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Register now for free Q&As at The Housing Conference

Posted by NMA on Apr 11, 2017 12:39:24 PM

The Housing Conference in Boston

Signups for Q&A sessions at The Housing Conference are now open!

We’re thrilled to be taking our fifth annual national housing conference to Boston this August. Included with every conference registration is the opportunity to reserve a free, one-hour Q&A session with one of our NMA experts, including Nan herself!

If you’re registered for the conference and want to sign up for a session, click here and reserve your time now. The Q&A sessions are limited to registered attendees and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

The tentative agenda has just been updated, and when you register now you'll receive early bird pricing!

Join us August 21-22, 2017, for two fantastic days of networking, learning, and exploring the beautiful and historic city of Boston, Massachusetts. Industry experts will present sessions and panels on the latest topics in affordable housing, including:

  • An update on UPCS-V, the proposed inspections protocol to replace HQS
  • How to deal with generational differences in the workplace
  • What you need to know if you're a new executive director
  • Nan McKay's annual legislative update, including new rules and notices
  • Best practices in PBV and RAD PBV
  • Public/private partnerships and grant funds
  • What you need to know before applying for MTW
  • Understanding tax credits and RAD finance
  • Best practices in managing FSS, plus how to start a new FSS program in PBRA
  • What's new in capital fund finance
  • Best practices in PBRA and RAD PBRA
  • Effective waitlist management
  • What's new in fair housing
  • Best practices in SEMAP
  • CDBG-DR and resilience
  • Roundtable panel session with NMA Housing Awards winners
  • And more!

Visit our website to register!

Topics: capital fund, CDBG, fair housing, financial management, FSS, HQS, inspections, LIHTC, MTW, NMA Housing Awards, PBRA, PBV, Program News and Notices, RAD, SEMAP, The Housing Conference, UPCS-V

Four weeks to enter the 2017 NMA Housing Awards

Posted by NMA on Mar 28, 2017 12:09:18 PM

The NMA Housing AwardsHave you sent us your application yet for the 2017 NMA Housing Awards? Entries are due Friday, April 28, 2017 and must be postmarked or emailed by that date.

If you haven’t entered yet, now is your opportunity to share all the amazing work your agency has done for the community. Award winners will be presented with an engraved trophy at The Housing Conference this August in Boston, Massachusetts.

2017 NMA Development Award

NMA honors the outstanding achievement of housing authorities or associations in affordable housing with the NMA Development Award. One award will be given to an agency with 1250 or more units and one to an agency with 1249 or fewer units. Unit size is based on the total number of housing units.

Eligibility: Housing authorities or associations that administer affordable housing programs will be eligible. Each entry must be limited to one specific development initiative. Examples of such initiatives are new development or construction, green initiatives, property improvements, or out-of-the-box financing.

Criteria: To apply for the 2017 NMA Development Award, all applicants must respond to the following in 1500 words or less.

  • Describe the housing authority’s / association’s most significant accomplishment in development over the past 12 months.
  • Describe the individual achievement by your employees that helped your agency reach your goal.
  • Describe the lasting impact of such development on the community served.

2017 NMA Resident Service Award

The NMA Resident Service Award is sponsored by NMA to recognize housing authorities who are leaders in the affordable housing industry through their community outreach and efforts to improve the future of the families they serve. One award will be given to an agency with 1250 or more units and one to an agency with 1249 or fewer units. Unit size is based on the total number of housing units.

Eligibility: Housing authorities or associations that administer affordable housing programs will be eligible. Each entry must be limited to one specific service initiative. Examples of such initiatives are self-sufficiency programs, community projects, education, or other resident or participant initiatives.

Criteria: To apply for the 2017 NMA Resident Service Award, all applicants must respond to the following in 1500 words or less.

  • Describe the housing authority’s / association’s most significant accomplishment in service over the past 12 months.
  • Describe the individual achievement by your employees that helped your agency reach your goal.
  • Describe the lasting impact of such social achievements on the community served.

You can download the entry form on our website. Go here to read about last year's winners. If you have any questions, email us at marketing@nanmckay.com. We look forward to reading your entries!

Topics: NMA Housing Awards, Program News and Notices, The Housing Conference

Agenda now available for 2017 national conference

Posted by NMA on Mar 13, 2017 11:39:22 AM

The Housing Conference | August 21-22, 2017 | Boston, MAThe tentative agenda for our fifth annual national housing conference is now available, and when you register now you'll receive early bird pricing!

Join us August 21-22, 2017, for two fantastic days of networking, learning,
and exploring the beautiful and historic city of Boston, Massachusetts. Industry experts will present sessions and panels on the latest topics in affordable housing, including:

  • An update on UPCS-V, the proposed inspections protocol to replace HQS (panel session)
  • Best practices in managing FSS, plus how to start a new FSS program in PBRA (panel session)
  • Best practices in PBRA and RAD PBRA (panel session)
  • Best practices in PBV and RAD PBV
  • Best practices in SEMAP (hands-on session)
  • CDBG-DR and resilience
  • Effective waitlist management
  • How to deal with generational differences in the workplace
  • Nan McKay's annual legislative update, including new rules and notices
  • Public/private partnerships and grant funds (panel session)
  • Quality control
  • Rent reasonableness
  • Roundtable panel session with NMA Housing Awards winners
  • Succession planning
  • Understanding tax credits and RAD finance
  • What you need to know before applying for MTW
  • What you need to know if you're a new executive director
  • What's new in capital fund finance
  • What's new in fair housing

Visit our website to register!

Topics: capital fund, CDBG, fair housing, FSS, HQS, inspections, LIHTC, MTW, NMA Housing Awards, PBRA, PBV, Program News and Notices, quality control, RAD, rent reasonableness, SEMAP, The Housing Conference, UPCS-V

Registration now open for 2017 national conference

Posted by NMA on Feb 2, 2017 4:11:45 PM

The Housing Conference in Boston, 2017Registration for The Housing Conference is now open! All of us at Nan McKay & Associates are thrilled to be taking our fifth annual national housing conference to Boston, MA.

We have a fantastic schedule of sessions underway, including topics like how to manage your PBV and PBRA programs, streamlining your HCV program, multigenerational workplaces and succession planning, what's new in RAD, applying to be an MTW agency, CDBG-DR and resilience, best practices for wait lists, and much, much more. As in previous years, we'll also be announcing the winners of the 2017 NMA Housing Awards. Stay tuned for the agenda, which will be available very soon. 

The Housing Conference

Visit our website to register!

Topics: CDBG, MTW, NMA Housing Awards, Partnerships, PBRA, PBV, Program News and Notices, RAD, streamlining, The Housing Conference

2017 NMA Housing Awards now open for entries

Posted by NMA on Jan 11, 2017 10:22:01 AM

NMA Housing AwardsSubmissions are now being accepted for the 2017 NMA Housing Awards. Entries are due Friday, April 28, 2017.

The NMA Housing Awards is an annual event created to honor excellence in the affordable housing industry and recognize individual agency performance. Award winners will be presented with an engraved trophy at The Housing Conference this August in Boston, Massachusetts.

2017 NMA Development Award

NMA honors the outstanding achievement of housing authorities or associations in affordable housing with the NMA Development Award. One award will be given to an agency with 1250 or more units and one to an agency with 1249 or fewer units. Unit size is based on the total number of housing units.

Eligibility: Housing authorities or associations that administer affordable housing programs will be eligible. Each entry must be limited to one specific development initiative. Examples of such initiatives are new development or construction, green initiatives, property improvements, or out-of-the-box financing.

Criteria: To apply for the 2017 NMA Development Award, all applicants must respond to the following in 1500 words or less.

  • Describe the housing authority’s / association’s most significant accomplishment in development over the past 12 months.
  • Describe the individual achievement by your employees that helped your agency reach your goal.
  • Describe the lasting impact of such development on the community served.

2017 NMA Resident Service Award

The NMA Resident Service Award is sponsored by NMA to recognize housing authorities who are leaders in the affordable housing industry through their community outreach and efforts to improve the future of the families they serve. One award will be given to an agency with 1250 or more units and one to an agency with 1249 or fewer units. Unit size is based on the total number of housing units.

Eligibility: Housing authorities or associations that administer affordable housing programs will be eligible. Each entry must be limited to one specific service initiative. Examples of such initiatives are self-sufficiency programs, community projects, education, or other resident or participant initiatives.

Criteria: To apply for the 2017 NMA Resident Service Award, all applicants must respond to the following in 1500 words or less.

  • Describe the housing authority’s / association’s most significant accomplishment in service over the past 12 months.
  • Describe the individual achievement by your employees that helped your agency reach your goal.
  • Describe the lasting impact of such social achievements on the community served.

You can download the entry form on our website. Go here to read about last year's winners. If you have any questions, email us at marketing@nanmckay.com. We look forward to reading your entries!

Topics: NMA Housing Awards, Program News and Notices, The Housing Conference

Housing conference photos, NMA news, and more

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

Hats off to the 2016 NMA Housing Awards winners!

Posted by NMA on Sep 20, 2016 4:13:08 PM

Yesterday at our fourth annual national housing conference in San Antonio, Nan McKay and Associates announced the four winners of the 2016 NMA Housing Awards. We first launched these awards nearly a decade ago to recognize excellence and innovation in the affordable housing industry.

Since then, we’ve been honored to read and evaluate a great number of worthy entries, and this year was no exception. Read on to learn more about this year’s winning agencies.

2016 Development Award
(Large Agency)

Barton Block
Indianapolis Housing Agency

Barton Tower is one of IHA’s largest and oldest public housing communities, set in an urban neighborhood vastly different than the one that existed in 1968 when the tower originally opened. During the last decade, the surrounding area became one of Indianapolis’ premier cultural districts, turning the site into incredibly valuable real estate. Facing pressure to close Barton Tower and sell the property, IHA instead chose to reinvest in the tower and develop the remaining, underused parcel into Barton Block. IHA used innovative mixed financing to create a community asset that includes public open space, new and renovated affordable housing, and new businesses while preserving 372 rehabbed public housing units.

2016 Development Award
(Small Agency)

Rockford Veterans Drop-In Center
Winnebago County Housing Authority

The Center provides supportive services to veterans and had been using shared, donated space with another nonprofit’s building. However, the Center was about to lose this space and the ability to provide services. When WCHA learned of the problem, they offered a large home recently acquired through the National Community Stabilization Trust (NCST) program as a rehab and repurposed building for the Center. The home was rehabbed over approximately 90 days, providing a like-new building with energy-efficient appliances, located next to public transportation and within a two-block radius of a pharmacy, retail shops, banks and restaurants. The work was so well-received that the city was able to pass a special zoning use permit in just 60 days.

2016 Resident Service Award
(Large Agency)

Conversation Over Pizza
Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority

In August of 2015, the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority launched a community initiative, Conversation Over Pizza, to provide a platform for residents to engage in productive dialogue. The goal of this resident-driven approach is to address the societal challenges faced by residents. CMHA, law enforcement, and community partners have facilitated ongoing focus groups to discuss and develop viable solutions for reducing crime, violence, and other community challenges. By raising awareness, listening to the community and working with residents, COP serves as a catalyst for building stronger community relationships and safer neighborhoods. This program is the first of its kind and has already been replicated by other cities, creating a national model that originated at CMHA.

2016 Resident Service Award
(Small Agency)

Full Circle Wrenching Crew
Lawrence-Douglas County Housing Authority

Full Circle is a year-round out-of-school program that provides youth receiving housing assistance with a positive and structured environment at no charge. Programs focus on empowering youth to develop new skills by trying new activities. As part of the program, children earned refurbished bicycles, helmets, lights, and locks. Once participants chose their bicycles, they learned how to properly put on a helmet, use and care for their bicycles and equipment, and ride safely. Full Circle Wrenching Crew promotes a can-do mentality along with the values of leadership, cooperation, and volunteerism by working with young people in a way that addresses their needs and wants. The responsibility, leadership, and maintenance skills gained through the program will benefit the participants for years to come.

The NMA Housing Awards is an annual event created to honor agencies that build bridges to the future and generate real change in their communities and the affordable housing industry. Entries for the 2017 awards will open this spring.

Topics: energy efficiency, mixed financing, NMA Housing Awards, Program News and Notices, The Housing Conference, veterans

Agenda now available for 2016 national conference

Posted by NMA on Jun 22, 2016 11:23:46 AM

Just one week left for early bird pricing! Register by June 30 to receive the best rates for The Housing Conference.

The updated agenda is now available here. Industry experts will present sessions and panels on the latest topics in affordable housing, including:

  • Affirmatively furthering fair housing (AFFH) final rule
  • Community partnerships
  • Community Development Block Grants (CDBG)
  • Creating an ongoing leasing plan
  • Family self-sufficiency and resident opportunities
  • Insurance for development projects
  • Rent reasonableness
  • Technology strategies
  • Strategies for success in HCV audits
  • Upcoming legislation
  • New inspection protocol for the voucher program
  • Best practices in managing portability
  • Best practices in managing VASH vouchers
  • Best practices in preventing shortfall
  • Best practices in public housing unit turnover and vacancy tracking
  • RAD post-closing operational transition for PBRA and PBV
  • What to consider before applying for the MTW program

Presented by NMA and HAI Group, this year's conference in San Antonio, Texas, will also feature a roundtable panel session with NMA Housing Awards winners.

The Housing Conference

Visit our website to register!

Topics: CDBG, fair housing, FSS, HAI Group, inspections, MTW, NMA Housing Awards, Partnerships, PBRA, PBV, portability, Program News and Notices, RAD, rent reasonableness, ROSS, The Housing Conference, UPCS-V, VASH

Four more weeks to enter the NMA Housing Awards!

Posted by NMA on May 3, 2016 11:21:40 AM

Have you sent us your application yet for the 2016 NMA Housing Awards? Entries are due Tuesday, May 31, 2016. Entries must be postmarked or emailed by that date.

If you haven't entered yet, now is your opportunity to share all the amazing work your agency has done for the community. This year, we’re excited to announce the debut of two new award categories: the NMA Development Award and the NMA Resident Service Award. As in previous years, four awards are up for nomination:

  • NMA Development Award (Large Agency)
  • NMA Development Award (Small Agency)
  • NMA Resident Service Award (Large Agency)
  • NMA Resident Service Award (Small Agency)

The NMA Housing Awards is an annual event created to honor agencies that build bridges to the future and generate real change in their communities and the affordable housing industry. Award winners will be presented with an engraved trophy at The Housing Conference this September in San Antonio, Texas.

You can download the entry form on our website. Go here to read about last year’s winners. If you have any questions, email us at marketing@nanmckay.com. Best of luck, and we look forward to reading your entries!

Topics: NMA Housing Awards, Program News and Notices, The Housing Conference

Register now for free Q&As at The Housing Conference

Posted by NMA on Apr 19, 2016 10:18:29 AM

Signups for Q&A sessions at The Housing Conference are now open!

We're thrilled to be taking our fourth annual national housing conference to San Antonio this September. Included with every conference registration is the opportunity to reserve a free, one-hour Q&A session with one of our NMA experts, including Nan herself!

If you’re registered for the conference and want to sign up for a session, click here and reserve your time now. The Q&A sessions are limited to registered attendees and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Presented by NMA and HAI Group, this year's conference will feature informative and insightful sessions and panels on the latest industry topics. We'll also be announcing the winners of the 2016 NMA Housing Awards.

The Housing Conference

Visit our website to register!

The conference will spotlight three tracks this year: an executive track, a regulatory track, and a hands-on track. Stay tuned for session details soon.

Topics: HAI Group, NMA Housing Awards, Partnerships, Program News and Notices, The Housing Conference

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