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  • Friday, October 14
  • Friday, October 14

    Plenary Session

    Opening Plenary Session

    Opening Plenary Session

    Concurrent Sessions

    The Washington Report, Part 1

    • John Bohm, National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials, Washington, D.C. ;
    • Tess Hembree, National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials, Washington, D.C.
    Congress has departed Washington for the final time prior to the potentially landscape-changing 2016 general election. NAHRO Congressional Relations staff John Bohm and Tess Hembree will discuss in a town-hall style conversation what work on housing and community development programs Congress still needs to address after the election in the “lame duck” session and what is likely to be deferred to the new Congress in 2017. NAHRO staff will also provide an update on the successful August recess advocacy campaign and discuss the ongoing October advocacy campaign.

    The Washington Report, Part 1

    Creating Book-Rich Housing Communities

    • Betsey Martens, CME, NAHRO Past President, Boulder Housing Partners, Boulder, CO ;
    • Sunny Shaw, PHM, CME, Housing Authority of Pocatello, Pocatello, ID ;
    • William O. Russell III, CME, Sarasota Housing Authority, Sarasota, FL
    Books are important to the educational achievement for children. And yet, many of the children in low income communities are growing up without books in their home. Hear from national partners and public housing directors on the programs available to bring books into homes, as well as the logistics of acquiring and distributing books.

    Creating Book-Rich Housing Communities

    The New Dynamics of Catastrophic Events – Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Recovery

    • Gregg Fortner, Housing Authority of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA ;
    • Dan Nackerman, Housing Authority of Salt Lake City, Salt Lake City, UT ;
    • Cora McCorvey, Minneapolis Public Housing Authority, Minneapolis, MN ;
    • Robert Anderson, Housing Authority of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA
    Catastrophic events are no longer limited to natural disasters such as severe weather and earthquakes. Housing agencies annually prepare for these natural occurrences, but emergency officials recognize the necessity in planning and training for any level of catastrophic events that may result in mass casualties and destruction of property. During this session you will hear from housing professionals from across the country that managed and coordinated the immediate response and recovery following some of this nation’s worst crises; both natural and human facilitated occurrences.

    The New Dynamics of Catastrophic Events – Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Recovery

    HUD's Proposed Rule on Smoke-Free Housing: Background, Case Studies, and Best Practices

    • Mary Kurth, American Lung Association in Arizona, Phoenix, AZ ;
    • Karen Blumenfeld, Global Advisors on Smokefree Policy (GASP), Summit, NJ ;
    • Merrie Nichols Dixon, HUD Public Housing, Office of Legislation and Policy, Washington, DC ;
    • Darlene Huang, JD, Tobacco Control Legal Consortium at the Public Health Law Center, St. Paul, MN
    HUD's proposed rule on smoke-free housing would require each public housing agency (PHA) to implement smoke-free policies in public housing. The adoption of smoke-free policies has become a national trend in affordable housing over the past decade. Presenters will engage participants in discussions on the rule itself, the many benefits of creating smoke-free policies, and the implementation--how some PHAs have successfully made the transition to creating smoke-free environments.

    HUD's Proposed Rule on Smoke-Free Housing: Background, Case Studies, and Best Practices

    High Performer: Raising the Bar by Reaching New Heights with Your Employees

    • George Guy, Fort Wayne Housing Authority, Fort Wayne, IN ;
    • David A. Northern, SR, Lake County Housing Authority, Grayslake, IL ;
    • Alison Bloodhart, Bloodhart Consulting, Ossian, IN
    Your organization is striving to be a "High Performer". The key to success is within your employees. During this workshop participants will learn how to create the culture, set expectations and change his/her leadership style to make "High Performer" a reality. The panelists will discuss the vision and plan they had for their organization in reaching this goal.

    Handout 1 - High Performer: Raising the Bar by Reaching New Heights with Your Employees

    Handout 2 - High Performer: Raising the Bar by Reaching New Heights with Your Employees

    LIHTC 101

    • Donovan Duncan, Housing Authority, Cleveland, OH ;
    • Stacy L. Spann, Housing Opportunities Commission of Montgomery County, Kensington, MD
    Small and medium-sized agencies will learn about the fundamentals of applying for and using LIHTCs in their development projects. The instructors will discuss the history of the LIHTC program as well as conduct an in-department review of a LIHTC financial model. This training is beneficial to those personnel who are relatively inexperienced in the tax credit program.

    LIHTC 101

    Handout - LIHTC 101

    A Commissioner's Role in Imagining America's Promise: A Commissioner Roundtable Collaboration

    • Stan Quy, The Organizational Leadership Edge, Valley, NE ;
    • Deanna Wagner, Douglas County Housing Authority, Omaha, NE ;
    • Rick Leco, Commissioners Committee, Commissioner, North Attleboro, MA
    Veteran Commissioners will lead group discussions Imagining America's Promise for affordable housing and redevelopment. Each Commissioner will focus on two roles and responsibilities of Commissioners in achieving this conference theme. Key concept will be briefly presented and attendees will further discuss these concepts based on their unique experiences and perspectives. Participants will be rotated every 25 minutes to allow for their interaction with each of the presenters and their focus topics. Examples of focus areas include community engagement, public relations, strategic planning, visioning, and policy setting.

    A Commissioner's Role in Imagining America's Promise: A Commissioner Roundtable Collaboration

    Two Award-Winning Permanent Supportive Housing Developments Share Physical Design and Programming Success

    • Penny Hannegan, Boulder Housing Partners, Boulder, CO ;
    • Michele Christensen, Fort Collins Housing Authority, Fort Collins, CO ;
    • Lyndall Ellingson, Boulder Housing Partners, Boulder, CO
    Understand the services and approaches that can be used to address a community's most frequent utilizers of high cost services such as shelter beds, jail beds, emergency room services and medical care, thus reducing the burden of this high cost utilization on precious community dollars. Boulder Housing Partners’ Lee Hill and Fort Collins Housing Authority’s Redtail Ponds in Fort Collins Colorado have become successful, award winning projects. Learn how physical design elements and strategic programing can contribute to the overall success of Permanent Supportive Housing. Panelists will discuss both initial physical design considerations and day to day programming decisions such as staffing, leases, house rules, problems to expect, use of “Harm Reduction” philosophy, and more!

    Two Award-Winning Permanent Supportive Housing Developments Share Physical Design and Programming Success

    Concurrent Sessions (Continued)

    Amazing Legislative Advocacy Success Story: How CHRA Is Changing the Fate of Affordable Housing in Canada

    • Saeed Hajarizadeh, Deputy Director, Vancouver Housing Authority, Vancouver, WA ;
    • Jeff Morrison, Canadian Housing and Renewal Association (CHRA), Ottowa, Canada
    One year ago, Canadian affordable housing providers were dealing with a government that was not addressing the concerns of social housing providers, particularly at a time when federal operating agreements were beginning to expire. The Canadian Housing and Renewal Association (CHRA), a peer to NAHRO, helped to turn the tide before, during and after the Canadian federal election through a national education and advocacy campaign about affordable housing. CHRA succeeded in advocating on behalf of its members to convince federal decision-makers and the new Canadian government to choose a future where all Canadians can access and afford the type of housing that they need. In 2016, the new government invested $2.3 billion (Cdn) in social and affordable housing, and this summer launched a consultation process to design a National Housing Strategy. Bring your lunch; beverages and dessert provided.

    Amazing Legislative Advocacy Success Story: How CHRA Is Changing the Fate of Affordable Housing in Canada

    The Washington Report, Part II

    • Georgi Banna, National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials , Washington, D.C. ;
    • Eric Oberdorfer, Public and Affordable Housing, National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials, Washington, D.C. ;
    • Tushar Gurjal, Section 8 Programs, National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials, Washington, D.C. ;
    • Jenny Hsu, National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials, Washington, D.C.
    This session will focus on the latest policy proposals and regulations issued by HUD and other federal agencies. NAHRO Policy and Program Development staff will offer a comprehensive review of regulatory and programmatic developments in the housing and community Development arena.

    The Washington Report, Part II

    Legislative Network

    • John Bohm, National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials, Washington, D.C. ;
    • Tess Hembree, National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials, Washington, D.C. ;
    • Donald May, Adams County Housing Authority, Commerce City, CO ;
    • Chris Gouig, Alameda County Housing Authority, Hayward, CA ;
    • Jeff Morrison, Canadian Housing and Renewal Association (CHRA), Ottowa, Canada
    As a part of a realignment of the Legislative Network, the full group will meet in a session that is now open to non-Legislative Network members who are interested in taking their advocacy to the next level, as well as existing members of the Network. This session, aimed at advanced advocates, will outline the agenda for the Network going in to the critical Lame Duck session following the election and through the beginning of 2017 that will usher in a new Congress and a new Presidential Administration. NAHRO staff John Bohm and Tess Hembree will also provide advocacy insights on how to maximize the impact of your advocacy efforts both with the current 114th Congress and the incoming 115th Congress. Finally, guest speaker Jeff Morrison, CEO of the Canadian Housing and Renewal Association, will discuss the work being done in Canada on housing and community development issues.

    Legislative Network

    HUD Technology

    • Donald J. LaVoy, HUD PIH-REAC, Washington, D.C. ;
    • Patrick Evans, HUD PIH-REAC, Washington, D.C. ;
    • Daniel R. Williams, HUD PIH-REAC, Washington, D.C.
    HUD staff will showcase and provide updated information on the newest HUD technology. The UPCS-V voucher inspection interface will be displayed and demonstrated. Attendees will be walked through PIC-NG (Next Generation) system and will be shown the upcoming opportunities of these state of the art systems.

    Handout 1 - HUD Technology

    Handout 2 - HUD Technology

    I’m Now the Executive Director, What Have I Gotten Myself Into?

    • Renee Rooker, Walla Walla Housing Authority, Walla Walla, WA ;
    • Austin Sims, Lexington-Fayette Urban County Housing Authority, Lexington, KY ;
    • Christina M. Pegg, CEO, PHM, NAHRO Fellow, Joint Pacific County Housing Authority, Longview, WA ;
    • Richard C. Gentry, San Diego Housing Commission, San Diego, CA ;
    • James M. Inglis, Livonia Housing Commission, Livonia, MI
    After having dusted off your resume, applying for the Executive Directors position, interviewing and with all the excitement of being selected, are you now wondering What Have I Got Myself Into? Were you fully aware of local and Board politics, agency culture/challenges and the obstacles to moving the agency forward? There are certainly many do’s and don’ts and if problems arise, how do you address problem recovery? If you’re a new or tenured Executive, a panel of NAHRO Fellows will share experiences and offer guidance. This session is not for the faint of heart!

    I’m Now the Executive Director, What Have I Gotten Myself Into?

    How PHAs are Partnering with Continuums of Care to End Homelessness

    • Heather Rhoda, The Cloudburst Group, Landover, MD ;
    • Jayme Day, Individual Homeless Adults, National Alliance to End Homelessness, Washington, DC ;
    • Janice Bosse, Section 8 Programs, Portland Housing Authority, Portland, ME ;
    • Lauren Bustard, MaineHousing, Augusta, ME ;
    • Mark Thiele, Housing Choice Voucher Program, Houston Housing Authority, Houston, TX ;
    • Eva Thibaudeau, Coalition for the Homeless of Houston/Harris County, Houston, TX
    Public Housing Authorities are a key partner in local efforts to end homelessness. While many PHAs are very involved, others are not, and for many reasons. This workshop will review the Continuum of Care (CoC) process and strategies PHAs are using to partner with CoC and end homelessness. Representatives from the Portland Maine, MaineHousing, and the Houston PHA will discuss their experience working with CoCs and their challenges and successes. The panel will also encourage discussion with the audience on how to support PHA involvement.

    Handout 1 - How PHAs are Partnering with Continuums of Care to End Homelessness

    Handout 2 - How PHAs are Partnering with Continuums of Care to End Homelessness

    Handout 3 - How PHAs are Partnering with Continuums of Care to End Homelessness

    From the Front Lines of Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing: Perspectives of Consultants, Stakeholders & Counsel

    • Leigh Poltrock, Esq., LLP, Pittsburgh, PA ;
    • Dionne Roberts, TDA Consulting, San Antonio, TX ;
    • Kim McCarty, Fair Housing and Consolidated Planning, Portland Housing Bureau, Portland, OR
    How is the new requirement different from the old Analysis of Impediments, and why do you need to care? Come participate in this session that will highlight the differences and requirements, and provide an opportunity for you to engage directly with the presenters and your peers to bring the issues to life and leave you with key next steps.

    From the Front Lines of Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing: Perspectives of Consultants, Stakeholders & Counsel

    Making “Cents” of PHA Financials for Commissioners

    • Mandy Heagy, CP, CliftonLarsonAllen, Baltimore, MD ;
    • Lance Schmidt, CPA, CFE, CliftonLarsonAllen, Lakeland, FL
    We get it! Financial statements, operating data, reports: pages of numbers and findings can be confusing (and even a little daunting). Understanding the information you have, as well as recognizing risks and red flags, can be the line between simply operating and excelling. At the end of this session, you will be able to read a financial statement, identify top risks related to your authority, identify important sections of a report and areas of focus, estimate the information you should receive each month and understand what to do with it, and determine the effectiveness and efficiency of your internal staff.

    Making “Cents” of PHA Financials for Commissioners

    Handout - Making “Cents” of PHA Financials for Commissioners