2017 Washington Conference Sessions & Speakers
SESSIONS & SPEAKERS
Stuart Rothenberg, Senior Editor, Inside Elections with Nathan L. Gonzales and Former Editor and Publisher, Rothenberg Political Report, will address Washington Conference attendees. One of the go-to political analysts of the last three decades, Stu Rothenberg has embodied the rare ability to report on all the political happenings in the nation with unbiased clarity and non-partisan precision. He provides insightful, often humorous, discussions about election results, the issues facing decision makers on Capitol Hill, and the nature of politics itself. His presentations are as up-to-date as your Twitter feed, and he presents his insider views on hotly debated issues and how the future of politics is being shaped by our nation’s current newsmakers.
HUD Staff Panel on Affordable Housing Policy and Programs - Join HUD staff in this panel for a discussion of upcoming policies and programmatic changes that impact the Public Housing and Section 8 programs in 2017. Panel topics include a discussion of the MTW Expansion timeline, an update on the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program, a discussion of implementation of the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule, an update on the UPCS-V Demonstration, a discussion of the implementation of the Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act of 2016, and other timely topics. Conference participants will have an opportunity to engage directly with HUD staff during an open question and answer session.
Updates on the LIHTC and Tax Reform - Join us for an informative and insightful discussion focused on the ongoing use of the LIHTC. Housing credits will be a part of the larger conversation regarding tax reform this year and we need to be informed and responsive to any changes that may come our way as the legislation is debated. Hear about the landscape for tax reform and it's impact upon the housing credit. Also, what are the possible opportunities for the housing credit in any future infrastructure legislation? Get the latest information on legislation to expand and strengthen the credit. Learn how the credit can be used to support and complement HUD programs like RAD, MTW and PBRA. Your attendance at this session will provide you with information that can help NAHRO build bipartisan support for the housing credit overall!
HUD’s Refederalization of COCC and HCV Financial Update - In this financial themed session, Jason Casterline of Casterline Associates, will discuss planning ahead for the refederalization of the Central Office Cost Center; strategies to protect PHAs; and the latest information available on this upcoming change. Mr. Casterline will also discuss the latest on the Housing Choice Voucher program HAP proration and how to plan strategies to cope with having a prorated HAP amount. The session will include an audience participation component where audience members will have the opportunity to question Mr. Casterline.
Two national housing experts on one stage. This session will enlighten and inform and will provide an insightful look at what we are facing and can expect in 2017.
Michael Novogradac is the managing partner in the San Francisco office of Novogradac & Company LLP and is a one of the nation’s leading experts on the uses of and issues surrounding the LIHTC. With tax reform legislation just over the horizon you’ll want to be at this session to get the latest news and information that can better prepare you for the year ahead. He'll talk about the possible scenarios that may affect current tax credit proposals as well as prospects surrounding future proposals this year.
Dr. Christopher Herbert, Managing Director of the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies, will join Mr. Novogradac. Herbert is one of the nation’s leading experts on housing conditions and housing needs. He is a primary contributor to Harvard’s Annual State of the Nation’s Housing Study which is considered to be essential reading for housing authorities and all those in our industry who are working to address the nation’s critical affordable housing shortage.
HUD Staff Panel on 2017 Section 8 and Public Housing Budget Implications - Join key HUD staff panel for an update on Public Housing and Section 8 finances for 2017. Panelists will discuss funding levels and priorities established by Congress and the President related to ongoing management operations, including the Public Housing Operating and Capital Funds, Central Office Cost Centers and Section 8 HAP payments. Conference participants will have an opportunity to engage directly with their HUD partners during an open question and answer session.
HUD Community Planning and Development Staff Panel - Officials from HUD’s Office of Community Planning and Development (CPD) will provide updates on core CPD programs and current Administration policies.
Advocacy Made Easy! - Whether this is your first Washington Conference or it is one of many you have been to over the years, you will want to maximize your impact during our annual Hill Day action by first hearing from the “Advocacy Guru”, Stephanie Vance. Ms. Vance has educated many a NAHRO member over the years with her insightful commentary on what advocacy is and is not. She can help point you in the right direction to prepare for Hill Day AND she can provide you with a helpful check list of things you can do when you return home. Remember, housing advocacy is not a one day experience! It is something that should be a part of what we do as housing professionals to create or enhance housing policies that are so critically needed in the year ahead. Ms. Vance makes advocacy easy and fun and can help you understand and appreciate how advocacy done correctly and responsibly can become the basis of sound policy and necessary programs that help us to house those in need.