2021 NAHT CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS

 

Introduction to HUD Housing 

  • Intro to Federally Assisted Multifamily Housing:
    • More than 1.3 million families live in housing where Project Based Section 8 contracts are expiring. Learn about expiring Section 8 contracts and mortgages; basics of “Mark Up to Market”; Enhanced vs. Project Based Vouchers; Low Income Housing Tax Credits; risks and opportunities for tenants.
  • Coping with Recertification and HUD's Enterprise Income Verification (EIV) Program:
    • In recent years, HUD tenants have been subjected to new, often intrusive “recertification” and cross checking of government databases by the EIV system mandated by HUD. Under COVID, HUD has streamlined and relaxed rules on Interim and Annual Recertifications to make it easier for Section 8 and Public Housing tenants who have lost their jobs to get a reduced rent. Learn about why Congress and HUD have instituted the EIV, how it is supposed to work, what tenants’ rights are to access their files and appeal and correct the record, and how you can get a rent reduction if you’ve lost your job.

Tenant Organizing 101

  • How to start and sustain a Tenant Association
    • Tips on how to organize a tenant group in your building, for beginners. Learn how to set up and convene a meeting; recruit members; deal with management harassment.
  • How to Start and Sustain a Tenant Association virtually
    • The COVID crisis has created new challenges for tenants who wish to organize and sustain their tenant groups. Meeting rooms are closed and door to door outreach is unsafe. Learn how to start and sustain a tenant group using teleconference calls, Zoom video, and other digital platforms.
  • Strategies to Preserve At-risk Federally Assisted Housing:
    • Tenants in subsidized housing are challenged as long term contracts in federal and state subsidized housing expire and rent controls and subsidies end. More than 460,000 low rent HUD apartments have been lost since 1996 due to owner decisions to prepay or opt-out of HUD programs, or through HUD foreclosure and resale. NAHT affiliates have organized tenants to save our homes in response. Learn how tenants have used HUD programs such as Mark Up to Market, Enhanced or Project-Based Vouchers, and Tax Credits to save and improve our homes from market rate conversions.
  • How to Remove an Abusive Site Manager
    • Across the country, tenant groups have struggled with how to get rid of incompetent, corrupt and/or downright nasty on-site managers. Some groups have succeeded in changing on-site management or even removing management companies, in buildings that are not owned by tenants. Find out how they did it!
  • How Tenants Can Combat Discrimination and Harassment in HUD Housing:
    • Discrimination against people of color, women, the disabled and other groups protected under the Fair Housing Act is widespread in HUD assisted housing. Learn how tenants can use new federal protections to fight for their rights and combat discrimination, harassment and segregation in HUD housing.

HUD's Real Estate Assessment Center (REAC): Improving health and safety standards 

  • Keeping Senior High-Rise Buildings Safe During COVID:
    • Close to half the tenants in privately-owned HUD housing are seniors or disabled tenants, often in high-rise buildings. Many tenants are in their 80’s and 90’s and/or with health conditions that make them particularly vulnerable to COVID.

HUD Tenants and COVID-19

  • HUD Tenants Rights under COVID-19:
    • Learn about your rights to decent, safe and COVID free housing; what buildings are covered under the CDC Eviction Moratorium for nonpayment of rent in federally-supported housing; how to accessEmergency Rental Assistance; your right to recertify and lower your rent in income-based housing if you’ve lost your job; and your Right to Organize in Project-Based Section 8 housing.
  • Congressional Responses to COVID-19
    • In response to COVID, Congress passed the $3 trillion CARES Act in 2020 and the American Recovery Act in 2021 including a National Eviction Moratorium for non-payment of rent plus $70 billion for emergency rent relief. President Biden has also proposed a $2.3 trillion American Jobs Act and $2 trillion American Families Act, including “Housing as Infrastructure” and an increase in Section 8 Vouchers. Learn more about these federal recovery programs here! 

Introduction to the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) 

  • Low Income Housing Tax Credits: Challenges to Tenants:
    • Since the 1990’s, the principal housing production program for lower income families, has been the Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program (LIHTC). Administered by the Internal Revenue Service (not HUD), LIHTC today serves more than 2.3 million families, mostly people below 60% of the Area Median Income. About 400,000 LIHTC apartments also receive Section 8 for low income families. LIHTC presents unique challenges for tenants and organizers. There is no federally-recognized Right to Organize in LIHTC buildings (unless they have Section 8). Most LIHTC buildings do not receive REAC inspections, making it harder for tenants who need repairs.

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