Greetings Housers,

It’s been a successful month of March, with NAHRO having our national advocacy conference, weather transitioning into spring (well in many places), and celebrating women’s history month. I can say this much; over the course of the last year, with many of us working from home, and much of our life activities restricted, it’s been an adjustment period. With ‘spring break’ coming, ‘spring cleaning’ happening and a slow but steady return to a normalized existence, I want to thank you all for your work. Continue your advocacy, service and steadfast commitment to providing housing options and opportunities to those who need them the most. Happy March! “

Cupid Alexander
PNRC NAHRO President
Industry Adapts to the New 4% LIHTC Rate
A new permanent minimum 4% low-income housing tax credit (LIHTC) rate is one of the big changes for the affordable housing industry this year.
Included in a fiscal 2021 spending and COVID-19 relief bill passed by Congress and signed by President Donald Trump at the end of December, the change was a longtime priority for industry leaders.

Now that a 4% minimum rate is a reality, what does it mean?

Assuming the same level of bond issuance this year, the Novogradac firm estimates that the 4% floor will mean about $3.3 billion more in available tax credits this year. In addition, the recent legislation provided about another $1.2 billion in disaster LIHTCs to states hit by recent disasters, says Michael Novogradac, managing partner of the accounting and consulting firm.

The floor rate would help finance about an additional 130,000 affordable units over 10 years, according to the company.

The long-term prospects from the 4% rate are great, but industry leaders will be closely watching to see how the LIHTC market reacts to the additional credits, including whether it can absorb the new supply, and what moves may be made by state credit and bond agencies. More >
Talk Training to Me!
CMS has added a custom training order page to our website,, where our visitors are able to conveniently choose a training option that best suits their needs. Selections range from live webinars to on-call consulting bundles. If you don’t see exactly what you need, a simple request form can be filled out with your specifications and our Affordable Housing Trainer will gladly provide you with estimates.
To peruse the selections, go to For any questions, you may contact the CMS Affordable Housing Trainer via email at
Old Fire Facilities Could Transform to Affordable Housing
Boise hopes to redevelop downtown maintenance yards into ...

Boise is working on a plan to consolidate its maintenance facilities to a new campus and make way for more housing downtown. In the next few years, the City of Boise hopes to begin relocating some Parks and Recreation and Fire Department...

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Welcome to the Virtual Annual Conference! 
While this event will be onscreen and in your own home or office, it still comes packed with so many of the delights you’re used to experiencing each year. Utilizing the finest in virtual technology, you’ll feel like you’ve been transported into our virtual world. 

This will be the easiest, greenest, most inexpensive and all-inclusive convention package you’ll ever experience, and there is no time to waste!  Our unique situation allows us to break through barriers and offer you what we’ve given in the past in a drastically different way, with a lot of big benefits to you. Make sure you’re a part of this historic event for only $99, Learn More!
Meet the Candidates @ the Virtual Conference!
Join us for the “Meet the Candidate” to hear from NAHRO Presidential and Sr. Vice Presidential Candidates!

May 3, 2021,
10 a.m. - 11 a.m. PST
Art Noll worked at Spokane Housing Authority from 1993 until May 2014 as Development Director and was active in NAHRO and PNRC activities throughout his career. Staff who worked with Art still remember him fondly as a big teddy-bear with a heart for housing, an amazing faux-crab dip recipe (many staff still create this for potlucks and holidays), always expecting a real answer when he asked ‘how are you?,’ and always having time for a chat (work or personal). He always had great ideas to share, and an amazing historical knowledge of the agency. After Art retired, he visited the lobby many times to drop off magazines for clients to read. He is survived by his lovely wife Lorna. We are grateful for his contributions in building SHA’s strong foundation which is enabling us to continue our mission throughout the Spokane community. 
Caldwell Housing Authority Gets OK From Planning and Zoning Commission for Affordable RV Park
The Caldwell Housing Authority will begin work on its plans to build an affordable RV park at its Farmway Village location.

The housing authority received the conditional use permit necessary for the park from the Canyon County Planning and Zoning Commission on Thursday.
With a conditional use permit, the housing authority does not have to go before the Board of Canyon County Commissioners, it can start work on the project with planning and zoning approval.

The housing authority operates a 37-acre property with 225 units of housing for H-2A farmworkers and low income Canyon County residents at Farmway Village. It operates the property with conditional use permits on agriculture land.

Mike Dittenber, Caldwell Housing Authority executive director, got the idea for the RV park when he began consistently seeing RVs parked in ditches off the sides of the road or in grocery store parking lots. He said he realized people were living in them.
”In looking to the future, CHA sees a need and a trend of more people living in RVs rather than permanent housing,” the housing authority wrote to the Planning and Zoning Commission. “This trend is increasing in lower income populations and the housing authority has been receiving calls on a weekly basis from potential renters requesting RV spaces.”

The plan includes 219 RV spaces that will exceed 1,500 square feet. The RV tenants will have access to all of the amenities that current Farmway Village residents have access to, such as the office, laundry, dumpsters and restrooms. The park will be on existing Caldwell Housing Authority property.
With the plan approved, Dittenber told the Idaho Press in December that he hopes to break ground in May.
Portland, Multnomah County Spending Millions to House Homeless During Pandemic
Portland, Multnomah County spending millions to house...

Housing the homeless during the coronavirus pandemic is an expensive endeavor -- and it's costing the city and county millions. To protect the vulnerable living in group settings, Joint Office of Homeless Services has turned eight motels across...

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PNRC NAHRO Members Save $$ and the Region Earns $$
How does it work?
When registering, please use code: PNRCRC2020 (All CAPS)
and your discount will automatically be applied, it’s that simple!
Please note: this code must be used when registering! It cannot be retroactively applied.

What is Virtual Classroom?
Multi-day training delivered in a modular and a web-based format. Participants register individually and access the sessions with a direct email. Sessions are typically 3 hours (1:30-4:30pm ET) and spread out. This allows participants to balance learning with other work responsibilities. Attendance is recorded and upon successful completion, CEUs are applied towards certification requirements. Distance learnings are meant to be interactive. Participants will engage with the faculty member by discussions, polls and utilizing a chat feature.

Available Virtual Classroom:

This course provides intermediate training in rent calculation for the public housing and housing choice voucher programs. The course also explores strengthening math skills and addressing math challenges in rent calculation through rigorous assignments and study. 

Through 6 modules delivered over a two-week period, learn how to improve the level of your HCV and PBV/Section 8 Housing Inspections and meet SEMAP requirements through these interactive modules. Develop or fine-tune related work skills, review procedures and forms affecting standards, and learn how to evaluate your current operations to identify strengths and challenges. The NAHRO Certified Specialist of Inspection – Housing Quality Standards (CSI-HQS) Certification Exam is offered online.

  April 6-7: Workshop for ED’s
Over two four-hour modules, learn how to maximize your limited resources including staffing and the fiscal operations of your agency. Discuss asset management and how it will affect your agency. Discover best practices and participate in a practicum examining the key aspects of housing operations: maintenance, modernization/ construction administration, occupancy, and inspections. Learning is interactive with exercises, discussion, and addressing participant’s specific questions

   April 21-23: Section 3
New Section 3 standards took effect November 2020.  This session will cover understanding the role of residents and cover the final rule requirements at a high level.  The NEW Section 3 regulation at 24 CFR Part 75 will be reviewed to include the transition to labor hours and the associated recordkeeping requirements.  Section 3 is a provision of the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Act of 1968 that promotes local economic development, neighborhood economic improvement, and individual self-sufficiency. The Section 3 program requires that recipients of certain HUD financial assistance, to the greatest extent possible, provide job training, employment, and contract opportunities for low- or very-low-income residents in connection with projects and activities in their neighborhoods. Get the latest!!!!
For more information, contact NAHRO Professional Development at
202 580 7211 or
PNRC NAHRO Regional Service Officer 202.580.7203
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