February 2020

Message From President John Mahon
Greetings MARC Family

As the year progresses, we continue to focus 20/20 vision on what will be an eventful year for MARC and national NAHRO.
I hope everyone enjoyed that someone special on Valentine’s Day and a nice long weekend for Presidents’ Day.
In addition, we are celebrating the 50 th anniversary of Black History Month, which was first celebrated in 1970 at Kent State University. Reaching beyond its educational roots, Black History Month has evolved to be recognized across communities, cultural centers and the corporate and business worlds.
Also congratulations to all the Kansas City Chiefs fans on their Superbowl win. With 7 NFL teams in the region, hopefully the trophy comes back to the MARC Region next year!!
The MARC contingent on the Board of Governors was proud to represent the region at President Sunny Shaw’s BOG retreat (January 16-17 in Santa Fe, NM).  We look forward to an exciting and eventful term under Sunny’s leadership and will represent the interests of the MARC region to the best of our abilities.
March 29-31 sees the return of the Washington Conference to the District of Columbia (DC) after several years across the river. In these ever turbulent times, please be part of the advocacy for our clients and communities.
Next, of course, is the MARC/ NJNAHRO Annual Conference at the Hardrock Hotel and Casino on the Boardwalk in Atlantic City from Sunday May 3 rd to Wednesday May 6 th. Many informative sessions are scheduled including presentations by HUD Assistant Secretary of PIH Hunter Kurtz, David Vargas, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for REAC, Region II and III Administrators Lynne Patton and Joseph DeFelice, and Greg Byrne and Jane Hornstein discussing repositioning options and holding “office hours.”  Add sessions by author Alan Mallach, Active Shooter Protocol and an International Roundtable and you have the formula for a one-of-a- kind conference experience in the spring at the Jersey shore and boardwalk.
Not to be outdone, NAHRO President Sunny Shaw and NAHRO CEO Adrianne Todman will be joined in a roundtable with PHADA Executive Director Tim Kaiser and MARC’s own John Clarke, Immediate Past President of PHADA. We believe this is the first time we have had the four leaders of these two organizations in one setting discussing important industry issues from their unique perspectives. Don’t miss this !!
Registration is open with Conference and registration information, including all the sessions, in this month’s newsletter. Please register as soon as possible to enjoy the early bird rate.
Remember, MARC members have an obligation to support the MARC Annual Conference through attendance, vendors and sponsors. Please get the word out and contact Sylvia Bowen, MARC RSO, for assistance with vendor and sponsor information.
Let’s join with New Jersey and make this the best MARC Annual Conference ever. Participate, be supportive, be NAHROminded !!
Warmest regards,
John Mahon
Executive Board Members Spotlight

Meet Elizabeth (Liz) Glen
Principal-Sustainable Community Development
Essex, MD

In addition to serving on the MARC NAHRO Executive Board, Liz is a member of the Board of Trustees of Maryland Affordable Housing Trust and is a member of the NAHRO Board of Governors, in her second term as Chair of NAHRO’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Advisory Committee.  Previous nationally held positions include Vice President-International Research and Global Exchange Committee, the National Conference Planning Committee, chair of the United Nations NGO/Partnerships Committee, and a member of the U.S. National Planning Committee for Habitat III. She currently leads the region’s work on the implementation of Habitat III’s New Urban Agenda.

Additionally, Liz is involved with the Habitat III implementation activities underway through the U.N.’s Huairou Commission’s Civil Society Work Group and the General Assembly of Partners to monitor the progress of the New Urban Agenda, which was approved by 193 member states of the United Nations.

Liz understands the relationship between health, housing, and community vitality and has been on the operating board of MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center. Liz serves on the Medical Center’s Executive Committee and was recently re-appointed to a third 3-year term and chairs the Medical Center’s Community Health Improvement Committee.

With more than 20 years of industry experience, Liz has received numerous awards and honors, which include the NAHRO John D. Lange International Award, MAHRA Leadership Award, Senatorial Citation by the Maryland General Assembly Senate, Who’s Who in America, and Democracy in Leadership of the Real Estate Brokers of Baltimore.  

Liz holds a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art and BS in Business Administration, University of Baltimore.

Meet Stacy Spann
Executive Director
Housing Opportunities Commission of
Montgomery County
Kensington, MD

MARC NAHRO Vice President-Community Revitalization and Development and
NAHRO Vice President-Community Revitalization and Development

Stacy is currently an adjunct professor of the Capstone Course Masters Program in Real Estate at the University of Maryland at College Park in the School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation. He is also a member of the NAHRO Professional Development Faculty, where he teaches “Introduction to Mixed Finance for Public Housing Authorities,” a course he designed for housing authorities, non-profits and local and federal governmental entities throughout the U.S.

Stacy was named Affordable Housing Finance magazine’s “Young Leader” award recipient in 2010 and received the Colvin Institute’s “Maryland Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Real Estate” award in 2016, which recognizes expertise in creative affordable housing solutions, imaginative planning, inventive design and the advancement of progressive, sustainable development.

An Annie E. Casey Children & Family Class 10 Fellow, Stacy holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Morehouse College and a Masters of Public Administration in Advanced Management and Finance from Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs.
The MARC NAHRO Executive Board
As you may know, the Board convenes periodically teleconferences and meets face-to-face three times annually. Have you ever wondered what issues Board members are addressing on behalf of the Region? Teleconference notes and meeting minutes are posted on the region’s website – go to the Members only tab, scroll down to Executive Board Minutes. And as a reminder, the roster of Executive Board members is on the region’s website, click on the tab -- About MARC NAHRO and scroll down to Executive Board.
Election News Update
The hybrid election of amendments to the Region’s bylaws and five at-large members to serve on the MARC NAHRO Executive Board (2020-2023) will run from March 5 through March 25. Watch your inbox for details. Paper ballots will be mailed to members without an email address.
NJNAHRO/MARC NAHRO Annual Conference & Trade Show
Do. Not. Miss. This. Save $100
Register by March 20!
The NJNAHRO/MARC NAHRO Annual Conference and Trade Show is where hundreds of industry commissioners and practitioners will gather to learn and find inspiration. Join us on the World Famous Boardwalk in Atlantic City at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, May 3-6, 2020, and walk away with knowledge you need to stay competitive and compliant. The Public Charge Rule is among the myriad of hot topics that we will delve into at this event. Do. Not. Miss. This.

What is the Public Charge Rule?
The final rule defines public charge. According to the law, any individual who is applying for a visa or for admission to the United States is inadmissible if he or she is likely at any time to become a public charge. This includes applicants for admission to the United States, individuals seeking a green card to become lawful permanent residents, and individuals within the United States who hold a nonimmigrant visa and seek to extend their stay in the same nonimmigrant classification or change their status to a different nonimmigrant classification.  READ MORE

Questions:  Contact Sylvia Bowen,
MARC NAHRO Regional Service Officer at sbowen@nahro.org
The Washington Conference will be held at the
Grand Hyatt Washington Hotel in Washington, DC., from March 29-31
At the Washington Conference, you’ll have the opportunity to:

  • Meet HUD leaders like PIH Assistant Secretary Hunter Kurtz, and hear their thoughts on important housing and community development issues;
  • Get briefed on the latest Moving to Work details by HUD staff, including HUD’s MTW program director Marianne Nazzaro (confirmed);
  • Attend a panel discussion on housing as a social determinant of health;
  • Learn what to expect in this year’s presidential elections from veteran political analyst Charlie Cook;
  • And more!
Professional Development Offerings
in the Region 

For a comprehensive list of Professional Development offerings, visit http://www.nahro.org/trainingcalendar , updates are made frequently. 

Interested in hosting? Contact RSO Sylvia Bowen
sbowen@nahro.org, o r call 202-580-6262.
2020 NAHRO Merit College Scholarship Application
Eight regional scholars, who are pursuing their first post-secondary degree, will receive $1,000 each. Of the eight regional winners, three will be selected to be a NAHRO-LDG scholar. This designation provides additional scholarship funding.  Click here for more information and to download the application , which must be submitted to state chapters by the state-established deadline. 

State Deadlines:

Delaware: June 1st
Contact: Paula Simms

Maryland: April 24th
 Contact: Nicki Biggs

Pennsylvania: June 1st
Contact: Kelly Hicks

New Jersey: April 30th
Contact: William Snyder
NJNAHRO c/o W. Snyder
8 Marin Lane
Manahawkin, NJ 08050
2021 What Home Means to Me
Calendar Contest Has Begun
National NAHRO has announced new entry rules for the annual What Home Means to Me Poster contest. This competition is open to all children in grades K-12 residing in affordable housing assisted directly, supported under community development, or participants in affordable housing programs administered by a NAHRO member authority.  

Each state will hold its own contest and select one winner from each of these categories—elementary, middle, and high school.   Click here for rules and submission requirements.

The Region will select one (1) winner from each category from among the posters submitted by states for the national competition. Judging will take place at the NAHRO Summer Conference, which will be held in the region, in New York – July 23-25.

State Deadlines

Maryland:  May 1st
Contact: Nicki Biggs

Delaware: April 29th
Contact: Paula Simms

New Jersey: April 30th
Contact: William Snyder
NJNAHRO c/o W. Snyder
8 Marin Lane
Manahawkin, NJ 08050

Pennsylvania: June 1st
Contact: Kelly Hicks

MARC NAHRO State Chapters

Central Eastern Pennsylvania
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MARC NAHRO Regional Service Officer | 202.580.7201 | Sylvia Bowen | www.marc@nahro.org