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WI-CARH Spring 2019
In this Issue: 

Message from WI-CARH President 
WI-CARH Spring Training
Welcome New WI-CARH Board Member
Youth Grant and Scholarship Opportunities
Summer Meals Program
22nd Annual WI-CARH Conference - Save the Date!
New Members of WI-CARH
Mark Your Calendars - 2019 Dates
board Message from Russell Kaney 
   WI-CARH President!

Spring Ahead
Could there be a more welcome sign that spring and warmer weather is on the horizon than with the annual spring clock change to Daylight Saving time?

This has been a challenging winter not just because of the snow and ice, but the dramatic swings in temperature and conditions daily. But we have survived another Wisconsin winter and look forward to a productive 2019.

Being productive means being up to date and in the know on housing issues with your real estate portfolio. WI-CARH is looking forward to hosting and sponsoring a two-day training "Managing Rural Development with Combined Programs". Our trainer, Tari Bradley of Zeffert & Associates will cover a variety of topics to get you and your veteran staff refreshed with housing compliance issues. It is also an excellent source of training for any recently hired managers and supervisors that want to enhance their compliance knowledge. Held on April 30 - May 1, 2019 in Madison, this training is a direct response to our members and stakeholders on what matters most to your organizations.
WI-CARH is already planning for our fall conference on November 7 at the Kalahari Hotel & Resort in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin.   Our keynote speaker will be Jackie Ramstedt.  This is a good time to submit your ideas for topics and/or speakers as the conference committee will be meeting during the spring and summer leading up to our event.  Please submit your ideas to  
Please take advantage of these opportunities to get educated, network and make housing better for Wisconsin residents.   

Enjoy your spring!
Russell D. Kaney
President, WI-CARH

WI-CARH Spring Training!

Registration is now open for WI-CARH's Spring Training - Managing Rural Development with Combined Programs on April 30-May 1, 2019 to be held at the Crowne Plaza, in Madison, Wisconsin.  Please register here.  

The purpose of this course is to provide information for all interested personnel to successfully provide housing through RD regulations. This two-day course includes the optional online HCM-R exam.
Day 1 of this training will start with an overview of the RD Programs Handbook HB - 2-3560 and the regulation 3560. We will then cover the housing programs under section 515 including family, elderly and congregate properties and how to maintain them. This section is followed by marketing and the application process. This includes the Civil Rights Act and the Affirmative Fair Housing Marketing Plan (AFHMP) which covers application requirements, wait lists, and the required notices. We will discuss the project occupancy requirements on family, elderly and congregate properties and how to calculate income (7CFR .560.153 refers to 24 CFR 5.609 & 11) and assets along with allowable deductions and determining rent.
Day 2 covers the Recertification process for annual recerts, recerts due because of income or occupancy changes, and ineligible tenants. Lease requirements, tenant warning and termination. Following will be a review on Combined Programs. Development and compliance of affordable, multifamily housing can be challenging. The ability to combine affordable programs is a valuable component and assists in the success and availability of affordable housing. But, mixing programs can get complicated and presents challenges for meeting all of the program requirements as intended. During this session we will highlight the most common areas that can be the most challenging when blending other programs. A final review of this class concludes day two.
Each attendee who completes this course will receive a useful course manual with references, and a certificate of attendance which counts towards their continuing education hours.
Each attendee who completes this course will receive a certificate of attendance which count towards their continuing education hours.
The proprietary Housing Compliance Manager for RD Online Exam (HCM-R) is an open book online exam with 100 questions. You will be given up to 3 hours to complete the exam and will need a score of 67 or higher to pass. Those who pass will be shipped a deluxe HCM-R designation.
The speaker will be Tari Bradley, Senior Trainer, Zeffert & Associates
Tari has earned a number of accolades in her career. Prior to joining Zeffert & Associates, Tari achieved the Leading-Edge Society Award, placing her in the top 6% of Prudential Real Estate Agents nationwide in 1998 and 1999. In 2000, Tari joined her husband in the oversight of a property management company specializing in affordable housing. As the Principal Broker/Owner, she provided oversight for 16 years to multiple HUD, Section 8 Project Based communities, Rural Development, and LIHTC Communities. Tari has long been an advocate for affordable housing and continues to participate in a variety of leadership roles.   Tari holds the HCCP, CPO, FHS, HCM-H, HCM-R, AHM, and C4P designations.

Printable Brochure Please check out the printable brochure which has the agenda and times.
Who should attend?
The Rural Development Training will be of relevance to property managers, syndicators, developers, owners, decision makers, and anyone with an interest in growing their knowledge in the Rural Development Program.


WI-CARH Members:  $395 with manual or $470 with manual and exam
Non-Members:  $435 with manual or $510 with manual and exam

If you are not a member of WI-CARH, please sign up and save money.  

Location of Spring Training and Hotel

The spring training will be held at the Crowne Plaza, 4402 East Washington Avenue, Madison, WI  53704.  You can make reservations at the Crowne Plaza by calling, IHG Reservations at 866-424-0835 by April 9, 2019.  Please identify yourself with the Wisconsin Council for Affordable and Rural Housing Group.  Room rates are $129 for two doubles and $139 for king beds.  The government rate will be honored with proper identification.

Sponsor and Exhibitor Opportunities

There are several ways that you can be a sponsor or exhibitor.  Please see the attached form.  

Thank you to our sponsors!

Gold Sponsor

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsor

WelcomeWelcome New Board Member to WI-CARH

Stuart Kuzik is the Director of Business and Community Engagement for the Wisconsin Housing & Economic Development Authority (WHEDA) and Program Officer for the WHEDA Foundation.  In this capacity, he serves as a member of the $2.2 billion authority's senior management team; works closely with the gubernatorially appointed Executive Director as well as fellow senior staff; oversees a statewide team of officers; creates strategic alliances between WHEDA and WHEDA Foundation, government bodies, associations, corporations, philanthropic entities, lending institutions, and faith and community-based organizations.
Prior to joining WHEDA, Stuart held a number of progressively responsible roles in commercial lending, including helping finance over $45 million for businesses across Wisconsin and the United States.  In addition, he is a serial entrepreneur who has extensive experience in real estate development and business development.
Stuart is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and lives in Franklin, Wisconsin with his wife and son.
We look forward to his advice and participation with the Board.  The WI-CARH Board of Directors list can be found online here.

YouthYouth Grant and Scholarship Opportunities

Wisconsin Council for Affordable & Rural Housing 
(WI-CARH) is accepting applications for the 2019-2020 Youth Grant and Scholarship program.   Please spread the word and help us make a difference in a student's f uture!  Youth grants in the amount not to exceed $500 per student, per y ear, until all funds are used, will be awarded to enable students in grades 3-12 to participate in an academic enrichment activity. Eligible activities include but not limited to:  Little League, Soccer, Volleyball or Basketball Leagues, Tennis, Swimming, 4H Camp, Music or Band Camp, Sports Camp, Cheerleading Camp, Girl Scouts or Boy Scout Camp, and an International Youth Exchange Program.  T hese activities are on a year-round basis and not limited to the summer.

A $500 scholarship will be awarded to a graduating high school senior or adult wishing to further their education.  Eligible applicants can use the scholarship at any two (2) year or higher accredited public or private school in the State of Wisconsin which offers an associate or undergraduate degree or a 
 vocational/technical program. 

Please check our website for more information or click on the grant and scholarship links for an application.  

SummerSummer Meals Program 

The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) provides low-income children with healthy meals at no cost during the summer when school is out. USDA Rural Development is working closely with our sister agency, the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), in an innovative partnership to help alleviate hunger by providing nutritious meals to children during the summer. 
If your facility has a common area and you would be willing to become a sponsor site with minimal work on your part, please contact Amy Kolano, Summer Food Service Program Coordinator, at 608-266-7124 or 

Conference 22nd Annual WI-CARH Conference

Save the Date

22nd Annual WI-CARH Conference

November 7, 2019

Kalahari Resort & Conference Center

Wisconsin Dells, WI


Keynote Speaker: Jackie Ramstedt, CAM, CAPS, CAS, Ramstedt Enterprises.
Jackie Ramstedt is a nationally renowned, requested repeat Motivational Keynote Speaker, National Trainer, Consultant, and Performance Coach who has 34 years' experience in the multi-housing industry. She has spoken to thousands of industry professionals on a national level for the National Apartment Association, Texas Apartment Association, Multifamily Pro Annual Brainstorming Events, the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM), National Affordable Housing conferences, and numerous state and local Associations, including various management and investment companies throughout the United States and Canada. Jackie is a veteran instructor of all NAA designation courses including NALP, CAM, CAS, CAPS, and IRO. Jackie was awarded the "Faculty Member of the Year" from her local Austin Apartment Association, where she has served on the Board of Directors and as Education Committee Chair. Jackie's impressive clientele listing includes such national management and investment corporations as J.P. Morgan / Fleming of New York, Equity Residential, Archon Residential, Capstone Real Estate Services, CED- Concord, AIMCO, Gables Residential, Greystar Management, Corcoran Jennison Management., CWS Apartment Homes L.L.C., JES / Fairway Management Services, Walden, Camden, Home Properties, Inc., Berkshire Property Advisors, Winn Residential Management, Woodmont Real Estate Services, CLK Multifamily, Heartland Real Estate Investments, and Freeman Webb, to name just a few. Her energetic and enthusiastic speaking style makes her seminars fun and exciting with a "down to earth" approach to education. Jackie's "real world solutions for real world challenges" focuses on empowering others to reach their full professional and personal potential through "balance" in their lives while reminding us of the important role continuing education plays in the success of our performances.  Registration will be opening soon.  

For more information, please check our website or email at  

MembershipNew WI-CARH Members!

Please join us in welcoming the following new WI-CARH Members

Hope Network
Virgie Ammerman, Executive Director

Kellnersville Housing, Inc.
Donna Eiles, Manager

Newcap, Inc.
Cynthia Patterson, Executive Administrative Assistant

Your 2019 WI-CARH Membership provides you with the following benefits:
  • Reduced costs to attend training and the annual conference.
  • Participate in the WI-CARH Site Manager, Maintenance Manager and Property of the Year Awards.
  • Use of the WI-CARH Lease at a reduced rate.
  • Nominate a youth resident for a grant to participate in different activities or a scholarship to further their education.
  • Reduced exhibitor rates to be an Associate Member.
More information on the benefits of membership can be found on our  website.  If you are not a member and would like to join, simply complete this  form and mail it along with a check to WI-CARH at P.O. Box 258098, Madison, WI  53725.  

Upcoming Events
DatesMark Your Calendars - 2019 Dates!

April 30-May 1:   WI-CARH  Spring Training Session at the Crowne Plaza in Madison, WI
May 14  - Board of Director's Meeting at Wisconsin Management Company, Madison, WI 10am-12pm
June 24-26:   CARH Annual Meeting & Legislative Conference , Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City, Arlington, VA
July 17-18: A Home for Everyone Conference
in Eau Claire, WI
August 13: Liaison Meeting at Rural Development, Stevens Point, WI
September 10: Board of Director's Meeting at Wisconsin Management Company, Madison, WI 10am-12pm
September 17-19: WAHA Annual Conference, Milwaukee, WI 
September 25:  WHEDA Conference, Madison, WI
November 7-8: Annual WI-CARH Conference & Board Meeting, Kalahari Resort, Wisconsin Dells, WI 

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