both tools and a description of their accompanying instruction guides. The tools and instruction guides can be accessed through HUD’s Web Access Secure System (WASS).

Got questions about payment standards and the two-year forecasting tool? Don’t miss The Housing Conference this September in San Antonio, Texas, where NMA’s Teri Robertson and other industry experts will discuss these new HCV tools. Register online or email sales@nanmckay.com for more information.

Topics: HCV utilization, Program News and Notices

Using HUD’s Two-Year Forecasting Tool to Create an Ongoing Leasing Plan

Posted by NMA on Jun 30, 2016 9:56:49 AM

NMA senior consultant Teri Robertson will be presenting a hands-on workshop for creating an ongoing HCV leasing plan

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 will be presenting the following session at The Housing Conference in San Antonio this September.

Best Practices for Program Success

Using HUD’s Two-Year Forecasting Tool to Create an Ongoing Leasing Plan
Presenter, Teri Robertson

Join us for this hands-on workshop and discover how to eliminate leasing events in the HCV program! You'll learn how to tweak HUD’s two-year forecasting tool to create an ongoing HCV leasing plan showing:

  • How many families to select from the waiting list
  • When to select the families
  • How leasing activities will impact utilization

We’ll provide you with an Excel tool to track eligibility success rates, so you can base the number of families to select from the waiting list on factual, historical information. Presenter Teri Robertson will demonstrate how to create a plan for selecting families every month to avoid those disruptive leasing events. As an added bonus, she'll demonstrate how to perform a rent burden analysis to determine whether higher payment standards are in fact justified.

Register online or email sales@nanmckay.com for more information. Don’t delay, less than 24 hours left for early bird pricing!

Topics: eligibility, HCV utilization, The Housing Conference, Trainers and Consultants

Affordable housing news 3/18/16

Posted by NMA on Mar 18, 2016 4:37:45 PM

If you're interested in the status of voucher utilization and funding, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) announced earlier this week that it will be hosting a free webinar next Wednesday, April 6, at 2:30 p.m. eastern time (11:30 a.m. Pacific time):

As of the end of 2015, state and local housing agencies had restored about half of the nearly 100,000 housing vouchers that they had cut after sequestration in 2013, and many were poised to restore additional vouchers in 2016. Some agencies that could be assisting additional families are instead leaving funds on the table unspent, however. Webinar panelists will provide a status update on voucher utilization and funding, discuss steps that housing agencies can take to improve utilization, and briefly assess the funding outlook for 2017.

Click here to register for the webinar. In other news:

NeighborWorks: More than 20 cities and states across the country have declared an end to veteran homelessness

NLIHC: Senate subcommittee holds hearing on FY17 HUD budget request

It's the first weekend of daylight saving time—enjoy the sunshine! We'll be back next week with more affordable housing news and analysis.

Topics: appropriations, HCV utilization, Program News and Notices, sequestration, VASH, veterans

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