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Meet the NMA team: Betty Turner

Posted by BEMuser on Mar 6, 2014 9:38:02 AM

Betty TurnerToday in the NMA "Meet the Team" interview series, we sit down with senior associate trainer Betty Turner. With longstanding expertise in subjects including transition to asset management, supervision, and working with commissioners, Ms. Turner frequently trains popular NMA classes such as Public Housing Management, Public Housing Specialist, Supervision and Management, and Hearing Officer Workshop.

Tell us about your work experience.

I have over 25 years of experience in the affordable housing industry and have worked in both public housing and Section 8.

How did you get your start in the industry?

I ended up in the industry because I needed a job! I had no clue what a housing authority was about — in fact, I didn't know the government was even involved in housing!

How many years have you been at NMA?

Nine years. Ten years this September.

Education credentials and professional organizations?

B.S. in business administration, and some graduate school. I'm semi-retired now, so I don't do a lot with professional organizations anymore.

What’s one topic you’re most passionate about in the affordable housing industry?

Public housing management. You have an opportunity to work with the whole family in a very meaningful way.

What's your favorite part about your job?

I love training, especially when I see the class participants really getting it!

Describe your typical work day?

Up at 5:30 a.m., in the training room by 6:45 a.m., no lunch, out of the training room about 6 p.m.

Tell us about a successful project that you had a part in.

A collaboration with the social services department in assisting kids aging out of foster care with eligibility for family unification Section 8 vouchers.

Hobbies outside of work?

Movies! There's just something magical about sitting in a large, dark room full of strangers eating popcorn.

NMA senior associate trainer Betty Turner honed her creative team-building skills over more than three decades as executive director of both large and medium-sized PHAs.

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Topics: Asset Management, Commissioners, Foster Children, Hearing Officer, Meet the NMA team, Public Housing Management, Supervision

The top 10 blog posts of 2013

Posted by BEMuser on Dec 4, 2013 9:49:40 AM

Nan McKay Three of this year's top ten posts were written by NMA founder Nan McKay, who is celebrating her 50th year in housing.
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Topics: Government Shutdown, Hearing Officer, NMA Housing Awards, Reasonable Accommodation, Sequestration, The Housing Conference

New NMA conference sessions and one-on-one consulting

Posted by NMA on Aug 29, 2013 3:32:22 PM

One week left to register for the 2013 NMA Housing Conference and GoSection8 User Conference! New track sessions and signups for one-on-one consulting have just been announced. To read the full list of sessions, go here.

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Topics: Asset Management, Blended Occupancy, Commissioners, EIV, Eligibility, Executive Management, Fair Housing, HCV utilization, Hearing Officer, HQS, Inspections, LIHTC, Maintenance, NMA Housing Awards, Occupancy, PBRA, PBV, PHAS, Program Management, Quality Control, RAD, Rent Calculation, SEMAP, Supervision, The Housing Conference

Working with sequestration in the public housing program: Tip #6

Posted by NMA on Apr 22, 2013 11:47:03 AM

Cara GilletteAs we know, public housing funding for April is at a 73% proration level. HUD plans to issue a second funding to bring the April proration level up to 79%.

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Topics: Budget Cuts, Flat Rent, Hearing Officer, Rent Calculation, Rent Reasonableness, Sequestration, Utilities

Ask the Experts: Join us next week to discuss sequestration

Posted by NMA on Mar 4, 2013 1:06:33 PM

Teri RobertsonNext week, NMA's Teri Robertson will be hosting a telephone conference to discuss sequestration. (For some background, browse the #sequestration tag.) The session will cover:

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Topics: Ask the Experts, Budget Cuts, HCV utilization, Hearing Officer, HQS, Notice PIH 2013-03, PIH notices, Quality Control, Recertification, Sequestration

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