THE LATEST NEWS   September 2015

In this Issue: 

President's Message

Do you believe that "Knowledge is Power"?  
If so, where do you obtain your knowledge?  Is it through experiences at work?  Is it through conferences?  Or, is it through trainings?  However you obtain your knowledge, PNRC can help.
This Fall, PNRC will be hosting quality seminars from National NAHRO.  The trainings will cover Universal Physical Conditions Standards, Commissioners' Fundamentals and Housing Quality Standards. If these trainings do not meet your needs, please let us know.

Will you be attending the NAHRO National Conference & Exhibition in Los Angeles?  This year's conference "Building Communities Together: Power and Possibilities" will be held on October 15th  through the 17th.  While you are in Los Angeles, stay a little longer and enjoy what California has to offer.
Thank you for reading and I look forward to your feedback,
Lowel Krueger, President
Upcoming Regional Professional Development Seminars

We are excited to be offering a v ariety of professional development
opportunities throughout our region. 

Why attend a training in our region?
  1. Low registration fees.
  2. Regional travel is less expensive than national travel.
  3. Networking opportunities with industry professionals from your region.
  4. Professional Development has been a primary service to NAHRO members and others in the industry for over 75 years.
Upcoming trainings:

with Certification Exam
September 29th - October 1st
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (registration at 8 a.m. on first day)
Salem, OR
Hosted by West Valley Housing Authority

Course Description:
NAHRO's Uniform Physical Condition Standards (UPCS) Seminar provides participants with the knowledge and skills needed to properly inspect Public Housing Agency (PHA) Program units. This interactive and comprehensive training, which discusses specifications of the Public Housing Assessment System (PHAS) and the inspector's roles and responsibilities, enhances participants' knowledge of and abilities to meet new challenges and procedures related to using Uniform Physical Condition Standards. New for 2015: This seminar now incorporates NAHRO's Ethics for Specialist module, making it more convenient than ever to meet the requirements for the CSI-UPCS certification. (1.95 CEUs)

Who should attend:
Housing inspectors, preventative maintenance inspectors, and new and seasoned inspectors

$750/member, $950/non-member. Includes 3 days training, training materials and certification exam. Exam only is $200/member, $300/non-member

Pioneer Village Social Hall directly behind Public Housing office
375 Taybin Road NW, Salem, OR 97304

More Information: Uniform Physical Condition Standards

Commissioners Fundamentals Seminar
October 20th - 21st 
8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. to noon
Seattle, WA
Hosted by Seattle Housing Authority

Course Description:  This course explores the roles and responsibilities of commissioners, enhancing understanding of the commissioner's multi-faceted position as advocate, leader, team-builder, strategist-and more. Increase your effectiveness as a board member and leader, while exploring the intricacies of board-staff relationships and boundaries. Provides an excellent training foundation for the new commissioners. (1.2 CEUs)

Who Should Attend:  New AND veteran commissioners and new board officers

Price:  $349/PNRC member, $449/non-member. Includes 1 1/2 day training, training materials, morning coffee, lunch and afternoon snack on first day.

Location:  Seattle Housing Authority - 190 Queen Anne Ave N., 5th floor, Seattle, WA 98109

More information: Commissioners Fundamentals 

with Certification Exam
October 20th - 22nd
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (registration at 8 a.m. on first day)
Boise, ID
Hosted by Idaho Housing & Finance Association

Course Description:  Improve the level of your HCV and PBV/Section 8 Housing Inspections and meet SEMAP requirements. Develop or fine-tune related work skills, review procedures and forms affecting standards, and learn how to evaluate your current operations to identify strengths and challenges. The NAHRO Certified Specialist of Inspection - Housing Choice Vouchers (CSI-HCV) Certification Exam is offered on the last day of the seminar. New for 2015: This seminar now incorporates NAHRO's Ethics for Specialist module, making it more convenient than ever to meet the requirements for the CSI-HCV Certification. (1.95 CEUs) 

Who Should Attend:  Section 8 Housing Inspectors, Preventative Maintenance Inspectors, and new and seasoned inspectors.

Price:  $850/member, $1050/non-member. Includes three days training, training materials and certification exam.

Location: Idaho Housing & Finance Association - 565 W Myrtle St Boise, ID 83702-7675   

More information on: Housing Quality Standards 

Additional Professional Development Opportunities
"Public Housing Occupancy Eligibility Income & Rent Calculation" 
Seminar and Certification
Hosted by the  Regional Housing Authority of Sutter & Nevada Counties 
October 26-30, 2015
Yuba City, CA
Seminar Description:
This NAHRO Professional Development offering combines two seminars - revised Public Housing Occupancy and Public Housing Eligibility, Income, and Rent Calculation - into one comprehensive program.   New for 2015:  This seminar now allows participants to meet all three of the professional development requirements for NAHRO's Public Housing Occupancy Specialist Certification, including the Ethics for Specialist module.
The overall Occupancy function, regardless of agency size, is critical to maintaining an agency's financial assets and market viability. This seminar focuses on effective interviewing, systems and process analysis, improvement in agency policy and procedure, and accurate application of eligibility, income and rent calculation regulatory compliance. The nuts and bolts of dealing with applicant and resident eligibility, income, and rent calculations will be mastered through engaging participants in skill development and practice. Most importantly, this class will equip participants with the necessary skills to reduce errors and avoid HUD findings in compliance audits. (3.25 CEUs)
Who Should Attend:
Front line staff, agency managers, property managers, and supervisors responsible for managing agency property assets, property wait lists, applications, certification and recertification tasks.
Training Location:
Richland Neighborhood Center
420 Miles Avenue
Yuba City, CA 95991
Registration begins at 8:00 am on the first day
Seminar runs daily from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Cost per Attendee $650.00
Make checks payable to:  RHASNC
Attn: Pattra Runge, 1455 Butte House Road, Yuba City, CA 95993.
Should you need additional info, Pattra Runge may be contacted at  p.runge@rhasnc.orgProDev1

Regional NewsRegNews1
"United States Department of Agriculture - Rural Housing Services gives Housing Kitsap National Award for homeownership program"
Bremerton, Washington - August 17, 2015.  Housing Kitsap (HK) was recently awarded "A Helping Hand in Rural America".  The award selection was in partnership with Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) at the National Self-Help Housing Conference sponsored by the RCAC, which took place in San Antonio, Texas.  HK was selected for its excellence in administering the Mutual Self-Help Housing Program in the Western Region which includes 11 states plus the Western Pacific.  Along with HK, three other regions nationwide also were recognized for their outstanding partnership award.  Click here for full storyRegNews2

Pocatello Celebrates National Night Out
On August 4th The Housing Authority of the City of Pocatello held its own version of National Night Out ... Pocatello Night Out. This two hour event was an effort to strengthen community which, in turn, decreases crime. There will be simultaneous events and four different properties with members of the surrounding neighborhoods invited to each.  Activities at Pocatello Night Out included musical entertainment, bounce houses, a balloon artist, the library book mobile, a visit from a fire engine and police officers, vendors, raffle drawings, and cookies & punch.
Executive Assistant, Michele Poletti, has been working on event preparations since March and is looking forward to the night of fun. "We are excited for the community support that is helping us create the opportunity for neighbors to get to know each other better" says Michele. "Our partners have been great and we hope it is a fun night for everyone."
Alaska Housing Finance Corporation
Housing Authority of Jackson County (Medford, OR)
Kennewick Housing Authority (Kennewick, WA)
Spokane Housing Authority (Spokane, WA)