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2017 MTW conference now open to all PHAs!

Posted by NMA on Mar 16, 2017 10:11:54 AM

Registration for the annual Moving to Work (MTW) national conference in Washington, DC, is now open to all housing authorities! View the agenda online here.

Topics at the 2017 MTW conference include:

  • Strategies to Address Homelessness in Your Locality
  • University Studies Update: Evaluating Work Requirements, Term-Limits, and Rent Reform
  • Portfolio Management: What’s Next After Development?
  • Leveraging External Partnerships
  • Current Legislative Climate
  • Expanding Opportunity and Choice: Mobility and Place-Based Strategies
  • Rent Reform
  • Interventions in a Tough Rental Market
  • Administrative/Operational Streamlining in MTW PHAs
  • Serving Specialized Populations
  • Creating Local Non-Traditional Service Programs to Support Seniors
  • Leveraging MTW Flexibility to Create Local Development Strategies
  • And more!

In previous years, registration has been open only to MTW agencies, universities, and industry groups working with the MTW program. Due to upcoming program changes, and increased interest in applying for MTW status, this year's conference is open to all PHAs on a first-come, first-served basis. Space is limited to 2 registrations per agency, and we encourage you to register immediately, as the event is quickly nearing capacity.

2017 MTW Conference

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Topics: MTW, Partnerships, Program News and Notices, seniors and elderly, streamlining

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

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

Get certified in fair housing online with HTVN

Posted by NMA on Nov 17, 2016 9:19:11 AM

Get certified in fair housing without leaving your desk! We're excited to announce that we are now offering NMA's fair housing and reasonable accommodation seminar through our partner in online learning, HTVN. This comprehensive fair housing online training helps you ensure that you’re applying critical fair housing laws and addressing reasonable accommodations at all program levels.

NMA's longtime partnership with HTVN offers students the opportunity to enjoy many training options and earn a Nan McKay and Associates certification upon successful completion. NMA and HTVN are the only IACET-approved training and certification companies serving the affordable housing and public housing industries, which means you get the highest quality training plus the certification to show your achievement. IACET is a nonprofit association dedicated to quality continuing education and training programs, and is the only standard-setting organization approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) for continuing education and training.

Other available online NMA certifications include:

To register, go here or email And don't miss this blog post with tips to help you get the most out of your online training.

Topics: fair housing, HTVN, IACET, online learning, Partnerships, reasonable accommodation, Trainers and Consultants

SAHA CEO to speak at The Housing Conference

Posted by NMA on Sep 2, 2016 9:46:09 AM

Welcome from David Nisivoccia, Interim President and CEO, San Antonio Housing Authority

As interim president and CEO of the San Antonio Housing Authority, David Nisivoccia is responsible for the oversight and operation of the largest public housing authority in Texas and one of the largest PHAs in the nation. He will address conference attendees Monday, September 19.

Nisivoccia is successfully leading a number of SAHA’s community investments in planning and implementation phases, including Victoria Commons, a multi-phase, mixed-income community near San Antonio’s downtown, and the Wheatley Choice Neighborhood Initiative, in collaboration with the Eastside Promise Neighborhood, to revitalize the 248-unit Wheatley Courts public housing property and surrounding area. He currently oversees a workforce of more than 525 SAHA employees, an annual budget of $186 million, and assets valued at $500 million.

Originally hired as SAHA's chief operating officer, Nisivoccia has more than 20 years of executive and senior management experience in affordable housing. Prior to joining SAHA, he served in positions with the housing authorities of Fairfax County, Virginia; Clearwater, Florida; Tampa, Florida; and Fort Pierce, Florida, where he served as executive director and supervised the economic turnaround of the agency by expanding the agency's affordable housing portfolio and realigning the capital program strategy to improve efficiency.

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: Partnerships, The Housing Conference

Affordable Housing and CDBG-DR

Posted by NMA on Sep 1, 2016 9:26:23 AM

As NMA's director of consulting, Catherine Ures brings significant expertise in HUD's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, with the unique qualifications of having worked in a management capacity in both the public and private sectors. Her public service encompasses over a decade in municipal government in both the housing and redevelopment fields, with extensive experience managing the full lifecycle project development of multiple five-year strategic plans, housing elements, and several other assessments for planning purposes.

With over a decade of experience working in the affordable housing industry, NMA senior consultant Nathan Paufve has done everything from supervising a team of housing specialists to developing OIG responses, overseeing a document management team, serving as an internal auditor for PBCA operations in multiple states nationwide, and strategic planning related to Moderate Rehabilitation (Mod Rehab), project-based voucher, and housing choice voucher programs. Catherine and Nate will be presenting the following session on CDBG-DR at The Housing Conference.

Executive Leadership for Performance Excellence

Affordable Housing and CDBG-DR
Presenters, Catherine Ures and Nathan Paufve

CDBG-DR is a HUD program that provides flexible grants to help cities, counties, and states recover from disasters, especially in low-income areas. In response to disasters, Congress may devote additional funding for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program as disaster recovery grants to rebuild the affected areas and provide money to start the recovery process. Through CDBG disaster recovery (CDBG-DR) assistance, HUD helps communities and neighborhoods that otherwise might not recover due to limited resources.

Catherine Ures and Nathan Paufve head up a team that is currently running one of the most successful CDBG-DR home buyer assistance programs in the country. Since NMA began administering the program in Joplin, Missouri, in early 2014, their team has implemented highly successful operational efficiencies and enabled the City of Joplin to provide more than $12 million of assistance for nearly 500 closings. In this session, Catherine and Nate will provide an in-depth look at how the CDBG program works, including:

  • An overview of CDBG and CDBG-DR grants
  • How those grants are used in the creation of affordable housing
  • An overview of the types of housing programs that are allowable under those grants
  • Case study: Joplin, Missouri home buyer assistance program

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: CDBG, disaster programs, Partnerships, The Housing Conference

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