Affordable Housing News

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 sales@nanmckay.com. 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

Building Strong Communities through Partnerships: Case Studies

Posted by NMA on Aug 30, 2016 12:07:15 PM

Rendering of the Selma Revitalization Development project in Fresno, where the Fresno Housing Authority is tearing down an old Selma housing development for a clean start on a revitalization project that will double the number of affordable apartments on the property.

As president and CEO of the Housing Authority of the City of Austin, Michael Gerber has more than 20 years of experience in the public sector, and also currently serves as the executive director of Austin Pathways, overseeing all administrative and programmatic activities.

Building on more than two decades of experience in housing development and policy, Preston Prince took the helm of the Fresno Housing Authority in 2007, following six years as executive director of the Aurora, Colorado Housing Authority. Michael and Preston will be presenting the following session at The Housing Conference in San Antonio next month.

Executive Leadership for Performance Excellence

Building Strong Communities through Partnerships: Case Studies
Presenters:
Michael Gerber, President and CEO, Housing Authority of the City of Austin
Preston Prince, CEO, Fresno Housing Authority

Housing authorities are judged by output indicators. And yet, housing authorities are community change agents, not just managers of housing and programs, charged with the responsibility to transform neighborhoods and to increase opportunities for low-income families. Participate in a lively conversation that will highlight how partnerships help the housing authorities in Austin, Texas and Fresno, California to achieve successful outcomes. Successful partnerships to be discussed will be in a wide variety of areas, including ending homelessness, increasing academic achievement for children, creating new development, making programs efficient, boosting employment and wage progression, improving health, and enhancing advocacy.

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: FSS, Partnerships, The Housing Conference

Insurance 411 for Development Projects

Posted by NMA on Aug 22, 2016 11:31:17 AM

Lynn Crisci, assistant director of product development for HAI Group, will present a session on insurance for development projects at The Housing Conference

Nan McKay and Associates is a proud partner of HAI Group, a family of companies serving the public and affordable housing community, including HousingHub, HTVN, and the Public and Affordable Housing Research Corporation (PAHRC). As a co-sponsor of The Housing Conference, HAI Group will be presenting the following session at the conference in San Antonio this September.

Executive Leadership for Performance Excellence

Insurance 411 for Development Projects
Presenter, Lynn Crisci of HAI Group

Lynn Crisci brings 30 years of industry experience creating unique customer solutions to HAI Group, where she leads the team that develops new and revised insurance products and programs to serve the needs of the public and affordable housing industries.

This workshop is designed to provide participants with a working knowledge of what’s requested at time of closing, and why. Using actual documents from investors, state agencies, and others, we’ll break things down to plain English and give you the tools your organization needs to understand when you can push back, and what you should expect once the project gets rolling. Participants will have hands-on opportunities to read and assess insurance requests using the knowledge gained in the session.

  • This quick-paced, informative session will include real-life examples of what goes right, and the consequences when things go wrong.
  • Participants are encouraged to submit examples of insurance requirements in advance to allow the presentation to be tailored to best meet the needs of the group.
  • This session will not identify or recommend particular investment firms, developers, insurance carriers, or specific services or products.

This is an interactive workshop. We encourage you to submit examples of your agency's insurance requirements to marketing@nanmckay.com prior to the conference so that the presentation may be tailored to meet your needs.

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: HTVN, Partnerships, The Housing Conference

Technology Strategies for PHAs to Thrive In A Changing Industry

Posted by NMA on Aug 22, 2016 11:00:31 AM

Dave Sagers, director of market intelligence for HAI Group, will present a session on technology strategies at The Housing Conference

Nan McKay and Associates is a proud partner of HAI Group, a family of companies serving the public and affordable housing community, including HousingHub, HTVN, and the Public and Affordable Housing Research Corporation (PAHRC). As a co-sponsor of The Housing Conference, HAI Group will be presenting the following session at the conference in San Antonio this September.


Executive Leadership for Performance Excellence

Technology Strategies for PHAs to Thrive In A Changing Industry
Presenter, Dave Sagers of HAI Group

As director of market intelligence for HAI Group, Dave Sagers has spent several years analyzing housing authorities' strategies, challenges, key processes, and opportunities for operational improvement. This session will leverage industry research and PHA experiences to focus on:

  • Trends impacting PHAs, including regulatory streamlining, LIHTC real estate development, HUD's Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD), and the Moving to Work (MTW) expansion
  • How PHA business models, strategies, and needs are changing in response
  • How technology is and can be strategically leveraged to support these strategies

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: HTVN, LIHTC, MTW, Partnerships, RAD, streamlining, The Housing Conference

Go8 Software Demonstration: Get a First Look at the New RentWatch5 Housing Authority Dashboard

Posted by NMA on Aug 4, 2016 10:20:03 AM

Go8 owner and president Richard Cupelli, presenting a session on rent reasonableness software at the inaugural 2013 conference

Nan McKay and Associates is a proud partner of GoSection8.com, the largest rental listing service for the Section 8 housing program, serving tenants, landlords, and public housing agencies across the United States since 2004. Go8's rent reasonableness software experts will be presenting the following session at at The Housing Conference in San Antonio this September.

Best Practices for Program Success

Go8 Software Demonstration: Get a First Look at the New RentWatch5 Housing Authority Dashboard
Presenters, Richard Cupelli, Frank Gualtieri, and Dominic Muttillo, GoSection8.com

GoSection8 has been busy building the most advanced version of rent reasonableness software ever designed — RentWatch5 and a new dashboard interface. GoSection8 is always innovating with new features and enhancements; we solicited feedback from several agencies and built this software from the ground up. Our panel of experts will be available to answer any questions you have during this interactive session.

To learn more about how you can bring Go8 to your agency, email sales@nanmckay.com.

Topics: GoSection8, Partnerships, rent reasonableness, The Housing Conference

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

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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

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