September 2018
Message from President Marsha Parham-Green
Congratulations to all the Regional agencies that successfully applied for and were recently awarded Mainstream Vouchers. The region will add 1,768 vouchers and $16,085,182 budget authority to support this initiative. Click here to see the details.

I hope everyone enjoyed their summer and had an opportunity to have great vacations. We are looking forward to beginning the planning process for the 2019 Regional Conference. We will be partnering with the Maryland Chapter of NAHRO and the conference will be held at the end of May 2019. We would like to have representatives from each state to assist in the planning process. If you are interested, please contact MARC Service Officer, Kristen Damazio at

Please continue to send in your highlights, events, and achievements to be included in the monthly newsletter. We operate in each others backyards, so let's spread the news so that we can join with you, learn from you, and support your efforts.

Looking forward to this last quarter of the year. Remember, MARC NAHRO is here to support you in your training and development needs. Don't be a stranger!

See you in Atlanta! We will have a MARC Board Meeting on Wednesday, October 24th at 5:00pm and a Meet & Greet at noon on Thursday, October 25th. Locations to be determined.


Marsha J. Parham-Green
Regional News
HUD Secretary
Ben Carson Tours
Housing Authority of Beaver County, PA
PHA Breaks Ground
for Norris Apartments
Phase III

(Philadelphia, PA – September 10, 2018) —The Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA) and the City of Philadelphia celebrated the start of construction for Norris Apartments Phase III at a groundbreaking today in the city’s North Central neighborhood. The development represents the third of five phases developed following the award of a $30 million Choice Neighborhoods Implementation grant to the City of Philadelphia and PHA by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in June 2014. 

“We’re thrilled to see the renewal of this neighborhood as we work toward building a stronger, safer, more vibrant and sustainable community,” said PHA President and CEO Kelvin Jeremiah. “The Choice Neighborhoods Implementation grant that is making this and other redevelopment activities possible is one of the most significant investments in affordable housing by the federal government in recent years.”

PHA and the City of Philadelphia were awarded a $30 million Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant by HUD in June 2014 to revitalize the North Central neighborhood. A series of community meetings identified a number of resident priorities: more job training and opportunities; reduced crime and increased neighborhood safety; elimination of trash-strewn vacant land; and high-quality educational resources. The North Central Philadelphia transformation plan will address all of these areas of concern.

"This groundbreaking is an exciting step forward for Philadelphia," said Senator Casey. "I was proud to support this project from the start and pleased that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development chose to invest in the City. I look forward to the project's completion and the resulting economic growth, job creation and new affordable housing."

Left to Right: President & CEO Nilda Iris Ruiz, Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha, Inc.; President Richard Englert, Temple University; PHA Commissioner Sam Staton; Director of the Planning and Development Anne Fadullon, City of Philadelphia; Deputy Director Division of Housing and Community Development, Melissa Long, City Of Philadelphia;PHA President & CEO Kelvin A. Jeremiah; President Donna Richardson, Norris Apartments Resident Council; Regional Administrator Joe DeFelice, HUD Region III; Council President Darrell L. Clarke; PHA Board Chair Lynette Brown-Sow; Mayor Jim Kenney; U.S. Senator Bob Casey; Congressman Dwight Evans; Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell; Executive Director Brian Hudson, Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency ; State Rep. W. Curtis Thomas
New Jersey NAHRO
Fall Conference

November 13-15, 2018
Atlantic City, New Jersey

Don't miss this opportunity to network with your peers and local officials attending the annual League of Municipalities conference
Pennsylvania Association of Housing & Redevelopment Agencies (PAHRA) 
Annual Conference

September 23-26, 2018
Nittany Lion Inn
State College, PA

The PAHRA Annual Conference includes our Best Practices Showcase and Awards. Be sure to submit your entries to share your successes and come see what your colleagues are up to!  
MARC Member Services Committee
The MARC NAHRO Member Services Committee has started a membership drive in attempt to gain new members from agencies in the region that are NAHRO members but are not MARC members. An email was sent to the Executive Directors of those agencies yesterday. Members of the Committee will be calling agencies to answer any questions and to encourage them to join.
At the 2018 National Conference & Exhibition, you’ll find focused learning sessions, thought-provoking speakers, a solution-filled exhibit hall, plenty of networking opportunities, and much more. The conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta Hotel, in downtown Atlanta, GA.
Next Month is Housing America Month!

What is your agency
doing to celebrate?

In 2007, Housing America was created and October was designated as the annual month for NAHRO and its members to collectively raise awareness of the need for, and the importance of, safe, decent and affordable housing in quality communities. Events are held around the country by housing authorities, redevelopment agencies and government entities to spotlight the great works that have been done and the successes that so many residents have experienced. Sadly, there continues to be an unmet housing need for many of America's most vulnerable.  Click here for more information. 

We challenge each agency in the region to do an event to celebrate! 
Let us know what event you are planning by sending an email

Event Ideas:
Groundbreaking Ceremony
Property Opening
Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony
Beautification Project
Resident Activity

Would You Like to Lead NAHRO?

Are you energetic, flexible, creative, honest, reliable, passionate and knowledge about our industry and are willing to make a commitment to serve our noble industry? Consider running for NAHRO president or senior vice president—we want to hear from you! 
NAHRO invites Associates and Allied Individual members who intend to seek the office of either president or senior vice president to formally communicate their intention to David Zappasodi, Chair of the Nominating and Election Committee (N&E), via email  by September 14
Traditionally, campaigning commences at national conferences in even-numbered years. At this year’s conference, scheduled October 25-27, 2018 in Atlanta, GA, individuals may announce their candidacy at a plenary session and place an ad in the conference program (specifications will be provided to candidates).   September 14 is also the deadline for submission of conference program ads.
The 2019 election is more than a year away; thus, individuals will have numerous opportunities to announce their candidacy prior to the hybrid election in the fall of 2019. Note, however, in accordance with the Guidelines for National Office Campaigns, candidates are prohibited from making any public announcements of their candidacy prior to the National Conference and Exhibition in Atlanta, GA.
Details about the election are on the N&E’s webpage  Nominating and Election Committee
The N&E has oversight responsibility for the election and certifies the election results. 
Questions? Contact  Sylvia Bowen at  or 202 580-7201.
The Fall Application for the John L. Carroll Memorial Scholarship is now open.

Expressly for small agencies, the John L. Carroll Memorial Scholarship was established in 1993.   Each awarded scholarship will cover the tuition of one NAHRO Professional Development live seminar or online course registration.  

For more information and to apply, click here.
DC Housing Authority - Washington, DC

Housing Commission of Anne Arundel County - Glen Burnie, MD

Housing Authority of the City of Annapolis, MD

Philadelphia Housing Authority - Philadelphia, PA

Virgin Islands Housing Authority
Human Resources Manager  (St. Thomas)
District Manager   (St. Croix)
MARC NAHRO State Chapters
Do you have news to share from your agency?
E mail MARC Regional Service Officer, Kristen Damazio
at or call 202-580-7203.