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  • Friday, July 15
  • Friday, July 15

    Opening Plenary Session

    Opening Plenary Session Video

    Opening Plenary Session Video

    Concurrent Sessions

    The Supreme Court Disparate Impact Ruling: How Has it Further Defined Fair Housing Law? What You Need to Know!

    • Jill Smith, Chief Operating Officer, Home Forward, Housing Authority of Portland, Portland, OR ;
    • Ed Johnson, Director of Litigation, Oregon Law Center, Portland, OR ;
    • Ryan Fisher, Senior Associate, NW Public Affairs, Portland, OR ;
    • Deborah Imse, Executive Director, Multi family NW, Portland, OR
    This session will bring understanding of the recent Supreme Court ruling on Disparate Impact and how that impacts your practices. Meyer Memorial Trust funded this educational collaborative of landlord and tenant legal experts to deliver this education across the State of Oregon to ensure equal access to minorities living in poverty. The education collaborative consists of representation from the Oregon Law Center, Legal Aid, Multi Family NW, the largest private landlord association in the state, and the Association of Oregon Housing Authorities. These organization work together to bring this message to landlords, service providers and housing authorities.

    The Supreme Court Disparate Impact Ruling: How Has it Further Defined Fair Housing Law? What You Need to Know!

    Bringing School Home: PHAs as Learning Enablers

    • Ralph Smith, Director, Campaign for Grade Level Reading, Annie E. Casey Foundation, Washington, DC ;
    • Preston Prince, Executive Director, Fresno Housing Authority, Fresno, CA ;
    • Betsey Martens, Executive Director, Boulder Housing Partners, Boulder, CO
    Three major organizations – NAHRO, the Campaign for Grade Level Reading and the Affordable Housing Institute - have teamed up to redefine the role of housing authorities in transforming the way children learn. We are testing policy and program ideas that catalyze the role of housing in education delivery that will fundamentally change the achievement odds for low- income children. Whether you’re a housing authority with long experience in sponsoring education programs or you can’t imagine what business housing authorities have in education, please join a lively discussion about what happens when we “bring school home.”

    Bringing School Home: PHAs as Learning Enablers

    Conversation over Pizza (COP): A National Model for Community Building

    • Kristie Groves, Director, Resident Services, Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority, Cleveland, OH ;
    • Dana Bradley, Resident Services Administrator, Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority, Cleveland, OH ;
    • Andres Gonzalez, Chief of Police, Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority, Cleveland, OH
    In August of 2015, the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA) launched a community initiative, C.O.P. (Conversation Over Pizza), to provide a platform for residents to engage in productive dialogue. The goal of this resident-driven approach is to address the societal challenges faced by residents. CMHA, law enforcement, and community partners, assist residents by facilitating ongoing focus groups to discuss and develop viable solutions for reducing crime, violence, and other community challenges. By raising awareness, listening to the community and working with residents, C.O.P. serves as a catalyst for building stronger community relationships and safer neighborhoods.

    Conversation over Pizza (COP): A National Model for Community Building

    Housing Choice Voucher Administrative Fee Formula Proposed Rule

    • Michael Dennis, Senior Policy Advisor, Office of Policy, Programs and Legislative Initiatives, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Washington, DC ;
    • Jennifer Turnham, Title, Office of Housing Voucher Programs, Public and Indian Housing, U.S. Office of Housing and Urban Development, Washington, DC
    Michael Dennis from HUD’s PIH Office of Policy and Legislative Initiatives and Jennifer Turnham from HUD’s PIH Office of Housing Voucher Programs will lead an informative and interactive session on HUD’s proposed rule for a new HCV program administrative fee formula. The proposed rule is based on the results of the HCV Administrative Fee Study that was released in April 2015, and was informed by public comments received in response to the Solicitation of Comment on the study that published on June 26, 2015. The Administrative Fee Formula proposed rule is expected to be released in early July 2016. This session provides an overview of how HUD is proposing to calculate administrative fees under the new proposed rule, highlights a number of areas where HUD is specifically seeking public comment, and includes time for question and answers about the HCV Administrative Fee Study and the proposed rule.

    Housing Choice Voucher Administrative Fee Formula Proposed Rule

    Sometimes it Takes a Village – Let’s Tackle Your Development Problems Together

    • Michelle Yarbrough Korb, JD, Special Counsel, Pepper Hamilton LLP, Pittsburgh, PA ;
    • Jodi Stromberg, Redevelopment Project Manager, Rockford Housing Authority, Rockford, IL ;
    • Ron Clewer, Chief Executive Officer, Rockford Housing Authority, Rockford, IL ;
    • Jennifer Keogh, HRA Assistant Manager, Community Development, Metropolitan Council, St. Paul, MN
    Public Housing Authorities interested in development face a whole host of problems at each stage of the process. It may be difficult to determine the starting point. A PHA may be facing roadblocks and setbacks with its plans (e.g., NIMBYism, deconcentrating poverty, unique initiatives). PHAs don’t need to face their problems alone. The collective experience of the panelists and the audience can be used to help the attendees move the ball forward with creative solutions to the problems being faced. This hands-on session will work to resolve multiple problems in small groups and share the proposed resolutions with all attendees.

    Sometimes it Takes a Village – Let’s Tackle Your Development Problems Together

    Handout - Sometimes it Takes a Village – Let’s Tackle Your Development Problems Together

    Concurrent Sessions

    PHAS/SEMAP Proposed Rule

    • Donald J. LaVoy, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Real Estate Assessment Center (REAC), U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Washington, DC ;
    • Michael Dennis, Senior Policy Advisor, Office of Policy, Programs and Legislative Initiatives, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Washington, DC
    HUD staff will lead this session on the new proposed PHAS / SEMAP rule. The session will provide an overview of the changes proposed in the notice announcing the rule. HUD is also currently soliciting feedback on the rule. Panelists will specify topic areas where HUD is specifically looking for feedback. There will be a question and answer session for audience participation.

    PHAS/SEMAP Proposed Rule

    The Washington Report, Part I: The Latest News on HCD from Capitol Hill

    • John Bohm, Acting CEO, National Association of Housing & Redevelopment Officials, Washington, DC ;
    • Tess Hembree, Advocacy Field Coordinator/Legislative Liaison, National Association of Housing & Redevelopment Officials, Washington, DC ;
    • Christina Pegg, CEO, Housing Opportunities of Southwest Washington, City, State
    This summer Congress departs Washington, DC for a seven week recess following a contentious first half of this critical election year. Join NAHRO Congressional Relations staff John Bohm and Tess Hembree for a town hall-style conversation moderated by a leading NAHRO advocate, Chris Pegg, on what has happened in 2016, what is left to accomplish, and what impact the election will have on housing and community development programs. NAHRO staff will also provide a preview of their upcoming August recess advocacy campaign.

    The Washington Report, Part I: The Latest News on HCD from Capitol Hill

    Strategies to Improve Housing Choice Voucher Leasing in Tight Rental Markets and Opportunity Areas

    • Candace Horton, Director of Owner Services, Chicago Housing Authority, Chicago, IL ;
    • Margaret Jones, Director of Assisted Housing, Tampa Housing Authority, Tampa, FL ;
    • Jeff Davis, COO, San Diego Housing Commission, San Diego, CA
    This session will explore challenges to leasing in the HCV program. A case study of a public housing authority in a tight rental market will illustrate specific challenges and the strategies used to overcome them. There will be discussion of strategies used for recruitment of property owners at the Chicago Housing Authority and customer service enhancements that have been implemented to improve owner satisfaction. There will also be discussion on strategies for using Project Based Vouchers to address local housing needs that cannot be met by the private market.

    Strategies to Improve Housing Choice Voucher Leasing in Tight Rental Markets and Opportunity Areas

    Addressing Domestic Violence in Housing through Partnership

    • Kendra Castaldo, Resident Services Program Manager, Home Forward, Portland, OR ;
    • Sarah Berkemeier, Resident & Community Services Coordinator, Home Forward, Portland, OR ;
    • Jaidra Hennessey, DV Advocate, YWCA, Portland, OR
    This session will focus on the partnership between the YWCA and HomeForward. The YWCA provides two advocates at HomeForward to work exclusively with residents experiencing domestic violence. The session will provide a brief introduction on domestic violence, it’s prevalence and it’s affect on housing. How and why this partnership came about will be discussed. In addition, presenters will examine the ins and outs of the partnership including MOU, reporting, financials, meetings, staff roles and training, and transfer and referral processes. Lastly, the outcomes for the last three years will be presented.

    Addressing Domestic Violence in Housing through Partnership

    Thinking Globally and Acting Locally: International Housing Policy with Local Implications

    The upcoming United Nations Habitat 3 Conference in Quito, Ecuador invites a discussion of equity and inclusion in local housing policy and program development. This session includes international housing and human rights advocates who Think Globally and Act Locally on equitable housing policy for people and communities of color as well as inclusion and integration of people with disabilities. The independent researchers have worked previously for UN Habitat on contract and have extensive experience on four (4) continents.

    Thinking Globally and Acting Locally: International Housing Policy with Local Implications

    Concurrent Sessions

    RAD Then and Now: How the Program Has Evolved Since Inception

    • Greg Wright, Vice President – Development, Greystone Affordable Housing Initiatives, Raleigh, NC ;
    • Jerry Anderson, Executive Vice President, Gill Group, Inc., Denver, CO ;
    • Jacob Fox, Executive Director, Housing and Community Services Agency of Lane County, Eugene, OR ;
    • Edward Willenbaker, Executive Director, Winooski Housing Authority, Winooski, VT
    As the RAD program matures, HUD, PHAs, tenants, developers and the investment community have made great efforts to work together to continually refine this program to ensure its success. Over time, the stakeholders at every level have provided meaningful input of which most is strongly considered and hopefully implemented. This session will not focus on "what" the program is, but more what has changed and will provide participants an up-to-date account of the positive (and possibly negative) movements in the program.

    RAD Then and Now: How the Program Has Evolved Since Inception

    The Washington Report, Part II

    • Georgi Banna, Director, Policy and Program Development, National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials, Washington, D.C. ;
    • Eric Oberdorfer, Policy Advisor, Public and Affordable Housing, National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials, Washington, D.C. ;
    • Tushar Gurjal, Policy Analyst, Section 8 Programs, National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials, Washington, D.C. ;
    • Jenny Hsu, Community Development Policy Analyst, 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

    Fulfilling Several Needs While Creating Affordable Housing for Wounded Soldiers

    • Blake Huffman, County Commissioner, HRA Chair, Ramsey County Board of Commissioners, St. Paul, MN
    This session will showcase how partnering with several community sectors can strengthen efforts to create affordable housing for soldiers returning from battlefields with physical or mental disabilities. A non-profit in Ramsey County, Minnesota, has teamed up with the local business community, educational institutions and the energy resiliency industry to create successful affordable housing for our nation's heroes. These efforts can be replicated in any community.

    Fulfilling Several Needs While Creating Affordable Housing for Wounded Soldiers

    Taking Down the Walls: Reducing Barriers to Housing to Create Equitable Communities

    • Peter LiFari, Deputy Director, Adams County Housing Authority, Commerce City, CO ;
    • Monique Antillon, Regional Property Manager, Adams County Housing Authority, Commerce City, CO ;
    • Traci McGraw, HCV Program Manager, Fort Collins Housing Authority, Fort Collins, CO

    Taking Down the Walls: Reducing Barriers to Housing to Create Equitable Communities