2019 Washington Conference Sessions





2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. 
Opening Plenary Session, Part 1 - HUD/Budget
Welcome to the NAHRO 2019 Washington Conference! 
Featured Speakers: To be announced
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 2019.
MONDAY, APRIL 8                               
8:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.  
Morning Plenary Session
Featured Speaker:
Major Garrett
Chief White House Correspondent, CBS News
Correspondent at Large, National Journal
For 30 years Major Garrett has reported from the front lines of the nation’s pressing issues, doggedly chasing and breaking news stories. A truly non-partisan reporter, he is known for asking tough questions of all political actors regardless of party lines.  Major began his illustrious journalism career as a police and general assignment reporter, and has since covered Congress for two major magazines and served as White House correspondent for three television networks. He is the Chief White House Correspondent for CBS News, and was the network’s chief political reporter covering the 2016 Republican race for the White House.  Major also hosts the CBS News podcast “The Takeout” and serves as Correspondent at Large for National Journal.
Featured Presentations:
  • Housing America Calendar Contest Winner 
    NAHRO will recognize the Housing America “What Home Means to Me” 2019 calendar contest grand prize winner.
  • 2019 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 2020 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 2020 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!

  • What to Know Before You Go to Capitol Hill - Heading to Capitol Hill to meet with your lawmakers but need guidance before you go? NAHRO Director of Congressional Relations Tess Hembree will walk you through the steps to having a successful meeting. She’ll go over the basics of how to meet with lawmakers and staff, explain NAHRO’s policy positions and leave-behind materials, and tips for following-up after the meeting. You’ll get the preparation you need to be an expert advocate!

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.  
International Brown Bag Session
1:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.  
Afternoon Plenary Session
Featured speakers: To be announced
3:00 p.m. – 4:30 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 9 - NAHRO's Capitol Hill Day                               
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.         
Session (at the Hotel)- Topic/speakers to be announced
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 2019 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 2019 Legislator of the Year Award will be presented. 
Note: Congressional Member availability is subject to changes in the congressional calendar.