2020 Conference Workshops

Capitol Hill Plenary

HUD Tenants Rights Under COVID

Learn about your rights to decent, safe and COVID free housing; what buildings are covered under the CARES Act Eviction Moratorium for nonpayment of rent in federally-supported housing; 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.  Powerpoint Webinar with time for Q & A from participants. 

Congressional Responses to COVID: Tenant Protections, Funding and NAHT’s Tenant Empowerment Act

In response to COVID, Congress passed the $3 trillion CARES Act on March 27.  The Act included a National Eviction Moratorium for non-payment of rent for 20 million families, plus $20 billion for emergency rent relief and increased unemployment benefits, which will soon expire. Recently, the House passed the HEROES Act, including $100 Billion for Emergency Rental Assistance and expanded eviction protections.  But the bill is stalled in the Senate. The workshop will also explain NAHT’s Tenant Empowerment legislation and proposed improvements to HEROES Act housing proposals. Discuss what tenants can do to help pass these bills! 

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; risks and opportunities for tenants. Prerequisite for workshops on Tenant Strategies to Preserve At Risk Housing and HUD’s Rental Assistance Demonstration in Public Housing.

How to Start and Sustain a Tenant Group

Tips on how to organize a tenant group in your building, for beginners. Review of NAHT’s “Organizer’s Cookbook.” Participants will learn how to set up and convene a meeting; recruit members; deal with management harassment. Participants will learn from peers from across the country, sharing wisdom and best practices on how to develop leaders; educate, involve and motivate tenants in your building; build and maintain democratic practices; manage transitions; work across and overcome racial and ethnic differences; and prevent and resolve conflicts.

How HUD Tenants Can Fight Urban Displacement and Gentrification

Reflecting worldwide trends, American cities are undergoing profound changes as global investors reconstruct central cities for the 1% and displace and isolate lower income groups, particularly people of color. HUD has adopted new policies allowing owners to transfer Section 8 contracts from one location to another, potentially segregating tenants by race and class. Public Housing agencies are selling off land and buildings to private developers. HUD tenants are fighting back!
This workshop will compare notes on how tenants can save our homes and communities from displacement and gentrification. Panelists will also discuss how HUD tenants can support and join the growing movement for rent control in private housing markets.

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. Management harassment of tenants who speak out, manipulation of wait lists and “selling apartments,” segregation within developments, sexual harassment, and management playing on racial divisions to disempower tenants are commonplace.
Panelists will explore how tenants can use new federal protections to fight for their rights and combat discrimination, harassment and segregation in HUD housing.
Panelists will also discuss HUD’s recently proposed Rule to evict undocumented legal immigrants from “mixed status” Public Housing.

Tenant Strategies to Preserve At-Risk HUD Multifamily Housing

More than 360,000 low rent HUD apartments have been lost since April 1996 due to owner decisions to prepay or opt-out of HUD programs. Another 100,000 have been lost through HUD foreclosure. In recent years, tenants have been challenged as long term contracts expire and HUD rent controls and subsidies end. NAHT has launched a national strategy to save our homes in response.
Learn how tenants have used HUD’s Mark Up to Market program, Enhanced or Project-Based Vouchers, and refinancing through Low Income Housing Tax Credits to preserve at-risk housing and tenant victories in negotiating with landlords to Save Our Homes.

Enforcing the Right to Organize in HUD, Public, and Tax Credit Housing

NAHT has won strong regulations from HUD which affirm the right of tenants and organizers in HUD Multifamily Housing to form independent tenant associations free of management control. HUD has notified owners that they can be fined and sanctioned for violating tenants’ rights, but has yet to penalize any owner, despite widespread violations.
As Public Housing converts to private ownership under HUD’s Rental Assistance Demonstration, new regulations allow RAD tenants to organize independently of Housing Agencies and owners, but violations of tenants’ rights are widespread.
This workshop will explain the regulations and present success stories of coping with owners and Public Housing Agencies who undermine tenants’ attempts to organize. Participants will also discuss how to use HUD’s complaint process for Right to Organize violations and HUD’s new Fair Housing rule to combat harassment.

How to Save and Improve Substandard Housing

HUD’s aging housing stock presents many challenges to tenants’ health and safety. Toxic indoor air, water leaks and mold, drafty windows, poor ventilation, and lead paint are widespread. HUD’s REAC inspection system has failed to detect these threats. This workshop will explain how HUD’s REAC and Management and Occupancy Review processes are supposed to work, and recent efforts by tenants, advocates and the media to address problems overlooked by HUD inspectors. The workshop will highlight NAHT’s Global Ministries/Millennia Properties advocacy, and explain NAHT’s proposals to empower tenants as partners with HUD in enforcing health and safety codes in HUD housing.

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! Recently, HUD has agreed to restore Management and Occupancy Reviews (MOR). Learn how to use HUD’s MOR process to enforce the rules in your development!

Coping with Recertification, Utility Allowances and HUD’s Enterprise Income Verification (EIV) Program: How They’re Supposed to Work, Issues Raised by Tenants

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. In addition, many tenants have received inadequate or improper utility allowances, resulting in higher rents. Come to this workshop to find out why Congress and HUD have instituted the EIV system and utility allowances, how they’re supposed to work, and what tenants’ rights are to access their files and appeal and correct the record.

Keeping Senior High Rise Buildings Safe Under 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.  Like nursing homes which have a high rate of COVID infection and death, high rise HUD tenants have shared common areas and elevators with younger people, increasing risks of transmission. 

 

       

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  • Carey Cabrera
    published this page 2020-06-23 16:32:32 -0400