This year, the 2022 Spring Conference was unique as the North Central Regional Council (NCRC) of NHRO hosted the regional event featuring industry leaders and experts from the Upper Midwest. This conference included the eight-state region and had affordable housing professionals from the Upper Midwest including Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Ohio, and Wisconsin.
The May 24th – May 26th event was exceptional. It was held at the InterContinental Riverfront in Saint Paul. Affordable Housing Connections had an excellent time networking and showcasing our affordable housing exhibit booth.
Bryan Hartman recently joined AHC as Manager, Housing Assistance Services. In this role, he will assist AHC in its many services and new initiatives for the affordable housing industry and related governmental agencies. Bryan brings to AHC important knowledge of the affordable housing industry, including working with funders such as HUD and Minnesota Housing and the owners/managers of affordable rental units.
Prior to joining AHC, Bryan worked for the City of Bloomington Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA) for over twenty years. As the Program Manager for the City of Bloomington’s HRA, his work included managing a 551 Housing Choice Voucher Program and the City’s CDBG Program. He also managed the HRA rental units and he assisted in the City’s redevelopment efforts. Prior to his work with Bloomington, he served as Director of Housing Assistance for the Dakota County CDA supervising 17 staff for a program of over 2,000 Housing Choice Vouchers and the state-funded Bridges Program. Bryan holds a BS in Housing Studies from the University of Minnesota. He is currently the Immediate Past President of the Minnesota Chapter of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) and serves on their Board of Directors. Bryan also served on the Board of Directors of AHC for over 17 years before joining the organization as a full-time staff member.
HUD’s Offices of Public and Indian Housing, Multifamily Housing Programs, and Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes posted a joint Notice on January 31, 2022, requiring carbon monoxide alarms or detectors in their HUD-assisted housing programs starting December 27, 2022.
The notice reminds owners and operators of Public Housing, Project Based Rental Assistance (PBRA), Housing Choice Vouchers (HCV), Project Based Vouchers (PBV), Supportive Housing for the Elderly (Section 202), and Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities (Section 811) properties of carbon monoxide poisoning risks in housing, identifies resources for preventing and detecting exposure and provides notice of the requirement for alarms or detectors to be installed in certain HUD-assisted housing by December 27, 2022. Read the Notice here.
With our second virtual conference held on Thursday, December 2nd now under our belt, we'd like to take a moment to thank each of the presenters who made this year’s event a successful one!
With 125 attendees, 9 speakers, 2 hosts, and various guests all attending over a 3 hour virtual session, we are delighted to say AHC has found a successful new format for sharing quality content.
While we always strive to bring new ideas and perspectives to our events, we felt given the current public health pandemic that it was time to reach beyond our local boundaries and bring industry professionals, government leaders, and respected academics from across Minnesota into attendee's living rooms and offices. And this is precisely what we achieved.
On behalf of all of us at AHC, we would like to say a special thank you to Anne Mavity from Minnesota Housing Partnership, keynote speaker, as well as Aubrey Albrecht at Minnesota Multi Housing Association, for joining us as industry professionals.
Shout out to our roundtable of experienced compliance managers who shared their tips for navigating challenges posed by the pandemic: Katie Pfeiffer Dominium, Nicole Munsch Aeon, Shannon Jones Sand Companies , and Jenelle Luxem Sherman Associates.
We spent the morning connecting and engaging in topics such as 2021’s accomplishments, housing tax credit (LIHTC) allocating agency updates, lasting impacts of COVID-19 on compliance, legislative insight, and residential rent stabilization ordinances. The afternoon discussions educated the audience on both necessary annual owner certification insights and highlights on AHC’s CHART updates.
Our AHC Education and Leadership Center was pleased to have a guest speaker, Kimberly Ulmer from its new educational program, Leadership in Affordable Housing Certificate, a partnership with Hamline University’s Graduate School of Business. Kimberly shared her positive experiences with learning the history of affordable housing policy, current housing policies, and practical program ideas to confront the affordable housing crisis.
We believe that our diverse and dynamic group of leaders provided in-depth insight and variety that aids in affordable housing understanding and knowledge.
Affordable Housing Connections recognized those who excelled in 2021!!!
Almost 70 million Americans who receive Social Security benefits will see a 5.9% increase in 2022 - the largest increase since 1982. This increase may impact the income of your residents with fixed incomes. View the Social Security Administration's 2022 COLA Fact Sheet here.
View the Social Security Administration's COLA Press Release Effective January 1, 2022, HERE
HUD Published Information on Availability of Supplemental Funds During COVID-19
HUD’s Office of Housing has published Housing Notice H-2021-05 regarding the continuation of “Availability of Funds for COVID-19 Supplemental Payments for Properties Receiving Project-Based Rental Assistance under the Section 8, Section 202, or Section 811 Programs.” HUD is making CARES Act funds available to offset property expenditures incurred through October 31, 2021, to combat the effects of COVID-19.
Unused funds are available; owner/agents need to read the above Notice, complete the required forms, and apply.
The Office of Multifamily Housing Programs published Frequently Asked Questions in response to inquiries received after the release of HSG Notice 2021-05. Owner/agents should take time to review this Notice to see if you qualify for reimbursement of expenses, including some internet expenses, related to COVID-19.
AHC’s Education and Leadership Center and Hamline University's Center for Public Administration and Leadership announce enrollment is open for Course 1 and Course 2 of the Leadership in Affordable Housing Certificate (LAHC) in 2022.
Click HERE for enrollment and financial aid information, found on our EDUCATION Tab
Develop a solid knowledge of the economics of affordable housing as well as the key political and economic issues that created the affordable housing crisis. Then, armed with that knowledge, identify opportunities to address the issue.
The Certificate program will seek to prepare the next generation of diverse community leaders to address this ongoing problem in two courses to be offered in 2022.
Course 1: The Affordable Housing Crisis. This course will examine the impacts of government policies on equity and affordability in the housing market and will explore the successes and limitations of policies that have not fully addressed the housing crisis.
Course 2: Leadership in Affordable Housing Policy. This course will guide students in policymaking across multiple entities in government, industry, and the nonprofit sector through interactive case studies and the creation of original affordable housing policies.
The Certificate courses have been accredited through the Minnesota Office of Higher Education for a total of 8 credits applied as electives to any eligible Hamline Graduate School program. While it may be possible for students to enroll in Course 2 before taking Course 1, the course content is developed to provide a more meaningful learning experience if the courses are taken sequentially.
Minneapolis Inclusionary Zoning
AHC is pleased to announce that the City of Minneapolis has selected AHC as the Certifying Entity for their new Inclusionary Zoning affordable housing program!
This is one of several strategies the City has implemented to address the affordable housing crisis. It supports the affordable housing goals of Minneapolis 2040, the City’s Comprehensive Plan that took effect Jan. 1, 2020. As the City implements new zoning consistent with Minneapolis 2040, opportunities to increase the supply of housing and create new housing options are envisioned to expand through the city. The inclusionary zoning policy ensures that affordable homes are built in exchange for increased development capacity.
The Inclusionary Housing policy applies to residential development projects with 20 or more dwelling units that file a site plan review application. It will phase in over time for smaller projects (20-49 units) and owner-occupied condo developments. Developers can comply with the policy by doing the following:
*Make 8% of the project units affordable to households with incomes at or below 60% area median income (AMI) for 20 years.
*Make 4% of project units affordable at 30% AMI for 20 years.
*Pledge to make 20% of units affordable at 50% of AMI for 30 years – a level that would allow the developer to seek City financial assistance for the project.
The role as Certifying Entity will be a new one for AHC and we are excited to be part of implementing this pioneering initiative with our longstanding local government partner.
Facilitating Leadership for the Affordable Housing Industry.
Lyn as Fellow of the American Academy of Housing and Communities.
Visit the Community Trailblazer website to hear Lyn discuss her historical experiences in housing and plan to "pay it forward" by partnering with Hamline University Graduate School of Business to design and teach leadership in out industry.
COVID-19 & Dealing With Staff Anxiety First!
Lyn Burton, speaks on COVID-19 and Dealing With "Staff Anxiety First." Please click here for further information and access to the Women's Radio Network.
For information about COVID, please see COVID-19 resource links and/or AHC Newsletters.
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