National Self-Help Housing Conference

Tue, February 04 2020, 7:30 AM - Thu, February 06 2020, 12:00 PM [MST]

330 Tijeras Avenue Northwest, Albuquerque, NM, 87102, United States

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Tue, February 04 2020, 7:30 AM - Thu, February 06 2020, 12:00 PM [MST]

About the Event

Save the date for the 2020 National Self-Help Housing Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Feb. 4-6, 2020. This will be a great opportunity for self-help grantees to learn and network with other grantees and USDA RD. There will be no registration fee this year. Register online by clicking the "REGISTER NOW" button below. (Please view session descriptions below before proceeding to the registration page, or click here for printable brochure.)

We hope you come to the conference for all of the learning and networking … but New Mexico is the Land of Enchantment and visiting Albuquerque allows you to experience the REAL Southwest. Albuquerque is one of the oldest cities in the United States but Native Americans were in the area for centuries before, giving the state a diversified culture that is as unique as the land itself. Best known for its 13 Pueblos, Route 66, and extraordinary conditions for hosting one of the largest balloon fiestas in the world, New Mexico is an eclectic mix of Native American cultural variety, Mexican traditions and Catholic history. You will know you’re someplace special, whether you’re eating at traditional New Mexican restaurants, enjoying unique shops and galleries around town or enjoying the culture and beauty of the land.


Restaurants, breweries, museums, wine bars, billiards, dance clubs, live music, and tango and salsa dancing can all be found nearby. From the classic Nob Hill area off neon sign laden Route 66, or enchanting Old Town which is home to many unique shops, galleries, boutiques and restaurants, Albuquerque has something for everyone.


Other highlights are: Rail Runner to Santa Fe, Route 66 Tour, Sky City Acoma, Sandia Peak Tramway, and Albuquerque Ghost Walk Tour.

Check out Visit Albuquerque for a list of activities, nightlife, restaurants, cultural activities and more at www.visitalbuquerque.org.

 

All the guest rooms at the Hyatt Regency have been filled. We have secured some overflow accomodations with DoubleTree Albuquerque, which may be booked using http://doubletree.hilton.com/en/dt/groups/personalized/A/ALBSMDT-SEL-20200203/index.jhtml. The hotel address is 201 Marquette Ave NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102; phone number is (505) 247-3344.

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About the Organizer

National Self-Help Housing Conference 2020 is a combined effort of all four T&MA Contractors: NCALL Research, Florida Non Profit Housing, Little Dixie Community Action Agency, and RCAC. If you have questions or problems with registration, please contact Little Dixie Community Action Agency at 580-326-5165 or click the "CONTACT ORGANIZER" button below.

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Event Speakers

Whitney Airgood-Obrycki
Harvard University

Whitney Airgood-Obrycki is a Senior Research Analyst at the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University. Her research focuses on affordable and assisted rental housing for low-income households, rental housing markets, and the housing needs of older adults. Whitney contributes regularly to the signature JCHS reports, including the State of the Nation’s Housing and Housing America’s Older Adults, and serves as the lead author of America’s Rental Housing. Whitney holds a BA in history from Simmons College, an MS in historic preservation from Ball State University, and a PhD in city and regional planning from The Ohio State University.

Andrea Birmingham
Finance and Loan Analyst/Contracting Officer Representative - USDA Rural Development

Andrea Birmingham is a Finance and Loan Analyst in Single Family Housing Direct, Special Programs and New Initiatives Branch. Andrea also serves as the Contracting Officer Representative (COR) for the Mutual Self-Help Technical and Management Assistance (T&MA) Contract. Andrea’s primary duties include: over¬seeing the T&MA Contract and managing Section 502 and 504 Direct Loan funding. Andrea has 13 years of experience with USDA Rural Development. Andrea is an 1890’s USDA Scholar and graduate of Prairie View A&M University in Texas with a BS in agriculture/agricultural economics.

Tom Collishaw
President/CEO, Self-Help Enterprises

Tom Collishaw is President and CEO of Self-Help Enterprises, a multi-faceted housing and community development nonprofit serving the San Joaquin Valley of California since 1965. The oldest and largest self-help housing organization in the country, Self-Help Enterprises was a pioneer in the development of sweat-equity housing for rural low-income people. Since its beginning in 1965, the nonprofit organization has assisted 6,300 families in the construction of their own homes, BIOSrehabilitated another 6,600 homes, and developed over 1,450 units of affordable rental housing which it owns and operates. Collishaw is routinely sought out for input on legislative matters related to housing at both the state and national levels. He serves on the boards of Housing California, California Coalition for Rural Housing, National Rural Housing Coalition, National Farmworker Housing Directors Association, and is President of the National Rural Self-Help Housing Association. Collishaw is a graduate of Colgate University and the Achieving Excellence in Community Development program at Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Lance George
Director of Research and Information, Housing Assistance Council

Lance George is the Director of Research and Information at the Housing Assistance Council (HAC). Prior to becoming the HAC’s Research Director, Lance served as the organization’s Senior Research Associate for 10 years. Before HAC, Lance worked for Frontier Housing, Inc., a nonprofit organization that builds affordable homes for low-income families in Appalachian Eastern Kentucky. Lance’s research and policy analysis at HAC encompasses a wide array of issues and topics related to affordable housing; including manufactured housing, poverty and high need rural areas, rural definitions and classifications, mortgage access and finance, and general demography, mapping, and data analysis of rural people and their housing conditions.

Roger Glendenning
Deputy Administrator, Single Family Housing - USDA Rural Development

Roger Glendenning started his career in housing and farm-related programs in 1987 with the Farmers Home Administration in Delaware and Maryland before moving to the Washington, DC headquarters office in 1996. He has worked at headquarters in the capacity of Director of the Single Family Housing Guaranteed Loan Division (2001-2006), Chief Budget Officer (2007-2009), Budget Division Director (2010-2012) and Chief Financial Officer (2013 – February 2018). Roger was appointed to the position of Deputy Administrator, Single Family Housing at Rural Development in March 2018.

Cathy Glover
Assistant Deputy Administrator, Single Family Housing - USDA Rural Development

Cathy Glover is the Assistant Deputy Administrator for USDA, Rural Development, Single Family Housing programs. She provides leadership for Single Family Guarantee and Direct Loan Programs. Cathy started her career with USDA in rural Illinois in 1988. She has served in various roles at USDA, and at the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Cathy has built strong alliances with affordable housing organizations throughout her 30 plus years of federal service and supported several initiatives that improved access to housing for low- and moderate-income rural Americans.

Andria Hively
Finance and Loan Analyst - USDA Rural Development

Andria Hively has been a Finance and Loan Analyst in the Special Programs and Initiatives branch of the Single-Family Housing Direct Loan Division National Headquarters Office at Rural Development since 2015. In her current role she specialized in the Section 523 mutual self-help program policy, funding, etc. Andria began her agency career 13 years ago in Washington State working in the Single-Family Housing Programs field office before she moved to the state offices. As State Loan Specialist, she led a 16-person Direct and Guaran¬teed Single Family Housing Programs team as well as serving other mission paralleling groups such as chair of the Tribal Housing Assistance Team and President of the Washington Chapter of the National Association of Credit Specialists. Her favorite times in Washington were spent overseeing eight mutual self-help grantees. Before joining the agency, Andria worked in private lending after receiving her master’s degree in business administration from Eastern Washington University.

Beth Kanter
Speaker & Author

Beth is an internationally-recognized thought leader in networks, social media, philanthropy, wellbeing in the workplace and training. Beth has over 35 years’ experience working in the nonprofit sector in capacity building and has facilitated trainings for thousands of social change activists and nonprofits on every continent in the world. She is an in-demand keynote speaker and workshop leader who presents in the US and internationally. Named one of the most influential women in technology by Fast Company and one of the BusinessWeek’s “Voices of Innovation for Social Media,” Beth was Visiting Scholar at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation 2009-2013. She is the author of the award-winning Networked Nonprofit Books and The Happy Healthy Nonprofit: Strategies for Impact without Burnout (http://bit.ly/happyhealthynpbook) published by J.Wiley. She writes “Beth’s Blog,” one of the first nonprofit blogs. Her clients include foundations, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations.

Tracy K'Meyer
Author/Professor of History, University of Louisville

Tracy received her PhD in United States history from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 1993, with a specialty in the history of social movements against racism, poverty, and violence. She is the author of five books including Interrracialism and Christian Community in the Postwar South: The Story of Koinonia Farm and Civil Rights in the Gateway to the South: Louisville, Kentucky, 1945-1980. She is currently working on new books on the American Friends Service Committee's housing integration activism and on the history of the self-help housing movement from its origins at Penn-Craft in the 1930s to today. She is currently a professor of history at the University of Louisville.

Bruce Lammers
Administrator, Rural Housing Service - USDA Rural Development

Bruce W. Lammers is the Administrator of Rural Development’s Rural Housing Service. Lammers comes to USDA with more than 35 years of experience leading public-private partnerships at national community-oriented lending institutions. Since 2016, he has served as president of a specialized government-guaranteed lending division of Byline Bank. Prior to this, Lammers was chairman and CEO of Ridgestone Bank, a national leader in government-guaranteed lending before being acquired by Byline Bank in 2016. Lammers has served as a board member of many community organizations, including the 14 National Association of Government Guaranteed Lenders (NAGGL). Lammers looks forward to enhancing his focus on economic development in small towns across America.

Barry Ramsey
Director, Single Family Housing Direct Loan Division - USDA Rural Development

Barry Ramsey serves as the Director, Single Family Housing Direct Loan Division. As Director, Mr. Ramsey is responsible for policy and training for USDA’s single family housing direct loan and grant programs, including homeownership, self-help housing, and home repair programs. Mr. Ramsey has over 30 years of municipal, commercial and residential lending experience and has held his current position since 2016. Prior to his current position, Mr. Ramsey was the Housing Program Director for Rural Development and the Farmers Home Administration for 21 years. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (BS Agriculture ’85).

Bob Rapoza
Rapoza Associates

Robert A. Rapoza, President and Principal, has more than two decades of experience as a professional lobbyist and is an expert on the federal budget and appropriations process, with special expertise in federal housing and community development policy. He has been responsible for numerous legislative accomplishments which include saving federal rural housing and community development programs from budget cuts, establishing the Intermediary Relending Program at the Agriculture Department, sustaining and increasing funding for community development programs at the Department of Health and Human Services, promoting the creation of a YouthBuild program at the Department of Housing and Urban Development and successfully steering the New Markets Tax Credit program to enactment. Mr. Rapoza first became involved with community development issues while serving with the Massachusetts Department of Community Affairs. After moving to Washington, DC, he held executive positions with the Rural Housing Alliance, the National Rural Housing Coalition (which he continues to serve as executive secretary and legislative director), and the Rural Coalition before establishing Rapoza Associates in 1984. A graduate of Boston College and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, he has served on the boards of several housing and community development organizations and has been profiled in the Washington Post and in the authoritative Beacham’s Guide to Key Lobbyists.

J. Michael Schnetzler
Senior National Appraiser, USDA Rural Development

Mike is the Senior National Appraiser for USDA Rural Development. Mike began his career in 1983 as an independent fee appraiser focusing on single family residential properties. Starting in 1988, Mike began specializing in commercial and special-use properties and has served as a qualified expert witness in various court jurisdictions. He became a certified general appraiser in 1990. Mike joined USDA as the State Appraiser for New Mexico in June of 2009 and was responsible for review and oversight of appraisals submitted to New Mexico RD, including the single family, multi-family, community facilities and business and industry programs. Accepting an Area Director position for RD in 2013, he was responsible for management of an area office, two satellite offices and supervision of 11 employees. Mike and his staff oversaw delivery of 40 loan and grant programs administered by Rural Develoment in the northern half of New Mexico. In November 2015, Mike was named the Senior National Appraiser for RD, overseeing 32 regional appraisers providing appraisal review services for USDA in all 50 states and the territories of the United States including Guam, Puerto Rio, the Virgin Islands and the islands of the western Pacific. As a part of the program support staff, Mike is responsible for continued development and implementation of the appraisal review process, staff training, and measurement of appraisal risk.

Eric Vigil
Acting State Director, USDA RD - New Mexico

Serving as the Acting State Director for USDA Rural Development in New Mexico, Eric Vigil is a seasoned employee and has served in the many capacities within his 30 years as a public servant. As assistant County Supervisor and then Supervisor for the Farmers Home Administration, he had the opportunity in assisting farmers and ranchers with operating loans. In addition, he also managed the residential and home repair loans/grants. In 1996, he was promoted to a State Loan Specialist for the Business & Cooperative Programs branch of Rural Development. In this position, he worked with rural entrepreneurs, non-profit organizations, municipalities, counties, and federally recognized Indian tribes within the business climate of New Mexico to encourage the start-up, development, and expansion of small businesses in rural New Mexico. Furthermore, he also served in the capacity of Energy Coordinator and Cooperative Development Specialist. In 2008, he was promoted to the position of assistant to the State Director and has had the opportunity to serve as the Acting State Director where he oversees program management and strategic initiatives. Further, he controlled the state administrative budget and managed personnel for the state. In 2018, Mr. Vigil was made the Associate Director assigned to New Mexico under the USDA Rural Development Business Center which is a centralized business hub focused on business administration. Eric was raised on a small family ranch in northern New Mexico and continues to this day. Eric currently resides in the Albuquerque area. He holds B.S. degree in agricultural economics from New Mexico State University.

Myron Wooden
Special Programs Branch Chief, USDA Rural Development

Myron is the Branch Chief for the Special Programs Branch of the SFH Direct Loan Division for USDA Rural Housing Service in Washington, DC. The Special Programs Branch oversees numerous programs including the Section 504 loan and grant rehabilitation programs and the Section 523 mutual self-help housing program. Prior to this role, he served as a senior specialist, finance and loan analyst. He has been with USDA for over 18 years. Myron has a degree from Virginia State University.

Sandy Albert
Director of Housing Improvement Services, Community Concepts, Inc.

Paul Bartlett
T&MA Self-Help Specialist, Little Dixie CAA

Paul joined Little Dixie Community Action Agency as a self-help specialist in late 2018. Prior to joining Little Dixie, Paul had retired from USDA Rural Development in NE where he was employed as an Area Director and a Multi-Family Housing Programs Director. He previously worked in MN and WI managing USDA’s affordable housing programs. Paul recently joined the Federal Home Loan Bank of Topeka’s Affordable Housing Advisory Council which provides input on their affordable housing programs. He also has been serving has been part of the Kearney Area Habitat for Humanity’s family selection committee since 2008 and is currently Vice President for the affiliate. He is married to Rebecca and has two sons, Alex and Noah. Paul is an active member of First Lutheran Church and his hobbies include golf, pickleball, and classic cars.

Halie Berger
Housing Specialist, Self-Help Homes

Mike Bounds
T&MA Self-Help Specialist, Little Dixie CAA

Mike joined the Little Dixie organization as a self-help specialist in January 2010. Prior to this, Mike was the Self-Help Housing Co-Director for 13 counties in Northeast Missouri totaling 19 years with self-help housing and 23 years in the construction business.

Samantha Bowley
Financial Management Specialist, RCAC

Samantha Bowley joined Rural Community Assistance Corporation in September 2019 as the financial management specialist for mutual self-help housing. The non-profit organization provides training, technical and financial resources and advocacy so rural communities can achieve their goals. Samantha is responsible for financial certification of the region’s grantees and serves as financial technical assistance resource for the territory. Since 1988 she has worked in finance and administration within government agencies managing public funds, as well as grants and contracts. Her career also includes non-profit finance administration in housing and HUD rent assistance programs and several years as an owner and operator of a construction and plumbing company.

Paul Brais
Construction Supervisor, NeighborWorks® Blackstone River Valley

Paul has been working with NeighborWorks® Blackstone River Valley since 2016. He has over 30 years’ experience in the construction field. His experience includes new construction, renovations and interior remodeling of residential and commercial projects. He has also worked as an independent contractor and instructor. Paul holds a B.S. degree from Rhode Island College.

Steven Creed
Housing Director, Community Action Commission of Fayette County

Frank Datillo
Self-Help Housing Specialist/Construction Manager, NCALL Research

Frank Datillo is a self-help housing specialist/construction manager for NCALL Research. He started with NCALL in April 2014. Before coming to NCALL, he worked as a construction manager for a non-profit community developer in Wilmington, Delaware for 22 years. He has a background in architectural engineering and is a master carpenter with extensive knowledge in home building and rehabilitation.

Sheryl Flores
Vice President Home Ownership, Peoples’ Self-Help Housing Corporation

Ms. Flores oversees all the home ownership programs including self-help housing and housing counseling. She is a certified USDA 502 loan packager and has completed numerous NeighborWorks housing counseling courses. Ms. Flores also led the PSHHC’s rental development department for five years. Prior to coming to Peoples’ Self-Help Housing in 1996 as the Self-Help Housing Division Manager, Ms. Flores had over thirteen years’ experience in business and real estate lending. Ms. Flores currently serves on the boards of the Santa Barbara County Housing Trust Fund and the California Rural Housing Coalition, on the Building, Design and Construction and Cluster for the Economic Vitality Commission, on the National Rural Self-Help Housing Association steering committee, and on the finance council for her church. She was previously a board member and officer of the Central Coast Home Builder’s Association. She obtained her B.S. degree in agricultural business management from California Polytechnic State University and completed additional courses in the Masters of Business program at the University of Santa Clara.

Jeffrey Gaddy
T&MA Self-Help Specialist, FNPH

Jeffrey Gaddy is a self-help specialist with Florida Non-Profit Housing in Sebring, Florida. Jeffrey has worked for FNPH since 2004. Prior to this, Jeffrey was a partner in Gaddy Construction and Investments and worked several years as an air traffic controller in England, Texas, New Mexico, and Nevada. Jeffrey joined the US Air Force in 1981, where he earned the Air Force Commendation Medal. He played professional football in England and on the Air Force USAFE football team. Jeffrey holds a BS degree in aeronautical science from Embry Riddle University, Oxford, England.

Ruby Gann
Housing Coordinator, Little Dixie CAA

Ruby joined Little Dixie Community Action Agency Homeownership Center as a housing coordinator in February 2007. She facilitates and instructs Little Dixie’s Homebuyer Education program and the online homebuyer education course, eHome. Ruby provides housing counseling which includes financial coaching, credit counseling, foreclosure prevention and reverse mortgage counseling. She is certified as a HUD Housing Counselor, full cycle lending and USDA Rural Development Section 502 direct loans. Prior to Little Dixie Community Action Agency, Ruby worked as a branch office administrator for Edward Jones Financial.

Owyne Gardner
T&MA Self-Help Specialist, Little Dixie CAA

Owyne Gardner is a self-help housing training specialist with Little Dixie Community Action Agency, Inc. (LDCAA). She has 38 years of experience in self-help housing expertise and training of self-help staff. Duties include monitoring grantees, participating in workshops, performing site visits, attending Rural Development quarterly meetings, and other necessary duties.

Randy Griffith
T&MA Self-Help Specialist, Little Dixie CAA

Randy is a T&MA self-help specialist with Little Dixie Community Action Agency, Inc. (LDCAA). Randy works with the grantees in Louisiana, Missouri, and New Mexico. Before coming to work for LDCAA, Randy worked for USDA Rural Development for 36 years in the state of Missouri. He was the Housing Program Director and managed the single- and multi-family programs and, for a while, the Community Facilities Program. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri with a B.S. in agricultural economics.

Connie Harrington
Finance Director, NCALL

Connie Harrington is the Finance Director and has been with NCALL since June 1993. She serves on the State of Delaware Council on Housing appointed by Governor John Carney. She has a B.S. in business administration with a minor in accounting from Wesley College in Dover, DE.

Russell Huxtable
Vice President/Chief Operating Officer, Milford Housing Development Corporation

Russell Huxtable is the Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Milford Housing Development Corporation (MHDC). He is responsible for program planning, organizing, operations, and staffing. Mr. Huxtable also leads all single-family development-related activities for the agency, and has been responsible for multi-family projects as well. This includes securing and obtaining the funding for both program activities and project development. He is responsible for implementing, managing, and leading the agency’s programs and services, particularly the self-help housing program, the Home Repair Project, ZeMod Delaware, and other programs to address the needs of extremely low- and very-low income families in the journey for affordable housing solutions. Mr. Huxtable is also actively engaged in pursing affordable housing solutions on a local, state, and national policy level. He has past experience on the Sussex County Moderately Priced Housing Working Group and was an appointee to the Delaware Council on Housing. Nationally, Mr. Huxtable serves as steering committee member of the National Rural Self-Help Housing Association, serving as its President from 2009-2017, as well as being a board member on the National Rural Housing Coalition. Russ is also a member of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh’s Affordable Housing Advisory Committee.

Barney Ingram
T&MA Self-Help Specialist, Little Dixie CAA

Barney has worked as a self-help specialist with Little Dixie Community Action Agency, Inc. (LDCAA) since November of 2014. Before joining LDCAA, he worked for USDA Rural Development for 30 years and retired in July of 2011. Prior to his retirement, he worked several programs with USDA Rural Development which included working with grantees and LDCAA in the self-help housing program for more than 12 years. He also has worked with volunteer groups for more than 20 years in several different phases of construction. He has a bachelor of science degree in animal science from Mississippi State University.

Nancy Jacobsen
T&MA Self-Help Specialist, RCAC

Nancy Jacobsen draws upon her experience as a self-help project manager to provide technical and management expertise to self-help grantees. In her 19 years working with the program, she has assisted grantees in construction management, team building and the many aspects of developing and managing a self-help program. She is considered RCAC’s Self Help Automated Reporting Evaluation System (SHARES) expert and provides the training and support to the entire region. Nancy is a certified practicing mediator that enjoys training in conflict resolution, leadership and RCAC’s internal “Train the Trainer” program. Her passion is helping self-help organizations be successful in bringing affordable, safe homeownership and rehab opportunities to their clients.

Jeff Jordan
T&MA Self-Help Specialist, RCAC

Dick Kempke
Homeownership Options Manager, RCAC

Dick Kempke is the Homeownership Options Manager for Rural Communities Assistance Corporation (RCAC). In this role he manages RCAC’s self-help technical and management assistance staff and program for 50 self-help organizations, and also participates at times in development and planning activities for single-family housing projects that RCAC is involved in. Dick is a licensed general contractor and has over 40 years of experience in developing and building subdivisions and homes, 17 of those years as a self-help program manager and project manager.

Frank Lain
Rehab Program Manager, Self Help Home Improvement

Jill E. Lordan
Self-Help Housing Director, NCALL

Jill E. Lordan has been with NCALL Research since 1994 as a self-help housing specialist and self-help housing consultant, before becoming the Self-Help Housing Director in 2014. Prior to working with NCALL, she was the marketing director for a retirement community in Baltimore, MD. Jill has a B.A. in communications from Shepherd University in West Virginia and has had a Delaware Realtor’s license.

Dawn McDaniel
Human Resources Director, Little Dixie CAA

Selvin McGahee
Executive Director - Florida Non-Profit Housing, Inc.

Selvin is the Executive Director of Florida Non-Profit Housing, Inc. (FNPH). He joined FNPH in 1980 to work with organizations developing rental housing for farm workers. In 1983 he became the Self-Help Program Director and was responsible for planning and implementing the Technical/Management Assistance & Training contract for the southeastern United States. He was named FNPH’s Executive Director in January 1998. Selvin serves as a board member and member of the Executive Committee of the National Rural Housing Coalition, a member of the Housing Assistance Council’s SHOP Advisory Committee, the Highlands County Affordable Housing Task Force, a Skip Jason Award winner, and he represents FNPH as a member of the Farmworker Housing Directors Association.

Ulla Moore
Finance Assistant, NCALL Research

Ulla Moore has been employed with NCALL since January 1993. She worked as a self-help specialist for 22 years and continued her employment with NCALL as a finance assistant for the last 5 years. She has a B.S. degree in business administration from Wilmington University and A.S. degree in accounting from Delaware Technical College.

Joe Myer
Self-Help Housing Contractor, NCALL

Joe Myer is a former Executive Director of NCALL, having served 37 years and retiring in 2018. He now consults with NCALL’s self-help housing team. Joe has a B.S. in business and an M.B.A. Working in the Mississippi Delta 1972-1976 with Freedom Village and Delta Housing, he learned rural housing, community development, and self-help housing. In 1976, Joe helped found NCALL and became its Executive in 1981, leading decades of growth. Joe serves on the boards of the National Rural Housing Coalition and Housing Alliance Delaware.

Bryce Nash
T&MA Self-Help Specialist, Little Dixie CAA

Bryce joined Little Dixie Community Action Agency (LDCAA) as a T&MA self-help housing specialist in March of 2015. Prior to joining LDCAA, Bryce worked in the banking and lending industry for 21 years and specifically in mortgage lending for the last 9 years. As a T&MA self-help housing specialist, his duties include monitoring grantees’ progress, performing site visits, providing training to grantees and working with Rural Development to ensure the success of the program with the self-help grantees.

Dr. Sharese C. Paylor
Director of Civil Rights, USDA Rural Development

Dr. Sharese C. Paylor serves Rural Development as the Director of Civil Rights and has responsibility and oversight of Rural Development's nationwide civil rights programs and employee engagement/development. Dr. Paylor is an accomplished and celebrated executive with more than 25 years in state and federal government public policy. Prior to serving as the Acting Director, Dr. Paylor served as the Program Compliance Branch Chief for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Development-Civil Rights. Prior to that, Dr. Paylor was a Senior Equal Opportunity Specialist with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity. Before working at HUD, she was the Supervisor for the State of Delaware Division of Human Relations. Dr. Paylor received a certificate of Mastery for successfully completing the Democratic Society Leadership Program from Federal Executive Institute in Charlottesville, VA. Dr. Paylor also received a Federal Fair Housing Investigator certification from HUD, National Fair Housing Training Academy, in Washington D.C. Dr. Paylor monitors compliance reviews in accordance with Title VII/Title VI Civil Rights Law, ADA, Section 501/504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and a host of other civil rights laws, regulations, and executive orders. Dr. Paylor was a certified Real Estate Fair Housing Law Instructor for the Delaware Real Estate Commission. She serves as a trainer, facilitator and a motivational speaker. Dr. Paylor graduated with distinguished honors from Wilmington University, with two Master of Science degrees in Public Administration and Human Resource Management. Dr. Paylor received her Doctor of Education Innovation and Leadership Degree from Wilmington University. Dr. Paylor also serves on several other professional/community boards. Sharese has been committed to equal rights of all people and will continue to do so.

Jeremy Phelps
Construction Supervisor, Self-Help Homes

Carla Potts
Deputy Director for Housing Development, Northeast Community Action Corporation

Carla Potts is the Deputy Director for Housing Development for North East Community Action Corporation (NECAC) located in Bowling Green, MO. Carla has been with the agency for over 40 years. Carla has management and oversight of all housing development with a portfolio of over 13,000 units developed and owned by the agency, with over 800 of those managed by the agency. Carla also has management and oversight of weatherization, home rehabilitation, self-help housing, homeownership counseling, and down-payment assistance programs. Carla is also in charge of developing new initiatives including Healthy Homes, 502 Homeowner Loan Processing for USDA Rural Development and Aspire Partnership (Prison Homes) program. Carla is a Certified Community Action Professional and holds an undergraduate degree in history/political science and anthropology/sociology from Webster University in St. Louis.

Pam Price
Program Analyst, Little Dixie CAA

Pam is the program analyst for Little Dixie Community Action Agency, Inc. T&MA Contractor Program and has worked with Little Dixie Community Action Agency, Inc. for 10 years. She assists in the planning, reporting of work to be performed and monitors for adherence to program regulations. Pam also works with all Region II grantees guiding them through the self-help housing application process.

Jill Quezada
Homeownership Program Director, CHIP

Jill has been working in the affordable housing field for nearly 25 years, primarily working with Community Housing Improvement Program, Inc. (CHIP), a non-profit affordable housing agency based in Chico, California, and serving seven Northern California counties. She has several years of experience working as a loan packager for the mutual self-help housing program in both urban and rural areas, helping families overcome obstacles to eligibility, often involving credit repair and debt reduction. For two years she managed CHIP’s Housing and Credit Counseling program, which primarily focused on preparing people for homeownership through financial education and responsible budgeting. She currently directs CHIP’s homeownership program, which includes management of site acquisition and development and the mutual self-help housing program.

Becky Reynolds
Executive Director, Little Dixie CAA

Tara Rogers
T&MA Self-Help Specialist, FNPH

Charles Rust
T&MA Self-Help Specialist, Little Dixie CAA

Charles Joined Little Dixie Community Action Agency (LDCAA) as a T&MA self-help specialist in June of 2006. Before joining the LDCAA T&MA Contractor staff, Charles worked in sales and marketing for 13 years. As a T&MA self-help specialist, his duties include monitoring grantee's progress, performing site visits, providing training to grantees and working with Rural Development to ensure the success of self-help grantees.

Robyn Roesner
Risk Management Specialist

Robyn Roesner, JD, CPCU, AAI, CRIS, has more than 17 years’ insurance industry experience, specializing in construction, property, and nonprofit risk management for both home ownership and managed asset projects and portfolios. She represents many nonprofit organizations, particularly in the affordable housing and development niche, and Robyn leads Gallagher’s affordable housing segment within Gallagher’s nonprofit practice. Robyn has engineered unique risk analysis for a variety of organizations. Her skills are enriched by extensive volunteer and leadership experience, and she frequently lectures for local and regional housing organizations about insurance best practices.

Angela Sisco
T&MA Self-Help Specialist, RCAC

Rosanna Soto
T&MA Self-Help Specialist, Little Dixie CAA

Rosanna Soto joined Little Dixie Community Action Agency in 2001 as a group coordinator and became a self-help specialist in 2003. Prime duties are providing technical assistance to non-profit organizations for the Section 523 mutual self-help housing program. Prior to joining LDCAA, she worked for Choctaw County Youth Services, helping underprivileged children. She is bilingual, speaks and writes Spanish fluently.

Jason Stillwell
T&MA Self-Help Specialist, Little Dixie CAA

Jason is a self-help training specialist with Little Dixie Community Action Agency in Hugo, Oklahoma. He joined LDCAA in 2010, having worked previously as an insurance claims adjuster and servicing agent. Jason earned a bachelor's degree in technology from Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

Bruce Taylor
Self-Help Construction Superintendent, Milford Housing Development Corporation

Bruce has been working with Milford Housing Development Corporation since 2011. He was hired as a self-help construction supervisor. In 2016 he was promoted to self-help construction superintendent. He has over 40 years’ experience in the construction field. He came from a general contracting background, having owned his own business. Bruce leads the other MHDC self-help construction supervisors and provides overall direction to construction related activities in the self-help program. He is not related to Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor.

Josh Walker
Self-Help Homes

Josh's next big goal is to invent a force field that protects self-help projects from bad weather, porch pirates, conflict and too much government red tape. For the past 15 years at Self-Help Homes, he has consistently found ways to innovate and improve program processes and systems. His formal education includes a bachelor degree in construction management and a master's degree in public administration. In his spare time, you will likely find Josh training for a triathlon with his beautiful wife or teasing one of his five children.

Michele Weaver
T&MA Self-Help Specialist, RCAC

Kyle White
T&MA Program Director, Little Dixie CAA

Kyle White is the Program Director for Little Dixie Community Action Agency, Inc. (LDCAA) T&MA Contract. Kyle has worked for LDCAA for 14 years in the T&MA Contract department. Prior to working for LDCAA, Kyle was an assistant vice-president, internal auditor, and compliance administration for 5 years at a local bank.

Dana Whitehouse
Housing Programs Director

Dana is the Housing Programs Director for Inter-Lakes Community Action Partnership, of Madison, South Dakota. Dana started with the agency in 2003. She has managed the self-help housing rehabilitation program since 2004 when ICAP received one of the country’s first pilot program grants. It has been a successful and well-received program in ICAP’s fourteen county service area. They are currently working on their eighth grant and have completed 158 self-help rehab projects. Dana also manages the mutual self-help housing program. ICAP has been a grantee since 1997 and is working on their eighth grant. In her time at ICAP, Dana has assisted 62 families in becoming homeowners. Dana is a certified 502 loan packager for Rural Development. ICAP’s service area includes fourteen counties in eastern South Dakota.

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Event Schedule

  • February 4, 2020
  • February 5, 2020
  • February 6, 2020
07:30 AM
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08:30 AM

Breakfast and Registration

$0.00

08:30 AM
to
10:00 AM

Welcome & Greetings

Pavilion 4-6

$0.00

We will have greetings from the T&MA Contractors; Eric Vigil, New Mexico Acting State Director for USDA/RD; a video message from Congresswoman Xochitl Torres Small, and Bruce Lammers, Administrator of Rural Development’s Rural Housing Service. Tracey K’Meyer, who is authoring a book on self-help housing, will then share some of the program’s history. Tom Collishaw, President of National Rural Self-Help Housing Association (NRSHHA), will close with an inspirational message.

Tom Collishaw

Tracy K'Meyer

Bruce Lammers

Eric Vigil

10:15 AM
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11:45 AM
Track : Program Management

1944-I Update

Pavilion 1-3

1944-I updates are scheduled to be released prior to the conference: What are the new changes to 1944-I and what do they mean to my self-help housing program? Learn about the first changes to the regulations in years, what they will mean to the administration of the program in the future and how to ensure you’re complying. We’ll break down the changes and discuss the implications.

Angela Sisco

Andria Hively

Track : Construction Supervisor

Minimizing Construction Time

Fiesta Room

Do you frequently struggle to find balance between minimizing construction time while meeting self-help program requirements? What is delaying construction progress and how? Can you speed up your construction projects? In this session, we will discuss innovative and contemporary construction methods, equipment and technology that will help you stay on schedule. We will review main causes of construction delays and hear from grantees on best practices.

Paul Brais

Robyn Roesner

Bruce Taylor

Track : Financial Management

523 Grant Management

Enchantment C & D

This session will cover financial management for 523 grant funds. A brief overview of structuring your accounting system will be covered, as well as a discussion of federal requirements, allowed and disallowed program expenditures, federal tax forms, and the importance of budgeting.

Ulla Moore

Track : Group Coordinator

Marketing & Recruitment

Enchantment E & F

Marketing to rural communities can be challenging. Discuss how to develop a message and the marketing tools used to deliver that message. Come prepared to share your ideas!

Charles Rust

Rosanna Soto

Track : Board/Organizational Development/New Organizations

Board Responsibilities

Boardroom East

Board governance is critical. This session will discuss Board of Directors’ authority, officer’s responsibilities, board liability, maintaining good corporate standing, meetings, personnel policies and warning signs for the Board. Exhibit E and evaluating a self-help program’s housing development plan will be covered.

Jeffrey Gaddy

Track : Nuts & Bolts/Universal

Getting Fair Appraisals

Enchantment A & B

In this session, we will discuss the challenges that exist while appraising self-help homes and the ways in which the value of the properties is sometimes discounted. We will also share the experiences around the room and the challenges that the affordability restrictions pose to the fair valuation of the homes. This session will provide a forum to share not only your challenges but your solutions and best practices. At the end of the session, we hope to better understand the appraisal process and develop a list of solutions to ensure that the self-help homes are subject to a fair appraisal.

Erika Holzhauer

Jill Quezada

J. Michael Schnetzler

12:00 PM
to
01:30 PM

Key Themes from The State of the Nation’s Housing (Lunch/General Session)

Pavilion 4-6

$0.00

Each year, Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies produces a comprehensive report that examines trends in housing markets, demographics, homeownership, rental housing, and policy challenges. Dr. Airgood-Obrycki will share major findings from last year’s The State of the Nation’s Housing, highlighting increasing unaffordability for middle-income households and housing supply constraints.

Whitney Airgood-Obrycki

01:45 PM
to
03:15 PM
Track : Program Management

Successful Grant Management

Fiesta Room

Are you familiar with the regulations and all terms and conditions associated with your grant? Who is responsible for grant management in your organization? In this session, we will discuss competencies, systems and keys to successfully manage a self-help grant. In an interactive format, we will review established and current trends in grant management and hear from other grantees on best practices that will help you to develop a system that works.

Robyn Roesner

Track : Construction Supervisor

Cost Estimates, Bid Process, and Contract Management

Pavilion 1-3

This session will outline bidding process practices, which leads to clear and concise construction contracts. Also included in this session will be preparation of cost estimates and tips for successful contract management.

Mike Bounds

Charles Rust

Track : Financial Management

Direct vs Indirect Cost

Enchantment C & D

If your organization has more than one program and/or more than one funding source, you should have a fair and equitable way of allocating allowable shared costs. This may simply be a cost allocation plan or may include an approved indirect cost rate. But which one is right for your organization and what are the benefits and drawbacks of each? Learn the answers to these questions during this informative discussion dealing with fair allocation of costs.

Andria Hively

Owyne Gardner

Track : Group Coordinator

Counseling Families to Eligibility

Enchantment E & F

This session will encompass the applicant eligibility process from inquiry to approval for Rural Development Direct 502 and 504 programs. You will gain an understanding of counseling and coaching techniques to help transform housing inquiries into mortgage-ready clients.

Paul Bartlett

Ruby Gann

Bryce Nash

Track : Board/Organizational Development/New Organizations

Strategic Planning

Boardroom East

Strategic planning is an important function of the Board of Directors and management. It is designed to look forward and create the most resilient and healthy organization possible. Learn about the process of strategic planning and how it can benefit your organization.

Joe Myer

Track : Nuts & Bolts/Universal

Using Technology in Planning and Development

Enchantment A & B

Technology can be pricy and intimidating. Most of us have graduated to a more robust accounting system but did you know that other components of your program could benefit from a similar upgrade? This session will highlight a grantee that is using technology in recruiting and pipeline management, participant labor hours and budget review, bid processing and project management. We’ll discuss the determination of cost effectiveness and the various options for you to choose from.

Josh Walker

Michele Weaver

Halie Berger

Jeremy Phelps

03:30 PM
to
05:00 PM
Track : Program Management

Layering Funding Sources (SHOP, AHP, HOME, Other)

Pavilion 1-3

This session will explore the use of leveraged funds to bridge the gap on 502 mortgages. These funds can be instrumental in helping your organization meet the goal of assisting 40% very low-income households. Learn how using deferred loans and grants can assist you in helping more participants qualify.

Denise Boswell

Tom Collishaw

Track : Construction Supervisor

Best Practices Roundtable – Construction Supervisor

Fiesta Room

Join us for an interactive session that will look at lessons learned and assist you with developing a support base with others in the same staff position. Share experiences, challenges and recommendations that create a successful self-help program.

Frank Datillo

Jeff Jordan

Track : Financial Management

502 Bookkeeping

Enchantment C & D

Development of sound and consistent 502 bookkeeping practices will be explained, detailing the process for establishing and maintaining proper records. We will also cover the importance of the families’ knowledge of their loan accounts. Custodial accounting and the traditional (SBA) method of bookkeeping will both be discussed.

Randy Griffith

Barney Ingram

Track : Group Coordinator

Encouraging Teamwork

Enchantment E & F

Effective teamwork begins with a motivated group coordinator working with the families to form groups in preconstruction meetings. It is important to keep construction groups motivated and working together. From preconstruction meetings through construction, come to hear and share strategies to keep groups collaborating well together.

Pam Price

Kyle White

Track : Board/Organizational Development/New Organizations

Overview of Self-Help Housing

Boardroom East

Have you heard of USDA’s self-help housing program but weren’t sure if it would be a good fit for your agency? This session will provide an overview of the program including new construction homeownership, the owner-occupied rehab and acquisition rehab programs. It will cover funding possibilities, regulations, and the grant application process, as well as eligible grant uses, program development, and staffing needs.

Nancy Jacobsen

Myron Wooden

Track : Nuts & Bolts/Universal

Fair Housing

Enchantment A & B

Policies, procedures, and perceptions must support fair housing and civil rights laws throughout the management of the self-help housing grant. Learn how to make sure you are treating everyone fairly and preventing violations of fair housing laws before they occur.

Selvin McGahee

Dr. Sharese C. Paylor

05:30 PM
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07:30 PM
07:30 AM
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08:30 AM
08:30 AM
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10:00 AM

1944-I Self-Help Housing Regulation Update & USDA RD Panel

Pavilion 4-6

$0.00

Andria Hively of USDA RD will present a regulation update, followed by a USDA RD Panel with Bruce Lammers, Roger Glendenning, Cathy Glover, Barry Ramsey, Myron Wooden, Andria Hively and Andrea Birmingham.

Andrea Birmingham

Roger Glendenning

Cathy Glover

Bruce Lammers

Barry Ramsey

Myron Wooden

10:15 AM
to
11:45 AM
Track : Program Management

Best Practices Roundtable – Program Management

Pavilion 1-3

Join us for an interactive session that will look at lessons learned and assist you with developing a support base with others in the same staff position. Share experiences, challenges and recommendations that create a successful self-help program.

Selvin McGahee

Tara Rogers

Track : Construction Supervisor

Working with Participants

Fiesta Room

Identify and work through the stumbling blocks that can and will come up while guiding families through the construction of their homes. Challenges are inevitable, but most can be overcome!

Charles Rust

Rosanna Soto

Track : Financial Management

Organizational Financial Management

Enchantment C & D

In this session we will discuss how financial statements can be used by your management team and board of directors. Proper fiscal controls and a review of how to prepare for an audit will also be discussed.

Connie Harrington

Ulla Moore

Track : Group Coordinator

502 Loan Packaging

Pavilion 4-6

A lot has changed in Section 502 loan processing recently; with new procedural notices, special guidance and even that Final Rule, there’s been a lot to keep up on! We’ll cover the changes that have occurred over the past year so you can to avoid the common packaging errors and future delays. This session will help you improve the quality and completeness of your applications getting your families a faster loan closing!

Gina Chamberlain

Angela Sisco

Track : Board/Organizational Development/New Organizations

Program Feasibility

Boardroom East

Are you considering operating a Self-Help Housing Program? How do you know if the program is right for your area and if it would be successful? There’s a lot of work that should be done before deciding to go through with a Self-Help Housing Program. Learn what to look for in a community and what questions to ask before moving forward.

Jill E. Lordan

Track : Nuts & Bolts/Universal

Measuring and Reporting on Impact

Enchantment A & B

How do we measure the impacts of our self-help housing program and which ones matter to our funders, communities and organizations? Self-help housing influences our economies, communities and people’s lives and this workshop will explore models of capturing and reporting on these impacts. Attendees will leave the workshop armed with practical tools for impact measurement.

Barry Ramsey

Gina Chamberlain

12:00 PM
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01:30 PM

The Happy Healthy Nonprofit Professional: Strategies for Impact without Burnout (Lunch/Gen. Session)

$0.00

The passion that affordable housing professionals feel for their work is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, that fervor helps them keep going in the face of difficult challenges, especially when working on big challenges with limited resources. On the other hand, they can be so driven they don’t stop to practice self-care and develop personal resilience, an important skill to sustain their important work. This interactive keynote is based on her book, The Happy Healthy Nonprofit: Strategies for Impact without Burnout (http://bit.ly/happyhealthynpbook).

Beth Kanter

01:45 PM
to
03:15 PM
Track : Program Management

Program Diversification

Pavilion 1-3

Many organizations may need to diversify housing programs to continue assisting low and very-low income families. Come and hear about the alternatives that grantees are using to help their programs remain viable.

Russell Huxtable

Carla Potts

Track : Construction Supervisor

Acquisition Rehab

Is self-help acquisition rehab the right program for your organization? This session will look at this alternative or companion to the new construction self-help housing program. This could be a good strategy for sustainability in a sellers-market. We will look at some of the challenges grantees currently face and look at ways to overcome them.

Frank Datillo

Sandy Albert

Steven Creed

Track : Financial Management

Best Practices Roundtable – Financial Management

Enchantment C & D

Join us in an interactive roundtable setting to discuss your most difficult financial questions and triumphs. Share your challenges, setbacks and success stories with other self-help organizations nationwide. Exchange solutions, best practices and problem solve together.

Samantha Bowley

Track : Group Coordinator

Group Meetings

Enchantment E & F

We will discuss the use of preconstruction meetings as a tool to build the families into a team of homebuilders. This session will be interactive as we cover home planning, taxes, insurance, money management, conflict and resolution and team building to increase productivity.

Tara Rogers

Track : Board/Organizational Development/New Organizations

Good Policies for Organizational Success

Boardroom East

This workshop is directed to organizational leaders that desire to recharge and move toward effective leadership. It will provide ideas to help identify policies, processes and/or procedures that could be improved to create greater efficiency or enhance the quality of your organizational documents.

Owyne Gardner

Becky Reynolds

Track : Nuts & Bolts/Universal

SHARES

Enchantment A & B

The Self-Help Automated Reporting Evaluating System (SHARES) will assist you in tracking your self-help housing programs’ progress. It also provides much needed national statistics to track the success of self-help housing. This session will provide an overview and a discussion on the SHARES system.

Nancy Jacobsen

Jason Stillwell

03:30 PM
to
05:00 PM
Track : Program Management

Brainstorming Program Improvements

Enchantment C & D

What changes do you think the self-help housing program should make? Come to brainstorm potential program improvements for the future. (There are no current plans for RD to make major changes to the program … but the contractors thought this would be a good time to gather suggestions.)

Jill E. Lordan

Track : Program Management

Land Acquisition and Development

Fiesta Room

To be sustainable as rural practitioners, we find the need to diversify our organizations. In some cases rural non-profits end up not only managing their programs but also acting as the developer. Discussion topics will focus on the key roles of the development team and the steps to consider when starting a new project. We will share stories, resources, roadblocks, and barriers.

Sheryl Flores

Erika Holzhauer

Track : Construction Supervisor

Owner-Occupied Rehab

Pavilion 1-3

As the markets continue to change many agencies have found sustainability by adapting their program to include the self-help owner occupied rehab component. We’ll learn about the challenges and best practices of grantees successfully administering this program. We’ll discover how they navigated the changes implemented by Rehab Guidance AN 4831 and have an opportunity for a best practices discussion.

Andria Hively

Michele Weaver

Dana Whitehouse

Frank Lain

Track : Group Coordinator

Using Social Media for Recruitment

Enchantment E & F

There are an infinite number of online methods we could use to recruit participants. Social media sites – Facebook, Twitter and Instagram – are just some of the various platforms for connecting and sharing interests and information. This session will take a look at the most common and effective methods for participant recruiting, as well as the pros and cons of each.

Beth Kanter

Nancy Jacobsen

Track : Board/Organizational Development/New Organizations

Succession Planning/Hiring and Human Resources

Boardroom East

We will discuss ways to recruit employees that are the best fit for your program. Developing and providing training for new staff members will be covered. The importance of succession planning and the steps involved in successful staff transitions will also be discussed.

Joe Myer

Dawn McDaniel

Track : Nuts & Bolts/Universal

Insurance

Enchantment A & B

What types of insurance should your agency have overall and what types of insurance are required by funding partners and regulatory agencies? How about the self-help families and volunteers, are they covered on site? Come hear an update on best insurance practices and policies for risk management.

Dick Kempke

Robyn Roesner

05:15 PM
to
09:00 PM

Optional Tours

$0.00

Evening transportation will be available to Old Town Albuquerque from 5:15-9:00. Please REGISTER if you wish to participate so that we can reserve adequate transportation.

07:30 AM
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08:30 AM
08:30 AM
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10:00 AM

Legislative Update and Review of Rural Data

Pavilion 4-6

$0.00

Bob Rapoza from National Rural Housing Coalition will deliver a legislative update and Lance George from HAC will provide a review of rural data. Some of the most important housing challenges in rural America may not be directly related to housing itself. For most of its history, the United States has been a predominately rural country. Today people of rural America make up roughly one-fifth of the U.S. population, but are located across 97 percent of the nation’s landmass. With stagnant wages, continuing out-migration of working age residents, rural communities contain larger shares of older and lower-income households. These demographic drivers are important bellwethers of housing markets and demand and will set the stage for a discussion on housing options and solutions in rural communities across the nation.

Lance George

Bob Rapoza

10:15 AM
to
11:45 AM
Track : Group Coordinator

Best Practices Roundtable – Group Coordinator

Enchantment E & F

Join us for an interactive session that will look at lessons learned and assist you with developing a support base with others in the same staff position. Share experiences, challenges and recommendations that create a successful self-help program.

Nancy Jacobsen

Track : Program Management

E-Forms

Enchantment A & B

Are you still mailing or emailing 502 loan applications to Rural Development? There’s another method that is more secure and saves time in processing those applications. If you are not yet using E-Forms, come to learn more about it.

Andrea Birmingham

Andria Hively

Jill E. Lordan

Track : Program Management

523/524 Site Loans

Fiesta Room

USDA Rural Development site loan programs tend to be underutilized. Find out if they would be a good source of funding for your program. We will discuss what this funding covers, who may apply, eligible areas, the terms of the loans, and how to get started.

Barry Ramsey

Myron Wooden

Selvin McGahee

Track : Construction Supervisor

Selecting House Plans

Pavilion 1-3

Need to update your house plans or select new ones? Ever consider building duplexes, townhomes or multi-unit self-help homes and need plans? Join us to discuss how to choose house plans that are efficient, cost-effective and meet customers’ needs. We will also discuss where to find them and how much they could cost.

Jeff Jordan

Angela Sisco

Track : Board/Organizational Development/New Organizations

Completing a 523 Grant Application

Enchantment C & D

So, you are interested in applying for a self-help housing grant, but don’t know where to start or what the application entails? This session will review what is required in a complete grant application. We will look at the application checklist and forms required by Rural Development.

Jeffrey Gaddy

Track : Nuts & Bolts/Universal

502 Packaging Program

Boardroom East

How can you expand your affordable housing program using your existing organization’s capacity? Become a Certified 502 Direct Packager and assist more families, expand your community impact and partners and bring in additional resources to your organization. Learn how the Certified 502 Direct Loan Packaging Program works and hear from self-help grantees who are using it. Attendees will explore the pros and cons of combining these programs and learn how to be become a certified packager.

Gina Chamberlain

11:45 AM
to
12:00 PM

Closing – Evaluation Turn In

$0.00