Message From President John Mahon
Season’s Greetings to All,

As the holidays rapidly approach, I especially want to take this time to wish everyone a Happy and Healthy Holiday Season and New Year!!

Plans are well underway for our Annual Conference May 3-6 at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. MARC representatives have been working with our host and partner NJNAHRO to offer an informative, dynamic and educational experience. Tentative plans call for several plenary sessions including HUD officials, sessions for commissioners and staff alike, some hands on maintenance training and special training and professional development from National NAHRO and Rutgers.

Stay tuned for more information and registration in the New Year. Let’s make it a goal in the next year to support, attend and participate in the success of our MARC Annual Conference.

MARC has a long history of award winning events and programs that are recognized by National NAHRO. Applications are available to submit for Awards of Excellence. Please read details below in the newsletter. Let’s continue to show that the MARC region is an innovative leader for our clients.

It may be a busy time with the holidays and time off, but don’t forget to share any of the holiday activities you have at your facilities with the rest of the MARC family and submit articles and pictures for the January newsletter by the 10th to RSO Sylvia Bowen at

Once again, please enjoy a happy and safe Holiday Season with friends and family!!

John Mahon
Regional News

Each year, five at-large members are elected by the MARC NAHRO membership to serve three-year terms on the region’s Executive Board, the policy-making body of the region. The Executive Board also plans for and is held accountable for activities of the Region.   Meetings are held annually via teleconference, at the NAHRO Washington Conference, the region’s annual conference, and the NAHRO National Conference in October.  Any “Active” member is eligible to serve on the Executive Board.  

The election of Executive Board members is managed by the Nominations and Election Committee (N&E), which is appointed by the Regional President. The N&E will select nominees for the election ballot in accordance with the region’s  by-laws.  

Members who are interested in serving on the Executive Board should contact N&E Chair Clif Martin at or any member of the N&E before January 10, 2020.

The N&E will advise the membership of nominees whose name will appear on the election ballot by January 15. Additional names will be placed on the election ballot upon the receipt of a valid petition by January 30, as prescribed in the region’s by-laws. The electronic voting will take place in mid-February.

Feel free to direct questions to any member of the N&E.   

Clif Martin
Anne Arundel Housing Commission
Dale Gravett
Housing Authority of Chester County
Chelsea Andrews
District of Columbia Housing Authority
Vernon Lawrence
Pleasantville Housing Authority
Marsha J. Parham-Green
Baltimore County Office of Housing
We hope you will consider serving on your region’s Executive Board.  MARC NAHRO needs your experience and perspective to help inform decisions about the region’s programs, products, and services so that MARC NAHRO will become stronger, more vibrant and continue to meet the needs of its members!
Housing Authority of the County of Chester
Family Self-Sufficiency Graduate Dinner

Delaware Chapter of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials Presents:  

Understanding the Fair Housing Act 

March 3, 2020
Woodside, DE

New Series  
The 2019-2021 MARC NAHRO Executive Board began its term in October 2019.
Starting with this newsletter, we introduce you to members who have made the commitment to serve our Region.  Meet Senior Vice President Kathy Walter and Secretary Gina Gibson.

Senior Vice President  Kathy Walter
Current Position and Organization
Deputy Executive Director/Comptroller
The Housing Authority of the County of Beaver
Current State Leadership Position
Budget and Administration Committee -- Pennsylvania Association of Housing & Redevelopment Agencies (PAHRA)

Current National NAHRO Leadership Positions
Member of:
Board of Governors
Member Services Committee (Chair-Awards Subcommittee)
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisory Committee
Legislative Network Advisory Committee
Nominating and Election Committee

Past Regional Leadership Positions
MARC NAHRO Vice President-Member Services
MARC NAHRO Secretary

Awards and Commendations
Finalist, CFO of the Year award, the Pittsburgh Business Times
Delegate-2019 International Forum on Housing and Community Development

Other Affiliations
Beaver County United Way Allocation Advisory Board
Past Board Member and Past President, Beaver County Alliance for Consumer Protection Agency.

BSBA in Accounting and MS in Organizational Studies, with honors, Robert Morris University

 Secretary Gina Gibson

Current Position and Organization
Director of Property Management
Housing Commission of Anne Arundel County

Current State Leadership Position
Vice President of Public Housing - Maryland Association of Housing and Redevelopment Agencies

Current National NAHRO Leadership Positions
Housing America Advisory Committee
Emerging Leaders Advisory Committee

Certifications and Credentials
TCS (Tax Credit Specialist),
CAM (Certified Apartment Manager)
CME (Certified Management Executive)
CMPO (Certified Manager of Property Operations)
CMM (Certified Manager of Maintenance)
CSI-UPCS (Certified Specialist of Inspection-Uniform Physical Conditions Standards
CSI-HQS (Certified Specialist of Inspection - Housing Qualified Standards)
CPBV (Certified Project Based Vouchers)
May 3-6, 2020 – Hard Rock Hotel –
Atlantic City, New Jersey
Please reserve these dates on your calendar now!

You won’t want to miss the region’s largest gathering of members. Take advantage of a wide range of opportunities for education, networking, and professional development.  

Registration will open in mid-February
Watch your inbox for details! 
National NAHRO News
2020 "What Home Means to Me"
Winners calendars are now
available for pre-order!
Featuring the beautiful, expressive artwork of 13 youth who live in affordable housing, this calendar provides year-round reminders of the importance of a place to call home and of the vital work that housers and community builders do. Perfect for your office wall or as a gift!
Visit the  NAHRO website   to pre-order your copy today!

Take advantage of NAHRO’s Agency Awards of Merit to showcase the innovative work being done by your agency. Winners receive national recognition and are added to the resource bank of the best programs in housing and community development throughout the nation. At the Merit Award level, entries are judged on their own merit and not in competition with each other. 
The 2020 online application is now available on the   NAHRO website .
Q uestions? Contact La Tonya Rajah at   or Lori Myers-Carpenter at .
Start 2020 Right with NAHRO Professional Development
Check out our end-of-the-year and early 2020 online and in-person opportunities for you and your staff to brush up on current skills and learn new ones!

  • Jan. 14: Fair Housing Update (online)

For more of our learning opportunities, visit our online calendar or contact .

This newly updated book is an indispensable guide to the roles and responsibilities of the local housing or community development agency commissioner. Every commissioner should have a copy!

It covers vital topics such as commissioners' duties, conducting effective board meetings, working with the board and the executive director, and more. New material includes updated overviews of housing and redevelopment programs, a table of key dates in the federal budget and appropriations process, a separate chapter on ethics, updated advocacy and communications guidelines, and more! 
New Resources for RAD, Revision 4 Available
There are several new resources available that help explain changes in the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program with the fourth revision of the RAD notice. These resources were highlighted in a recent RADBlast! email. The Department of Housing and Urban Development has published both additional guidance for using project-based rental assistance (PBRA) in Opportunity Zones and new webinars explaining changed aspects of the new notice.
The new resources include the following:

  • RAD Notice (Revision 4) – Changes to Public Housing Conversion – provides an overview of the changes in the notice that affect PHAs. 

provides an overview of processing changes for CHAP awardees. 

NAHRO offers a variety of awards and recognition to persons who have made outstanding contributions to the housing and community development field.

They are:

  • Mary K. Nenno Advocacy Award - pays homage to the recipient whose outstanding achievement and efforts reflect the importance of affordable housing and community development initiatives. 
Deadline for applications: March 2, 2020

  • NAHRO Outstanding Professional of the Year - NAHRO's most prestigious award honors an exceptionally qualified person who has made outstanding contributions to the quality of life through service in the field of housing or community development. 
Deadline:  August 17, 2020

Deadline: August 17, 2020

Deadline: August 17, 2020

  • Emerging Leader Award highlights an individual who has been involved in NAHRO at the national level for six years or less and has distinguished him/herself as an Emerging Leader
Deadline: August 17, 2020
Roll of Achievers  - showcases residents who have made noteworthy efforts to improve as an individual or as a member of the community.
Share your News – We want to hear from you!
We want to celebrate your successes!

Hear about your best practices—this will help your peers do their jobs better each business day!

Advertise your job openings!     

Send information to RSO Sylvia Bowen  by the 10 th of each month.  
MARC NAHRO State Chapters

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