2021 Trainings

  • HCV AND PUBLIC HOUSING RENT CALCULATION 

    Date: April 13-15, 2021
    Price: Texas NAHRO Members $400, Non-Members $500
    Exam: Yes, Optional – $150
    Training Provided By: Nan McKay & Associates

    Description: The purpose of this training is to teach rent calculation for both the public housing and housing choice voucher programs. The seminar has been carefully structured for combination areas to be trained together. This is possible because both programs use essentially the same rules leading up to the final rent calculation.

    Upon completion of HCV and Public Housing Rent Calculation, you will understand what is included in and excluded from annual income and how to identify and calculate income from assets, recognize and apply deductions to calculate adjusted income, and calculate total tenant payment (TTP). For those who work in the HCV program, you will also calculate the family share and housing assistance payment (HAP). For those working in the public housing program, you will calculate tenant rent and understand flat rents.

    • Read and interpret form HUD-50058 and its accompanying instructions
    • Identify and calculate annual income using 24 CFR part 5, which is universal to all HUD programs
    • Recognize the qualifiers for the earned income disallowance (EID), identify the exclusion periods, and calculate the disallowance
    • Identify assets and calculate income from assets based on 24 CFR part 5
    • Calculate adjusted income by correctly applying the HUD-defined allowances and expenses that are universal to both programs
    • Recognize the requirements for verification of income, allowances, and expenses which are identical for both programs
    • Calculate the HAP and family share for an HCV family using the payment standard, utility allowance, and gross rent, or
    • Calculate total tenant payment and tenant rent for a public housing family
    • Apply rent calculation skills to solve hands-on case studies
    • Case studies can be completed for HCV (using section 12 of the 50058 form), public housing (using section 10 of the 50058 form), or both

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  • HCV HOUSING QUALITY STANDARDS (HQS) 

    Date: May 4-6, 2021
    Price: Texas NAHRO Members $400, Non-Members $500
    Exam: Yes, Optional – $150
    Training Provided By: Nan McKay & Associates

    Description: Maintain strong ties with owners and the community by ensuring inspectors thoroughly understand the required elements of HUD’s housing quality standards (HQS) for the voucher program. This comprehensive three-day training provides information on general room standards, kitchens, bathrooms, electricity, plumbing, and security, including the lead-based paint regulations. Day 3 involves a site inspection and analysis of inspection results focusing on the four SEMAP indicators that relate to HQS inspections. This seminar has been fully updated for HUD’s latest guidance regarding biennial inspections and includes a discussion of UPCS-V.

    You’ll learn about:

    • What constitutes a decent, safe, and sanitary unit
    • Developing local standards and the responsibilities of the inspector
    • HUD’s requirements for inspectors
    • Common Office of Inspector General (OIG) findings in recent audits
    • Electricity and security
    • Windows, walls, ceilings, floors, interior, and kitchen
    • Bathrooms
    • Building exterior
    • Heating and plumbing
    • General health and safety
    • Lead-based paint regulations
    • SEMAP performance indicators for HQS
    • How to conduct an on-site inspection

    Upon completion of HCV Housing Quality Standards (HQS), you should have the skills needed to be an effective and efficient HQS inspector.

    • Recognize the HQS requirements for electricity, including the number of outlets required for each room, how outlets and fixtures must be installed, their workability, and identification of electrical hazards, and inspect and rate according to these requirements
    • Identify the minimum general security requirements in terms of accessibility and lockability, and inspect and rate according to these requirements
    • Define, inspect, and rate kitchens following the basic requirements, including what constitutes “fail” or “pass with comment” ratings for each aspect of the kitchen
    • Inspect and rate bathrooms, building exterior, water and cooling system, and plumbing
    • Identify and appropriately address lead-based paint hazards and indoor air quality hazards
    • Recognize and apply the Section Eight Management Assessment Program (SEMAP) indicators that apply to the HQS function

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  • HCV SPECIALIST 

    Date: May 17-21, 2021
    Price: Texas NAHRO Members $600, Non-Members $700
    Exam: Yes, Optional – $150
    Training Provided By: Nan McKay & Associates

    Get three trainings in a single class: eligibility, rent calculation, and occupancy. In just one week, housing specialists can acquire the knowledge they need to do their job.

    Upon completion of HCV Specialist, you should be able to explain and apply HUD regulations and guidance to determining eligibility, the intake process, occupancy, and rent calculation in the housing choice voucher (HCV) program.

    • Identify and explain key program components
    • Describe factors of eligibility, waiting list requirements, and preferences
    • Describe and explain the process of voucher issuance
    • Describe the various aspects of the leasing process in its entirety
    • Analyze and describe the processes associated with annual activities
    • Describe and analyze reasons for terminations and the informal hearing process
    • Explain and discuss the concept of portability, the challenges it presents, and the expectations for housing authorities on both ends of the process
    • Read and interpret form HUD-50058 and its accompanying instructions
    • Identify and calculate annual income
    • Identify assets and calculate income from assets
    • Calculate adjusted income by correctly deducting HUD-defined allowances and expenses from annual income
    • Recognize the requirements for verification of income, allowances, and expenses
    • Calculate gross rent and maximum rent at initial occupancy
    • Calculate the HAP and family share for an HCV family using the payment standard, utility allowance, and gross rent
    • Calculate prorated rent for mixed families

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  • FAIR HOUSING 

    Date: June 7-10, 2021
    Price: Texas NAHRO Members $400, Non-Members $500
    Exam: Yes, Optional – $200
    Training Provided By: National NAHRO

    Description: This training program will focus on Fair Housing within the Assisted Housing Programs with a special emphasis on the Public Housing and Housing Choice Voucher Programs. The program will begin with the basics of Fair Housing, but then will take you deep into the Fair Housing process, program specific requirements, best practices, resolutions of complaints, 504 standards and processing reasonable accommodation requests. It will provide the latest information on the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), the newest protected classes, Limited English Proficiency (LEP) and other federal provisions. The seminar will also include information on cases for Fair Housing violations, voluntary compliance agreements and special conditions that may be required by HUD or DOJ.

    Who Should Attend:

    • Executive Directors
    • Deputy Executive Directors
    • Supervisors of both Public Housing and Housing Choice Voucher programs
    • Property Managers
    • Specialists of both Public Housing and Housing Choice Voucher programs

    Objectives:

    • Understand the world of Fair Housing as it relates to assisted housing programs
    • Implement processes and procedures to help agencies stay in compliance
    • Identify and eliminate barriers to promote Fair Housing within the ever-changing regulatory environment

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  • EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR WORKSHOP 

    Date: July 27-29, 2021
    Price: Texas NAHRO Members $300, Non-Members $400
    Exam: No
    Training Provided By: National NAHRO
    Who Should Attend: This is a great course for the new executive director, or as a refresher for veterans, and those for whom an executive director’s position is the next step on their career ladder.

    Description: Learn how to maximize your limited resources including staffing and successfully manage the fiscal operations of your agency in this day and one half training. Discuss asset management and how it will affect your agency. Discover best practices and participate in a practicum examining the key aspects of housing operations: maintenance, modernization/ construction administration, occupancy, and inspections.

    Objectives:

    • Maximize your limited resources including staffing
    • Discover best practices
    • Manage the fiscal operations of your agency
    • Handle ethical and procurement issues
    • Review housing maintenance, modernization, occupancy, and inspections

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  • COMMISSIONER'S ETHICS & FUNDAMENTALS

    (Two Trainings in ONE!!)

    Date: August 16-20, 2021
    Price: Texas NAHRO Members $500, Non-Members $600
    Exam: No
    Training Provided By: National NAHRO
    Who Should Attend: New & veteran commissioners and new board officers

    Commissioners’ Fundamentals:
    This course explores the roles and responsibilities of commissioners, enhancing understanding of the commissioner’s multi-faceted position as advocate, leader, team-builder, strategist-and more. Increase your effectiveness as a board member and leader, while exploring the intricacies of board-staff relationships and boundaries. Provides an excellent training foundation for the new commissioners.
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    Ethics for Commissioners:
    Ethics plays a significant role in the life of a commissioner. Increases the commissioner’s understanding of professional conduct guidelines, and the ability to recognize and appropriately address ethics-related issues and problems that may occur. Learn about industry laws and regulations impacting ethical conduct and build your capacity as a board member. This course, intended for the new commissioner and a refresher for the veteran, uses practical applications and skills assessment exercises to reinforce ethical concepts.
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  • HEARING OFFICER SPECIALIST 

    Date: September 14-15, 2021
    Price: Texas NAHRO Members $400, Non-Members $500
    Exam: Yes, Optional – $150
    Training Provided By: Nan McKay & Associates

    Description: This two-day training is essential for hearing officers, members of hearing panels, managers who represent the PHA in hearings, and policy analysts. Hearing Officer Specialist is packed with information, covering all aspects of public housing and housing choice voucher hearings. After getting grounded in the regulations, participants examine PHA policies and grievance procedures that determine how regulations are implemented. The seminar will walk participants through coordinating and conducting orderly and fact-based hearings. Commonly heard issues, working with advocacy groups, the 504 coordinator, and reasonable accommodation issues will be addressed. This workshop also includes extensive hands-on practice. In small groups and individually, participants will read cases and make decisions, citing appropriate regulations and PHA policies.

    Upon completion of Hearing Officer Specialist, you should have developed and mastered the skills needed to conduct hearings and write decisions with hands-on case studies and best-practice strategies.

    • Apply critical thinking skills to the facts of the case in order to integrate HUD regulations and guidance into the PHA’s policies and procedures to make reasoned decisions
    • Recognize the elements of cohesive and comprehensive hearing and grievance procedures
    • Identify how and when to work with the PHA’s 504 coordinator, Legal Aid, and advocacy groups
    • Conduct orderly appeals and hearings
    • Practice making and writing hearing decisions, with appropriate citations, first in a group and then individually
    • Recognize housing choice voucher regulations for informal reviews for applicants and informal hearings for participants
    • Identify public housing regulations for informal hearing for applicants and grievance hearing for tenants

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