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WI-CARH Fall 2019 
In this Issue: 

Message from Russell Kaney
The 22nd Annual WI-CARH Conference will be on November 7
Be A Sponsor or Exhibitor at the 22nd Annual WI-CARH Conference on November 7
WI-CARH 2020 Residential Lease - Orders Now Being Accepted!
Welcome New WI-CARH Board Member!
Welcome New WI-CARH Member! 
Mark Your Calendars - 2019-202 Dates

MessageMessage from Russell Kaney WI-CARH President


Finishing 2019 With A Bang

Fall and cooler weather always reminds us that the end of the year is fast approaching, lots of activity leading up to the holidays. 2019 has been a busy year for most of us including your conference planning committee for the November 7th annual conference being held at Kalahari Resort and Convention Center in Wisconsin Dells. The theme this year, "A Passion for Rural Housing" reflects the career path and business many of us have chosen.
With that in mind, our Keynote speaker this year will be Jackie Ramstedt, long time professional in the housing industry, who provides that passion early in our agenda.   We also look forward to Frank Frassetto, State Director of Rural Development opening our conference on agency activity in 2019 and what lays ahead for 2020.
Sessions this year will cover the MPR (Multi-Family Preservation & Revitalization) program, what happens when disaster strikes, blending tax credits with Rural Development financing, waiting list maintenance and our annual review of the lease for 2020.
As always, we have a full array of vendors with products and services you can use to make your housing operations more efficient, safer, and productive. There will be plenty of time for networking and catching up with your housing colleagues from across the state.
It is a great time of year to come to Wisconsin Dells and participate with all your passion for housing. See you on the 7th!
Russell D. Kaney
President, WI-CARH

TheThe 22nd Annual Conference - A Passion for Rural Housing will be held on Thursday, November 7th!

The Wisconsin Council for Affordable and Rural Housing (WI-CARH) invites you to attend the 22nd annual meeting and conference at the Kalahari Resort & Convention Center in Wisconsin Dells.  Make plans now to attend. 

Schedule of Events:

7:30 - 8:30       Registration and Breakfast with Sponsors and Exhibitors 
Breakfast Sponsored by Bonneville Multifamily Capital

8:30 - 9:00       Welcome and Opening Remarks 
with  WI-CARH President,  Russell Kaney and State Director, Frank Frassetto
9:00 - 10:30     People with Passion and Purpose!  
Keynote  Jackie Ramstedt -  Educational Sponsor - Horizon Management Group

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A message from Jackie Ramstedt

10:30 - 11:00    Break with Exhibitors -  Introductions of exhibitors and  time to visit exhibitor booths.

11:00 - 11:30   Upgrades to Your RD Property: Using Multi-Family  P reservation & Revitalization (MPR) to Your  Advantage.  
This session will provide background and a case  study of how the MPR can benefit your rehab needs for your  rental properties. Join Donna Huebner and Kathy Zurawski from Rural Development  and A&M Management as they walk through a recent upgrade  to housing in St. Germain, Wisconsin.   Speakers: Donna  Huebner and Kathy Zurawski, Rural Development and Michael Gruett, A&M  Management

11:30-noon     The Lease will Cover that Issue.  
Join Attorney Kevin  Martin  from Michael Best & Friedrich LLP as he walks through the WI-CARH Lease, recent changes, non-standard lease provisions, withholding security deposits, additions and case law that may be important to you. Submit your questions to  WI-CARH prior to the conference.  
Speaker: Kevin Martin, Partner

12:00- 1:15  Lunch Provided   Brief Luncheon Program for WI-CARH's  Awards and Scholarship Program and General Membership  Meeting.

1:15 - 2:00  When Disaster Strikes: Are you ready? or Now what do we do?    
Join a group of recovery specialists from LaValle, Wisconsin as they review their efforts to restore valued housing in their community after devastating floods of 2018. Panel Discussion with WI-CARH President Russell Kaney, Charity and Rockie Sobeck, Central Park Apartments, LaValle Housing Authority, Ryan Witt, Royal Bank, Morgan Pfaff, Habitat for Humanity, Larry Weisert, American Legion, and Dirk Williams, Rural Development

2:00 - 2:45  Blending Tax Credits with RD Financing:  The Art of the Deal.  
Join this informative session on the process of recapitalizing a larger project in a rural community. Hear from the stakeholders on what worked for them in Lancaster, Wisconsin. Speakers: Chris Laurent, Cinnaire and Joe Schwenker, Wisconsin Management Company
2:45-3:00 Break with Exhibitors
3:00-3:45 Waiting List Maintenance:  Getting it Right.  
This session will cover the policies and procedures to create and maintain a waiting list that meets the intent of housing rural rental residents.  
Speaker:  Tari Bradley, Zeffert & Associates 

3:45-4:15  RD Hot Topics - Advise from Multi-Family Staff.    
This session will have a timely discussion on pre-payment activity, substitution of General Partner issues, overall updates on the MFH program going into 2020.  Speakers:  Donna Huebner and Cheryl Halvorson, Rural Development

4:15-4:30    Closing Comments & Final Raffle Drawing - You won't want to miss the final raffle as you can win some great prizes.  

  4:30-6:30   Reception   -  Join us in the Ivory Coast Lounge for delicious hors d'oeuvres.  Relax with fellow conference goers - a great way to end your conference day.    Reception Sponsored by Cinnaire

WI-CARH Members pay $235 (3 or more from the same company pay $185)
Non-Members pay $390 (3 or more from the same company pay $340)
Hotel reservations can be made by calling 877-253-5466 and asking for the Wisconsin Council for Affordable & Rural Housing room block. The Kalahari will honor the State/Federal Rate for single occupancy at check in if the individual works for the state/federal government and shows their state and federal ID.
Please contact Diane Hamm at or (608) 437-2300 with any questions.
Register Now for you and your staff to attend this excellent educational opportunity!  

Be A Sponsor or Exhibitor at the 22nd Annual Meeting
     and Conference


We would like to invite you to join us as a Sponsor or Exhibitor at our 2019 Annual Meeting and Conference to be held at the Kalahari Resort and Convention Center in Wisconsin Dells on Thursday, November 7, 2019.  For more information or to register, please fill out the  form.  Contact the WI-CARH office  email for more information. 

Thank you 2019 Sponsors and Exhibitors

Breakfast Sponsor

Social Hour Sponsor

Educational Sponsor

Gold Sponsor 

Lease WI-CARH 2020 Residential Lease - Orders Now Being Accepted!

At this time, the lease is in process and is not available 
to download or ship, but orders are being accepted.  The WI-CARH lease is approved for use at any Rural Development supervised property.  Using this lease for your property will  insure that you are in compliance with Wisconsin law and RD and HUD regulations while saving you the expense of hiring a lawyer to do the same thing.  Just like last year, it is available in three formats:
  1. FHA Software Generated Lease - WI-CARH has teamed up with Simply Computer Software to give FHA Software users the access and ability to generate their WI-CARH Residential Lease and Amendments forms within their FHA Software program. Users of this program can generate the lease through the RD 3560-8 Tenant Certification - PRINT options window. All of the applicable project, unit, and tenant information will automatically be inserted.
  2. Stand-alone WI-CARH Lease Generation Program - A link will be sent to you from Simply Computer Software that will allow you to download and install the WI-CARH Lease Generation Program which includes pre-entered property listing information you provided. To produce a lease, just open the program, select the property, enter pertinent tenant information and print.
  3. Paper Lease - A package of 10 leases and 10 amendments will be shipped to you which you will use to hand write all pertinent tenant information on.
To purchase the lease, complete the lease order form and mail it in with your payment to the WI-CARH Office at:  P.O. Box 258098, Madison, WI  53725.

If you have questions regarding the lease, please attend the 22nd Annual WI-CARH Conference on November 7, as the Attorney, Kevin Martin will be discussing the lease. Register Now to attend this excellent educational opportunity!  

George Petak currently serves as Senior Business and Community Engagement Officer for the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development
Authority (WHEDA).  In this capacity, George represents WHEDA throughout central, south central, and southwest Wisconsin, meeting with elected officials, economic and community development professionals, housing authorities, developers, and other parties interested in housing and economic development.

George served as a WHEDA board member for six years while serving the Racine area in the Wisconsin State Senate, 1991-96; and as WHEDA's Deputy Executive Director, 1996-98.  He has served in his current position from 2016-19.

George and his wife Nancy have three (3) adult children and seven (7) grandchildren and reside in the Village of DeForest, WI. 

MemberNew WI-CARH Member!

Please join us in welcoming the following new WI-CARH Member.

Broihahn Management and Consulting, LLC

Your 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.
  • List your properties on the on the WI-CARH website.
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.  

Dates Mark Your Calendars - 2019 - 2020 Dates!

November 7-8, 2019: 22nd Annual WI-CARH Conference & Board Meeting, Kalahari Resort, Wisconsin Dells, WI
May 12, 2020:  WI-CARH Spring Training at the Marriott Madison West, Madison, WI

October 27-28, 2020:  23rd Annual WI-CARH Conference & Board Meeting, Wilderness Territory, Wisconsin Dells, WI 
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