2018 Washington Conference Sessions



2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. 
Opening Plenary Session, Part 1 - Beltway Insiders on Budget & Politics
Welcome to the NAHRO 2018 Washington Conference!  The session will begin with comments from NAHRO’s President and CEO and a welcome from the Vice Chair of the Arlington County Board of Arlington, VA. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act, the HUD Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity will then speak. We will then have a lively conversation about the enacted FY 2018 budget, the White House’s proposed FY 2019 budget, the role of politics in the budget conversation and other issues of interest to housing and community development professionals.

Featured Speakers:

Christian Dorsey
Vice Chair
Arlington County Board
Arlington, VA

Anna Maria Farias
Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Washington, D.C.


Romina Boccia
Deputy Director, Thomas A. Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies a
Grover M. Hermann Research Fellow
The Heritage Foundation
Washington, DC
Douglas Rice
Senior Policy Analyst
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Washington, DC


4:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Opening Plenary Session, Part 2 - The Washington Report
Join NAHRO’s Congressional Relations and Policy teams as we provide an overview of all the latest news from Capitol Hill, HUD, and the White House. This session will articulate NAHRO’s key legislative and policy priorities for 2018, including Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) legislation; an infrastructure bill that takes the nation’s need for decent, affordable rental housing into account (including support for our aging federal inventory); and a robust regulatory reform agenda.
MONDAY, APRIL 23                               
8:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.  
Morning Plenary Session
Featured Speakers:

Dr. Benjamin S. Carson, Sr., M.D.
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Washington, D.C.

Dr. Benjamin S. Carson, Sr., M.D. is an American neurosurgeon, author, and politician who is the 17th and current United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, under the Trump Administration.


Katty Kay
Lead Anchor for BBC World News America

Katty Kay is lead anchor for BBC World News America and  a frequent guest commentator on NBC’s Meet the Press as well as a regular guest and substitute co-host on MSNBC’s Morning Joe.  Ms. Kay looks beyond the headlines and provides valuable insights on the top stories making news right now – the challenges facing the President and Congress, the outlook for the next major U.S. election, global economic news, world trouble spots, diplomatic dustups, terrorism, and more.  

Featured Presentations:
  • Housing America Calendar Contest Winner 
    NAHRO will recognize the Housing America “What Home Means to Me” 2018 calendar contest grand prize winner: Zerin, 19 from the King County Housing Authority in Washington.                                  
  • 2018 Mary K. Nenno Award Presentation
    The Mary K. Nenno award was created by NAHRO’s Board of Governors to recognize outside and innovative efforts and achievement in the area of legislative advocacy and to publicize and promote further legislative advocacy among NAHRO members and organizations.
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.           
Concurrent Sessions:
  • HUD Staff Panel on Public Housing - Join key HUD staff for a programmatic and regulatory update related to the initiatives and priorities established by the President’s budget proposal for public housing programs. Panelists will discuss issues related to ongoing management and operations, new proposals in the President’s FY 2019 budget, and HUD’s current regulatory initiatives such as Triennial Recertifications for Fixed-Income Families; Capital and Operating Fund; the Public Housing Assessment System; FSS; Jobs Plus and ROSS; smoke-free public housing; voluntary consortia; demo/dispo; and any additional regulatory efforts that are underway, including HOTMA provisions that impact Public Housing. Attendees will have an opportunity to engage directly with HUD staff during an open question and answer session.

  • HUD Staff Panel on Community Planning and Development  - Officials from HUD’s Office of Community Planning and Development (CPD) will provide updates on core CPD programs and current Administration policies, such as the Administration’s FY 2019 budget proposal for CPD programs; ongoing implementation of the National Housing Trust Fund, the HOME final rule, Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing Act, the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing final rule and subsequent Assessments of Fair Housing; the latest information regarding CPD formula programs, including new policy proposals and technical assistance opportunities, as well as any new developments related to the Integrated Disbursement and Information System and the Consolidated Planning process. Attendees will have an opportunity to engage directly with HUD staff during an open question and answer session.

  • RAD HUD Panel - The Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) continues to be an important tool for housing authorities to innovate and renovate the local affordable housing stock. The HUD RAD Team from the Office of Recapitalization will provide an update on the current status of RAD. This session will be of particular interest as the following topics will be discussed: program updates including RAD Notice, Revision 3, updates to the process of pre-conversion including the waitlist and choosing between PBV and PBRA, updates to the conversion process including documents, financing plan and civil right concerns, and post-Conversion issues such as PBV and PBRA compliance. Whether your agency is a RAD veteran or just wondering if RAD will work for you, bring your questions and join the conversation!


12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.  
International Brown Bag Session
Join the International Research & Global Exchange Committee and the Australian/New Zealand Delegation as they share stories from their recent professional exchange Down Under about social housing policies in Australia and New Zealand. Hear about housing finance, supportive housing, and distinctions within the rental housing market. Learn about their research partner the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute and the National Housing Conference attended by the delegation! All are welcome — bring your lunch!
1:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.  
Afternoon Plenary Session
The Afternoon Plenary Session will begin with comments from Neal Rackleff, HUD Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development. We will then shift gears and have a robust conversation on the benefits and challenges of using “Housing as a Hub for Health, Community Services, and Upward Mobility” — the title of a recent publication by Stuart Butler of The Brookings Institution.
Featured speakers:
Neal Rackleff
Assistant Secretary, Community Planning & Development
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Washington, D.C.
Stuart M. Butler
Senior Fellow – Economic Studies
The Brookings Institution
Washington, D.C.

Anne De Biasi
Director of Policy Development 
Trust for America’s Health
Washington, D.C.
3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.  
Concurrent Sessions:
  • HUD Staff Panel on Section 8 - HUD staff will provide updates on Section 8 programs, especially the Housing Choice Voucher program. Panelists will touch on topics including HAP and administrative fee funding, including set-aside funding; UPCS-V; PIC-NG; the cash management process; the proposed administrative fee formula; PHAs’ voucher and budget utilization, including use of the HCV 2-Year Forecasting Tool; HUD’s shortfall and over-utilization prevention efforts; HOTMA Implementation; HUD-VASH; Family Unification Program (FUP) Vouchers; Small Area FMR implementation; SEPHAS; and current and pending rulemaking. Attendees will have an opportunity to engage directly with HUD staff during an open question and answer session.

  • Moving To Work (MTW) Panel - Have questions about HUD’s Moving to Work (MTW) Demonstration? Learn about the opportunity to test innovative, locally-designed strategies that efficiently use federal dollars, help residents become self-sufficient,  and increase housing choices for low-income families. Bring your questions and join the discussion of the current MTW program and the upcoming MTW expansion.

  • Tax Credit Panel - This session will provide insight on the ongoing use of the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC.) This year, housing credits will be a part of the larger conversation coming out of tax reform. Hear about tax reform’s impact upon the housing credit and possible opportunities for the housing credit in future infrastructure legislation. Presenters will provide the latest information on legislation to expand and strengthen the credit and how the credit can be used to support HUD programs like RAD, MTW and PBRA. This session will provide you with information that can help NAHRO build bipartisan support for the housing credit overall!


TUESDAY, April 24 - NAHRO's Capitol Hill Day                               
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.         
Affordable Housing Policy Trivia - Before heading to the Hill, attend this fun and interactive session for Commissioners and agency staff, alike, as the NAHRO Policy Team will cover many affordable housing and community development topics including Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD), Moving to Work (MTW), Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), Public Housing, Housing Choice Vouchers, Tax Credits and many more! Join for fun and prizes.
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (time tentative)
NAHRO Event on Capitol Hill (House side)
Don’t miss this opportunity to enrich your 2018 Capitol Hill Day experience. Attendees will hear from elected officials from Congress and/or key staff.

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. (time tentative)
NAHRO Event on Capitol Hill (Senate side)
During this session, NAHRO's 2018 Legislator of the Year Award will be presented.  This year, NAHRO will honor Senator Michael Crapo (R-ID) for his outstanding efforts to further the cause of housing and community development.  NAHRO’s Legislator of the Year Award was created to honor federal decision-makers who have furthered the cause of housing and community development by advancing, raising awareness, encouraging public policy debate on issues facing housing and community development providers, and consistently advocating for housing and community development issues.  Attendees will also hear from other elected officials from Congress and/or key staff.
Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID)
Note: Congressional Member availability is subject to changes in the congressional calendar.