504 Coordinator  ·  Fair Housing Compliance  ·  Fair Housing Update  ·  Fair Housing Workshop  ·  Fair Housing Timely Topics  ·  How to Write an (Approvable) Affirmative Fair Housing Marketing Plan  ·  Reasonable Accommodations  ·  Fair Housing for Maintenance  ·  Housing Protections for Victims of Domestic Violence

504 COORDINATOR

Who am I supposed to coordinate? What are my responsibilities? What am I responsible for? Any housing provider (receiving federal funds) who employees 15 or more people, must designate a Section 504 Coordinator. Regulations require at least one person to be designated “to coordinate” its efforts to comply with the Section 504 requirements. This designee will be your corporation’s “consultant” regarding the disability rights for employees, applicant and residents and they must be very knowledgeable of their responsibilities. In addition, this person should review policies, procedures and forms involving effective communications, reasonable accommodations, and reasonable modifications for employees, applicants and residents with disabilities.

SCHEDULED:

No classes are scheduled at this time - please check back later or call the SAHMA office.

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FAIR HOUSING COMPLIANCE

A COMPREHENSIVE COURSE FOR MANAGERS OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING: The Fair Housing Compliance (FHC) course is a comprehensive program offered by the National Affordable Housing Management Association (NAHMA) for property management staff. NAHMA’s Fair Housing Compliance course trains managers to understand complex fair housing regulations.

Each participant will receive a copy of the NAHMA Fair Housing manual. The one-day program is composed of one day instruction and a two hour exam. Individuals must pass this exam to obtain the FHC designation. The FHC is a requirement for NAHMA’s National Affordable Housing Professional (NAHP) certification program.

All participants who successfully complete this course and exam will receive a FHC certificate and pin, and be listed in NAHMA’s Online Credential Directory.

SCHEDULED: 

No classes are scheduled at this time - please check back later or call the SAHMA office.

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FAIR HOUSING UPDATE

This Workshop will cover an introduction to Fair Housing, what is it and why we comply. In addition, we’ll cover protected classes, types of discrimination and how it can be avoided, reasonable accommodations, compliance with law in advertising and marketing, forms and documents and how to complete and submit the Affirmative Fair Housing Marketing Plan (AFHMP). There will be time for questions so come prepared to ask some.

SCHEDULED:

No classes are scheduled at this time - please check back later or call the SAHMA office.

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FAIR HOUSING WORKSHOP

Fair Housing is more than just federal protected classes. When did Fair Housing become a law? How many laws and amendments are there? Are there additional state and local Fair Housing Laws?

Often, apartment owners and managers will be confronted with prospects who want to know about the race, ethnicity or familial status of the residents in their community. An inappropriate response to such a question could make one liable for discrimination and result in a costly lawsuit. Be able to explain the importance of accurate records.

In this course we will address these and many other questions, taking Fair Housing “Do’s and Don’ts” on a case by case basis. Through discussion and class participation, students will learn how to process applications and how to make informed decisions about who is eligible and how to treat individuals with disabilities. We will learn the difference between intent and effect and that personal statements can be discriminatory. We will also learn how you can be held responsible, personally. 

SCHEDULED:

No classes are scheduled at this time - please check back later or call the SAHMA office.

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FAIR HOUSING TIMELY TOPICS

HUD has sharpened its focus on fair housing in 2015. Are you up to date and prepared to follow the latest HUD guidance? Topics include:

• The U. S. Supreme Court will issue a decision on the TDHCA Disparate Impact case in July 2015 – What does it mean for housing providers?
• What FHEO says about VAWA – is it a Fair Housing issue?
• Fair Housing implications of HUD’s Notice H 2014-16 on waiting list administration
• HUD’s Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing regulation - the latest guidance
• Affirmative Fair Housing Marketing Plans:
    o HUD’s September 22, 2014 Memorandum re: when and how often AFHMP’s are required
    o Target markets versus program/project eligibility: how the census data can help

SCHEDULED:

No classes are scheduled at this time - please check back later or call the SAHMA office.

 

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HOW TO WRITE AN (APPROVABLE) AFFIRMATIVE FAIR HOUSING MARKETING PLAN

Managers should not need a course in statistics or event an MBA to develop an AFHMP that meets the requirements of the current 935.2A form. Using HUD’s instructions, the webinar takes the participants through the process of completing a sample AFHMP including how to obtain and interpret the census data, how to identify community contacts and work with the field office, and how to expedite the approval process.

SCHEDULED: 

 No classes are scheduled at this time - please check back later or call the SAHMA office.

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REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS

What are reasonable accommodations? Are they different from reasonable modifications? Do I have a right to verify information? What information can I ask for on my verification? What does Section 504 require me to do for reasonable modifications?

SCHEDULED: 

No classes are scheduled at this time - please check back later or call the SAHMA office.

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FAIR HOUSING FOR MAINTENANCE

Our maintenance team is on the front lines dealing with applicants and residents. It is important that they understand what Fair Housing requirements are, and how they can comply. During this webinar we will cover common situations that our maintenance staff face and give them the tools to understand how to respond and why. This is a great webinar for new maintenance personnel and seasoned professionals alike.

SCHEDULED:

No classes are scheduled at this time - please check back later or call the SAHMA office.

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HOUSING PROTECTIONS FOR VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

With its reauthorization in 2013, VAWA now applies to all HUD, Rural Development, and IRS Section 42 (tax credit) housing developments. This webinar simplifies the current and pending rules and goes beyond VAWA with a review of relevant state laws (customized to the state or region) and how these impact management of both affordable and conventional housing. Students are exposed to advice given to victims by domestic violence advocacy groups and are also challenged to decide how they would respond to typical scenarios. 

SCHEDULED:

Webinar Training  ·   Wednesday, August 24
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE
10:00 am - 11:30 am EST
Webinar instructions along with handouts will be sent via email, August 22nd.

FEES:
SAHMA Member rate: $95
Non-Member rate: $195

INSTRUCTOR:
Since 1984, Gwen Volk has assisted owners, agents, and on-site managers in navigating the complexities of programs that provide housing for low and moderate income families. Her experience includes 16 years as VP and CEO for a Midwest affordable housing owner/agent and 13 years as compliance director for a Dallas-based firm overseeing LIHTC, tax-exempt bond, HOME, and Section 8 compliance on more than 50 properties in 11 states. Ms. Volk is the current chair of NAHMA’s Fair Housing Committee, Vice-Chair of the SHCM Advisory Committee, and has twice served on NAHMA’s board of directors. She has also served on IREM’s Federal Housing Advisory Board since 2009. She holds the CPM, NAHP-e, SHCM, HCCP, CPO, FHC and RAM designations and has provided affordable housing training and consulting in 30 states both face to face and as live webinars. Ms. Volk is an informative and engaging speaker who uses an active learning approach.

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