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VAWA Update

VAWA applies to: HOME, ESG, COC, and HOPWA funding sources.

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Final Rule requires owner/agents to update internal VAWA policies. Beginning December 16, 2016, HUD Forms 5380 (VAWA Notice) and 5382 (VAWA Certification) must be provided to all existing residents at the next lease renewal/AR (not each AR). Deadline for implantation is December 16, 2017.

If the resident is paying market rent and does not meet with the OA for lease renewal/AR, owner/agents must implement a method to provide the forms to these residents.

These two forms are also provided when a new family moves in, any time an applicant is rejected and with any notice of termination or eviction.
On May 11, HUD released translated versions of the new VAWA Forms. These include:
Translated versions of these forms can be found on HUD's website.

Owner/agents must have developed and implemented a VAWA Emergency Transfer Plan, (HUD Form 5381 may be used as a sample), no later than June 14, 2017.
Organizational Changes at KHC
You may have seen several notices about personnel changes at Kentucky Housing Corporation (KHC) over the past few months. 
Rob Ellis, former deputy executive director for Housing Production and Programs with nearly 24 years of service, has announced his retirement for later this year. He is currently staying on with the Corporation in an advisory capacity until his retirement, but t he following transitions were effective July 1, 2017.

Deputy Executive Director, Housing Production and Programs
Lisa Beran 
Lisa Beran
Formerly served as General Counsel and Deputy Executive Director of Legal Services
Lisa has been responsible for coordinating delivery of legal and governmental relations to the Corporation, as well as compliance requirements across all KHC programs and departments. She served as general counsel and has been with the Corporation nearly 10 years.
General Counsel and Deputy Executive Director, Legal Services
Jeremy Ratliff 
Jeremy Ratliff
Formerly served as Managing Director, Multifamily Programs and Asset Management
Jeremy has been responsible for managing corporate resources for multifamily programs. He practiced law for over 12 years in private practice, and as an accountant for 2 years in a tax department of a CPA firm.
Managing Director, Multifamily Programs and Asset Management
Tracy Thurston 
Tracy Thurston
Formerly served as Managing Director, Corporate Planning and Accountability
Tracy has served as managing director of Corporate Planning and Accountability since 2014. Prior to her employment at KHC, she served as director of the Housing Choice Voucher Program at Syracuse Housing Authority and as a senior financial analyst for Quadel Consulting Corporation.
Managing Director, Corporate Planning and Accountability
Jon Davidson 
Jon Davidson
Formerly served as Managing Director, Business Logistics
Jon has served the Corporation for 11 years. His responsibilities included physical and capital improvements, business continuity development, corporate planning, and performing financial analysis of KHC's programs. Prior to joining KHC, Jon worked for Deloitte Consulting, developing change management proposals and corporate strategies for several Fortune 500 Companies.  
KHC's Executive Director, Edwin King KHC also has a new executive director, Edwin King, who joined the KHC family as of July 3, 2017. Edwin was appointed as chief of staff for the Kentucky Finance and Administration Cabinet in December 2015, under the leadership of Secretary William M. Landrum III and Governor Matt Bevin.  From 2007 to 2010, he worked for United States Senator Jim Bunning in Washington, D.C., as professional staff on the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee. Upon leaving the Senate, he served in fixed income investigations for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) in D.C. 

More recently, Edwin has worked as Vice President of Strategic Planning for McD Concrete Enterprises in Erlanger, KY, and as Director of Finance and Operations for Lakeside Christian Church in Lakeside Park, KY, where he led capital planning, financing, and construction efforts in a multi-campus expansion. He has also served as an adjunct professor at Northern Kentucky University, where he taught courses on corporate financial management, international finance, and financial regulation.
We look forward to our continued partnerships, as together, we deliver affordable housing.
Public Comment Period 
The 2017 Consolidated Annual Action Plan for Kentucky's Block Grant Housing Programs and the 2017 Housing Trust Fund Allocation Plan are available for public comment through Tuesday, July 25, 2017.

The Consolidated Action Plan is the Commonwealth's application and distribution plan for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Office of Community Planning and Development (CPD) Programs (HOME, ESG, CDBG, HTF, and HOPWA). Kentucky Housing Corporation and the Department for Local Government are the agencies responsible for submission of the plan to HUD.  The Housing Trust Fund Allocation Plan is the Commonwealth's application and distribution plan specifically for Housing Trust Funds.  Kentucky Housing Corporation is the agency responsible for submission of the plan to HUD.

Kentucky has drafted the annual Consolidated Action Plan and the Housing Trust Fund Allocation Plan and is receiving written comments to obtain public input. Written comments will be accepted and where applicable, will be incorporated into the document. The plans cover the time period of July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018.
The Draft 2017 Action Plan and the Draft 2017 Housing Trust Fund Allocation Plan are available for review online at KHC's website, under Resources, Planning Documents, Consolidated Plan. Please send written comments to Doug Daniel, KHC, 1231 Louisville Road, Frankfort, Kentucky 40601; or email
Edwin King and KHC Board Members Visit Capitol Hill Sharing Kentucky's Affordable Housing Success
Pictured _left to right_ is KHC_s newly appointed executive director_ Edwin King with Senator Mitch McConnell
Pictured (left to right) is KHC's newly appointed executive director, Edwin King with Senator Mitch McConnell
KHC's newly named executive director, Edwin King; along with recently named general counsel of KHC, Jeremy Ratliff; and KHC Board member, Gale Lively visited Capitol Hill to share Kentucky's affordable housing success and garner support for federal housing programs that provide safe, quality, affordable housing to Kentucky's low-income families.
Kentucky's affordable housing initiatives-continued investment in the Section 8 Project-Based Rental Assistance program and the federal tax-exempt bond program-were shared with Senators Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul, Congressmen Hal Rogers, John Yarmuth, Brett Guthrie, and with staff from the offices of Congressman James Comer and Andy Barr.
"I am pleased with the engagement of our congressional delegates and their interest in the positive impact that the Low Income Housing Tax Credit has had on our state and their local communities," said King of his visit to Capitol Hill. "They understand that the credit is a valuable tool to incentivize private investment in Kentucky's housing and community infrastructure, which stimulates job creation and commercial support."
In recent years, there has been greater demand for a shorter supply of affordable rental housing, which has driven up costs of rents in the state. By 2020, it is estimated that over 49,000 apartment units in the state will be at risk of losing their affordability with devastating impacts on 49,000 families already struggling with economic hardship across the Commonwealth.
"Preserving the Low Income Housing Tax Credit is essential to reinvesting in aging properties to keep them affordable for our neighbors and families," said King.
Future meetings on Capitol Hill are being planned to include representation from nonprofits, developers, and other stakeholders to help legislators better understand affordable housing needs in Kentucky communities.

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