February 25, 2021 Eagle County Housing and Development Authority Issues RFQ for Affordable Housing Development Eagle County Housing and Development Authority (“ECHDA”) is soliciting statements of qualifications and experience from qualified and creative developers or development teams to be primarily responsible for the planning, design, construction and financing of an affordable housing development on approximately 9.5 acres of County-owned land in West Eagle in partnership with Eagle County and the ECHDA. This Request for Qualifications (“RFQ”) will be non-exclusive. Click here for more information.
December 1, 2020 Colorado NAHRO Awards $1.6 in Rent Relief in 2020 Colorado NAHRO, a non-profit organization working to enhance the affordable housing industry and promote viable communities in Colorado, has distributed $1.6 million in rent relief to residents of Public Housing Authorities across the state of Colorado. The Rent Assistance Fund for Affordable Housing was supported by emergency funding from the State of Colorado (Governor Polis’ Executive Order D 2020 012) as part of its efforts to address evictions and foreclosures for households economically impacted by COVID-19.
This program enabled Colorado NAHRO to work directly with Colorado Public Housing Authorities (PHA) and affordable housing providers to provide rent relief to residents below 80% of the area median income (AMI) whose income was impacted by COVID-19.
November 16, 2020 Colorado NAHRO Board President Wins NAHRO Emerging Leader of the Year Award Congratulations to Zachary Guerin, Colorado NAHRO Board President and COO at Foothills Regional Housing, for meing named NAHRO's Emerging Leader of the Year. Zac was recognized for being an outstanding executive property management professional, providing the leadership, business acumen and empathy necessary to achieve organizational goals and objectives, as well as his leadership and involvement across Colorado and Mountain Plains NAHRO to build strong, lasting relationships to achieve maximum potential.
November 1, 2020 New Guide Helps Housing Providers Implement and Enforce Smoke-Free Policies The Group to Alleviate Smoking Pollution (GASP of Colorado) has released the 2020 Colorado Guide to Establishing No-Smoking Policies in Multiunit Housing.
The newly updated 12-page booklet is a valuable tool for property owners and managers who wish to implement no-smoking policies in their communities. Peer-reviewed by housing providers and other experts, the guide includes information about economic benefits, implementation and compliance techniques, and other helpful resources. It is endorsed by the Colorado Housing and Finance Authority, Colorado Division of Housing, Housing Colorado, Colorado NAHRO, Rocky Mountain AHMA, the Apartment Association of Southern Colorado, Cornerstone Apartments, the Denver and Carbondale Housing Authority, the Rental Housing Journal, and the Colorado Academy of Family Physicians this guide is an evidenced-based step by step guide that helps assure easy implementation.
July 30, 2020 Colorado NAHRO Launches Hot Topics Series Click here to learn more, and stay tuned to our events calendar for upcoming events.
July 6, 2020 Apply Today! Rent Assistance For Your Tenants Now Easier and More Accessible Click here to learn more.
July 1, 2020 Housing Colorado's 2020 End of Session Legislative Report Click here to read more.
June 22, 2020 Colorado NAHRO Member Update:Important Update re: Rent Assistance Fund Requirements Click here to read more.
May 12, 2020 Congratulations to Ed Talbot, who recently retired from the City of Arvada as Manager for Housing Preservation and Resources as well as Director of the Arvada Housing Authority as of May 1. After 45 years in the housing and community development field, he has left a lasting impact. Click here to watch a video from the City of Arvada featuring Ed in their Profiles in Public Service series.
May 4, 2020 Request for Proposal for HCV/Section 8 Project Based Vouchers Jefferson County Housing Authority (JCHA) has established a project-based voucher program in compliance with 24 CFR Section 982. This program is being implemented for the purpose of providing a resource of stable affordable housing units, in the volatile economic market of Jefferson County, and to help increase participation by private owners in providing affordable housing.
JCHA announces the availability of HCV/Section 8 Project-Based Vouchers to support housing opportunities as described in the Scope of Work. Total number of vouchers to be awarded is subject to JCHA’s sole and absolute discretion.
February 2020 Colorado NAHRO Member Update: Four Ways to Engage, Recognize and Support Your Community with Colorado NAHRO Click here to read more.
January 2020 Colorado NAHRO Annual Report and Member Update Click here to read more.
December 18, 2019 Opening Doors to Public Housing | Request for Proposals for Technical Assistance
The Vera Institute of Justice (Vera)—with funding from the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)—is soliciting applications from public housing authorities (PHAs) that, in collaboration with their justice system partners, would benefit from technical assistance as they seek to plan and implement reentry programs and/or change their policies regarding people with conviction histories in order to safely increase access to housing for people with criminal records. The goals of this initiative are to:
increase housing access for people with conviction histories and increase public safety in communities that people return to on release from jails and prisons;
improve the safety of public housing and surrounding communities through the use of reentry housing strategies; and
promote collaboration among public housing authorities, law enforcement agencies, and other criminal justice stakeholders to effectively reduce crime and improve reentry outcomes for people leaving prisons and jails.
Housing authorities of all sizes are encouraged to apply, including those that manage their own units as well as those that administer Housing Choice Voucher programs. In addition, multiple housing authorities in the same geographic area may decide to apply together in a single application if they have common goals and believe that coordinating their reform efforts will increase the local impact of their work. Applicants must submit application packages via e-mail in PDF format to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications should include (1) a letter of intent and commitment; (2) an application narrative; and (3) letters of support (required).
Applications will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. PST on Friday, February 28, 2020. Selected sites will be notified, and Vera will make a public announcement of the selections in April 2020.
March 14, 2019 Volunteer Housing Board and Commissioners Summit a Success! CONAHRO hosted the first of its kind Volunteer Housing Board and Commissioners Summit, March 8, 2019, Red Rocks Community College. Volunteer board members from more than ten different housing boards and authorities attended. We were treated to a panel discussion that included Lakewood’s Mayor Adam Paul, and Jefferson County Commissioner Lesley Dahlkemper. Local housing authority executive directors from across the Front Range and Pueblo joined with our guests to share their successes and challenges in working together as policy makers and practitioners to increase the supply of affordable housing in our communities. Presentations from the College’s business faculty and Ms. Lee Applegate, ESQ. engaged the board members in sharing effective communication and policy governance strategies. We have created a survey to seek guidance in how CONHARO can help our state’s housing volunteers with resources and training. LINK TO SURVEY We look forward to hearing from you.
January 11, 2019 FREE SEMINAR FOR COMMISSIONERS AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS- MARCH 8, 2019 IN LAKEWOOD
Colorado NAHRO is happy to present a FREE Leadership Summit for Volunteer Governing Board Members: Expanding Quality Affordable Housing in Colorado. The Summit will take place on Friday, March 8 from 8:00 am to 1:30 pm in Lakewood and includes a complimentary lunch Lakewood. This is an excellent opportunity for Commissioners and Directors to gain some valuable knowledge and share best practices with your peers.
Topic areas include: •Relationship Development Among Executive Directors and Board Members •Policy Governance •Advocacy •Legal Obligations •Best Practices
January 30, 2018 FREE SEMINAR- Open Doors Initiative: Implementing PHA Reentry Policies with the Vera Institute Date: Monday, February 26, 2018 Time: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm (lunch provided) Place: The Aurora Housing Authority, 2280 S Xanadu Way, Aurora, CO 80014 (map below) Register at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/S6FXHTY Limited to 3 individuals per PHA, 50 total, first come first served Seminar Details Safe and secure housing is critical for the most vulnerable populations, including those that have been impacted by the criminal justice systems. Public housing authorities, often the primary source of affordable housing in the community, can help this population reunify with families and successfully transition into the community leading to decreases in homelessness, decreases in crime, and improved safety of our communities. The Department of Local Affairs, Division of Housing, in cooperation with Colorado NAHRO, invites the local public housing authorities of Colorado to an interactive workshop led by the Vera Institute of Justice, a national non-profit that is working with PHAs across the country to increase public housing access for people impacted by the justice system. The workshop will include sessions on reviewing and revising PHA’s admissions policies, designing and implementing reentry programs, and the types of reentry services and supports available for formerly incarcerated people in Colorado.
September 8, 2017 Housing’s Impact on Local Government Finance Click here for a case study conducted by The Piton Foundation exploring how Adams County local government is being fiscally impacted by, and is attempting to deal with, its increasing number of housing-challenged residents.
September 8, 2017 Using Green Solutions to Increase Net Operating Income, Denver | September 28, 2017- CHFA Industry leaders have been implementing "green" solutions for a number of years now and have gained a competitive edge as a result.If you have been struggling to join them, this forum is worth your time. New financial incentives and more streamlined processes are making it financially lucrative and reducing the barriers to entry. Our panel will be your guide to scaling up or starting new green projects. 8:00am to 10:00am Click here for full details and registration.
February 208, 2017 Celebrate 10 Years of Housing America Established in 2007 by the NAHRO Board of Governors, Housing America is the national public affairs campaign that raises awareness of the need for and importance of safe, quality, affordable housing. This year, the campaign will celebrate its anniversary in a variety of ways.
During the Washington Conference, Housing America will host a book drive. Book drop-off will be located in the NAHRO conference registration area. Please represent our region by donating a book!
The Housing America Task Force will also host a concert Monday, March 27, 2017 from 8-10 p.m. at the conference hotel. The concert will feature the alternative country band, The Honeycutters, and art from past “What Home Means to Me” calendar contest winners, which will be available for purchase.
February 1, 2017 Educational Scholarships Available for Residents Colorado NAHRO is offering up to eleven $1,000 Scholarships that may be used for any expenses directly related to post-secondary education (tuition, room/board, books, etc.). The applicant and their family must reside or receive direct housing benefits for at least 12 months prior to application through any housing program administered by any agency that is a member in good standing of Colorado NAHRO. High school seniors; OR adults currently enrolled in a post-secondary program may enroll.
Click here to download complete details of the program and an application form. Applications are due by March 15, 2017.
January 31, 2017 Uncertainty Over Tax Reform in Hurting Affordable Housing Click here for an educational discussion of how the uncertainty about tax reform is already hurting affordable housing and the Low Income Housing Tax Credit program.
January 23, 2017 Court Rules in Favor of Plaintiffs in Operating Reserves Litigation PHADA and NAHRO are pleased to announce that on January 18th the U.S. Court of Federal Claims found in favor of nearly 350 public housing authorities that brought a lawsuit against the federal government challenging HUD’s reduction of their FY 2012 operating fund subsidies based on the amount of Plaintiffs’ so-called “excess” operating reserves. The President’s FY 2012 budget proposal included an Operating Fund request of just $3,961,850 which was $1 billion short of the amount needed to pay the aggregate estimated operating subsidy eligibility amount. HUD devised an “allocation adjustment” based on the level of savings agencies had accumulated in their operating fund reserves. As proposed, this allocation adjustment would have offset the aggregate amount of operating fund subsidies to which PHAs were entitled in 2012 by the amount of the PHAs’ “excess” operating reserves up to $1 billion. At the Department’s behest, Congress approved the plan, changing the aggregate amount of reserves that could be used as an offset to $750 million.
With PHADA and NAHRO as the lead Plaintiffs, a lawsuit was filed on January 3, 2013. Collaborating with PHADA and NAHRO, Coan & Lyons, a Washington, DC law firm, prepared the case based on the claim that HUD’s offset breached the Annual Contributions Contract (ACC of the PHA Plaintiffs in 2012 when “rather than reducing their subsidy payments by a uniform percentage (pro-rata basis), it first offset each PHA’s payment by a figure that varied from one PHA to another – the amount of its excess operating reserves.”
Judge Elaine D. Kaplan stated in her decision that HUD “breached its [contractual] obligations under the ACCs when it applied the [excess] operating [reserves] offset in response to the 2012 Appropriations Act, rather than the pro rata reduction prescribed by” HUD’s regulations. As noted by Judge Kaplan, the plaintiffs requested compensatory damages of almost $136 million.
The Court has ordered the attorneys to file a status report by February 17, suggesting how the Court should proceed. Carl Coan, III, Plaintiffs’ lead attorney, believes that the next logical step will be to calculate the exact damages to which the Plaintiffs are entitled and submit them to the Court for approval. Assuming the parties can agree on the amount of damages, the Court will enter a final judgment and order awarding Plaintiffs their damages.
Tim Kaiser, PHADA Executive Director said, “We appreciate the Court’s decision. We tried to dissuade HUD from implementing this unfair and damaging plan as soon as we heard about it. HUD decided to go ahead and it left us with no alternative but to organize a legal action to enforce the existing contract between HUD and its many PHA partners.”
John Bohm, Acting Chief Executive Officer of NAHRO stated “NAHRO applauds the Court’s ruling on this matter. This responsible decision addresses the critical concerns raised by housing authorities across the country, and we hope that it will serve as a benchmark for future decision-making on these matters.”
October 10, 2016 Colorado NAHRO Provides Housing Choice Voucher Admin Fee Study Comments Click here to read the full documnet. Thanks to the Fort Collins Housing Authority for preparing this material.
October 5, 2016 The Unseen Reach of an Affordable Housing Crisis by Tina Griego Click here to read a great article about the affordable housing crisis in the metro Denver area.
March 6, 2016 Colorado NAHRO 2016 Poster Contest- March 6 - May 6 Poster Contest judging to be done at Annual Conference, May 9-13 at the Vail Marriott. Click here for contest details.
March 1, 2016 2016 Colorado Capital Conference in Washington D.C., June 8-10 The Colorado Capital Conference is a unique opportunity for Colorado residents to interact with the nation’s leaders in Washington, D.C. Participants will learn more about our system of government and how to best influence policy in an ever changing political environment. Speakers in past years have included member of Congress, the President’s cabinet, and other prominent opinion leaders.
December 29, 2015 Steele Properties closes two property acquisitions in Texas and Colorado and will provide significant renovations to the affordable housing communities through the Low Income Housing Tax Credit program. Click here to read press release.
January 28, 2015 ICAST to Recognize the City of Arvada and the Jeffco Housing Authority ICAST, the non-profit that administers the new Resource Smart Arvada energy efficiency program is hosting an event, along with HUD, to recognize the City of Arvada and Jefferson County Housing Authority for their collaborative commitment to retrofit assisted affordable multi-family rental properties in Arvada. ICAST and other program officials will gather with the Mayor and City Council members to join Rick Garcia from HUD to recognize the success of this effort at an event on March 20th at 10 AM at the Aspen Ridge Apartments 11051 W 63rd Place - Arvada, CO 80004. The Jefferson County Housing Authority has made energy efficiency improvements to three properties in Arvada over the past year. City HODAG loan repayment funds were used to provide grants for up to 20% of the project cost as well as loans on two projects for $85,000. In total, the Resource Smart Arvada Program has assisted with the retrofitting of 278 units providing about $35,000 in energy savings for residents in those projects. For more information please contact: Jessica Prosser, AICP; 720-898-7511; http://arvada.org/sustainability
December, 2014 Driving a Vibrant Economy: Housing’s Role in Colorado’s Economic Success A coalition of housing and community development partners has released a report that reiterates the critical role new home construction plays in the overall health of the Denver metro region and the broader overall Colorado and U.S. economy. The report, which analyzed data from 2013, aims to provide a better understand the impacts of new home construction in Colorado and what type of housing is still needed.Click here to download the complete report.
December 18, 2014 City of Arvada Essential Home Repairs Team Receives Team of the Year Award Congratulations to the Essential Home Repairs Program team for being named City of Arvada Team of the Year. The team is made up of William Quintanilla, Housing Rehab/Loan Specialist; Cherrie Maltos, Housing Services Specialist; and Wendy Brazzell, Administrative Specialist.
Every year since 1990, the Essential Home Repairs program team has received a 100% approval rating in a survey distributed to homeowners who benefitted from the Essential Home Repairs Program. The survey ascertains the homeowner’s satisfaction with the program, the contractors and City staff. Some of the comments included in the survey are:
•“Everything was done with the least bit of inconvenience to me. Anytime I had a question they answered with knowledge and courtesy.”’ •“We highly recommend this program to all those who qualify. It’s a quality program run by quality personnel. We can’t thank you enough.” •“Workers were friendly and courteous and job was quality! Took pride in their work. Kudos to William and Cherrie for all their help!”
December 11, 2014 NAHRO, Metro West Housing Solutions Among Hundreds Voicing Support to Extend Tax Credits Metro West Housing Solutions and other organizations are sounding the alarm that the work they are doing will become significantly more difficult without the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC), which is currently being debated in Congress. Click here to read more.
December 3, 2014 Rep. Perlmutter Introduces Bi-Partisan Legislation to Reduce Burden on Fixed Income Tenants
WASHINGTON D.C. - Today U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter (CO-07) and Rep. Steve Stivers (OH-15) introduced H.R. 5776, the Tenant Income Verification Relief Act to allow tenants on a fixed income have their income certified and/or verified once every three years rather than annually. This bi-partisan legislation will help streamline and reduce the burdens placed on tenants for purposes of determining their eligibility for certain Federal assistance housing programs, including seniors and other individuals and families who consistently maintain a fixed income.
“This legislation will help lighten the regulatory requirements placed on housing authorities and their tenants while still ensuring accountability,” said Rep. Perlmutter. “As a result, housing authorities will be able to use their funds more efficiently while providing more opportunities for low-income tenants.”
“This bill is a great first step towards ensuring our nation’s low-income families have safe places to live while simultaneously reducing administrative burdens families face yearly and creating better opportunities for housing authorities to use their time and resources more efficiently,” said Rep. Stivers.
The legislation amends The Housing Act of 1937 and applies to both public housing authorities and the voucher program. The legislation could also incentivize more privately-owned housing operators to accept vouchers, since the stock of public housing continues to face fiscal pressures providing tenants more flexibility and choice.
“Colorado NAHRO continues to support responsible reforms that will help reduce administrative burdens on local housing authorities,” said Tami Fischer, president of the Colorado chapter of NAHRO. “This bill will help us assist our clients in a more cost effective manner in order to deal with the consistent decline in Federal funding.”
Since assuming office in 2007, Rep. Perlmutter has served on the House Financial Services Committee which has jurisdiction over many issues including housing programs such as Public Housing and all HUD programs. In October 2014, Rep. Perlmutter was recognized as “Legislator of the Year” for his significant contributions and support for affordable housing by the Colorado chapter of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO). Rep. Perlmutter has also supported other federal housing programs, including: Low-Income Housing Tax Credits; New Markets Tax Credits; Community Development Block Grants (CDBG); HOME Investment Partnership Funds; and efforts to fund the Housing Trust Fund.
October 6, 2014 Congressman Ed Perlmutter Receives Colorado NAHRO's First Annual Legislator of the Year Award Colorado NAHRO honored Congressman Ed Perlmutter as 2014 Legislator of the Year in appreciation of his continual support of affordable housing and community development on October 6 at the Lamar Station Affordable Housing Development in Lakewood. Over 50 industry leaders attended the event.
Click here to hear the Congressman's acceptance comments.
October 1, 2014 Thirteen Youth Living in Subsidized Housing Win National Poster Contest Washington, D.C. (October 1, 2014) – Today, the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) announced the winners of the association’s annual “What Home Means to Me” poster contest. The grand prize winner and 12 national winners represent youth from across the country in grades kindergarten through 12 who currently live in affordable rental housing administered by a NAHRO member housing authority or community development agency.
The grand prize and national winners are: Ayanna Henderson, Danville Redevelopment and Housing Authority (Va.); Adilene Barrios, McAllen Housing Authority (Texas); Audreann Artis and Katana Mosson, Albion Housing Commission (Mich.); Dianara Peña, Klamath Housing Authority (Ore.); Ericka Alston, Beaufort Housing Authority (S.C.); Harmonee Williamson-Cooper, Greensboro Housing Authority (N.C.); Amy Le, Oakland Housing Authority (Calif.); Felicia Fox, Dedham Housing Authority (Mass.); Joy Wise, Aurora Housing Authority (Colo.); Elvira Salazar, Cameron County Housing Authority (Texas); Shauna Stanton, Millsboro Village Apartments, MHFP East Coast Management Company (Del.), and Nohemi Taguite, Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles (Calif.).
“This year, more than 250 entries were submitted to NAHRO,” said Preston Prince, CME, president of NAHRO. “The annual poster contest is an opportunity for youth to voice what having a safe, clean and supportive living environment means to them.” The winners’ artwork will be featured nationally in the association’s annual “What Home Means to Me” calendar and publications. They will also receive $500 and $100 U.S. Savings Bonds respectively.
Additionally, the grand prize winner and a member of her family will be honored at NAHRO’s legislative conference in Washington, D.C. in March 2015. The annual poster contest is part of NAHRO’s Housing America Campaign, which raises national awareness concerning the need for and importance of safe, sustainable and affordable housing by educating national decision makers and community leaders; advocating on behalf of lower-income families and individuals, veterans, children and seniors, and persons living with disabilities; and empowering clients and residents to share how accessing affordable, stable housing has impacted their lives.
“Thirty-seven percent of persons living in public housing are children,” said Saul N. Ramirez, Jr., chief executive officer of NAHRO. “In a time when the U.S. Department of Education estimates that 1.3 million homeless children were enrolled in U.S. schools in 2012-2013, it is critical that we, as a nation, continue to fight to add to and preserve our existing affordable rental housing portfolio.”
September 19, 2014 Founding Member of Colorado NAHRO Retiring Pam Simon, Deputy Director of the Housing Authority of Colorado Springs, will be retiring in October. Pam has made many contributions to NAHRO over her over thirty years of service. But there are two contributions in particular that that have real staying power for our organization and will become part of Pam’s Legacy. The first was Pam’s idea to expand our annual awards program to include an award we call the Unsung Hero Award. This award recognizes the volunteers that have given countless hours to Colorado NAHRO and it has become a main stay of our awards presentation. Pam was also instrumental in the development of our Corporate Sponsorship program which greatly expanded the number and types of sponsorship opportunities to support our annual conference and the organization as a whole. This program has more than doubled the amount of money we raise annually, has allowed us to keep our conference registration rates and member dues extremely low, and has allowed us to funnel our annual profits into other programs that support our members and residents. When Pam retired from Colorado NAHRO she was honored with the Dedicated Service Award, an award we have only given out a few other times.Thank you for your contributions Pam, our industry will be poorer for your loss.
September 18, 2014 CDBG Users Group Meeting- Thursday, October 16, 2014 from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. Fort Collins will be hosting the meeting, which will be held at: American Eagle Distributing, 3800 Clydesdale Parkway, Loveland, CO. For more information contact email@example.com.
September 11, 2014 Colorado NAHRO's First Annual Legislator of the Year Award, October 6, 2014 Please join us as Colorado NAHRO honors Congressman Ed Perlmutter as Legislator of the Year in appreciation of his continual support of affordable housing and our communities. The event will take place on Monday, October 6 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm at Lamar Station Crossing, 6150 W. 13th Ave., Lakewood, Colorado 80214.
September 11, 2014 Section 8 Users Group to Discuss Proposed Increases in FMR The City of Arvada and the Division of Housing will be hosting a Section 8 Users Group meeting on September 22 to discuss HUD's proposed changes in the Fair Market Rents which could result in as much as 20% increases. The meeting will be held at the City of Arvada on Monday, September 22. Click here to get all the details.
September 5, 2014 Memorial Park Re-Dedication- Arvada, Colorado The City of Arvada Community Development Agency has successfully leveraged CDBG funds to revitalize a local park. Click here to read more about the Re-dedication.
August 19, 2014 International Research and Global Exchange Committee (IRGE) The International Research and Global Exchange Committee (IRGE) recently completed a new strategic work program to align the work of the Committee with NAHRO goals.
One of the important goals for NAHRO is to encourage the active participation of NAHRO regions and chapters to ensure that NAHRO is a growing, member friendly organization that is open, responsive, and committed to improving its highest-quality services to the membership.
The IRGE Committee believes by providing information on the work of IRGE and its committee members that it will benefit the MPNAHRO membership in more fully understanding how NAHRO is involved with our colleagues internationally and is representing NAHRO on the world stage. Recently three IRGE Committee NAHRO members volunteered to attend the World Unban Forum to represent NAHRO at this important international event. Here is their report:
NAHRO EXPANDS ITS INTERNATIONAL PRESENCE AT THE WORLD URBAN FORUM Three members of NAHRO comprised a Delegation to the recent Seventh session of the World Urban Forum held in Medellin, Columbia from April 5th to 11th. That delegation consisted of Helen Sause (San Francisco, CA), Dan Trozzi (Phoenix, AZ) and Saeed Hajarizadeh (Vancouver, WA). The World Urban Forum is a non-legislative technical forum convened by the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), hosted in a different city every two years. The World Urban Forum is the world’s premier conference on cities and urban issues. Convened by UN-Habitat and hosted by a different city each time, the Forum is one of the most open United Nations meetings, bringing together stakeholders from across the spectrum to engage in the most pressing challenges facing our cities.
The Seventh session of the World Urban Forum (WUF) brought together some of the most committed “City Changers” from the South and from the North. It was a platform to create new networks and partnerships and strengthen existing ones, with a meaningful impact on equity and development. Participants gained new awareness about the role that human settlements, towns and cities, countries, international agencies and development partners can play in advancing an equity agenda, sharing knowledge and best practices. The final tally for attendees of WUF7 was 22,000. There were approximately 500 from the United Stated representing the government, private, education and nonprofit sectors.
The NAHRO Delegation wanted to utilize what was learned here and take it back to our own communities. How do we house our homeless and reduce rent burden for those struggling to survive? WUF7 was a laboratory of ideas. On the first day of WUF7, through collaboration with HUD and Next City, NAHRO delegates made a presentation in the Innovative America’s booth titled “Affordable Housing Development for Practitioners”, which was a discussion on mixed income developments and best practices in soliciting buy-in from the community.
Helen Sause, past NAHRO President, was invited to be part of the Official US Delegation at WUF7. Mrs. Sause and the other NAHRO delegates attended special morning preparatory meetings, which included the HUD Secretary Shawn Donovan and the Deputy Secretary for the Office for International and Philanthropic Innovation, and evening events with the US Delegation and other US partners attending the Forum. They networked with a great number of foreign and US professionals interested in advancing the urban agenda worldwide.
While at WUF7, The NAHRO Delegation also met with the International Urban Development Association (INTA)’s President Maurice Charrier and Luis Buezo de Manzanedo, INTA’s Latin America representative. INTA has had a long term partnership with NAHRO. The Delegation welcomed creative ideas in which to collaborate and cooperate both domestically and abroad. Further, they encouraged INTA to attend our National Conference in Baltimore to see firsthand many fine examples of urban regeneration as well as to learn what has not worked. It was emphasized that NAHRO placed a lot of value on our relationship and looked forward to future collaborative endeavors that mutually benefit our membership and INTA.
March 14, 2014 Informational Webinar on $23 Million Attorney General's Office Allocation
Housing Colorado & the Colorado Division of Housing (CDOH) are soliciting feedback on the application process surrounding the new allocation of $23 million in to the Colorado Housing Investment Fund (CHIF). This is a great opportunity to find out how housing needs are addressed when DOH and the AG finalize the transfer of the new funds. Below is the link to the webinar next week, further description of the 2012 outcomes, and an email address to submit comments. The deadline for all feedback is comments is April 1, 2014.
February 19, 2014 2014 Colorado NAHRO Annual Conference Registration is Now Open! Click here for more information or to register.
Colorado NAHRO is happy to present the 2014 Conference, Embracing the Challenge, at the Two Rivers Convention Center in Grand Junction, Colorado. This year’s event takes place Monday, May 19, through Friday, May 23. The Maintenance Conference takes place on Monday and Tuesday, May 19-20 and the Management Conference takes place Wednesday through Friday, May 21-23. Surrounded by the Grand Mesa, Colorado National Monument and the Bookcliffs, the Grand Valley is one of Colorado’s very special places. Please join us.
January 6, 2014 City of Arvada Letters to Congress The City of Arvada has taken the initiative to communicate its concerns about continued funding cuts to our housing and community development programs. Colorado NAHRO members are encouraged to follow Arvada's lead and make an effort to communicate with the representative from your district and the Senators. Click here to view a sample of the letter sent to Representative Perlmutter.
Summer 2013 ReThink- Why Housing Matters Initiative Having a place to live is a basic need for everyone. Yet, for some people, it remains out of reach. Public housing serves approximately 2.2 million people across the U.S., but the need is much greater; more than half a million people are on waiting lists.
According to the ReThink Survey: Perceptions of Public Housing 2013, the overwhelming majority of Americans believe U.S. citizens deserve a safe and decent place to live. Yet most Americans surveyed do not support public housing in their own neighborhoods and would not want to live near a public housing unit.
Watch, read, and share the inspirational stories from public housing and rethink its impact on individuals, families, and your own community.
11-08-13 Personnel Changes within NAHRO’s Policy and Program Development Division
Jonathan Zimmerman After 13 years with NAHRO, Jonathan Zimmerman has decided to accept a position with the Public Housing Authorities Directors Association. His last day at NAHRO will be December 13.
Jonathan informed us of his plans yesterday. We are sure that this news comes as something of a shock for many of you; we can assure you that our initial reaction was similar.
Jonathan has long been a highly regarded member of the NAHRO staff, and we are of course disappointed to see him leave, especially for a competitor. We have spoken with Jonathan at length about his decision, and while we have no doubt that his affection for and loyalty to NAHRO and its members runs extremely deep, we also understand and appreciate that Jonathan felt that the timing was right for him, at a personal level, to embrace a new professional opportunity and take on new challenges.
The timing for PHADA was also right, in that the organization is faced with the need to proactively and aggressively confront the impending retirements of key staff members during the first half of 2014.
And while it is perhaps never the right time to say goodbye to a valued colleague and friend, we now find ourselves confronted, however suddenly and unexpectedly, with the opportunity to seek out and install a dynamic and talented professional to support our efforts to solidify NAHRO’s position as the preeminent organization in the development and implementation of responsible housing and community development policy.
To that end, Jeff and I are committed to moving quickly to recruit and hire a highly skilled public policy professional to take the reins of our research, analysis, and advocacy efforts related to the Housing Choice Voucher program as well as other federal rental assistance and capital funding programs (beyond Section 8 and Public Housing) that are growing in importance to our members as they work to expand, reposition, and stabilize their local housing portfolios. We are absolutely committed to identifying the kind of talented individual who will allow NAHRO to emerge from this period of transition more confident than ever in our ability to shape public policy and advance our members’ interests.
Tamar Greenspan Effective immediately, and until such time as a new staff member is in place, Tamar Greenspan will serve as the committee’s primary point of contact with the NAHRO staff. In addition, Tamar has been promoted to Senior Policy Advisor. In her first four years with NAHRO, Tamar has proven herself to be an emerging leader in the affordable housing policy arena and we are excited about the many positive contributions she will undoubtedly make in the years to come.
Jenny Hsu Finally, we are pleased to announce that Jenny Hsu has joined NAHRO as our Community Development Policy Analyst. Jenny’s portfolio will include several federal community development and affordable housing programs, including the Community Development Block Grant program, the HOME program, and HUD’s homeless assistance grants. After a period of transition, she will also serve as the staff liaison to the Community Revitalization Committee.
Jenny holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Maryland and earned a Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree from Florida Atlantic University, where she completed a Master’s Thesis titled “Inclusionary Zoning and Urban Planning Tool to Reduce Homelessness.” Most recently, Jenny has worked as a research analyst, project field liaison, and ethnographer for SmartRevenue, Inc. Jenny’s email address is firstname.lastname@example.org and her extension is 7202. Please join us in welcoming Jenny to the NAHRO team.
Thank you for your commitment to NAHRO and for your service to our industry. As always, we are available to assist you in any way and at any time. If you have questions or concerns regarding this communication, please feel free to contact Jeff or me.
Transmitted on behalf of Saul N. Ramirez, Jr., and Jeff Falcusan
Betsey Martens, NAHRO President
10-26-13 Thank You for Your Service Betsey by Saul Ramirez, NAHRO CEO Last week, we concluded NAHRO’s National Conference and Exhibition in Cleveland, Ohio. While there were many highlights, which will be covered in the days to come, I would like to focus on how the conference was also a national leadership transition event. NAHRO elected a new President, Preston Prince, from the Fresno Housing Authority (Calif.) and a new Senior Vice President, Steve Merritt, from Norwood Housing Authority (Mass.). Congratulations! We also want to thank Clif Martin, from the Housing Commission of Anne Arundel (Md.)for stepping out and be willing to run for national office.
In Cleveland, NAHRO also bid a fond adieu to our now-President Emeritus, Betsey Martens, from Boulder Housing Partners, (Colo.). In some ways, the conference was a validation of her leadership and the legacy that she leaves.
Betsey started her work as President with a commitment to educate the public about the best in affordable housing and community development, to activate new ideas and energy in order to make people’s organizations, neighborhoods and communities better places to live and work, and to elevate NAHRO’s position as the association continues to advocate for programs that give its members the flexibility and resources they need to serve some of the most vulnerable in our nation.
During her tenure, Betsey testified before Congress and met numerous times with national elected leaders, HUD and other national partners. Throughout, she was always steadfast in her convictions that our vision -- to help create a nation in which all people have decent, safe, affordable housing and economic opportunity in viable, sustainable communities -- cannot be ignored, marginalized and maligned. Betsey faced opponents with courage, grace and compassion. She has always known that without the determination and will to educate, activate, and elevate, we are destined to repeat our mistakes and be perceived as outliers in our nation’s societal infrastructure.
Betsey’s leadership efforts to EDUCATE include the expansion of engaged policy thinking and debate via One Book for NAHRO and the great films shown at our meetings. They also encompass the expansion and success of NPDS -- and especially training for Commissioners -- and the raising of the level of NAHRO members’ contact and communication with our elected officials from community to Congress. If we don’t speak out individually and collectively, the people we serve will suffer the most in the end.
She also guided NAHRO’s efforts to ACTIVATE the work we do by creating a more robust Legislative Network with Commissioner representation from each region and appointing, for the first time, a MSC member to the LegNet. The work she led allowed us to influence bedrock deregulation by HUD that will surely show the way for more responsible and effective deregulation. She was also front and center in the attempts to pass voucher reform -- efforts that will serve as the foundation of future reform endeavors. Betsey also focused on making sure that there is a public housing preservation program that works for the entire inventory without dismantling our mission of serving those most at risk.
Betsey’s sharp intellect and long-term vision also positioned NAHRO to ELEVATE our strategic thinking and work towards creating a legacy of leadership. We are now better aligned as a national, regional and state organization and, most importantly, more solidly committed to both expanding the conversations about and working toward greater diversity.
Thank you Betsey -- you served with passion, distinction, and honor. To our Rock and Roll Prez, who also has a whole lot of soul, Cleveland was a fitting farewell. For as they have their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, you, Madame President, belong in the Housing and Community Development Hall of Fame! As the tribute song “Friends of the President,” which was performed for her during the closing session in Cleveland, goes: “She is an inspiration, she’s a leader with a heart, she’s thoughtful and persuasive, and we think she’s really smart.”
Ishmael Guerrero and Staff Accept Award
10-25-13 Denver Housing Authority Wins NAHRO Award of Excellence RESIDENT AND CLIENT SERVICES
Denver B-cycle Partnership
Residents within Denver Housing Authority’s Mariposa Community struggled with consistently reliable and affordable transportation options. Through a partnership with Denver B-cycle (the first large-scale municipal bike sharing system in the United States), Mariposa residents were provided with free bicycle memberships, helmets, and education on biking safety. Because of this partnership, 110 residents found an economical and convenient solution to their transportation barrier. Access to Denver B-cycle has increased resident mobility, provided access to a greater variety of healthy food options, and reduced expenditures for transportation.