Affordable Housing News

Join the NMA team! Sign up for a Skype audition

Posted by NMA on Jul 24, 2017 12:21:28 PM

Join the NMA team! Have you ever thought that you'd make a great NMA trainer? Now's your chance to show us what you've got! Next week, we'll be holding open auditions via Skype for new NMA trainers. We have immediate openings for contract trainers with deep experience in the project-based voucher (PBV) program, including RAD PBV as well as experience in the public housing and housing choice voucher programs.

2017 Skype Auditions for NMA Contract Trainers

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

  • Must have a Skype account to participate
  • Download and complete this questionnaire
  • Email marketing@nanmckay.com with your resume and the completed questionnaire
  • If you are selected as a potential candidate, we'll contact you to set up an audition

Email us to get started!

Topics: Trainers and Consultants

Register now for the latest guidance

Posted by NMA on May 31, 2017 12:12:19 PM

Housing Help Sessions

What is a Housing Help Session, you ask? Our longtime customers will remember them previously known as Lunch ‘n’ Learns. They’re a very popular way to get the latest program guidance in a convenient two-hour online session.

Following is the schedule of Housing Help Sessions for summer 2017. The links below will take you to the registration page.


DATE CATEGORY TOPIC HOST
Fri. 6/30 VAWA Session The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) 2013
  • Learn what's new for your agency in VAWA 2013
  • Understand VAWA's basic requirements, including notification, confidentiality, and how VAWA applies to both applicants and participants
  • PIH Alert subscribers save $30 on registration
Annie Stevenson
Fri. 7/14 PBV Session Changes to the PBV Program under HOTMA
  • Learn how HUD's HOTMA implementation notice affects the project-based voucher (PBV) program
  • Major changes include when the PHA inspects units, the number of PBV units in the project, the definition of excepted units, the definition of PHA-owned units, and the length of the PBV HAP contract
  • PIH Alert subscribers save $30 on registration
Samantha Sowards

Topics: HOTMA, Housing Help Sessions, PBV, PIH Alert, Program News and Notices, Trainers and Consultants, VAWA

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

Keynote Speech: Infinite Possibilities

Posted by NMA on Sep 7, 2016 9:30:50 AM

Steve Murphy will be presenting the keynote speech at The Housing Conference

Stephen D. Murphy, a senior consulting partner for The Ken Blanchard Companies, has a very entertaining, motivating, dynamic, and eye-opening facilitation style. He creates enthusiasm among his clients during the workshops, empowering them to turn conceptual information into methods they can use back at their job. As a result, people leave with a positive and memorable learning experience, work more effectively, increase their productivity, and achieve greater success.

Keynote Speech: Infinite Possibilities
Presenter, Steve Murphy

Infinite possibilities! That’s the mindset that can drive innovation, develop creativity, and produce amazing results. How do we maintain that mindset when surrounded by a tsunami of change and uncertainty? How do we continue to be passionate and mission-driven when faced with obstacles, both real and imagined? Steve Murphy, a senior consulting partner with The Ken Blanchard Companies, will fire up the “Change” grill and cook up some ideas to help you:

  • Stay focused, positive, AND proactive during these uncertain times.
  • Incorporate a more “change-adaptive” mindset.
  • Unclutter your thinking to consider new ideas and solutions.
  • Realistically manage your day-to-day activities in the face of the unknown.

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: The Housing Conference, Trainers and Consultants

The Best Defense Is a Good Offense: Strategies for Success in HCV Audits

Posted by NMA on Aug 30, 2016 10:29:34 AM

John Achuff will be leading a session on strategies for HCV audits at The Housing Conference this September in San Antonio

John Achuff has been an NMA trainer for nearly a decade and currently serves as assistant director at a very large housing authority in the Midwest, where he manages 17,000 housing choice vouchers, 2,700 project based vouchers, 1,200 moderate rehabilitation units, and the housing authority's waiting lists. He possesses a broad base of program knowledge, having taught nearly every NMA seminar, with a focus on regulatory knowledge, program management, quality control, SEMAP, and single file audit. He will be presenting the following session at The Housing Conference next month.

Best Practices for Program Success

The Best Defense Is a Good Offense: Strategies for Success in HCV Audits
Presenter, John Achuff

Back for the second year by popular demand! In this interactive session, we'll cover best practices for administering the HCV program in a manner that minimizes the number of audit findings and increases the chance of becoming a high performer under SEMAP. The strategies are broken into two categories: 1) how to prevent errors and increase accuracy the first time transactions are processed (offensive moves); 2) how to effectively develop a quality control program to detect errors on the back end (defensive moves).

In offensive moves, we'll focus on suggested criteria for hiring the best candidates, developing the right training program, using tools and technology to increase accuracy, and employing coaching techniques to improve performance of staff. In defensive moves, we'll discuss suggestions for developing an effective quality control program, using reports to detect errors and discrepancies in a more efficient way, establishing additional safeguards for the finance team, and preparing for audits. This session will give HCV directors, supervisors, and staff useful guidelines and expert tips to establish the right combination of offense and defense to foster success in the HCV program.

John and other industry experts will be available for limited free one-hour Q&A sessions at The Housing Conference to registered participants. Don’t delay, signups close this Friday! Register online or email sales@nanmckay.com for more information.

Topics: quality control, SEMAP, The Housing Conference, Trainers and Consultants

Managing Portability

Posted by NMA on Jul 7, 2016 9:33:00 AM

NMA senior trainer Gail Gillispie will be presenting a session on portability at The Housing Conference in San Antonio

Gail Gillispie brings to her position as NMA senior trainer extensive knowledge of federally subsidized housing programs and two decades of experience in property management and development. Her knowledge and experience are complemented by a keen aptitude for analysis, an informed perspective on housing issues, a vivacious personality, and superb communication and presentation skills. Gail will be presenting the following session at The Housing Conference this September in San Antonio, Texas.

Regulatory Knowledge for Smart Management

Managing Portability
Presenter, Gail Gillispie

Portability is always a hot topic, and with the recent issuance of Notice PIH 2016-09, many PHAs have more questions than answers. We'll cover the new notice in depth, including its changes related to last year's streamlining portability final rule. This session will also focus on the responsibilities of both the initial and receiving PHAs and how to track key portability functions. To manage the portability process effectively, you must create systems and tools to monitor and track the status of portable families. We will be utilizing the HUD-52665 Family Portability Information form to outline the process and provide you with a tool to successfully track the status of portable families.

Gail and other industry experts are available for limited free one-hour Q&A sessions at The Housing Conference to registered participants. Don’t delay, signups are first-come, first-served! Register online or email sales@nanmckay.com for more information.

Topics: final rule, PIH notices, portability, streamlining, The Housing Conference, Trainers and Consultants

Using HUD’s Two-Year Forecasting Tool to Create an Ongoing Leasing Plan

Posted by NMA on Jun 30, 2016 9:56:49 AM

NMA senior consultant Teri Robertson will be presenting a hands-on workshop for creating an ongoing HCV leasing plan

NMA senior consultant Teri Robertson is nationally recognized as a leading expert in HCV and Section 8. She has written for the NMA blog about HCV administrative fees, how to maximize your agency’s performance rating, and working with sequestration in the HCV program. Teri will be presenting the following session at The Housing Conference in San Antonio this September.

Best Practices for Program Success

Using HUD’s Two-Year Forecasting Tool to Create an Ongoing Leasing Plan
Presenter, Teri Robertson

Join us for this hands-on workshop and discover how to eliminate leasing events in the HCV program! You'll learn how to tweak HUD’s two-year forecasting tool to create an ongoing HCV leasing plan showing:

  • How many families to select from the waiting list
  • When to select the families
  • How leasing activities will impact utilization

We’ll provide you with an Excel tool to track eligibility success rates, so you can base the number of families to select from the waiting list on factual, historical information. Presenter Teri Robertson will demonstrate how to create a plan for selecting families every month to avoid those disruptive leasing events. As an added bonus, she'll demonstrate how to perform a rent burden analysis to determine whether higher payment standards are in fact justified.

Register online or email sales@nanmckay.com for more information. Don’t delay, less than 24 hours left for early bird pricing!

Topics: eligibility, HCV utilization, The Housing Conference, Trainers and Consultants

Best Practices in Public Housing Unit Turnover and Vacancy Tracking

Posted by NMA on Jun 29, 2016 9:28:00 AM

 

Terry Provance will be presenting a session at The Housing Conference in San Antonio on best practices in public housing unit turnover and vacancy tracking

Terry Provance has been a trainer and consultant at Nan McKay and Associates since 1999. He recently took the lead role in creating and developing NMA’s public housing occupancy tracking tool, which can be used by any rental development, whether or not it’s HUD-assisted, including mixed finance and LIHTC properties. Terry will be presenting the following session at The Housing Conference in San Antonio this September.

Best Practices for Program Success

Best Practices in Public Housing Unit Turnover and Vacancy Tracking
Presenter, Terry Provance

Join us for this hands-on public housing occupancy workshop! We’ll review:

  • How occupancy rate and turnaround time affect revenue to the project and PHA
  • Private sector strategies for occupancy
  • Calculating vacant unit turnaround time
  • Tracking performance and identifying problem areas
  • Incorporating  the monitoring of unit turnaround time in the public housing quality control program

Register online or email sales@nanmckay.com for more information. Don’t delay, less than 48 hours left for early bird pricing!

Topics: occupancy, quality control, The Housing Conference, Trainers and Consultants

Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Final Rule

Posted by NMA on Jun 27, 2016 11:16:44 AM

NMA senior trainer Annie Stevenson will be presenting a session at The Housing Conference in San Antonio covering the AFFH final rule

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. Annie will be presenting the following session on the AFFH final rule at The Housing Conference in San Antonio this September.

Regulatory Knowledge for Smart Management

Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Final Rule
Presenter, Annie Stevenson

In this session, NMA fair housing expert Annie Stevenson will cover everything you need to know about the affirmatively furthering fair housing final rule. She'll discuss the background leading up to the AFFH final rule, new definitions included in the final rule, the newly-required assessment of fair housing (AFH) which replaces the previous analysis of impediments (AI), AFH alternatives for housing authorities, and how to use the AFH tool.

Annie and other industry experts are available for limited free one-hour Q&A sessions at The Housing Conference to registered participants. Don’t delay, signups are first-come, first-served! Register online or email sales@nanmckay.com for more information.

Topics: fair housing, final rule, The Housing Conference, Trainers and Consultants

Take FSS and ROSS Programs to a New High

Posted by NMA on Jun 23, 2016 11:05:49 AM

Patti Zatarain-Menard, the nation's foremost expert on family self-sufficiency, will be leading a session on FSS at The Housing Conference this year

In her capacity with the San Diego Housing Commission, Patti Zatarain-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. You can read her five tips for a successful FSS program here. Patti will be presenting the following session at The Housing Conference this September in San Antonio, Texas.

Best Practices for Program Success

Take FSS and ROSS Programs to a New High
Presenter, Patti Zatarain-Menard

  • Improve the HCV and public housing bottom line with these two self-sufficiency programs
  • Reduce legal vulnerability by improving FSS and ROSS policies
  • Be ready for FSS and ROSS new program evaluation from HUD, coming in 2017—no more logic model!

In this interactive session, you'll learn how to calculate your likely return on investment in the FSS and ROSS programs with key, concrete steps. Patti Zatarain-Menard, the nation's foremost expert in FSS, will detail the policies needed to ensure high quality self-sufficiency services and reduce possible legal challenges. She will introduce, for the first time, HUD's proposed FSS and ROSS program evaluation—giving you the lead in self-sufficiency compliance and excellence for the FY 2017 rollout. Finally, she'll set all of this in a quick review of HUD's actual requirements for these programs, including a fast-paced Q&A to catch any concerns.

Patti will also be available for free one-on-one Q&A sessions at the The Housing Conference this September in San Antonio, Texas. Registered participants can sign up on a first-come, first-served basis now. Register online or email sales@nanmckay.com for more information.

Topics: FSS, ROSS, The Housing Conference, Trainers and Consultants

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