WI-CARH December 2021
Message from Russell Kaney WI-CARH President

As 2021 draws to a close, it can be a time of reflection, looking back on what has transpired in the past year. I will take this opportunity to look forward, 2022 will be here soon, for me, not soon enough. Granted, 2021 was a challenge. I saw so many organizations and individuals step up in positive ways to assist their neighbors, their communities, your residents throughout Wisconsin. We made the best of very difficult situations, but we made it.

2022 looks different already. With fingers crossed, WI-CARH looks to carry on our mission of providing information, training opportunities, and dialogue to the housing industry in Wisconsin. The housing shortage is real. Affordability, much talked about, is not getting any better in the short term. But short-term thinking will not solve this problem. With the passing of infrastructure legislation, renewed resources such as rental assistance for housing units, new ideas to solve the production gap, all reflect positive steps to house our most vulnerable households.

WI-CARH looks forward to making 2022 a productive year. Help us achieve this goal by providing your comments, suggestions, and recommendations to any of our Board members or officers. We look forward to seeing you at one of our events in 2022.

Russell Kaney
President, WI-CARH
WI-CARH's Fall Informational Sessions were a Success
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WI-CARH's Fall Training and Informational Sessions
WI-CARH's fall training and informational sessions were a tremendous success with over 80 people signing up. Thank you to our speakers and our sponsors for making this event beneficial to so many of our members.

In case you missed it, here are the links.

October 28, 2021 - Realignment of Rural Development, Guest Karissa Stiers, RD-USDA Midwest Director. To access the recorded event, please click on the following link: Rural Development Realignment, October 28, 2021.

November 4, 2021 - Lease Updates and Changes, Partner Kevin Martin. To access the recorded event, please click on the following link: WI-CARH 2022 Lease, November 4, 2021.

November 11, 2021 - RD Changes, prepayments, RA updates from Larry Anderson, consultant, former Director of Rural Housing Preservation, USDA. To access the recorded event, please click on the following link: How to Navigate Changes with Rural Development, November 11, 2021.

November 18, 2021 - Case Studies, a recent acquisition, and rehabs highlighting the process (old vs new), and resources available. To access the recorded event, please click on the following link: Case Studies, a recent acquisition, and rehabs highlighting the process and resources available, November 18, 2021.
Youth Grant and Scholarship Opportunities
Wisconsin Council for Affordable & Rural Housing (WI-CARH) is accepting applications for the Youth Grant and Scholarship program.  Please spread the word and help us make a difference in a student's future! Youth grants in the amount not to exceed $500 per student, per year, until all funds are used, will be awarded to enable students in grades 3-12 to participate in an academic enrichment activity. Eligible activities include Little League, Soccer, Volleyball or Basketball Leagues, 4H Camp, Music or Band Camp, Sports Camp, Cheerleading Camp, Girl Scouts or Boy Scout Camp, and an International Youth Exchange Program. These activities are on a year-round basis and not limited to the summer.

Help your residents achieve their educational goals. A $500 scholarship will be awarded to a graduating high school senior or adult wishing to further their education. Eligible applicants can use the scholarship at any two (2) year or higher accredited public or private school in the State of Wisconsin which offers an associate or undergraduate degree or a vocational/technical program. 

Applications for the grant and scholarship program are being accepted now. Please check our website for more information. 

The WI-CARH Lease is available and approved for use at any Rural   
Development supervised property. Using this lease for your property will ensure that you are in compliance with Wisconsin law and RD regulations while saving you the expense of hiring a lawyer to do the same thing. Just like last year, it is available in three formats:

  • FHA Software Generated Lease - WI-CARH has teamed up with Simply Computer Software to give FHA Software users the access and ability to generate their WI-CARH Residential Lease and Amendments forms within their FHA Software program. Users of this program can generate the lease through the RD 3560-8 Tenant Certification - PRINT options window. All of the applicable project, unit and tenant information will automatically be inserted.

  • Stand-alone WI-CARH Lease Generation Program - A link will be sent to you from Simply Computer Software that will allow you to download and install the WI-CARH Lease Generation Program which includes pre-entered property listing information you provided. To produce a lease, just open the program, select the property, enter pertinent tenant information, and print.

  • Paper Lease - A package of 10 leases and 10 amendments will be shipped to you which you will use to handwrite all pertinent tenant information.

To purchase the lease, complete the lease order form and mail it in with your payment to the WI-CARH Office at: P.O. Box 258098, Madison, WI 53725.

Renew your Membership today! Not a current member?  Now is a great time to join!

WI-CARH is dedicated to assisting you in the rural housing industry.  
Through your membership, you help support an organization made up of your peers and housing professionals both within the State of Wisconsin and nationally. WI-CARH members include builders, developers, lenders,   
management companies, owners, non-profit agencies, and vendors. You also have the opportunity to meet industry leaders and to align yourself with a diverse group of businesspeople involved in every sector of the affordable housing community.

When you become a member of WI-CARH, you gain access to important tools, information, and services. The monetary benefits range from discounts on conferences, training, and leases to savings through the CARH Preferred Buyers Club program. 

More information on the benefits of membership can be found on our website. If you are a current member, invoices will be going out soon and are due March 15, 2022. If you are not a member, simply complete this form and mail it along with a check to WI-CARH at P.O. Box 258098, Madison, WI 53725.  


Russel D. Kaney, President - ruskaney@msn.com
Rob Dicke, Vice President - rdicke@whpccorp.org

Brittany Leonard, Treasurer - bleonard@hawkinsashcpas.com

Russ Endres, Secretary - rendres@wimci.com
Donna Braun, Director - donna@dodgehousing.org

Denise Loveland, Director - dloveland@horizon-management.net
Rebecca Giroux, Director - Rebecca.giroux@wheda.com
Mark Your Calendars - 2022 Dates
April 28, 2022 - WI-CARH's Spring Training will be held at the Marriott Hotel in Middleton, Wisconsin.

May 10, 2022 - WI-CARH Board of Directors Meeting

September 13, 2022 - WI-CARH Board of Directors Meeting

October 27, 2022 - WI-CARH's 23rd Annual Conference will be held at the Wilderness in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin.

October 28, 2022 - WI-CARH's Board of Directors Meeting at the Wilderness in Wisconsin Dells

With appreciation of our association during the past year, we extend our very best wishes for a Happy Holiday Season!
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