2021 Virtual Spring Conference

Summary

It’s almost time for Minnesota NAHRO’s second (and hopefully last) Virtual Spring Conference. With expanded vaccine rollout and a return to normal, we are looking forward to BRIGHTER DAYS AHEAD! As always, we will be bringing you engaging and informative sessions on a variety of topics that you can attend from the comfort of your own home or office. This year, topics will include:

  • Voucher Utilization and What Works With Landlords
  • State Eviction Moratorium Off Ramp
  • COVID Rental Assistance Programs: Addressing Unpaid Rent
  • New Stability Vouchers

…and many more!

While we are once again unable to have this event in person, we hope that these sessions and our new Virtual Vendor Networking Event will provide plenty of opportunities for our attendees to stay up to date on the latest industry information and resources.

Find details on registration, sponsorship, and more below!

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Virtual Networking EventWednesday, May 19th at 4:00pm

Join us after the first day of sessions for a fun chance for our attendees and vendors to interact. Event highlights will include:

  • A giftcard giveaway raffle showcasing our vendors
  • a “swag bag” with items from participating vendors and sponsors mailed out to all those who attend

 

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Presenter Materials

Unwinding COVID & Planning for the New Normal

Using your HCV Dashboard To Maximize Your Vouchers

Employment Issues in a “Not Quite Post-Pandemic” World

New Emergency Vouchers In Depth

Up Your Voucher Utilization: What Works with Landlords

COVID Communications: Messaging & Opening Up

COVID Rental Assistance Programs: Addressing Unpaid Rent

Schedule

May 19, 2021

Agenda (Track A)

10:00 am-10:30am – Welcome & Plenary Session: 2021 Legislative Update

10:30am-12:20pm – Unwinding COVID & Planning for the New Normal: Implementation, Funding & Tracking Issues for Housing Authorities

12:20-1:00pm – Break for Lunch

1:00pm-2:20pm – Using your HCV Dashboard To Maximize Your Vouchers

2:20pm-2:30pm – 10 minute break

2:30pm-4:00pm – State Eviction Moratorium Off Ramp & Other Legal Issues for Housing Authorities

4:00pm – Virtual Vendor Networking Event

May 19, 2021

Agenda (Track B)

10:00 am-11:00am – Plenary Session: 2021 Legislative Update

11:00am-12:20pm – Unwinding COVID & Planning for the New Normal: Implementation, Funding & Tracking Issues for Housing Authorities

12:20-1:00pm – Break for Lunch

1:00pm-2:20pm – Employment Issues in a “Not Quite Post-Pandemic” World

2:20pm-2:30pm – 10 minute break

2:30pm-4:00pm – State Eviction Moratorium Off Ramp & Other Legal Issues for Housing Authorities

4:00pm – Virtual Vendor Networking Event

May 20, 2019

Agenda (Track A)

10:00am-11:00am – Plenary Session: Meet Your NAHRO Candidates

11:00am-12:20pm – New Emergency Vouchers In Depth

12:20pm-1:00pm – Break for lunch

1:00pm-2:15pm – Up Your Voucher Utilization: What Works with Landlords

2:15pm-2:30pm – Wrap Up & See You in July at the Leadership Retreat!

May 20, 2019

Agenda (Track B)

10:00am-11:00am – Plenary Session: Meet Your NAHRO Candidates

11:00am-12:20pm – COVID Communications: Messaging & Opening Up

12:20pm-1:00pm – Break for lunch

1:00pm-2:15pm – COVID Rental Assistance Programs: Addressing Unpaid Rent

2:15pm-2:30pm – Wrap Up & See You in July at the Leadership Retreat!

Session Descriptions

Plenary Session – Meet Your NAHRO Candidates

– Speaker: Panel
– Track: A

 

This year NAHRO members will elect new leadership so join us for a discussion of the vision and future of NAHRO.  Our plenary session will feature the national candidates and give you an opportunity to hear directly from them during a facilitated conversation.

Unwinding COVID & Planning for the New Normal: Implementation, Funding & Tracking Issues for Housing Authorities

– Speaker: NAHRO Staff
– Track: A and B

 

What is the status of HUD waivers? What are the administrative issues for the many new housing vouchers? What are the finance and reporting requirements for these COVID resources?  How will the new combines funds benefit public housing? What changes can we expect under the new administration?  Join us for our plenary session which will answer these questions and many more!  NAHRO staff will help us understand what is available and how to keep track of the many resources available for housing authorities.

Using Your HCV Dashboard to Maximize Your Vouchers

– Speaker: HUD Minneapolis Field Office Staff
– Track: A

 

Do you wish you had an easy tool to show your staff and board how your HCV program is doing?  Do you have a tool that demonstrates the results of your leasing efforts in your special purpose voucher programs?  Can you determine leasing trends of your HCV programs easily and in a data format?  This new HCV Data Dashboard will help you answer YES to all of these questions and more.  This session will demonstrate HUD’s newest tool – Housing Choice Voucher Data Dashboard – that will help you monitor your HCV program, special purpose vouchers, and much more.  HUD’s HQ expert on the newest tool will share how you can access this dashboard, the reason why you should become familiar with it, and how to use this in addition to the Two Year Tool to monitor your HCV program!  Come get some new info!

New Emergency Vouchers – In Depth

– Speaker: HUD Minneapolis Field Staff
– Track: A

 

Both the 2021 American Rescue Plan and the 2020 COVID Relief Bill funded an expansion of housing choice vouchers available to housing authorities.  This session will provide an in depth look at the $5B in new emergency vouchers. These vouchers will be allocated by HUD formula, will need to be tracked separately and will have administrative implications. This session will help you identify the financial and administrative issues moving forward.

Up Your Voucher Utilization: What Works with Landlords

– Speaker: HUD Staff
– Track: A

 

Between the eviction moratorium, program requirements and the low vacancy rates, it is always a challenge to recruit and retain landlords in the Housing Choice Voucher Program.  Since vouchers are central to the COVID response at the federal level, this session will address the best practices for housing authorities to partner with landlords. This session will help you develop an approach to up your HCV utilization rates.

COVID Rental Assistance Programs: Addressing Unpaid Rent in Minnesota

– Speaker: TBA
– Track: B

 

Housing Authorities play an important role in helping households avoid evictions and address unpaid rent. This session will provide an update on the latest rental assistance available in Minnesota.  These programs are new and will have many emerging components impacting the clients served by our programs.  This session will serve as an opportunity to connect with key program administrations.  Our session will include discussion on how best to refer households and help them successfully navigate these rental assistance programs.

COVID Communications: Messaging & Opening Up

– Speaker: TBA
– Track: B

 

As we begin to return to the new normal, there are many considerations for staff and tenants. This session will feature experts who are dealing with the issues of how best to prepare for “opening up” and what that looks like in 2021.  This session will address issues to consider as you open up your buildings, on-going messaging about masks and vaccinations plus how to manage community spaces in this period of transition

Employment Issues in a “Not Quite Post-Pandemic” World

– Speaker: Joyce Hottinger
– Track: B

 

As we all begin to increase our interactions with colleagues, clients and the public in general, there’s a lot to think about.  Can or should your agency mandate or incentivize a vaccine? How can we prepare inspectors and others to interact with each other safely?  What about employees who want to keep working remotely?  There will also be time for Q&A. Don’t’ miss this opportunity to connect with Joyce to hear her perspectives on best practices on your thorny COVID issues.

State Eviction Moratorium Off Ramp & Other Legal Issues for Housing Authorities

– Speaker: Mary Dobbins
– Track: A and B

 

With the state eviction moratorium still in effect and the roll out of the state rental assistance, Minnesota lawmakers will be making decisions on how best to transition back to a more normal rental market.  This transition, however, will include many legal challenges for housing authorities along the way.  While the session will provide an overview, it will also allow for robust Q&A.  So bring your questions and join us for this timely and informative session.

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  • Vendors coming soon!

Minnesota NAHRO is happy to once again offer several levels of sponsorship, each with it’s own unique benefits.

  • Elite – $5000
  • Platinum -$1000
  • Gold – $750
  • Silver – $500
  • Bronze – $250

Find more info about each sponsorship level and fill out our sponsor sign-up form here.

Fill Out The Form &  Become A Sponsor Today!

 

Event Sponsors

Elite Sponsors

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Platinum Sponsors

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HDS, LLC/DBA Kanso Software

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Gold Sponsors

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Silver Sponsors

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Bronze Sponsors

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