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Posted by NMA on May 31, 2017 12:12:19 PM

Housing Help Sessions

What is a Housing Help Session, you ask? Our longtime customers will remember them previously known as Lunch ‘n’ Learns. They’re a very popular way to get the latest program guidance in a convenient two-hour online session.

Following is the schedule of Housing Help Sessions for summer 2017. The links below will take you to the registration page.


DATE CATEGORY TOPIC HOST
Fri. 6/30 VAWA Session The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) 2013
  • Learn what's new for your agency in VAWA 2013
  • Understand VAWA's basic requirements, including notification, confidentiality, and how VAWA applies to both applicants and participants
  • PIH Alert subscribers save $30 on registration
Annie Stevenson
Fri. 7/14 PBV Session Changes to the PBV Program under HOTMA
  • Learn how HUD's HOTMA implementation notice affects the project-based voucher (PBV) program
  • Major changes include when the PHA inspects units, the number of PBV units in the project, the definition of excepted units, the definition of PHA-owned units, and the length of the PBV HAP contract
  • PIH Alert subscribers save $30 on registration
Samantha Sowards

Topics: HOTMA, Housing Help Sessions, PBV, PIH Alert, Program News and Notices, Trainers and Consultants, VAWA

Webinar on streamlining final rule now available

Posted by NMA on Apr 5, 2016 2:09:25 PM

Streamlining final ruleIf you missed our recent webinar on the streamlining final rule, or you'd like to watch it again, it's now available for viewing on YouTube.

The free 90-minute NMA presentation addresses the mandatory and discretionary changes under HUD’s streamlining final rule, which was published March 8 in the Federal Register.

Click here to download the webinar handout.

Watch the webinar now

All NMA seminars have been reviewed and updated as needed for the streamlining final rule. Go here to view the full list of updated classes. Don't see the location you want? We can bring these trainings to you. Email sales@nanmckay.com for more information about our affordable onsite options.

Topics: final rule, Housing Help Sessions, Program News and Notices, streamlining, Trainers and Consultants

2 more free webinars added for streamlining final rule

Posted by NMA on Mar 9, 2016 11:33:00 AM

Streamlining final ruleDue to overwhelming demand, we've opened spots for two more free webinars on the streamlining final rule. The 10 a.m. webinar on Friday, March 18 is now full, but you can register for another webinar at noon Pacific time, or a third option Wednesday, March 23, at 10 a.m. Pacific time.

Senior trainer Annie Stevenson, NMA's policy expert, will walk you through what's new and what you need to know in a 90-minute audio/online conference that includes a question-and-answer session. The free webinar will cover the final rule on streamlining administrative regulations in the HCV, multifamily, and public housing programs, with a discussion of optional vs. required changes and how they affect your agency.

Housing Help Session: Streamlining Final Rule

  • Friday, March 18, 2016, 12 p.m. Pacific time (3 p.m. eastern time)
  • Wednesday, March 23, 2016, 10 a.m. Pacific time (1 p.m. eastern time)
  • Space is limited, so sign up now!

Visit our website to register!

All NMA seminars have been reviewed and updated as needed for the streamlining final rule. Go here to view the full list of updated classes. Don't see the location you want? We can bring these trainings to you. Email sales@nanmckay.com for more information about our affordable onsite options.

Topics: final rule, Housing Help Sessions, Program News and Notices, streamlining, Trainers and Consultants

Join us for a free webinar on the streamlining final rule

Posted by NMA on Mar 8, 2016 1:30:51 PM

Streamlining final ruleSenior trainer Annie Stevenson, NMA's policy expert, will walk you through what's new and what you need to know in a 90-minute audio/online conference that includes a question-and-answer session. The free webinar will cover the final rule on streamlining administrative regulations in the HCV, multifamily, and public housing programs, with a discussion of optional vs. required changes and how they affect your agency.

Housing Help Session: Streamlining Final Rule

  • Friday, March 18, 2016
  • 10 a.m. Pacific time (1 p.m. eastern time)
  • Space is limited, so sign up now!

Visit our website to register!

All NMA seminars have been reviewed and updated as needed for the streamlining final rule. Go here to view the full list of updated classes. Don't see the location you want? We can bring these trainings to you. Email sales@nanmckay.com for more information about our affordable onsite options.

Topics: final rule, Housing Help Sessions, Program News and Notices, streamlining, Trainers and Consultants

New Housing Help Session this Friday!

Posted by BEMuser on Mar 17, 2015 11:27:11 AM

Coming up this Friday: the first in our two-part series of fair housing webinars. April is Fair Housing Month, and we're getting started early by focusing on two areas where housing professionals often have questions.

Host Terry Provance, NMA's fair housing expert, will walk you through what's new and what you need to know in a two-hour audio/online conference that includes a question-and-answer session. To view the full schedule of upcoming sessions, click here. The links below will take you to the registration page.

DATE CATEGORY TOPIC HOST
Fri. 3/20 Fair Housing Series: Session #1 Understanding Reasonable Accommodation
  • What's most important in the reasonable accommodation process
  • The two definitions of disabled in HUD programs
  • How to apply the reasonable accommodation process at all program levels, including application, occupancy, and termination
  • PIH Alert subscribers save $30 on registration
Terry Provance
Fri. 4/24 Fair Housing Series: Session #2 The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) 2013
  • Learn what's new for your agency in VAWA 2013
  • Understand VAWA's basic requirements, including notification, confidentiality, and how VAWA applies to both applicants and participants
  • PIH Alert subscribers save $30 on registration
Terry Provance

Topics: fair housing, Housing Help Sessions, PIH Alert, Program News and Notices, reasonable accommodation, Trainers and Consultants, VAWA

Register now for the latest guidance in fair housing

Posted by BEMuser on Mar 2, 2015 11:34:56 AM

Our Housing Help Sessions for March and April are all about fair housing, specifically reasonable accommodation and VAWA 2013. As you may know, April is Fair Housing Month, and we're getting started early by focusing on these two areas where housing professionals often have questions.

Host Terry Provance, NMA's fair housing expert, will walk you through what's new and what you need to know in a two-hour audio/online conference that includes a question-and-answer session. To view the full schedule of upcoming sessions, click here. The links below will take you to the registration page.

DATE CATEGORY TOPIC HOST
Fri. 3/20 Fair Housing Series: Session #1 Understanding Reasonable Accommodation
  • What's most important in the reasonable accommodation process
  • The two definitions of disabled in HUD programs
  • How to apply the reasonable accommodation process at all program levels, including application, occupancy, and termination
  • PIH Alert subscribers save $30 on registration
Terry Provance
Fri. 4/24 Fair Housing Series: Session #2 The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) 2013
  • Learn what's new for your agency in VAWA 2013
  • Understand VAWA's basic requirements, including notification, confidentiality, and how VAWA applies to both applicants and participants
  • PIH Alert subscribers save $30 on registration
Terry Provance

Topics: fair housing, Housing Help Sessions, PIH Alert, Program News and Notices, reasonable accommodation, Trainers and Consultants, VAWA

Register now for the latest guidance in HCV and public housing

Posted by BEMuser on Feb 5, 2015 9:45:48 AM

This month's Housing Help Session is an all-purpose refresher course on the latest guidance from HUD.

Do you have questions about flat rent requirements, biennial inspection options, changes in the HERA final rule, the new equal access notice, or how VAWA affects your program? Our NMA expert will take you through everything you need to know and bring you up to date for 2015.

To view the full schedule of upcoming sessions, click here. The links below will take you to the registration page.

DATE CATEGORY TOPIC HOST
Fri. 2/27 Public Housing/HCV Update Public Housing/HCV Update
  • Changes to flat rent requirements in public housing and inspections in HCV due to the 2014 appropriations act
  • Changes to PBV and HCV due to the HERA final rule
  • Other program changes required by the equal access final rule, VAWA 2013, and more
  • PIH Alert subscribers save $30 on registration
Annie Stevenson
Fri. 3/20 Fair Housing Series: Session #1 Understanding Reasonable Accommodation
  • What's most important in the reasonable accommodation process
  • The two definitions of disabled in HUD programs
  • How to apply the reasonable accommodation process at all program levels, including application, occupancy, and termination
  • PIH Alert subscribers save $30 on registration
Terry Provance
Fri. 4/24 Fair Housing Series: Session #2 The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) 2013
  • Learn what's new for your agency in VAWA 2013
  • Understand VAWA's basic requirements, including notification, confidentiality, and how VAWA applies to both applicants and participants
  • PIH Alert subscribers save $30 on registration
Terry Provance

Topics: appropriations, equal access, fair housing, final rule, flat rent, HERA, Housing Help Sessions, inspections, PBV, PIH Alert, Program News and Notices, reasonable accommodation, Trainers and Consultants, VAWA

New Housing Help Session next Friday!

Posted by BEMuser on Jan 21, 2015 12:05:42 PM

Coming up next Friday: a new webinar in our ongoing rent calculation series. Understanding how to calculate income, assets, and allowances correctly is only half of the battle. Knowing how to properly verify all the factors affecting adjusted income is just as important. Let an NMA expert walk you through and explain HUD's verification hierarchy.

Following is the schedule of upcoming Housing Help Sessions. To view the full schedule, click here. The links below will take you to the registration page.

DATE CATEGORY TOPIC HOST
Fri. 1/30 Common Errors in Rent Calc: Session #4 Understanding HUD's Verification Hierarchy
  • How to properly verify all the factors affecting adjusted income
  • PIH Alert subscribers save $30 on registration for this session
Annie Stevenson
Fri. 2/27 Public Housing/HCV Update Public Housing/HCV Update
  • Changes to flat rent requirements in public housing and inspections in HCV due to the 2014 appropriations act
  • Changes to PBV and HCV due to the HERA final rule
  • Other program changes required by the equal access final rule, VAWA 2013, and more
  • PIH Alert subscribers save $30 on registration
Annie Stevenson
Fri. 3/20 Fair Housing Series: Session #1 Understanding Reasonable Accommodation
  • What's most important in the reasonable accommodation process
  • The two definitions of disabled in HUD programs
  • How to apply the reasonable accommodation process at all program levels, including application, occupancy, and termination
  • PIH Alert subscribers save $30 on registration
Terry Provance

Topics: appropriations, equal access, fair housing, final rule, flat rent, HERA, Housing Help Sessions, inspections, PBV, PIH Alert, Program News and Notices, reasonable accommodation, rent calculation, Trainers and Consultants, VAWA

EID Housing Help Session 12/19

Posted by BEMuser on Dec 8, 2014 9:54:35 AM

Scheduled for Friday, December 19: the third in our ongoing series of webinars focusing on the biggest problem areas agencies face when calculating rent.

Host Annie Stevenson, author of the daily PIH Alert, will walk you through the complexities of the earned income disallowance (EID) in a two-hour audio/online conference that includes a question-and-answer session. Click here to register.

Following is the schedule of upcoming Housing Help Sessions. To view the full schedule, click here. The links below will take you to the registration page.

DATE CATEGORY TOPIC HOST
Fri.
12/19
Common Errors in Rent Calc: Session #3 Earned Income Disallowance (EID)
  • How families qualify for EID
  • Calculating the exclusion
  • Tracking the disallowance
  • PIH Alert subscribers save $30 on registration
Annie Stevenson
Fri. 1/30 Common Errors in Rent Calc: Session #4 Understanding HUD's Verification Hierarchy
  • How to properly verify all the factors affecting adjusted income
  • PIH Alert subscribers save $30 on registration
Annie Stevenson
Fri. 2/27 Public Housing/HCV Update Public Housing/HCV Update
  • Changes to flat rent requirements in public housing and inspections in HCV due to the 2014 appropriations act
  • Changes to PBV and HCV due to the HERA final rule
  • Other program changes required by the equal access final rule, VAWA 2013, and more
  • PIH Alert subscribers save $30 on registration
Annie Stevenson

Topics: appropriations, EID, equal access, fair housing, final rule, flat rent, HERA, Housing Help Sessions, inspections, PIH Alert, Program News and Notices, rent calculation, Trainers and Consultants, VAWA

Getting EID right: Tip #5

Posted by BEMuser on Nov 18, 2014 9:54:40 AM

Samantha PratterTip #5: Remember that EID can go back in time.

For ease of calculation, HUD has said that the EID clock can start on the first of the month following the increase in earned income. This is true whether your PHA requires the family to report the increase or not.

At PHAs that don't require interim reporting, this means that EID is still applied retroactively to when the family member experienced the increase in income. At PHAs where interim reporting is required, staff must determine whether the family's reporting responsibilities were violated. A violation of family obligations may prompt the PHA to take action such as a warning conference or even termination of assistance, even though there has been no overpayment of subsidy.

To sum up, the five tips we've discussed are:

And if you're still in the mood for more on EID, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has two sets of frequently asked questions (FAQs) that can be accessed here and here, which will give you even more information on qualifying, tracking, and calculating.

We've also scheduled an upcoming Housing Help Session for December 19 on the earned income disallowance. It's a great opportunity to discuss your EID questions and concerns with an NMA rent calc expert. Click here to register.

Trainer and consultant Samantha Sowards has been a part of the NMA team since 2008. For beginning and intermediate students, she recommends HCV and Public Housing Rent Calculation, available in both English and Spanish.

Topics: EID, Housing Help Sessions, rent calculation, Trainers and Consultants

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