2019 Washington Conference Sessions





2:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. 
Opening Plenary Session
Welcome to the NAHRO 2019 Washington Conference! 
Featured Panel Discussion:
Housing Affordability and Big Tech: Lessons Learned and Planning for Change
When Amazon began its search for a second headquarters site (HQ2), 238 cities raised their hands. After a long, suspense-filled process, Amazon ultimately selected Arlington, VA in the newly named “National Landing”. Given that NAHRO’s 2019 Washington Conference is being held in National Landing, there is no better time to have a conversation about housing affordability and Big Tech. NAHRO CEO Adrianne Todman will engage local housing leaders from Arlington, D.C., Baltimore County, and Seattle in a lively conversation about the challenges and opportunities that arise when Big Tech is your neighbor. 
4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
The Washington Report
NAHRO’s Congressional Relations and Policy teams will provide an overview of all the latest news from Capitol Hill, HUD, and the White House and 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 Speakers:
Robert Hunter Kurtz
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH) 
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Washington, DC

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 nonpartisan reporter, he is known for asking tough questions of all political actors regardless of party lines.
Featured Presentations:
  • Housing America Calendar Contest Winner 
    NAHRO will recognize the Housing America “What Home Means to Me” 2019 poster 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 programmatic and regulatory updates related to the current initiatives and priorities 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 Public Housing Repositioning, Capital and Operating Fund; the Public Housing Assessment System and REAC Inspections; FSS; Jobs Plus and ROSS; smoke-free public housing; voluntary consortia; demo/dispo; and any additional regulatory efforts that are underway, including HOTMA and Small Agency 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; 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.

  • HUD Staff Panel on RAD - 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 recent RAD Notice updates, 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 and 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!

1:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.  
Afternoon Plenary Session
Featured speaker:
Anna Maria Farías
Assistant Secretary, Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity
US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
Washington, D.C.



Town Hall Meeting with NAHRO Candidates
The Town Hall Meeting is designed as a platform for attendees to raise questions for the candidates for NAHRO’s 2019-2021 biennial election. Get answers from the candidates on current industry issues and their plans for guiding NAHRO over the next two years.

Candidate For President:
Sunny Shaw, PHM, CME
Executive Director
Housing Alliance and Community Partnerships
Pocatello, ID
Candidate For Senior Vice President:
Patricia S. Wells, CME
Deputy Executive Director
Oakland Housing Authority (OHA)
Oakland, CA
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; HUD’s shortfall and utilization prevention efforts; HOTMA Implementation; HUD-VASH; Family Unification Program (FUP) and Mainstream Vouchers; Small Area FMR implementation; and current and
    pending rulemaking. Attendees will have an opportunity to engage directly with HUD staff during an open question and answer session.

  • HUD Staff Panel on Moving To Work (MTW) - Do you 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.

  • Treasury Affordable Housing Program Panel -  This session will provide insight on two of the Treasury Department’s most active affordable housing programs: Low-Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) and Opportunity Zones. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 created Opportunity Zones, which are designed to encourage private investment in distressed communities throughout the United States. This e-Briefing will provide an overview of Opportunity Zones and how housing and community development agencies can benefit from and interact with Opportunity Zones, their tax benefits and their investment dollars through Qualified Opportunity Funds (QOFs). LIHTC continues to 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 legislation that will expand and strengthen the credit and how the credit can be used to support HUD programs like RAD, MTW and PBRA. Bring your curiosity and questions as we explore the possibilities together! 

  • Diversity Roundtable - Join members of NAHRO’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force and special guests to discuss the importance of diverse voices as well as equitable and inclusive policies - both in the halls of Congress, where the nation’s laws are formulated and passed, and in our own affordable housing and community development industry. Bring your questions and perspectives!

TUESDAY, April 9 - NAHRO's Capitol Hill Day                               
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.         
Affordable Housing Policy Trivia
This fun and interactive session is great for Commissioners and agency staff alike, as the NAHRO Policy Team covers 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 more! Join for fun and prizes before you head to Capitol Hill for NAHRO’s Hill Day!
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
NAHRO Event on Capitol Hill (Senate 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.

5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
NAHRO Event on Capitol Hill (House 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.