Affordable Housing Practitioners Gather for Update on HUD Rental Housing Programs

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National Leased Housing Association (NLHA) hosts its 40th Annual Meeting in Washington, DC at the Washington Marriott June 22-24, 2011

Industry experts and HUD officials will offer a host of thought provoking and informative workshops (in dual tracks) for NLHA’s members on two tracks, the first directed to assisted housing practitioners and the second for housing choice voucher program administrators. A plenary session with HUD officials is also planned.

The conference will focus on practitioner issues related to federally assisted rental housing for both private and public sector participants. “The public and private partnerships forged through these types of conferences are integral to the preservation of affordable housing while keeping housing providers abreast of the latest policies, tools and best practices” says Denise B. Muha, Executive Director of NLHA.

Assisted Housing

Track I will outline recent developments impacting the assisted portfolio including the latest from HUD on asset management and preservation issues including updates on Section 8 policy changes, handbook revision on the use of residual receipts and more. Property owners and managers will also have a chance to discuss with HUD issues surrounding the use of EIV as well as learn the latest on rebidding of PBCA contracts. Also on tap is a “multifamily potpourri” workshop to tackle a wide variety of issues affecting project-based owners and managers that runs the gamut from “physical inspections” to post M2M HUD audits. The audience may also raise issues. A session on current green initiatives and future HUD plans in this arena is also planned.

Voucher Sessions

Incorporating NLHA’s annual seminar on Mastering the Housing Choice Voucher Program, PHAs will receive the latest information from HUD on how the delayed congressional budget process will impact program funding, how reserve accounts will be affected, admin fees, maximizing use of VMS and more. A comprehensive update on EIV, SEMAP, Rent Reasonableness is also on tap. In addition, HUD will discuss MTW program results along with a recent study on FSS and discuss how the lessons learned may inform your operations. A best practice session is also planned on complying with HUD’s identity protection guidance through strong policies and the use of technology. The opening session will update PHAs on the ongoing admin fee study and the expected impact on program administration.

Rent court actions impacting Section 8 and other related programs will inform all members on what potential legal threats are possible and how the Courts have or may resolve issues facing housing providers and administrators today. Also offered is compliance advice on Fair Housing/504 situations.

In addition, NLHA members will have the chance to participate in committee meetings and social events including a networking reception to which HUD officials, congressional leaders and industry partners are invited.

Conference details and full agenda may be found at http://hudnlha.com/seminars/seminars.asp

Formed in 1972, the National Leased Housing Association (NLHA) is comprised of 500 public and private sector providers of affordable rental housing. NLHA’s members are owners, developers, housing agencies, lenders, managers, and consultants devoted to the development and preservation of decent rental housing across the Nation.

Contact: Cynthia Bitterman
202-785-8888

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