March 2020

Message From President John Mahon
Greetings MARC Family,

And I mean the word FAMILY. I hope this message finds you safe and well.

As we navigate through these unprecedented times, we must remember that we are bonded together, like a family, in our mission to provide for our residents and communities. Our resilience is being tested, but do not forget the important role we play in our residents’ lives, especially our most vulnerable.

As I write this message we probably have not seen the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our staffs and agencies will be pushed to the limit and beyond, but I am confident we will persevere and succeed. We do not have any other choice, our residents and communities need us to.

Please do not feel you are alone. NAHRO is also up to the task to help us during this crisis. Under the leadership of Sunny and Adrianne, NAHRO has already been there for the membership. Conference calls, webinars and e-blasts have kept us informed and up to date. The NAHRO staff has been in communication with HUD on matters of importance and advocating with HUD and Congress for the tools we need to get through this crisis.

Do not forget your fellow NAHRO members, especially in the MARC region as a resource. We are experiencing similar situations so if you need assistance, advice or a pep talk, reach out to your fellow MARC members. You are not alone and we can help and support each other. Through various NAHRO related communication or contacts you can get ideas and solutions to apply at your agencies. In fact, please take advantage of the COVID-19 Resources for Housing Authorities page set up on the NAHRO website. The information available is comprehensive and invaluable.

Finally, do not forget to take care of yourself. While we are all putting in long hours and dealing with stressful situations, your ability to help and provide for others will be limited, if you are not at the top of your game. Part of helping others is taking care of yourself.

Please be safe. Stay healthy. Take care of your residents, your family and yourself.

It will be good to see everyone when this ends…..and it will end !!!!

John Mahon
Executive Board Members Spotlight

 Meet Senghor Manns
Chair-NAHRO Strategic Planning Advisory Committee

Senghor A. Manns CEO, President and Agency Counsel for the Harrisburg Housing Authority was appointed as CEO, President and Agency Counsel to the Harrisburg (PA) Housing Authority (HHA) by the HHA Board of Commissioners in October of 2009. Prior to his current position with HHA, Senghor began his public housing career as General Counsel for the Indianapolis Housing Agency (IHA) in 2005. In 2007 he was promoted to Chief Operating Officer, Deputy Executive Director and Special Counsel for IHA. 

Senghor’s public sector service actually started in 1997 with his appointment as a Deputy Prosecutor for the 24 th Judicial Circuit Hamilton County Prosecutor's Office in the State of Indiana. In 2000, Senghor went into private practice before eventually taking the chief legal position with the Indianapolis Housing Agency. 

Senghor is the Immediate Past President of the Pennsylvania Association of Housing and Redevelopment Agencies (PAHRA). He was, also, recently appointed to chair NAHRO’s Strategic Planning Advisory Committee. Moreover, Senghor sits on NAHRO’s Housing Committee and Legislative Network Committee. Senghor served nine (9) years on the Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh’s Affordable Housing Advisory Council (2010-2019) and currently is a Board member for the Keystone Research Center (a think tank focused on policy that generates social equity and long-term societal progress). 

Senghor obtained his Juris Doctorate from Indiana University's Robert McKinney School of Law in 1995 and is currently completing his Master's degree in real estate from Georgetown University.

Meet Eric C. Brown
MARC NAHRO Vice President-Professional Development 

Eric C. Brown is currently working as a public housing consultant and trainer. Previously, Eric was the Director of the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) for Prince George’s County, Maryland. DHCD is comprised of three governmental agencies: the Department of Housing and Community Development, the Housing Authority (HA) and the Redevelopment Authority (RA). The Department of Housing and Community Development is primarily responsible for the administration, monitoring and evaluation of the Federal entitlement programs. The Housing Authority manages the Housing Choice Voucher programs and public housing. The Redevelopment Authority handles acquisition and development of properties in Prince George’s County.

Mr. Brown has over 30 years of experience working with various government entities. He has over 25 years of senior level administrative and supervisory experience in the affordable multi-family housing arena. Mr. Brown has served as Executive Director of the Meridian (Mississippi) Housing Authority and Annapolis (Maryland) Housing Authority. As Executive Director of the Annapolis Housing Authority he implemented the agency’s first major redevelopment of public housing properties using the public-private partnership model.  He also implemented the first housing partnership with Habitat for Humanity that enabled public housing residents to become home owners.

Seminars by Eric Brown include High Performance Management and Workshop for Executive Directors.
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 ( log in first  
Save the Date: Virtual Hill Day on Tuesday, March 31
Though the Washington Conference needed to be cancelled for safety’s sake, we’re committed to ensuring that your voices are heard on Capitol Hill. NAHRO’s Hill Day is still happening-virtually!
NAHRO was excited to offer Congressional meeting scheduling for all Washington Conference attendees for the first time ever this year. Even though we’ve been forced to cancel all in-person conference events, NAHRO has moved Hill Day to a virtual platform and all meetings with Congressional offices will happen via conference call at no cost to you.
If you registered for the Washington conference prior to its cancellation, your meetings will happen with your senators and representative over the phone. Your meeting schedule will be made available to you via the NAHRO Advocacy Action Center App. Simply log into the app to view your schedule and information about how to join your meeting via phone. Need help accessing the NAHRO app? Watch this video   for step-by-step instructions.
Questions? Contact NAHRO’s Director, Congressional Relations, Tess Hembree .
You and your fellow NAHRO members are working hard to protect your staff, your residents, and your communities – your elected officials need to hear your stories, thoughts and concerns. We hope you will take advantage of this opportunity to connect with your legislators even though you can’t be in Washington in person.
NAHRO COVID-19 Webinar Now Online

On Wednesday, March 18, NAHRO hosted “COVID-19 and Housing Agency Operations,” an informational, members-only webinar on the impact of COVID-19 that reviewed the latest guidance from the federal government, particularly HUD, and heard from members about the critical issues being faced and additional guidance needed. Thank you to everyone who participated.
The webinar is now available online, in two parts. To view each part, click the link and register to view.
These webinars, along with many other resources, are also available at . NAHRO will continue to bring you the information and guidance you need – watch for our future webinars and other member services!

NAHRO Wants to Know

If a portion or all of your housing agency is now working remotely, what virtual platform/s are you using and would you recommend to your colleagues?
NJNAHRO/MARC NAHRO Annual Conference & Trade Show
For obvious reasons, the combined MARC/NJNAHRO Conference from May 3 to May 6, 2020 at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City has been cancelled. Further details about refunds and rescheduling will be forthcoming. I would like to thank the MARC Board for their engagement in the process this year. We built momentum beginning with last year’s conference and it expanded this year. Thank you to all who helped with the planning, reaching out to vendors, volunteering baskets and registering early.

I would also like to extend thanks to the NJ Chapter for welcoming MARC into their conference. The spirit of cooperation began with MARC Past President Marsha Parham-Green. I would especially like to thank NJNAHRO President Janice DeJohn and Conference Chair Lou Riccio and the entire conference committee for their hard work. I hope they recognized the increased interest and effort of the MARC Board, and we want build upon that with not only New Jersey, but all the states and territories in our region. We were going to have a great conference this year, let’s work to make next year’s even better!!

Questions:  Contact Sylvia Bowen,
MARC NAHRO Regional Service Officer at

In 2019, more than 50 MARC NAHRO Members earned 93 NAHRO Certifications, which provide an acknowledgement of their demonstrated mastery of specific knowledge and skills. 

V iew the list of MARC NAHRO Certified Members here .
Learn Where You Are
With NAHRO Webinars!
NAHRO Professional Development is here to provide you with the skills and knowledge you need to thrive as a housing and community development professional. Keep up to date with our convenient online training.

Keep watching our calendar! We will be offering more courses soon.

Interested in hosting? Contact RSO Sylvia Bowen , 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
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 |