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  • Sunday, July 16
  • Sunday, July 16

    OPENING PLENARY SESSION

    OPENING PLENARY SESSION

    OPENING PLENARY SESSION

    CONCURRENT SESSIONS

    IndyEast: Housing Stability for School Success Program

    • Dean Johns, Chief Program Officer, John Boner Neighborhood Centers, Indianapolis, IN ;
    • Jon Berg, Director, IndyEast Promise Zone, John Boner Neighborhood Centers, Indianapolis, IN ;
    • Ross Pippin, Founding Executive Director, Thomas Gregg Neighborhood School, Indianapolis, IN
    In 2015, the near Eastside of Indianapolis was named a Promise Zone Community. The federal government committed to work with local leaders to increase efforts to achieve neighborhood goals and priorities for this high poverty and high capacity community. Following the designation, Indianapolis community leaders enlisted the assistance of multiple organizations to develop strategies around five goals to improve the quality of life and accelerate revitalization—including improving educational opportunities. Presenters will discuss IndyEast’s Housing Stability for School Success Program, which seeks to fulfill the Promise Zone goal of improving educational opportunities. Presenters will cover the successful partnerships with the Indianapolis Public Schools and the Indianapolis Housing Agency, which provided project-based housing units for families with students enrolled in the program. Also covered will be the program’s funding sources, expected outcomes and measurements; data collection, tracking, and sharing; timeline and milestones for implementation; and barriers to success.

    IndyEast: Housing Stability for School Success Program

    Tools & Strategies to Strengthen Affordable Housing

    • Michelle Yarbrough Korb, Counsel , Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC , Pittsburgh, PA ;
    • Jennifer Keogh, HRA Assistant Manager, Community Development Metropolitan Council, St. Paul, MN ;
    • Andria Lazaga, Director of Policy, Seattle Housing Authority, Seattle, WA
    These are uncertain times for those pursuing affordable housing for all — from uncertainty on the development front to potential changes with a new administration to local struggles. We’ll take an honest look at where we are and review strategies and tools to get us to where we want to be. Presenters will discuss the issues they are seeing, proposed tools and solutions, and lessons learned from strategies that have been implemented. Such strategies include voucher mobility counseling, data sharing with other agencies, programs specific to homeless individuals/families, education for self-sufficiency, income discrimination legislation, and inclusionary zoning.

    Tools & Strategies to Strengthen Affordable Housing

    Changing Your Agency with RAD

    • Tanya Dempsey, Vice President, CSG Advisors, San Francisco, CA ;
    • Jennifer Green, President, Insight Development, Corporation Indianapolis Housing Agency, Indianapolis, IN ;
    • Catalina Vielma, VP, Public Housing National Equity Fund, Denver, CO ;
    • Rick Moore, Executive Director, Evansville Housing Authority, Evansville, IN
    The session will examine how to use RAD as a way to transform the agency from a PH administrator to a Section 8 administrator and asset manager. Panelists will share their conversion stories on the inner workings of the agency and what it means to really transition all of the properties to RAD from a staffing perspective. Considerations will include labor union negotiations, reorganizing Central Office, re-training front line staff to be more competitive with private markets, re-training the agency priorities to focus on real asset management and understanding the implications to the PHA.

    Changing Your Agency with RAD

    The Washington Report, Part 1

    • NAHRO Congressional Relations Staff
    This year, the timetable of events that impact the work of NAHRO members has been significantly altered. Approval of 2017 spending and the distribution of 2017 dollars occurred in earnest only last month. The Administrations formal 2018 request also was not released until last month. In addition many critical hires at HUD have still not been finalized and/or approved on Capitol Hill. Tax reform and the impact tax reform legislation will have on the LIHTC remains uncertain and we have to date seen only broad outlines for infrastructure legislation. Housings inclusion in the bill also remains in doubt. This session will cover what is happening on Capitol Hill as members of Congress finalize their work prior to the annual August recess. Presenters will look ahead to the work of Congress this Fall and will focus on the likelihood of yet another CR to allow Congress to make crucial decisions on 2018 spending in the coming months. The session will provide information for August Advocacy messaging and assistance to manage your operations through year end. Updates on other matters will also be provided.

    The Washington Report, Part 1

    Building a Team to Overcome Obstacles

    • George Guy, CEO/Executive Director, Fort Wayne Housing Authority, Fort Wayne, IN ;
    • David Northern, Sr., CEO/Executive Director, Lake County Housing Authority, Grayslake, IL ;
    • Alison Bloodhart, Principal/Owner, Bloodhart Consulting, River Falls, WI
    “Doing more with less” is our reality. We need to challenge the status quo to meet the needs of our constituents. The solution lies within the employee experience. The percentage of U.S. workers in 2015 who Gallup considered engaged in their jobs averaged 32%. The majority (50.8%) of employees were not engaged, while another 17.2% were actively disengaged. Gallup defines engaged employees: involved in, enthusiastic about and committed to their work. Research has shown that having an engaged workforce strongly connects to improved productivity, retention and growth. Presenters will share the actions they took that improved employee engagement.

    Building a Team to Overcome Obstacles

    Handout 1 - Building a Team to Overcome Obstacles

    Handout 2 - Building a Team to Overcome Obstacles

    Using Tax-Exempt Bonds to Finance Your RAD Project

    • Alysse Hollis, Partner, Jones Walker LLP, Cincinnati, OH ;
    • Chris Moriarty, Managing Director, Stifel, Montgomery, AL
    The presentation will cover the basics of tax-exempt/4% bonds and how they can be used to finance both large and small RAD conversion projects. The presentation will cover some of the challenges developers and housing authorities face when financing RAD projects with 4% bonds, including the 50% test, good costs/bad costs; issues with seller take-back financing; and property valuation methodology, among others, and will discuss various solutions and approaches to each.

    Part 1 - Using Tax-Exempt Bonds to Finance Your RAD Project

    Part 2 - Using Tax-Exempt Bonds to Finance Your RAD Project

    Public Health and Public Housing

    • Melissa Quirk, Special Assistant for Federal Policy and Legislative Affairs, New York City Housing Authority, New York, NY ;
    • Ed Ware, Director, Communications & Government Relations, Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority, Norfolk, VA ;
    • Sharon L. Carlson, Executive Director, Belding Housing Commission, Belding, MI
    Capital improvements make or break health outcomes for public housing residents. Health impacts of aging infrastructure including asthma, respiratory illness, and elevated lead levels, are a major public health concern for public housing residents throughout the nation. In a study of children living in a low-income urban neighborhood, children were three times more likely to be hospitalized for asthma than children in a wealthier neighborhood. This is a fixable public health crisis. Targeted capital funding will have concrete, measurable impacts but federal attention must be paid to the nexus between preservation of public housing and health outcomes of the nation’s most vulnerable. The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) and NAHRO’s goal is to target increased funding to address health impacts from housing. This session will address how NAHRO and NYCHA are working together with large and small housing authorities to address this public policy concern.

    Public Health and Public Housing

    Handout 1 - Public Health and Public Housing

    Candidates’ Debate

    • David Zappasodi, NAHRO Fellow Chair, Nominating and Election Committee, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Housing Authority of the City of Dallas, Dallas, TX ;
    • Carl S. Richie, Jr., Chairman, Housing Authority of the City of Austin, Austin, TX ;
    • Sunny Shaw, Executive Director, Housing Authority of Pocatello, Pocatello, ID ;
    • Ailrick D. Young, Executive Director, Housing Authority of the City of Laurel, Laurel, MS
    Candidates for the next biennium square off in a lively debate on current industry issues.

    Candidates’ Debate

    The Washington Report, Part 2

    • NAHRO Staff Policy Team
    This session will focus on the latest policy proposals and guidance 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. Bring your questions and join the conversation.

    The Washington Report, Part 2

    Developing and Preserving Affordable Housing: An Indiana Perspective

    • Samantha Spergel, Director of Real Estate Production, Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority, Indianapolis, IN ;
    • Alan Rakowski, Rental Housing Tax Credit Manager, Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority, Indianapolis
    Representatives from the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority, the state’s housing finance agency, will talk about how affordable housing is being developed and preserved in Indiana. This will include a discussion of programs including Low Income Housing Tax Credits, tax exempt bonds, and the HOME Investment Partnerships Program, as well as an overview of recent trends and special initiatives.

    Developing and Preserving Affordable Housing: An Indiana Perspective

    Using Prevention/Harm Reduction Strategies to Promote Resident Success

    • Jennifer Keogh, HRA Assistant Manager, Community Development Metropolitan Council, St. Paul, MN ;
    • Alice Villarreal Redit, Resident Services Supervisor, Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara/2nd Story Associates, Santa Barbara, CA ;
    • Peter LiFari, Deputy Executive Director, Adams County Housing Authority, Commerce City, CO
    As we move forward as housing agencies, it is critical that we begin to reevaluate our business practices and create strategies that will provide the best opportunities for the families we serve to succeed. The session presenters are from various parts of the country who strive to offer education, support, flexibility and compassion in their programming. Come to this session to listen and to share your own experiences.

    Using Prevention/Harm Reduction Strategies to Promote Resident Success

    Innovative Partnership and Leveraging for Permanent Supportive Housing and the Rebirth of a Neighborhood

    • Selarstean Mitchell, Vice-President of Assisted Housing, Fort Worth Housing Solutions, Fort Worth, TX ;
    • Flora Brewer, Owner, PF Residential, LLC, Fort Worth, TX ;
    • Bruce Frankel, Executive Director, DRC Solutions, Fort Worth, TX
    This session will discuss an innovative partnership involving the housing authority, a not- for-profit foundation, a property management company, and a social service organization to provide 24 units of permanent supportive housing for the chronic homeless. The rehabilitation of the property not only helped to facilitate a reduction in chronic homelessness, it helped a neighborhood that was experiencing a rebirth of arts, culture and entertainment. The presenters will discuss how they engaged the members of the community and avoided the NIMBYism that so often occurs in such projects. They will also discuss the project’s success one year later.

    Innovative Partnership and Leveraging for Permanent Supportive Housing and the Rebirth of a Neighborhood

    Handout 1 - Innovative Partnership and Leveraging for Permanent Supportive Housing and the Rebirth of a Neighborhood