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March 2020

Assistance Animal vs. Companion Animals Webinar

March 4 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

REGISTER HERE Trainer: Deb Piltch of Piltch Associates   Please join us for an engaging webinar in which we discuss one of our favorite Fair Housing topics, assistance animals.  During this webinar we will:   Discuss and review HUD's new guidance relating to reasonable accommodations for assistance animals under the Fair Housing Act, titled “Assessing a Person’s Request to Have an Animal as a Reasonable Accommodation under the Fair Housing Act",  FHEO-2020-01, which explains obligations of housing providers with respect to animals…

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Tax Credit & SHCM Exam – Worcester, MA

March 11 @ 8:00 am - March 12 @ 5:00 pm
Coes Pond Village, 39 First Street
Worcester, MA 01602 United States
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Register Here This is an excellent opportunity for you to receive comprehensive Tax Credit training coupled with an opportunity to take the industry’s newest credential exam. Presenter: Debbie Piltch, Piltch Associates Course Overview: One and a half days of training (totaling 12 hours of training) highlighting the major areas of the Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program. The course will cover; Program Regulations, Unit Eligibility and Certification, Recertification, Documentation & Recordkeeping as well as Monitoring and Reporting Compliance. During the…

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Annual RI Agency Forum – Smithfield, RI

March 12 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Twelve Acres, 445 Douglas Pike
Smithfield, RI 02917 United States
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REGISTER HERE   Please join us for the most up-to-date national and state regulatory information impacting the day-to-day front line operations of affordable housing from the our agency partners   US Department of Housing & Urban Development Christine Keshura, Chief, Account Executive Branch Dan Rogers, Chief, Account Executive Branch Colleen Judge, Senior Account Executive Kathleen McCarthy, Senior Account Executive   Rhode Island Housing James Comer, Deputy Director Claribel Shavers, Director of Leased Housing and Rental Services Michael DiChiaro, Assistant Director…

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Understanding HOME Webinar

March 17 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

REGISTER HERE Trainer: Gwen Volk, Infocus, Inc. 90-minute webinar Focus: The HOME program is unique. While some of its rules sound a little like Section 8 rules and others sound a little like tax credit rules, HOME compliance works very differently from both of those programs. So whether you are dealing only with HOME or working on a project that combines HOME with tax credits or Section 8, understanding the HOME program is essential. This course covers HOME funding, Low…

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Half Day Fair Housing – Now A Virtual Training

March 24 @ 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
MA United States

REGISTER HERE  Trainer: Deb Piltch, Piltch Associates This important workshop is for: All Office, Maintenance Staff & RSC/RADs This training is for all site staff that want to understand fair housing laws as related to onsite practices. The training will provide an overview of fair housing laws and all protected classes, but the focus of the training will be residents with disabilities and topics that relate directly to front line staff including maintenance and custodial staff: How to respond to…

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Introduction to Green Building Principles and Practices Webinar

March 24 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Register Now Trainer: Scott Ployer Introduction to Green Building Principles provides participants an introduction into energy and sustainability principles and practices within the affordable multifamily sector. Its contents identify basic health, environmental, and sustainability principles, specifically pointing to how they play a vital part in day-to-day site operations and maintenance. Learning Outcomes: - Develop a more comprehensive understanding of health, energy and sustainability principles and how they positively affect the community - Review recommended O&M practices, protocols and programs that…

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Tenant Selection Plans Webinar HUD – Gwen Volk

March 25 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

REGISTER HERE Trainer: Gwen Volk, In Focus, Inc. Much has changed since our last MOR’s back in 2011 and your PBCA is looking to make sure you have kept pace with the changes.  This course will cover required, allowed, and prohibited screening practices, income targeting, preferences, implementing your occupancy standards when placing tenants, accepting applicants for the waiting list, approval for occupancy, rejecting applicants, how reasonable accommodation and VAWA notification play a part in the process, and making sure you…

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April 2020

Fair Housing Compliance – Now A Virtual Training

April 7 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
RI United States

REGISTER HERE Presenter: Deb Piltch, Piltch Associates 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 management staff 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 of instruction with a review and a two-hour exam. Individuals must pass this exam to obtain…

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Managing a Waitlist – Anita Moseman

April 8 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

  REGISTER HERE What type of wait list is required? What has to be included on the wait list? When do you have to put someone on the wait list? When do you take them off? What's the process of updating the list or rejecting applicants? These topics and more will be discussed in this webinar. Instructor: Anita Moseman is a national certified trainer for NAHMA (certified to train CPO and Fair Housing). She has trained Fair Housing, HOME, tax…

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Challenges and Solutions for Conducting Annual Recertifications For HUD and Tax Credit Purposes During the COVID-19 Pandemic Webinar – Deb Piltch and Heather Staggs

April 15 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Register Here Trainers:  Deb Piltch and Heather Staggs The obligation to conduct annual recertifications for sites funded through HUD’s Multi-Family Housing Programs and/or Tax Credits continues during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The question becomes how to effectively complete annual recertifications, including required information security measures, while maintaining the health and safety of staff and residents and complying with required and recommended social distancing initiatives.   Whether your site office has remained open or staff is mainly working from home with a skeleton…

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Conducting Interim Certifications For HUD Multi-Family Housing Programs During the COVID-19 Pandemic – Deb Piltch and Heather Staggs

April 15 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Register Here  Trainers:  Deb Piltch and Heather Staggs The obligation to conduct interim certifications for residents at our HUD Multi-Family sites when they experience a change in income isn’t new for us.  However, many of us are experiencing an unprecedented number of such requests, while simultaneously needing to significantly alter our business operations in order to maintain the health and safety of staff and residents and comply with required and recommended social distancing initiatives.   So how do we comply with…

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Income Calculations in Times of Uncertainty: Move-ins, Annual Recertifications and Interim Certifications Webinar – Deb Piltch and Heather Staggs

April 22 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Register Here  Trainers:  Deb Piltch and Heather Staggs Many people have experienced dramatic changes in their income as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic.  Some people’s income has increased due to the nature of their employment or have temporarily increased as a result. Others have experienced a decrease in income due to a reduction in hours or termination of employment.  So how do we calculate their income when conducting a certification? Does it matter if it’s a move-in, annual or…

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Fair Housing and the COVID-19 Pandemic Webinar – Deb Piltch and Heather Staggs

April 28 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Register Here Trainers:  Deb Piltch and Heather Staggs Our obligations under Federal, State and local Fair Housing laws haven’t changed during the COVID-19 Pandemic.  So why focus on Fair Housing?  During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Our country has seen a dramatic increase in discriminatory incidents and harassment based on national origin, which raises significant concern regarding how we effectively address such complaints given that some of the tools we would standardly use may not be available to us. The number of…

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Income Calculations in Times of Uncertainty: Move-ins, Annual Recertifications and Interim Certifications Webinar – Deb Piltch and Heather Staggs

April 28 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Register Here  Trainers:  Deb Piltch and Heather Staggs Many people have experienced dramatic changes in their income as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic.  Some people’s income has increased due to the nature of their employment or have temporarily increased as a result. Others have experienced a decrease in income due to a reduction in hours or termination of employment.  So how do we calculate their income when conducting a certification? Does it matter if it’s a move-in, annual or…

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Harassment Training – Online Training

April 30 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Green Hill Towers, 27 Mt. Vernon Street
Worcester, MA 01605 United States
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Register Now Trainer:  Deb Piltch Harassment takes place in the workplaces and living environments we manage, including: Harassment between employees (both managers and co-workers, whether paid or not, such as interns) Harassment between employees and contractors, agents, vendors Harassment between employees and residents (and their visitors); and Harassment between residents (and their visitors) Companies must be committed to cultivating a respectful workplace and seek to ensure inappropriate and harassing behavior is not a part of the work environment.  To achieve this,…

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May 2020

Unearned Income Webinar – Anita Moseman

May 6 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Register Here  Trainer:  Anita Moseman According to HUD, there are two types of income, earned income and unearned income.  In this webinar we will cover the differences between the two types of income.  We will talk about the different types of unearned income, how to verify it, and which family members' unearned income we count.  In addition, we will have some examples of calculations of unearned income. 90 Minute Webinar $109 Members $189 Non Members

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Basic Tax Credit – Online Training

May 12 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Chimney Hill Apartments, 2065 Mendon Road
Cumberland, RI 02684 United States
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REGISTER HERE Trainer: Deb Piltch, Piltch Associates This course is designed for beginner level tax credit managers. It is a great pre-cursor to the SHCM prep course as well as the advanced level tax credit course being held later in the year. This training will provide participants with an overview of the Tax Credit Program.  We will explore the governing rules, the role of the owner investor(s) and state agency, key terms including, but not limited to, the building identification number (BIN),…

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A New Normal for Maintenance Staff Due to COVID-19 – The Importance of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Webinar – Scott Ployer

May 12 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Register Now Trainer: Scott Ployer Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) will provide participants with an overview of workplace safety requirements and the safety equipment that is required in order to complete tasks safely. Employers must provide both equipment and training on PPE for employees. This training has been developed to educate workers about how to use PPE properly in order to work safely Participants will learn: • Use of PPE: Now More Important Than Ever Due To COVID-19 • OSHA 1910…

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EIV 201 Advanced – Now Online

May 13 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Green Hill Towers, 27 Mt. Vernon Street
Worcester, MA 01605 United States
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REGISTER HERE This is a recommended course by NEAHMA for all property managers. Trainer: Nicole Scott This training will help participants with EIV Income Discrepancy investigation and resolution. The class will begin with a review the of the Income and Income Discrepancy reports where we will focus on the schedule for running each report as well as how to interpret the report data. Significant time will be spent discussing how to determine, investigate and document both valid and invalid EIV…

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Working with Assets Webinar – Gwen Volk

May 13 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Register Here Trainer:  Gwen Volk Focus: The 4350.3 Chapter 5 and Exhibit 5-2 define what is and is not an asset for all affordable housing programs. Methods of verifying assets and calculating income from assets, however, can and sometimes do differ from program to program and from state to state. This class takes an in depth look at the various types of assets and assets disposed of for less than fair market value including methods of verifying assets and calculating…

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COVID-19 Communication Challenges With Staff and Residents & Tools To Address Them

May 13 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Register Now Trainer: Dr. Rachel Piltch-Loeb Training Description: We are in a unique time where the science related to COVID-19 is continuing to evolve, and therefore the policies and expectations of property management companies is also evolving. This makes for an incredibly confusing and challenging environment, especially when you are responsible for communicating with your staff and residents.  This training will include three parts designed to address this challenge. First, we will discuss the fundamentals related to COVID-19, the reason the science and…

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Basic Occupancy – Online Training

May 19 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
RI United States

REGISTER HERE This is a recommended course by NEAHMA as an excellent pre-cursor to the CPO Course  Trainer: Deb Piltch, Piltch Associates  Who Should attend this Workshop? New staff in a variety of positions at HUD assisted affordable housing programs Housing staff needing a refresher or update on the 4350.3 rev-1 Handbook Management staff wanting a one-day preparatory for the more in –depth Certified Professional of Occupancy (CPO) course This workshop will explain regulations as governed by the 4350.3 Occupancy…

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Importance of Energy Efficiency Webinar – Scott Ployer

May 19 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Register Now Overview: Importance of Energy Efficiency provides participants an overview of how energy efficiency is pursued and why it is vital in today’s society. Primary focus addresses energy in the affordable multifamily property management sector. Through this course, participants will gain a community and a global stewardship perspective. Learning Outcomes: The participant will learn to: • Review and analyze utility bills to develop baseline bench-marking data • Perform an ASHRAE Level I Building Assessment that will identify “no-cost and…

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Medical Expenses Webinar – Gwen Volk

May 27 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Register Here Trainer: Gwen Volk If I buy my medications in Mexico, can I deduct the trip as a medical expense? Using the handbook language, numerous examples and a case study, this course covers the who, what, why and how of the medical deduction. who qualifies, what does, does not, and/or sometimes counts, how to verify, how to calculate expense and the final deduction 90 Minute Webinar $109 member $189 Non Member  

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Half Day Fair Housing with Focus on COVID-19- Online Training

May 28 @ 8:30 am - 11:30 am

REGISTER HERE  Trainer: Deb Piltch, Piltch Associates This important workshop is for: All Office, Maintenance Staff & RSC/RADs This training is for all site staff that want to understand fair housing laws as related to onsite practices. The training will provide an overview of fair housing laws and all protected classes, but the focus of the training will be residents with disabilities and topics that relate directly to front line staff including maintenance and custodial staff: How to respond to…

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June 2020

CPO 1-DAY COMBINED WITH 2-DAY CLASS ON HOW HUD’S DIRECTIVE SYSTEM IMPACTS HOW WE RESPOND TO HOUSING OPERATIONS DURING COVID-19

June 9 @ 8:00 am - June 11 @ 12:00 pm
Four Points by Sheraton, Providence - Boston Turnpike, RT 1
Norwood, MA 02062 United States
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  REGISTER HERE   CPO 1-DAY COMBINED WITH 2-DAY CLASS ON HOW HUD'S DIRECTIVE SYSTEM IMPACTS HOW WE RESPOND TO HOUSING OPERATIONS DURING COVID-19 The Certified Professional of Occupancy (CPO) 1-day course is a condensed version of the NAHMA CPO full 3-day course. Designed with the busy property manager in mind.  Utilizing the condensed version of the CPO course covered in one day will include the CPO manual and the HUD 4350 handbook. NAHMA has shortened this course to a…

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Earned Income Webinar – Gwen Volk

June 16 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Register Now Trainer:  Gwen Volk Focus: The 4350.3 Chapter 5 and Exhibit 5-1 define what is and is not income and whose income is included for all affordable housing programs. Methods of verifying and calculating, however, can and sometimes do differ from program to program and from state to state. This class takes an in-depth look at the types of earned income including methods of verifying and calculating for HUD, RD, Tax Credit and HOME and any state-specific LIHTC requirements…

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HUD Electronic Signatures Webinar

June 16 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Register Here Instructors: Heather Staggs, Star Momentum and Debbie Piltch, Piltch Associates, Inc. Yay, it is here: HUD’s long-awaited notice on the use of electronic signatures has arrived—Hip, Hip, Hurray!!!!! Housing Notice 2020-04, “Electronic Signature, Transmission, and Storage – Guidance for Multifamily Assisted Housing Industry Partners.” provides guidance on acceptable procedures for use of electronic signatures and the transmission and storage of documents and files. During this webinar we will: • Analyze the content of this notice with the intent…

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HUD Leadership Webinar

June 24 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Register Here    Please join us for this important live update from our agency partners at HUD on the most recently issued guidance on topics impacting the front-line operations of managing agents.  · Resumption of Management and Occupancy Reviews (MORS) · Electronic Signature, Transmission and Storage Guidance Housing Notice H-20-4 · COVID-19 Department Updates US Department of Housing and Urban Development Presenters David Tille, Regional Administrator Brett Wise, Multifamily Regional Director  Joe Crisafulli, Asset Management Division Director Maurice Barry, Chief Asset Resolution Branch…

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July 2020

Terminations in Subsidized Housing: Assistance & Tenancy with COVID 19 Update

July 1 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Register Here  Trainer: Gwen Volk Focus: For subsidized tenants, there are three types of termination: termination of housing assistance by the owner, termination of tenancy by the owner, and termination of tenancy by the tenant. HUD devotes an entire chapter of the 4350.3 Rev 1 (Chapter 8) to this complex topic and understanding when and how to apply the rules can be confusing. This session clearly explains the differences between the grounds, procedures and timelines for each type of termination…

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