MARCH 2019
Join us May 29 -31, 2019

2019 MAHRA & MARC NAHRO Conference and Exhibition
A Framework Forward:
Solutions for a new Housing Paradigm

MGM National Harbor
101 MGM National Ave, Oxon Hill, MD 2074
Members: $275 per person          
Non-Members: $325 per person 
Regional News

Governor Murphy Re-appoints
Dr. Joseph Juliano to Housing Authority of the City of Orange Board of Commissioners
ORANGE, NJ – February 15, 2019 – Governor Phil Murphy has re-appointed Dr. Joseph Juliano for a third term on the Board of Commissioners for the Housing Authority of the City of Orange, where he serves as vice chair.

Dr. Juliano was first appointed commissioner in 1998 by then Governor Christine Whitman and by Governor Chris Christie for a second term. “I am proud to be appointed by a democratic governor,” said the registered Democrat. “The governor continues to demonstrate his commitment to revitalizing New Jersey’s older communities, cities like Orange, where residents can once again live in comfort and safety. We are grateful for his support as we continue our work.”

As a life-long resident of Orange, Dr. Juliano is proud of the work the board has accomplished. “We completed over and above what needed to be completed when we finishedDr. Walter G. Alexander Phase IV by means of making the city more attractive for people to live and work here,” commented Dr. Juliano. “We are there already. Now, I look around and see just a few empty warehouses and abandoned houses where there used to be many. We are continuing to work with the city on these projects.”

Housing Mobility Demonstration
Will Improve Families’ Access to High-Opportunity Areas

President Trump’s 2020 budget, released today, would make poverty more widespread, widen inequality and racial disparities, and increase the ranks of the uninsured.

The budget proposes deep cuts in non-defense discretionary (NDD) programs alongside sizeable defense increases, which it would fund through a massive budget gimmick. NDD programs, funded through annual appropriations, range from education and veterans’ medical care to environmental protection, low-income housing assistance, child care, national parks, and international affairs. The Trump budget proposes cutting fiscal year 2020 NDD funding by $54 billion (9 percent) below the 2019 level, and by $69 billion (11 percent) after adjusting for inflation. These cuts hold NDD funding to the cap set by the Budget Control Act (BCA) of 2011 and subsequently lowered through sequestration.

BedBug Central Releases Revamped Free Bed Bug Affordable Housing Resource Guide and Documents Package
The Complete Bed Bug Affordable Housing Resource Guide Just Got Better!

Lawrenceville, NJ BedBug Central has recently released their free, revamped bed bug Affordable Housing Resource Guide for 2019. In addition to the revised Resource Guide, BedBug Central decided to add to the popular guide by including the Affordable Housing Documents Package with it.

The Resource Guide, which features vital bed bug research, housing authority case study and informative documents such as the “Community-wide” approach by Dr. Richard Cooper, has been well-received over the past year by many public housing agencies.

“What we were seeing among the affordable housing industry was that they found immense value in the original document we created,” BedBug Central’s President Rob DiJoseph said. “So we wanted to take that further and utilize our library of content to provide them with even better resources for 2019.”  See entire press release here.

EveryHome™ PAHRA’s 6th Annual H&CD Awareness Event

Did you know that almost one-half of all Americans – 146 million of us – are classified as living below the poverty level?

For many, public housing still brings to mind an image of crime, drugs, poor living conditions in old or overcrowded high-rises. But to those assembled in the rotunda of the Pennsylvania State Capitol building on Tuesday, February 26, 2019, that is not the case. They know better – and they strive to make it better.

Representatives of the Pennsylvania Association of Housing & Redevelopment Agencies (PAHRA) gathered in a show of solidarity at the State Capitol to recognize the importance of housing and community development in overcoming obstacles in the lives and communities of Pennsylvanians, beyond brick and mortar, such as:

  • Reducing housing instability for families with children
  • Encouraging education and economic self-sufficiency
  • Supportive services for seniors, the physically or mentally challenged, and homeless veterans
  • Connecting and creating communities that care

PAHRA’s 6th annual EveryHome event was held in partnership with ReThink: Why Housing Matters in support of their efforts to battle the negative perceptions and myths surrounding public housing. PAHRA encourages you to visit the website to view these and other video stories to learn more.

Meanwhile, PAHRA pledges to continue advocating for adequate funding for affordable housing and related services, to help insure that every citizen, and every child, in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has a place to call home.
Spring Conference

May 6-9, 2019
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Atlantic City

Honor Your Fellow
MARC Colleagues!

Have you ever wanted to recognize a colleague for his/her outstanding work? Here’s your chance! NAHRO invites nominations for the 2019 Individual Awards that recognize excellence, innovation, and achievement in the housing and community development (HCD) industry. The deadline for NAHRO Fellow applications is July 1; the deadline for all awards is August 15. 

Purpose : NAHRO’s highest and most prestigious award given to honor an exceptionally qualified person who has made outstanding contributions to improve a community’s quality of life through service in the HCD industry. The award is made on the basis of extraordinary accomplishments and contributions. 

History : The award was established in 1975 in the name of M. Justin Herman to provide a living acknowledgment for the standard of excellence he established in the field of housing and community development and the contributions he made to the beauty and vigor of San Francisco.

Qualifications : Each nominee must have demonstrated an outstanding contribution to the nation’s effort to provide “a decent home and a suitable living environment for every American family.”
Purpose : To further the work of the NAHRO International Research and Global Exchange Committee by recognizing a person in the housing and community development field who has made an outstanding contribution toward international understanding and exchange of international experience.

History : The award was established in 1983 in the name of John D. Lange, Executive Director of NAHRO from 1951 to 1970, who actively participated throughout his professional career in international exchange and, in his retirement, carried out executive service assignments in Argentina, Indonesia, and the Philippines.

Qualifications : Each nominee must have a direct affiliation with the housing and community development field and must have made an outstanding contribution to international understanding in HCD industry.
Purpose : To honor a current commissioner, or one who has served within the past 12 months, who has demonstrated excellence in advocating for and developing the financial, political, and community support necessary to ensure the continuation and expansion of HCD programs.

History : The award was established in 1987 in the name of Elizabeth B. Wells to provide a living acknowledgment of the outstanding contributions she made to the housing field as a member of the Board of Commissioners of the King County (WA) Housing Authority and as NAHRO’s first Vice President of the Commissioners Committee.

Qualifications : Each nominee must be an individual or associate member of national NAHRO, have contributed in the areas of community leadership, advocacy, and public relations as well as to the activities of NAHRO. Nominees cannot be employed by the Housing Authority and serve as Commissioner simultaneously.
The Emerging Leaders are a self-identified, diverse group of professionals who are interested in advancing in the HCD industry. Emerging Leaders gain knowledge and integrate themselves into the industry through mentors, trainings, and conferences. An Emerging Leader demonstrates leadership and is willing to contribute and share knowledge/ideas with others.

Purpose : The Emerging Leader Award recognizes an individual who has distinguished him/herself as an Emerging Leader.  

Qualifications : Must have been involved in NAHRO at the national, regional and/or chapter levels for at least five years and must have distinguished him/herself as an Emerging Leader.
Please note: Nominees do not need to be a member of the Emerging Leaders Subcommittee. Nominations must be submitted by someone other than the nominee. Award winners can only receive the award once.
This award recognizes both a vendor partner and a housing agency or community development agency whose partnership exemplifies a joint effort that creates positive change. Current BPC members and PHAs or associations that administer affordable housing programs will be eligible. Each entry must be limited to one specific partnership example. BPC members may also enter new products and services that have not yet been implemented, but that would meet the above criteria with the support of the HA for which the product/service is being designed. BPC members may also enter products, services, and philanthropic activities (e.g., scholarships or volunteer projects) that benefit multiple PHAs or their local communities. 
Purpose : NAHRO Fellows are honored because they have demonstrated, over a sustained period of time, their commitment to improving the housing conditions of their fellow citizens and/or the viability and sustainability of the communities in which they live and/or work. Award recipients may use the designation “NAHRO Fellow” professionally as a designation after their name, and may be called upon for mentoring and service to NAHRO and its members.

Qualifications : Each nominee must have been an individual or associate member of National NAHRO for at least three years; have at least 12 years of professional experience in housing and/or community development; have graduated from a college or university or have a combination of professional training that demonstrates a commitment to self-improvement and professional development; and be able to demonstrate significant contributions to the HCD industry in five of the eight categories including Association Mastery. Mastery in either the policy area or the practice area is also required.
For more information and/or an application form, visit:

2019 NAHRO Merit College Scholarship

In 2017, The National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) established the NAHRO Merit College Scholarship Program. Eight scholarships are awarded nationwide to candidates, one from each NAHRO region, who are pursuing a post-secondary degree. The scholarships will be judged by the NAHRO Scholarship Committee, which is comprised of Housing America Task Force members who accept and review the scholarship applications.

The eight regional scholarship winners will each receive a $1,000 scholarship. From the eight regional recipients, a first- and a second-place winner chosen by the NAHRO Scholarship Committee will receive an additional $5,000 and $2,000 award, respectively. Each region will submit an application of their choice from their own scholarship program.

Applications and photos must be sent to MARC at by June 7th.  The MARC Scholarship Committee will judge the applications and select a winner to advance to the national level.
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
  • 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)

Do you have news to share from your agency?
E mail MARC Regional Service Officer, Kristen Damazio
at or call 202-580-7203.