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THE LATEST NEWS                                                                February 2015
PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

Do you see the 2015 PNRC Annual Conference as an opportunity to learn from your peers?  Are there local, state or federal policies that are affecting how you provide services to your community?  Are there affordable housing providers, outside the United States, which can provide lessons helpful to your issues?  encourage you to consider the opportunities available at this year's conference.  Sign up today to take advantage of the early bird discount on conference and seminar fees!

 

There will be several opportunities to network with your peers, beginning with the welcome reception Sunday evening.  In addition, PNRC is championing a national initiative to raise the 20 percent cap 

on project basing of vouchers, as a result of your feedback.  Finally, there will be a contingent from South Africa who will be presenting some affordable housing lessons they have learned.  I look forward to networking with each of you at this year's conference.

                                
Thank you for reading and I look forward to your feedback,

Lowel Krueger, President

Join us in Seattle May 18th & 19th 
People, Purpose & Passion
2015 PNRC Annual Conference

 

We have returned to a two-day conference with a scholarship fundraising golf tournament, service project and welcome reception the day before the conference and professional development seminars for two days after the conference.

 

We hope our low conference fee of $250 ($275 non-members) will encourage you to participate. Your conference fee includes Welcome Reception on Sunday, all sessions, breakfast, breaks and lunch on Monday and Tuesday and Exhibitors' Reception on Tuesday.  

 

To encourage maximum participation from your organization 

we are offering Buy 5 Get 1 FREE.  

 

TRACKS & WORKSHOPS

 

Commissioners & Executives

  • Board Meeting Procedures and Best Policies 
  • HR Management Dos and Don'ts
  • PHA's Role in Ending Veteran Homelessness
  • Using GIS to Address Fair Housing
  • Risk Management
  • Using Technology to Strengthen Your Message

Family Self Sufficiency

  • FSS in the Move to Work Environment
  • FSS Roundtable
  • FSS 101
  • FSS Case Management Best Practices
  • Strengthening FSS Program Performance
  • HUD Talks FSS

Maintenance

  • Integrated Pest Control Best Practices
  • Customer Service
  • Hazards Materials: Safety and Certifications
  • Preparation for REAC
  • Inventory Control and Management
  • Preventive Maintenance

Move to Work

  • Roundtable on Education Program and Affordable Housing
  • What Data Really Tells the Story?
  • Lessons Learned from non-MTW Agencies
  • Targeting and Implementing Programs for Special Populations
  • Families, Housing and Health
  • Successfully Implementing Rent Reform

Occupancy and Asset Management

  • Voucher Program Case Management
  • PHAS Overview
  • SEMAP Overview
  • Landlord Relations
  • VASH Program
  • Financial Overview for Non-Financial Staff

 

POST CONFERENCE SEMINARS 

 

        Ethics and the Housing and Community Development Commissioner - $250/$275

        Excellence in Customer Service - $325/$360

        Casterline Financial Management Update - $430/$475

 

CONFERENCE HOTEL 
DoubleTree at Seattle Tacoma International Airport
Rooms at $139 per night
Self parking $10 per night

For room reservations CLICK HERE

 

 

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS


Sunday, May 17th
Scholarship Fundraising Golf Tournament at Riverbend Golf Complex 
Local Service Project (location to be determined) 

Welcome Reception 

 

Monday, May 18th
Breakfast and visit with exhibitors
Opening General Session Sponsored by HARRP with Motivational Humorist Sharon Lacey
Break and visit with exhibitors
Concurrent Sessions  - Tracks include: Commissioners & Executives, Family Self Sufficiency, Maintenance, Move to Work and Occupancy and Asset Management 
Lunch with Washington Update by NAHRO CEO Saul Ramirez
Break and visit with exhibitors  
Concurrent Sessions
Exhibitors' Reception Sponsored by Yardi Systems

Scholarship Fundraising Movie  - "Brick by Brick", a civil rights story

 

Tuesday, May 19th
Breakfast and visit with exhibitors
Concurrent Sessions
Break and visit with exhibitors
Concurrent Sessions 
Lunch with Annual Meeting and 50/50 Raffle Drawing

Break and visit with exhibitors
Concurrent Sessions

 

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BECOME A SPONSOR!

Sponsorship of our conference is an excellent way to support our mission of "Building Communities Together" and your financial support ensures that we can continue to provide education and advocacy to the public housing leadership in the our region.  
 

Our conference provides a significant amount of training and skill-building to our members even during these very difficult fiscal times and want to be able to continue providing the best trainings possible.  

 

Although many of our conference costs will be covered by seminar registrations, the overall success of the conference and PNRC is dependent on contributions from PNRC's supporters.

Click here for Sponsorship Opportunities

 

 

BE AN EXHIBITOR
Showcase your business to Affordable Housing Industry Leaders by being an Exhibitor at our conference.
Click here for the  Exhibitor Prospectus

 

 




Thank you to HARRP for being a 
2015 Conference Platinum Sponsor

REGIONAL NEWS

Affordable Housing for Close-in Southeast Portland

 

An area adjacent to workforce jobs that has very limited housing opportunities for those workers will benefit from a collaborative effort by St. Francis of Assisi Church, Catholic Charities, and Home Forward.

The new apartment community, St. Francis Park, will be located in a close-in Southeast Portland neighborhood on open space adjacent to the church.  The $20 million development will result in 102 affordable apartments, 25 of which will be reserved for domestic violence victims and women experiencing homelessness.  Home Forward, which is contributing $1.1 million in equity, is a co-sponsor on the development project and a limited partner in the ownership of the community.  Construction is slated to begin in fall 2015.

 

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Pocatello Finds Home for Homeless Vets

Pocatello Housing Authority
 
Mayors across the country accepted a challenge to end veterans homelessness.Last week, Pocatello Mayor Brian Blad announced the city has now housed all identified homeless veterans in the area, thanks to the efforts of a local task force.

When Blad took on the challenge back in June, he felt it was the human thing to do.

 

"We've been able to actually put them in hard-walled buildings and we've been able to get them all off the streets," said Blad.

 

The task force is composed of several local agencies and organizations that deal with housing, veterans, or both. Together, they worked closely with landlords, encouraging them to rent to veterans and making them aware of the problem. They also created a newsletter and an emergency services informational card.

 

Sunny Shaw, Pocatello Housing Authority
Executive Director

Thanks to the collaboration, Sunny Shaw, executive director of the Housing Authority of the city of Pocatello, said the agencies and organizations are more aware of each others' services.

 

"If we aren't able to assist when we get a phone call, we actually know who to refer that veteran to so they can get assistance," Shaw said.

 

 

Click here for full story and video                   

 

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Nampa Housing Authority gets $183,540 

 

Andy Rodriguez, Nampa Housing Authority Executive Director

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development last week awarded $183,540 to the Nampa Housing Authority to help public housing residents find job opportunities. It was one of 110 organizations - housing authorities, tribal organizations and non-profits - awarded a part of the $35.7 million total distributed.

 

The grant will allow the Nampa Authority to hire or retain service coordinators to help residents achieve economic and housing independence. It is provided through HUD's Resident Opportunities and Self Sufficiency-Service Coordinators Program, which helps residents assess their needs and connect them with education, job training and placement programs. For an elderly or disabled resident, the service coordinator arranges supportive services that allow them to maintain independence.

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WSHFC Approves Funding for 613 Units

 

The Washington State Housing Finance Commission has approved $110 million in financing to three developments that will provide more than 600 affordable apartments.

 

The developments will be built in King and Snohomish counties, and the approved financing, which includes tax-exempt mortgage-backed revenue bonds and low-income housing tax credits (LIHTCs), ensures that the housing will remain affordable for 30 to 40 years.

 

The three projects are:

* University Commons in Seattle- A partnership between the Low Income Housing Institute and YouthCare, this new building will feature 48 apartments targeted to homeless youth and others. The apartments will be above a new facility for the U-District Food Bank and a caf´┐Ż, both of which will provide job-readiness and job-skill training for the building's young adults. The approved financing will provide $8.7 million in estimated LIHTC equity This is the first allocation from the 2015 tax credit competition.

 

* Scriber Creek Apartments in Snohomish County near Lynnwood-This complex will create 276 units for families earning up to 60% of the area median income, while protecting nearby wetlands that buffer Scriber Creek. Developer DevCo will incorporate units set aside for people with disabilities or large households. The development will receive about $44.4 million in bonds and $12.9 million in estimated LIHTC equity.

 

* The Reserve at SeaTac-Just three blocks from a new light-rail station currently being built south of Sea-Tac Airport, this senior-living apartment complex will add 289 affordable units for seniors. The affordable housing complements a 2-million-square-foot office, retail, and conference hotel project also planned near the station in the transit-oriented development zone. Developer AVS Communities will receive about $33 million in bonds and $11.2 million in estimated LIHTC equity.

 

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JOB OPENINGS

Alaska Housing Finance Corporation (Anchorage, AK)

 

Applications Due: 03/18/2015
Level 20 position, $5,507.06/month

 

Application Programmer Analyst II
Level 18 position, $4,814.63 - $5,715.17/month (DOE) 
Applications accepted until position filled


West Valley Housing Authority (Dallas, OR)

Executive Director 
Position will be posted on www.wvpha.org beginning 3/6/15 
Closing date 4/30/15

Santa Clara Housing Authority (Santa Clara, CA)

Asset Manager

 

Assistant Director

REGIONAL NEWS LINKS
Regional News - Click on the title to see the full story .

Idaho

McCall Council Nixes Proposed Affordable Housing Project 

 

Oregon

City wants to build 200 units of affordable housing in RiverPlace: Portland City Hall Roundup 

 

Vancouver eyes affordable housing remedies 

 

Portland urban renewal: Advocates challenge city promises on affordable housing 

 

Stanfield School District is in talks with the Umatilla County Housing Authority to sell a piece of property for low-income housing

 

Washington

Magnuson Park barracks to become 128 rental units 

 

Developer plans large affordable housing apartment complex on Kent's West Hill 

 

King County Housing Authority buried in Section 8 applications 

 

Bellingham considers changes to affordable housing program 

 

Low-income housing in downtown Olympia: How much is too much? 

 

6 years later, housing authority accepting voucher applications