January 2019
Message from President Marsha Parham-Green
Happy New Year!

2019 has started off with a bang! We entered 2019 with a partial government shutdown which puts all our programs in jeopardy. Please continue to advocate at the local, state, and federal levels for program funding across the board for affordable housing programs. 

We are gearing up for the 2019 Regional Conference as well as all the 2019 State Conferences. Please make sure that you publicize your information so that the MARC Board can support your efforts. We are looking to each state to support us at the Maryland/MARC Conference at National Harbor.

Elections for the 2019-2021 term are around the corner. Stay tuned!

Marsha J. Parham-Green
Regional News
The Bayonne Housing Authority After School Program has been holding a series of educational sessions for BHA students to stress the benefits of a smoke free environment.

Outside agencies have provided age appropriate workbooks that educate students about the dangers of smoking and second hand smoke as well as how to approach relatives that do smoke.

“Since all our public housing properties are now required to be smoke free, this is the perfect time to present this material to our After School participants and the materials are not only age appropriate, but serve as a reading exercise,” said BHA Executive Director John Mahon.

The BHA After School Program is a joint function with the Bayonne Board of Education. BHA grammar school students stay in several schools after the regular school day stay in a classroom setting under the supervision of certified teachers to complete homework assignments and get additional help. Staff also communicates with teachers if a student needs any additional or specific assistance. If time allows after completing assignments, students are then allowed to use the recreational facilities in their particular school. Various forms of the After School Program have been in place since the mid 1990’s.

“Having the children in a school setting is the perfect place to have this discussion,” said Program Coordinator Michael Olesky. “The smoking ban affects all the families in the Program and it is important to include the children and the materials that were donated are a good vehicle to get the word out.”

Request for Proposals
Inspection Services

The Housing Authority of the City of York (YHA), 31 South Broad Street, York, PA 17403 will receive proposals for Inspection Services until 12 pm Monday, January 14, 2019.

Proposals received after the stated date and time will not be considered.


This project involved the construction of five garden style apartments on a previously blighted site in Atlas, PA an unincorporated village in Mount Carmel Township, Northumberland County. The one bedroom units are targeted to seniors (62+) with income at or below 50% of the median income. Households will are offered housing vouchers to insure the affordability of the rent. The Housing Authority of Northumberland County was the developer of the project, and will manage the units going forward.

A fire destroyed several properties on the site in October 2013. Mount Carmel Township acquired the properties (131-151 W. Girard St. As part of this project all parcels were consolidated to 1 deed). The Township reviewed and approved a Girard Street Revitalization Plan that was drafted by the Housing Authority in December 2013. 

Ground was broken in late June of 2016, and the units were complete as of the end of April 2017. The design features front porches with a zero step entrance to accommodate seniors who have mobility issues along with off street parking. One unit is fully ADA accessible, while all others meet the ADA visitability requirements.


Jill Horner speaks with Walter McNeil, Jr., Ph.D, Executive Director from the  Orange Housing Authority , about Re-Development of the East Ward of Orange and the Tiny Homes Project. Interview recorded 10/10/2018.
Residential Revamps on the way to Orange

Fios 1 News interviewed the Orange Housing Authority for the demolition on Central Place. The deconstructions are part of smart design reconstruction to maximize the space on small plots of land. The housing authority has very clear goals, which include the continued revitalization of properties and to bring economic opportunities to Orange.

The houses coming to the properties will be built off-site and will be transported to the plots of soon-to-be vacant land in and around Central Place. Click  HERE  to watch full interview.
Presents for All
The Mayor and City Council visited the BHA Afterschool Program to help distribute gifts. Generous donations from the community ensure every participant get a gift
The Holidays came a few days early for the children participating in the Bayonne Housing Authority Afterschool Program. Thanks to very generous gifts from the community, every child in the program received at least one gift. The Mayor and City Council also joined in the festivities at one of the sites and helped distribute gifts to the children.

The program serves over 120 children and over 160 presents were donated.  After the program participants received gifts, the remainder was distributed amongst other children at the developments.

“The Bayonne community has always been generous and their generosity ensures the children have a great holiday season,” said Michael Olesky, Program Director. “This is also a nice way to recognize all the hard work the children in the program put in during the school year by completing their assignments and furthering their education.”

An extra special surprise happened a few days later when 35 bicycles were donated to one of the Afterschool Program sites which meant that EVERY participant at that site was given a brand new bike and helmet.

The Bayonne Housing Authority Afterschool Program operates throughout the school year. It is open to any BHA grammar school student. In a joint effort with the Bayonne Board of Education, BHA students stay at several schools after the school day is over. Under the supervision of certified teachers, BHA students finish homework assignments and then are free to use the school recreational facilities once their assignments are completed. School buses then transport the children home at the end of the day. The Program has been operating for over 20 years.

BHA Afterschool Program Students at the Henry E. Harris grammar school look over the bicycles given by a generous donation from the community. Each student in the program at the site was given a new bike and helmet.
By collaborating with the design architect (40 80 Architecture, LLC), the Development Team of the Allegheny County Housing Authority, Oxford Development and Green Development wanted to construct a product that would be a benefit to the residents and help with controlling the development’s operating costs. The development team designed a building that will incorporate sustainable features and energy-efficient construction to the greatest extent feasible. Construction began in October 2017 and is being designed, constructed and tested to Passive Housing standards as designated by the Passive House Institute US (PHIUS). To meet these rigorous standards, the building envelope is constructed with increased insulation at all walls, roofs, and slabs-on-grade and the envelope will be sealed to minimize air infiltration at levels significantly below energy code standards. 40 80 Architecture, LLC work with Think Little, the Passive House energy modeling firm to design the building to these standards.
Dorchester of Mt. Lebanon – A Four-Story Senior Housing Development
Upon construction completion, the Allegheny County Housing Authority will have the building certified by PHUS. It will be the first PHIUS Passive House building in the Allegheny County Housing Authority’s affordable housing inventory. Construction is expected to be completed in early March 2019.

Please visit for more information.
HABC Recognizes Graduates of the Family Self-Sufficiency Program

The Housing Authority of Baltimore City’s Office of Resident Services (ORS) knows that one of the most promising pathways out of poverty includes access to higher education and opportunity. Every Year, ORS honors resident graduates who complete the terms of their contract under the Family Self-Sufficiency Program (FSS). This year, HABC held a special breakfast celebration on December 6th, and Linda Robeson was featured. Ms. Robeson joined the Family Self-Sufficiency Program in July of 2014 and graduated in February of 2018. Ms. Robeson successfully completed the goals that she set out for herself including her ultimate goal of becoming a homeowner. This was achieved in July of 2018. 
FSS is an employment and savings incentive program for low-income families that live in public housing or are in the Housing Choice Voucher Program. It promotes economic self-sufficiency among participating families. Participants in this program commit up to five years and are encouraged to identify goals that promote education and help develop sustainable careers! 
FSS eligible families are connected with the appropriate support services and resources in their communities to move the family toward economic self- sufficiency. Use of housing as a stabilizing force permits the family to invest their energy in other efforts – including full-time employment, education and job training – necessary to achieve self-sufficiency. 
Financial incentives are offered to families, which become available to the family upon successful completion of their contract of participation, or upon achievement of certain interim goals. In 2018, HABC’s FSS Program served 436 families; dispersed $176,201.67 in escrow payments; and graduated 31 participants.
HABC to Preserve More Affordable Housing through RAD

The Housing Authority of Baltimore City (HABC) and Enterprise Homes recently closed on financing to renovate 75 rental apartment homes at Heritage Crossing in West Baltimore. The apartments will receive necessary upgrades to enhance the residents’ lives while remaining affordable. The work will take place under HUD’s Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program, which enables public housing authorities to leverage public and private funds to reinvest in distressed public housing developments. HABC and Enterprise have also partnered on the Allendale Apartments RAD project, which reopened in 2017 after renovations were completed. 

“We are excited to partner with Enterprise Homes on the renovation of Heritage Crossing through HUD’s Rental Assistance Demonstration Program,” said HABC Executive Director Janet Abrahams. “This public-private partnership will enhance the living environment for 75 families in this West Baltimore community. Converting these affordable units to RAD allows HABC to fulfill its mission of creating and providing quality affordable housing opportunities in sustainable neighborhoods for the people we serve.”
Exterior and interior renovations, to include new roofing and hot water heaters, are projected to total $4.6 million in hard costs. Primary financing for the renovations came from the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit. Additional funding was provided by HABC, the Maryland Department of Housing & Community Development and SunTrust Bank.

HABC is committed to finding creative solutions to develop and preserve quality affordable housing opportunities in sustainable neighborhoods that support families, stabilize communities, and spark neighborhood investment. HABC and Community Housing Partners also recently closed on financing for The J. Van Story Branch, Sr. Apartments. The 357-unit, 20-story building in the lower Charles Village area will be renovated through HUD's RAD program to preserve affordable housing for seniors and non-elderly disabled residents. 

Former Somerset Homes Residents Have Opportunity to Return to New Development Once Complete
As part of the Housing Authority of Baltimore City’s (HABC) efforts to transform and revitalize East Baltimore through the new Perkins Somerset Oldtown (PSO) Development, HABC is reaching out to former residents of Somerset Homes and offering them an opportunity to return to the newly developed PSO site once it’s complete. Residents who lived at Somerset between May 2006 and December 2008 and are interested in returning to the newly developed site may have a right to return. Somerset Homes was demolished in 2009, and the vacant land where the development once stood will be integrated into the new PSO Development.

“We encourage all residents who lived at Somerset Homes during this time period to take the opportunity to find out if they can live in a brand new home in a transformed community,” said Janet Abrahams, HABC Executive Director. “The opportunity is for former residents who were relocated during the specific time period leading up to the demolition.”

According to Abrahams, residents can find out if they are eligible by contacting Sherry Rhue, HABC’s Relocation Specialist, at 410-545-3228.

The PSO Development is made possible through a $30 million Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant that the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded HABC and Baltimore City earlier in the year. The plan calls for the demolition and redevelopment of Perkins Homes into a vibrant mixed income community with affordable and market rate housing, a new 21st Century School, new community amenities and opportunities, neighborhood improvements, and a supportive services plan aimed at helping families meet their goals.

“We have been very excited to take the next steps with our federal, state, city and community partners in this major redevelopment project,” said Abrahams. “This plan will replace distressed public housing with high-quality housing for people from all income levels and create new education, recreation, and economic opportunities that will connect residents to the tools they need to achieve their personal goals.”

For more information about the PSO Transformation plan, visit
Awards of Merit

Deadline to submit an application is Friday, January 11th

The NAHRO Award of Merit applications for 2019 are now being accepted. Please consider submitting an application in the following categories:
  • Program Innovation: Resident and Client Services
  • Program Innovation: Community Revitalization
  • Administrative Innovation
  • Program Innovation: Affordable Housing 
  • Project Design 
Due dates are as follows: December 14, 2018 the fee is $75 and January 11, 2019 with a $150 fee. See the NAHRO website for more information . Submit an application now!

We have a region full of winners!!!!!!! Send in your application.
2019 Calendar
'What Home Means to Me'

Each year, NAHRO's Housing America campaign holds a poster contest for children living in affordable housing owned or administered by NAHRO member agencies. Participants create posters that express the theme of “What Home Means to Me.” The contest is a collaborative effort of NAHRO’s local and state chapters, regional chapters and national NAHRO.
Proceeds from the calendar sales go to a fund for the contest winners. The 12 national honorees will each receive $100 Visa gift cards. The Grand Prize honoree will receive an iPad; his or her family will also be provided with transportation to and from, as well as lodging at NAHRO’s 2019 Washington Conference. The Grand Prize honoree will also receive a framed copy of their original artwork and will tour Capitol Hill.
This year, calendars are available for $9.99. Shipping charges are included. All of the proceeds go to the 2019 contest winners' gifts.
2019 NAHRO Biennial Elections

The NAHRO leadership changes hands biennially with the election of a President and Senior Vice President by the NAHRO membership. 

Campaigning for biennial elections begins at national conferences in even-numbered years and concludes with the election in the fall in odd-numbered years. NAHRO Associates and Allied Individual members are eligible to seek the office of NAHRO President or Senior Vice President.
Candidate for President:
Sunny Shaw, CME
Executive Director,
Housing Alliance and Community Partnerships
Pocatello, ID
Twitter: @sunnyshaw7

Candidate for Senior Vice President:
Patricia S. Wells. CME
Deputy Executive Director,
Oakland Housing Authority
Oakland, CA
(510) 874-1516
Professional Development
1/16/2019 Labor Standards - e- Learning; Online 0.25 CEU

1/23/2019 - 1/24/2019 - HQS Refresher - e-Learning; Online 0.50 CEU

1/30/2019 - 1/31/2019 - HCV Homeownership w/ Proficiency Test - e-Learning; Online 0.50 CEU

2/6/2019 - 2/7/2019 - Workshop for Executive Directors e-Learning; Online 0.50 CEU

  • HDLI’s 2019 General Counsel Forum will be January 26-28, 2019 in Tampa, Florida

  • HDLI’s 2019 Spring Legal Conference is May 9-10, 2019 in Washington, D.C.

  • HDLI’s 2019 Commissioners Conference will be held in Martha’s Vineyard in September 2019 (multiple 2-day sessions will be scheduled in September)

Executive Director - Niagara Falls Housing Authority, New York
The Niagara Falls (NY) Housing Authority is seeking a highly qualified candidate to lead and manage the agency’s budget of $6 million, a staff of 70 and a housing portfolio that includes 848 public housing and tax credit units. The full announcement for this position is available on the agency website at . The application deadline is February 1, 2019 and the application documents must be emailed to both Stan Quy, President / Principal of The Organizational Leadership Edge at and Maria Vitello at .

Asset Manager - Howard County Housing Commission, Columbia, MD

Project Manager - Howard County Housing Commission, Columbia, MD
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