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Scheduling Bi-Weekly Webinars to Keep Us All Up-to-Date
# Relentlesshousers , this week's webinar topic is something you all have requested - information on " Creative Ways Housing Authorities are Spending CARES Funding, Creating the Office of the Future " as well as a Legislative Update from National NAHRO staff and updates from the local HUD offices. 
Have you missed attending a webinar? Click here to catch up on our webinar recap page!
SHRA COVID-19 Response Helps Keep Staff Engaged and Stress-Free
Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency has made safety, wellness and engagement a priority for staff and our housing residents in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Offices are open by appointment only, many employees are teleworking,and residents are staying-in-place as best they can.

The Agency quickly launched new communication protocols and messaging,including CDC safety guidelines, social distance signage, hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes throughout all buildings; logo face masks;touchless thermometers for self-checks when arriving at work; COVID-19 Emergency Response kits accessible to all employees if needed;a new webpage with information and resources for residents
( https://www.shra.org/covid-1 9/ ),and a "We're Here For You" YouTube video ( https://bit.ly/3do7ygh ) on social media and the government access channel. Food insecurity for our older residents has been a priority which we addressed through food delivery programs in partnership with the City of Sacramento and local restaurants. Zoom technology has become a convenient tool for group meetings and an excellent way for staff to connect through fun activities,including contests,employee anniversary and birthday celebrations,and our annual graduation recognition presentation ( https://youtu.be/M7VzX3kCba4 ). Managing stress and mental wellness is being addressed through Zoom classes on mediation,massage,yoga and Zumba. The Agency also encouraged employee input on the COVID-19 response through a recent survey that received a very high rate of participation and positive feedback.
...and SHRA reaches 80 year milestone
Stanislaus Regional Housing Authority

Modesto Hotel Will Be Converted to Worker Housing & Offices to Fill
an Affordable Housing Gap in the Community - June 30, 2020
"The 1612" - In an unprecedented move in unprecedented times, Stanislaus Regional Housing Authority has just purchased the former Clarion Hotel and Conference Center. Stan Regional HA will relocate the administrative offices of the Public Housing Agency and will be renovating the property to include 150 units of Workforce Housing for entry level workers, including workers from nearby retail and other business settings. The facility will eventually host other small businesses in a campus like setting and accommodate future development of Retirement Workforce Housing on a lot located on the property.

The campus will now be known as "The 1612 - Micro Community." Click here to learn more about this innovative project .
The Latest News from National NAHRO
#HousersAtWork: PHAs Responding to COVID-19
Nationwide, public housing agencies (PHAs) of all sizes are responding to the COVID-19 health crisis while continuing to house families and provide platforms for opportunity. NAHRO’s #HousersAtWork campaign is our way of letting everyone know how much our PHA members do for their residents and communities – especially during this pandemic.
 
Each day for the next two weeks, we’ll use the hashtag #HousersAtWork on our Twitter and Facebook accounts to amplify stories about the good work our NAHRO members have done, are doing, and continue to do in this unprecedented time. We’ll also share these stories in our emails and on our on our # HousersAtWork page .
 
How to Share Your Story
We’re looking for stories about how our PHA members continue to help during COVID-19. Do you have a news article, original story or social media post to share? Here’s how you can!
The Latest News from National NAHRO
#HousersAtWork: PHAs Responding to COVID-19
Nationwide, public housing agencies (PHAs) of all sizes are responding to the COVID-19 health crisis while continuing to house families and provide platforms for opportunity. NAHRO’s #HousersAtWork campaign is our way of letting everyone know how much our PHA members do for their residents and communities – especially during this pandemic.
 
Each day for the next two weeks, we’ll use the hashtag #HousersAtWork on our Twitter and Facebook accounts to amplify stories about the good work our NAHRO members have done, are doing, and continue to do in this unprecedented time. We’ll also share these stories in our emails and on our on our # HousersAtWork page .
 
How to Share Your Story
We’re looking for stories about how our PHA members continue to help during COVID-19. Do you have a news article, original story or social media post to share? Here’s how you can!
Join us for a packed two days of learning, teaching, peer recognition and networking – all from the comfort of your office or home! From July 23-24, NAHRO Online: 2020 Summer Conference will give you access to 18 total sessions covering topics such as executive leadership, repositioning and post-repositioning, resident programs, housing is health, and moving forward.
 
Here are just a few of our highlights:
  • The Vera Institute for Justice and other panelists will discuss connecting people in reentry to public housing and community programs;
  • HUD REAC Deputy Assistant Secretary David Vargas and Dan Williams will provide the latest HUD guidance on inspections;
  • The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) will talk about their historic repositioning effort;
  • An entire track of sessions will provide tips on effectively using programs like ROSS and FSS to create meaningful opportunities for families;
  • And more! 
On Thursday, July 9th, HUD’s Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH) hosted a conference call providing updates on several items, including PIH Notice 2020-13 (which extends most of the COVID-19 related waivers to December 31st and adds certain new waivers); frequently discussed topics; an eviction and stability toolkit; and new developments in the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program.
NAHRO Professional Development Training Offering
Rent Calculation Essentials for HCV and PH Staff
July 28-August 6
Six (6) 3-hour modules of interactive study
Level : beginner, intermediate & advanced

Training Description:  This course provides introductory to intermediate training in rent calculation for the public housing and housing choice voucher programs. The course also explores strengthening math skills and addressing math challenges in rent calculation through rigorous assignments and study. The training (or course) will also cover the intersection of public housing and housing choice as well as the differences in calculating the final rent.
Who should attend? (e.g., position titles we can market to):  Intake Specialist, Occupancy Specialist, Quality Control Specialist, Housing Specialist

Objectives:  Attendees will have the skills to properly calculate rent as the result of identifying income, assets; properly calculating them, and applying the appropriate deductions to accurately calculate rent. Both public housing and housing choice voucher staff attendees will know how to apply these skills to their respective programs.

Training Schedule :

Week 1:
  • July 28th - 30th
1:00-4:00 PM EST

Week 2 :
  • August 4 - 6
1:00-4:00 PM EST
Housing America Poster Contest
Vote TODAY for your favorite Chapter winners
As part of NAHRO's Housing America campaign, a poster contest is held each year for children residing in affordable housing and community developments owned or administered by NAHRO member agencies. Posters reflect the national theme of “What Home Means to Me.” The contest is a collaborative effort of NAHRO’s chapter/state, regional, and national organizations.

Now is the time that we need you, PSWRC membership! The National honorees are selected from our chapter-level winning entries and we need your R-A-N-K-I-N-G today to select a single regional winner from each age group .

***PLEASE, ONLY ONE "RANKING" PER PERSON***
CATEGORY -1 - Elementary School, K-5th
Elementary Winner, NorCal/Nev Chapter
"My house is where my family lives. We have hopes, joy, shelter. There is warm water, warmth and cozy bed and blankets. - Yessenia"
Elementary Winner, Arizona Chapter
CATEGORY - 2 - Middle School, 6th-8th Grade
Middle School Winner, NorCal/Nev Chapter
Middle School Winner, Arizona Chapter
CATEGORY - 3 High School
High School Winner, NorCal/Nev Chapter
PENDING
High School Winner, Arizona Chapter
Nevada Rural Boosting Team Morale
The culture at Nevada Rural Housing Authority is what truly makes our agency stand out. We work hard to create a work-life balance. When staff are balanced and happy, they are more productive, and are more likely to stay in their jobs.

Tips to boost staff morale – NRHA has an employee recognition program in which staff are recognized and rewarded for excellent performance and achievement. Employees receive recognition through a written award certificate, submitted by their peers or supervisor. Each certificate is worth points that employees can save up and redeem for gift cards or other prizes.

During the COVID crisis, we modified the program to adapt to our remote operating environment. Employees are recognized through Memes to show their appreciation, and points are still awarded to employees to redeem for prizes or gift cards. The Memes are posted on the agencies internal Social Media page. Changing the program to be more technologically friendly streamlined delivery and brought some much-needed levity to our lives during a challenging time.

NRHA also put together an online recipe book to share all the delicious recipes we normally get to enjoy when we have our agency potlucks, bake sales and other recognition type activities throughout the year. This way the NRHA family could still enjoy the tasty treats we have come to love, while working away from the office .