The Supreme Court Disparate Impact Ruling: How Has it Further Defined Fair Housing Law? What You Need to Know!
JillSmith, Chief Operating Officer, Home Forward, Housing Authority of Portland, Portland, OR;
EdJohnson, Director of Litigation, Oregon Law Center, Portland, OR;
RyanFisher, Senior Associate, NW Public Affairs, Portland, OR;
DeborahImse, 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.
BetseyMartens, 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.”
AndresGonzalez, 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.
Housing Choice Voucher Administrative Fee Formula Proposed Rule
MichaelDennis, Senior Policy Advisor, Office of Policy, Programs and Legislative Initiatives, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Washington, DC;
JenniferTurnham, 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.
JenniferKeogh, 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.
DonaldJ. LaVoy, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Real Estate Assessment Center (REAC), U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Washington, DC;
MichaelDennis, 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.
The Washington Report, Part I: The Latest News on HCD from Capitol Hill
JohnBohm, Acting CEO, National Association of Housing & Redevelopment Officials, Washington, DC;
TessHembree, Advocacy Field Coordinator/Legislative Liaison, National Association of Housing & Redevelopment Officials, Washington, DC;
ChristinaPegg, 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
CandaceHorton, Director of Owner Services, Chicago Housing Authority, Chicago, IL;
MargaretJones, Director of Assisted Housing, Tampa Housing Authority, Tampa, FL;
JeffDavis, 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.
Addressing Domestic Violence in Housing through Partnership
KendraCastaldo, Resident Services Program Manager, Home Forward, Portland, OR;
SarahBerkemeier, Resident & Community Services Coordinator, Home Forward, Portland, OR;
JaidraHennessey, 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.
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.
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.
GeorgiBanna, Director, Policy and Program Development, National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials, Washington, D.C.;
EricOberdorfer, Policy Advisor, Public and Affordable Housing, National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials, Washington, D.C.;
TusharGurjal, Policy Analyst, Section 8 Programs, National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials, Washington, D.C.;
JennyHsu, 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
BlakeHuffman, 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.