Affordable Housing News

From the Desk of John McKay: 9.14.2017

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

John McKayOur fifth 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 Boston, Massachusetts. To view the gallery of photos from the event, go here. I’d like to extend a warm thank-you to our generous sponsors, GoSection8 and HAI Group, who helped make the conference a very special event.

It was a real joy to have wonderful conversations with so many passionate and insightful members of our industry who appreciate the particular challenges and successes we all navigate, whether new to affordable housing or an old pro. I continue to be inspired by all of the ways you're improving the lives of the families in your communities. For some more incredible achievements, go here to read about the honorees of the 2017 NMA Housing Awards.

If you missed us in Boston, we'd love to say hi to you at another event! The NMA team will be attending a couple of conferences next month. I'll be attending national NAHRO, and you can meet Sheryl Putnam and Samantha Sowards at the New England Affordable Housing Management Association (NEAHMA). Stop by our booth, pick up some goodies, and chat with us!

Stay tuned for more updates!

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, HAI Group, NMA Housing Awards, The Housing Conference

Announcing: The winners of the 2017 NMA Housing Awards!

Posted by NMA on Aug 29, 2017 10:06:04 AM

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Last week at our fifth annual national housing conference in Boston, Nan McKay and Associates announced the winners of the 2017 NMA Housing Awards. We first launched these awards 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.

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2017 Development Award
Large Agency

Valencia Grove
Housing Authority of the County of San Bernardino

Built in 1942, Valencia Grove wasthe first public housing site built in the County of San Bernardino. The original 115 public housing unit site was long overdue for a major revitalization. In 2013, the Housing Authority of the County of San Bernardino (HACSB) and its’ affiliate non‐profit developer, Housing Partners I, Inc. began the revitalization of its first public housing site in Redlands. The revitalization of this public housing site consists of a three pronged innovative approach: 1) demolition through a deconstruction/construction program; 2) use of factory‐built modular units; and 3) transitioned away from a traditional public housing site to a mixed‐used community (eventually to include homeownership), with a multi‐use educational and recreational facility.

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2017 Development Award
Small Agency

Richards Crossing
Nevada Rural Housing Authority

NRHA has been instrumental in the development of the supportive housing project, Richards Crossing in Carson City. This innovative and unique new construction project is highly needed in the area and the first of its kind in northern Nevada. Richards Crossing includes 38 affordable housing units developed specifically for the homeless and extremely low-income individuals. Eight units will be reserved for chronically homeless veterans who receive rental assistance from the U.S. Veterans Administration (VA), while the other 30 units will receive Section 8 project-based rental assistance.

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2017 Development Award
Honorable Mention

Legacy Commons
Fresno

Legacy Commons is a brand new innovative multi-family housing community in southwest Fresno. Designed to provide high-quality, affordable housing with modern amenities and on site services, the Mediterranean style apartment homes consists of one, two, three, and four bedroom apartment homes for a total of 128 units. Legacy Commons offers several impactful amenities including a community multi-purpose room with a kitchen, on site recording studio, fitness center, play structures and a swimming pool.

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2017 Resident Service Award
Large Agency

Food Business Pathways
New York City Housing Authority

In 2014, NYCHA, NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS), and NYC Economic Development Corporation (EDC) with support from Citi Community Development and nonprofits Hot Bread Kitchen and Start Small Think Big collaborated in an unprecedented way to develop a full-scale business career accelerator called Food Business Pathways (FBP). Food Business Pathways is part of Doorways to Opportunity, a $1.4 million investment from Citi Community Development to expand access to economic opportunities through a network of community services.

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2017 Resident Service Award
Large Agency

M.O.V.E.
Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority

The Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA) developed the M.O.V.E. Program in November of 2015. M.O.V.E. stands for Motivate, Opportunity, Vision and Empowerment and focuses on providing employment, job training, educational opportunities and support services to the Asset Management residents, Housing Choice Voucher participants, and Section 3 residents. That effort increases their chances of becoming economically self-sufficient.

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2017 Resident Service Award
Small Agency

Summer BreakSpot Mobile Program
Broward County Housing Authority

Broward County Housing Authority (BCHA) partnered with community agencies in an innovative program called Summer BreakSpot Mobile Program (SBSP) of Broward County to provide nutritious lunches and snacks to local children/young adults ages 0-18. The program operates in summer months from June through August, and combines healthy food choices with nutrition education, cooking demonstrations, a literacy program, physical fitness, personal enrichment workshops, and other fun activities. At its inception the program started with 7 feeding sites and as of summer 2016 it has grown to host 75 locations, which includes over 60 community partners.

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 2018 awards will open this spring.

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

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

GoSection8 Software Demonstration

Posted by NMA on Aug 11, 2017 5:00:00 AM

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

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 Boston later this month.

Best Practices for Program Success

GoSection8 Software Demonstration

Presenters:
Richard Cupelli, GoSection8.com
Frank Gualtieri, GoSection8.com
Dominic Muttillo, GoSection8.com

GoSection8 has been busy building the most advanced version of rent reasonableness software ever designed: RentWatch 5 and a new dashboard interface. We are 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.

 

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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: GoSection8, 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

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