Affordable Housing News

HUD suspends mandatory SAFMRs

Posted by NMA on Aug 15, 2017 9:00:12 AM

govt-columns.jpgIn a letter to PHAs dated August 11, HUD announced that it has suspended the mandatory use of small area fair market rents (SAFMRs) for a period of two years. The suspension applies to 23 of the 24 metropolitan areas which had been selected to use SAFMRs beginning on October 1, 2017. The requirement has been suspended for two years, until October 1, 2019.

According to the letter, HUD decided to suspend the requirement for three reasons:

  • Interim findings of the SAFMR demonstration, in operation since 2012, indicate the need for further analysis of benefits and costs
  • Responses to HUD’s request for comments on regulatory reform recommended a suspension of the requirement
  • HUD has not yet provided guidance and technical assistance

The letter further states that PHAs may request permission from HUD to implement SAFMRs on a voluntary basis. Some PHAs may have already prepared for implementation and may wish to proceed. HUD will expedite the approval process for PHAs impacted by the suspension of mandatory SAFMRs.

PHAs designated to use 50th-percentile FMRs, for which the three-year authorization period did not expire before January 17, 2017, will continue to use them until October 1, 2019. These PHAs will then transition to the use of SAFMRs.

HUD plans to provide implementation guidance and training on all aspects of the rule, including voluntary use of SAFMRs and options for PHAs operating in 50th-percentile FMR jurisdictions. Questions may be directed to HUD field offices or to SAFMR_Rule@hud.gov.

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Topics: flat rent, FMR, PIH Alert, Program News and Notices

Hearings

Posted by NMA on Aug 15, 2017 5:00:00 AM

The Housing Conference | August 21-22, 2017 | Boston, MA

NMA senior trainer Rhonda Brown, an attorney, has served as a hearing officer for nearly a decade. In addition to handling both HCV and public housing hearings for PHAs in western Washington State, she is also a full-time administrative review judge for a state agency, where she has been hearing appeals and writing decisions for over 20 years. Rhonda, who currently teaches the NMA Hearing Officer Workshop, was also part of the team that developed the workshop. NMA is proud to have her present the following session at The Housing Conference next week.

Best Practices for Program Success

Hearings

Presenter:
Rhonda Brown, Senior Trainer, NMA

Don’t miss this valuable session on hearing best practices, including a due process review and the latest HUD updates. Refresh your due process practices, hear the latest HUD changes and requirements for your reviews and hearings, join in an open Q&A, and make sure your hearing decisions are bulletproof!

 

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The Housing Conference, presented by NMA, 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: hearing officer, Program News and Notices, The Housing Conference

Managing Your FSS Program and How to Start a New FSS Program in PBRA

Posted by NMA on Aug 14, 2017 12:35:26 PM

The Housing Conference | August 21-22, 2017 | Boston, MA

In her capacity with the San Diego Housing Commission, Patti Zatarian-Menard designed, developed, and implemented one of the nation’s largest and most successful family self-sufficiency programs. For the past two decades, she has worked with Nan McKay & Associates conducting training seminars nationally and undertaking consulting assignments on federally subsidized housing. Patti will present the following session at The Housing Conference next week.

Best Practices for Program Success

Managing Your FSS Program and How to Start a New FSS Program in PBRA

Presenter:
Patti Zatarian-Menard, Senior Associate Consultant, NMA

2017 marks the 25th anniversary of the Family Self-Sufficiency program. In this interactive session, we’ll highlight best practices learned during these years and explain FSS’ expansion to new housing programs. We’ll review with attendees the basic regulations for the FSS program and touch on major changes in key regulations in portability and PIC tracking and clarify the sometimes confusing relationships among FSS regulations in the various housing programs. This session will cover best practices in managing an effective FSS program with key, concrete suggestions for FSS excellence at all levels of the housing agency from executive management to supervisor to frontline case manager. We’ll detail the requirements, activities, and steps needed to start an FSS program for those PBRA agencies who have made the decision to join the Self-Sufficiency arena. The session will close with an introduction to HUD’s new best practices guide books and HUD’s upcoming 2017 FSS program evaluation results and the status of roll out of the new FSS program evaluation. Bring your questions for Q&A!

 

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The Housing Conference, presented by NMA, 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, PBRA, Program News and Notices, The Housing Conference

RAD PBRA: Prepare for Your First MOR

Posted by NMA on Aug 14, 2017 5:00:00 AM

The Housing Conference | August 21-22, 2017 | Boston, MA

Renee’ McTyeire is an accomplished, motivated, and goal-oriented trainer and consultant with a proven track record of managing, training, and consulting gained through more than two decades of progressive leadership experience in the multifamily housing industry, specifically property management and training. Since joining NMA in 2016, she has been the multifamily housing subject matter expert, training owners, agents, and PHAs in multifamily housing compliance, the RAD PBRA program, and customer service skills in affordable housing.

As an NMA trainer and consultant, Heather Wiedenfeld specializes in HUD’s multifamily program, teaching such NMA classes as Multifamily Specialist and RAD Project-Based Assistance (PBRA) Overview. Heather also currently serves as director of compliance at Syringa Property Management, where she oversees compliance for 78 low-income housing properties and responds to approximately 150 agency and investor inspections annually. She previously served as compliance manager and quality assurance auditor at the Idaho Housing & Finance Association. Together, Renee' and Heather will present the following session at The Housing Conference later this month.

Best Practices for Program Success

RAD PBRA: Prepare for Your First MOR

Presenters:
Renee' McTyeire, Trainer and Consultant, NMA
Heather Wiedenfeld, Trainer and Consultant, NMA

This session will cover the MOR process, including:

  • The 9834 Questionnaire
  • Major policies to be reviewed
  • File and rent calculation reviews
  • Findings
  • Scoring

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The Housing Conference, presented by NMA, 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: PBRA, Program News and Notices, The Housing Conference

PBV and RAD PBV

Posted by NMA on Aug 10, 2017 5:00:00 AM

The Housing Conference | August 21-22, 2017 | Boston, MA

With an exceptional knowledge of HUD regulations and longstanding expertise in providing a wide range of technical assistance, management training, and on-site expertise, NMA senior trainer and consultant Cydney Jones recently headed operations for NMA’s contract with one of the largest public housing authorities in the country.

With nearly four decades of affordable housing experience, Janice Stewart is regarded as one of the industry’s most knowledgeable and charismatic leaders. She is an accomplished operation executive with exceptional knowledge of administration and operation of all aspects of the HCV program, including MTW, FSS, Homeownership, Family Unification, PBV, RAD PBV, Welfare to Work, Mainstream Disability and Mobility Counseling. Janice has implemented some of the industry’s most innovative programs, including Owner Excellence Programs and many more. Cydney and Janice will be presenting the following session at the The Housing Conference in Boston, MA on August 21-22, 2017.

Best Practices for Program Success

PBV and RAD PBV

Presenters:
Cydney Jones, Senior Consultant and Trainer, NMA
Janice Stewart, Trainer and Consultant, NMA

The project-based voucher (PBV) program is growing by leaps and bounds due to the implementation of the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program, and so is HUD’s spotlight on these new programs. During this session, our expert trainers will discuss the best ways to manage your PBV program for maximum effectiveness and compliance. Within the last year there have been many changes to the PBV program due to the implementation of the Housing Opportunities Through Modernization Act (HOTMA). Knowing these changes and how they affect your program is paramount to fully maximizing the PBV units under contract and having a compliant program. Let us help you avoid the pitfalls of RAD PBV by sharing some of the industry “do’s” and “don’ts” in the PBV world.

 

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The Housing Conference, presented by NMA, 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: PBV, Program News and Notices, RAD, The Housing Conference

You Have HOME Funds? Now What?

Posted by NMA on Aug 8, 2017 5:00:00 AM

The Housing Conference | August 21-22, 2017 | Boston, MA

As director of professional development, Sheryl Putnam has spearheaded the development of several NMA seminars, including Blended Occupancy ManagementFundamentals of LIHTC Management, and our newest class, Multifamily Housing Specialist (MHS). Prior to joining Nan McKay and Associates in 2011, she managed the compliance department for a state housing finance agency, providing compliance oversight activities for the LIHTC, PBRA, and HOME programs.

Senior trainer Samantha Sowards has been a part of the NMA team since 2008. As NMA’s manager of curriculum development, Samantha oversees publications from concept and creation through the ongoing revision process, including NMA Master Books, model policies, and handbooks. Sheryl and Samantha will be presenting the following session at the The Housing Conference in Boston this month.

Regulatory Knowledge for Smart Management

You Have HOME Funds? Now What?

Presenters:
Sheryl Putnam, Director of Professional Development, NMA
Samantha Sowards, Manager of Curriculum Development, NMA

PHAs often use HOME funds as an additional funding source to fund a variety of activities, especially PHAs going through a RAD transition. The compliance requirements for the HOME program can be confusing and particularly complex. In this session, HOME experts Sheryl Putnam and Samantha Sowards will delve into how to maintain program compliance with the HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) after your project is built.

 

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The Housing Conference, presented by NMA, 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: HOME, Program News and Notices, The Housing Conference

Lessons from the Moving to Work (MTW) Demonstration

Posted by NMA on Aug 7, 2017 5:00:00 AM

The Housing Conference | August 21-22, 2017 | Boston, MA

As manager of research and industry intelligence at HAI Group's Public and Affordable Housing and Research Center (PAHRC), Dr. Keely Stater leverages nearly fifteen years of social science research to oversee PAHRC’s research activities and data holdings. Prior to working at HAI Group, Keely was an assistant professor at University of Georgia and has also taught at Trinity College and the University of Connecticut. As a researcher, her work includes publications on affordable housing, public administration, and civic engagement. Keely holds a PhD in sociology from the University of Notre Dame.

Executive Leadership for Performance Excellence

Lessons from the Moving to Work (MTW) Demonstration

Moderator:
Dr. Keely Stater, Manager of Research and Industry Intelligence, HAI Group’s Public and Affordable Housing Research Center

Panelists:
Jeff Davis, Executive Vice President and Chief of Staff, San Diego Housing Commission
Azucena Valladolid, Senior Vice President of Rental Assistance, San Diego Housing Commission

MTW agencies are able to create innovative solutions to local problems. This session will provide a brief overview of what we know about MTW agency innovations and their impact as well as real-life advice from an MTW agency. The session will also discuss best practices gleaned from MTW participation and how agencies can prepare to apply for the upcoming MTW expansion. Participants should come away from the session understanding the latest research findings and best practices for MTW agencies and what that might mean for their agency.

 

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The Housing Conference, presented by NMA, 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: MTW, Program News and Notices, The Housing Conference

And the winner of #TheHousingConference contest Is...

Posted by NMA on Aug 3, 2017 9:10:22 AM

The Housing Conference | August 21-22, 2017 | Boston, MA

Congratulations to Nadine Sullivan at Coastal Community Action, Inc., the winner of our #TheHousingConference contest! Nadine won a free registration to our fifth annual housing conference in Boston, MA on August 21-22. She will join the affordable housing industry’s thought leaders and groundbreakers as they share their wealth of knowledge and extensive experience. Thanks to everyone who participated!

The Housing Conference features two full days of outstanding sessions from top affordable housing professionals. Guests will choose from 15 expert-led sessions including:

Included with every conference registration comes the opportunity for a free, one-hour Q&A session with an NMA expert of your choice. Online Q&A registration ends Friday, August 11, so don’t wait to register for the conference and claim your free session!

Topics: Program News and Notices, The Housing Conference

Legislative Update with Nan McKay

Posted by NMA on Aug 2, 2017 11:48:32 AM

The Housing Conference | August 21-22, 2017 | Boston, MA

While serving as executive director of a Minnesota housing authority, Nan McKay started one of the nation’s first Section 8 programs. She has previously written for the NMA blog on the topic of executive management and high performance as well as stories from her fifty years in the housing industry.

With three decades of experience in welfare and public housing, Annie Stevenson shares her expertise in many ways at NMA, serving as a trainer to thousands of housing authority staff every year; as a technical researcher who analyzes and deciphers new HUD regulations; and as a technical writer, contributing to NMA Master Books, seminars, and model policies as well as writing the popular daily PIH Alert. Nan and Annie will be presenting the following session at The Housing Conference.

Regulatory Knowledge for Smart Management

Legislative Update with Nan McKay

Presenters:
Nan McKay, President, NMA
Annie Stevenson, Senior Trainer and Technical Writer, NMA

Learn “the latest and greatest” from technical expert Annie Stevenson and get the overall legislative perspective from Nan McKay. This is always one of our most popular sessions; don’t miss it! Nan and Annie will fill us in on the most important changes of 2017, plus a forecast of what’s ahead for 2018.

 

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Nan, Annie, and many other incredible presenters will be available for limited free one-hour Q&A sessions at the The Housing Conference this month in Boston, MA. Registered participants can sign up on a first-come, first-served basis now. Register online or email sales@nanmckay.com for more information.

Topics: Executive Team, final rule, HOTMA, Program News and Notices, The Housing Conference

NMA's Seminar Calendar for Q4 2017 is Now Available!

Posted by NMA on Jul 27, 2017 1:55:45 PM

affordable housing trainingWe’re pleased to announce the release of NMA's seminar calendar for the fourth quarter of 2017. You can view a list of the affordable housing training that Nan McKay and Associates is offering from now through December on this page at our website.

Start planning your fall training now and save! If you register at least 45 days in advance for most seminars, you’ll receive a 10 percent discount. (The discount does not apply to seminars hosted by housing authorities or associations.)

All NMA classes have been updated for the latest HUD rules and regulations, including Notice PIH 2017-08, Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 Guidance, which is applicable to both the public housing and HCV programs, including the project-based voucher (PBV) and moderate rehabilitation programs.

See the full schedule

Having trouble finding the class you want? We can bring the seminar to you. Email sales@nanmckay.com for more information about our affordable onsite training options.

Topics: books and revision services, PBV, Program News and Notices, VAWA

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