Conferences and other Events


 

2018 Montana Annual Housing Partnership Conference

Presentations and videos, that we are in possession of, are linked to the corresponding session titles below.  If more than one presentation is available for a session, you will find it linked to the presenter's name.

MONDAY, APRIL 30

8:30-11 A.M.

UNDERSTANDING ACES

JULIE PATTERSON, TINA EBLEN

Most of us have faced some kind of adversity in our childhoods that have impacted our lives long term. Did you know that when children are exposed to high amounts of prolonged stress it can affect their developing brains and shape how they see, feel and react to situations for the rest of their lives? Join us for a deeper look into how toxic stress can impact the brain and manifest in behaviors and participate in some exercises to help understand the difficulties that can occur when someone has been greatly impacted by ACEs. For some, accomplishing small tasks can be difficult.

MBOH PUBLIC MEETING & TRAINING SESSION

The Montana Board of Housing holds its monthly public meeting each year on opening day of the Housing Conference. This allows anyone who wishes to do so, the ability to attend a Board meeting and see what happens. There will be a training offered about using the funding that is offered by MBOH. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

12-1:30 P.M.

UNPACKING HOUSING BUILDING COSTS IN MONTANA

BRANDON BRIDGE, GREG MCCALL, BILL LLOYD, MAUREEN RUDE, HEATHER MCMILIN

Why does it cost so much to build housing in Montana, and why? Many things go into the cost   of housing: land, planning, infrastructure, materials costs. This conversation will talk about these elements and ideas to think about for the future.

1:45-3 P.M.

CREATING CONNECTED COMMUNITIES

GALEN STEFFENS, CATHY COSTAKIS

By encouraging connectedness, communities can support more affordable housing, promote health  and wellness, decrease work commute and school travel times, and increase access to essential services. The perspective of encouraging connectedness will be emphasized through discussion of the key roles active community planning and urban design can play.

MANAGING UP: DEVELOPING LEADERS

STACY COLLETTE

This interactive session discusses the concept of managing up and the interrelationship between the employer and the employee. Participants will engage in an analysis of successful behaviors in the workplace and come away with the identifiable opportunities to positively influence their workplace and their organization as a whole.

PRESERVATION UPDATE & STRATEGIES          

MARY BAIR, SANDI MESSINGER

As demographic changes and weak economic conditions are increasing demand for affordable  housing, the inventory of affordable units is shrinking nationwide. Preserving the existing affordable stock is critical to meeting the housing needs of low- and moderate-income families. Property owners, nonprofits, and governments working to preserve this stock face numerous obstacles. This round-table discussion will mainly focus on acquisition and rehabilitation of Rural Development multifamily rental properties in Montana, in an attempt to keep this inventory affordable into the future.

PRESENTATION
 
DRAFT RJOE STRUCTURING MEMORANDUM 

 

FEDERAL HOME LOAN BANK CASE STUDIES

TONY MONTGOMERY, MARY JO VOGL

Representatives from FHLB Des Moines will share success stories and insight for the Competitive Affordable Housing Program, from submitting a grant application to how best to structure the award. Also hear about FHLB Des Moines’ Down Payment Assistance Programs, which assist owner-occupant homebuyers in rural and urban areas. These programs provide funds to FHLB Des Moines Member Banks to assist households, at or below 80% median income, with a home purchase.

HABITAT & SELF-HELP MODELS (PART 1 OF 2)

BARBARA MILLER, JACOB KUNTZ, ANDY ZDINAK, DAVID FERRIER, NANCY JACOBSEN

New methods for expanding homeownership opportunities, including workforce and senior housing, are explained when practitioners in the field working with owner-builders describe their models.
The panel discussion includes a partner lender, sharing how lenders can expand the reach of these programs. We’ll also cover owner-occupied and acquisition rehab. Harness the desire to help solve the growing housing shortages in Montana, while allowing investment areas needing support.

3:15-4:30 P.M.

MTHOUSINGSEARCH: THE HOUSING LOCATOR

SHEILA ROBERTS

Learn about MTHousingSearch.com, an established rental housing locator that offers landlords a place to advertise properties at no cost, while helping countless consumers find housing. Bolstered by recent enhancements including responsive design, MTHousingSearch.com is also supported by a toll-free, bilingual call center that provides live assistance to renters, service providers and landlords

SECTION 8 UPDATES AND AUTOMATIONS

DIANA COLLVER-VANEK, JOHN SCHROECK

Project-Based Section 8 Updates to include 811 and Moderate Rehabilitation. Tenant-Based Section 8 - Improved technology, introduction to “Assistance Check”, VASH updates and more.

CREATIVITY IN FUNDING STACKS FOR DEVELOPMENT

HEATHER MCMILIN, EILEEN PIEKARZ, MAUREEN RUDE, KAIA PETERSON, TRACY MENUEZ

Examine case studies on real issues involved in development. We will explore the components of the creative solutions necessary to continue to provide affordable home options in our Montana communities.

ACCESSIBILITY & COMMUNITY LIVING

SHYLA PATERA, CINDY SMITH, BRONWYN TROUTMAN, BRENT MORRIS, JACKIE KIMBROUGH, BOBBIE BECKER

Each of Montana’s four Centers For Independent Living that assist Montanans with disabilities will describe the successes and challenges of assisting consumers as many seek to not only find and keep accessible housing, but also navigate accessible communities. Panelists will highlight our systems and accessibility laws by highlighting our efforts to educate and advocate for accessible, affordable, and visitable housing.

HABITAT & SELF-HELP MODELS (PART 2 OF 2)

BARBARA MILLER, JACOB KUNTZ, ANDY ZDINAK, DAVID FERRIER, NANCY JACOBSEN

A continuing dialogue from our first session will showcase case studies of Montana successes including Senior condo projects and use of partner families and volunteers to bring very-low and low- income into homeownership. Rural and urban participants, Habitat affiliates, self-help grantees and anyone interested in exploring partnerships and different approaches that Montana Habitat and Self- Help grantees have learned to expand homeownership and rehab of existing homes will benefit.

TUESDAY, MAY 1

8-9 A.M.


MEETING THE NEEDS OF MONTANA'S FAMILIES

JENNIFER OLSON

Learn how the Montana Department of Commerce and Health and Human Services are working together to address many of the most serious issues confronting Montana’s families, including confronting the issue of dramatic rise in youth homelessness. Ongoing plans to make federal and state programs available to provide affordable housing, job creation, and infrastructure will be emphasized.

9-10 A.M.

HOUSING & HEALTH: CREATING SYSTEMS THAT WORK

TED MADDEN, MARGIE SECCOMB, KEVIN DENNEHY

Ted Madden from the Montana Healthcare Foundation and members of the Butte Community Supportive Housing team will share their perspective on the greatest opportunities for better health outcomes through housing. This will be followed by small group discussions about approaches throughout the state partnering with the health care sector to address housing needs along with resident and community health.

8-11:30 A.M.

PHA COMMISSIONERS’ FUNDAMENTALS (PART 1 OF 5)

KATIE ANDERSON

NAHRO Professional Development’s Commissioners’ Fundamentals seminar explores the roles and responsibilities of commissioners, enhancing participants’ understanding of the multi-faceted nature of the commissioner’s role: advocate, leader, team-builder, strategist, and more. Course participants will increase their effectiveness as board members and leaders while exploring the intricacies of board-staff relationships and boundaries.

10:15-11:30 A.M.

MONTANA FAIR HOUSING UPDATE

PAM BEAN, RENEE RATLIFF

Learn about Montana Fair Housing’s latest efforts to encourage local governments, realtors, and landlords to affirmatively further fair housing.

INNOVATIVE DOWN PAYMENT OPTIONS

MARY JO VOGL, PAT HILGENDORF, JULIE HOPE, JASON KIELY

Presentation from Montana Housing, NeighborWorks Montana, Federal Home Loan Bank Des Moines.

PRIORITIES FOR THE NEW ADMINISTRATION

ERIK AMUNDSON, WAYNE GARDELLA, KIRK KEYSOR

Each new administration establishes its own priorities and initiatives, places new people in leadership positions, and directs shifting budget priorities. This session will provide an overview of how changes at the federal level shape action at the state and local level, with the emphasis on strengthening communities through economic opportunities, partnerships, and leveraging resources. Hear from federal officials about opportunities to forge ahead together and create a strong future for Montana.

HOMELESS HOUSING & PRIVATIZATION OF RESOURCES 1

ASHLEY KERR, JULIE MCFARLAND

This session will share the learning and emerging practices from throughout Montana, focusing on  the role of case conferencing in prioritizing people experiencing homelessness for limited housing resources. Panelists will share their local experience, including improvements made to the case conferencing process over the last year. We will share resources including case conferencing meeting agendas, navigator job descriptions, and processes for maximizing time spent together in weekly case conferencing meetings.

12-12:45 P.M.                  

AWARDS

LT. GOVERNOR MIKE COONEY, PAM HAXBY-COTE, BOB NYSTUEN

 

12:45-1:30 P.M.

ADDRESSING HOMELESSNESS IN MONTANA

ASHLEY KERR, JULIE MCFARLAND

When it comes to addressing homelessness in Montana, 2017 was big; 2018 will be bigger. Innovative, collective efforts are underway statewide. New approaches have been implemented, leading to statewide learning and growing. Join us for this interactive plenary session where we will share challenges, gaps and what works in Montana, and where we need YOU to plug in.

1:45-3 P.M.

GETTING YOUR PROJECT TO “YES”

JENNIFER OLSON

Priorities established in the Consolidated Plan / Annual Action Plan allow for increased coordination by programs. Learn about MDOC’s resources to help communities with housing, economic development, infrastructure, and planning and how your input can help inform the use of funds and their prioritization.

PHA COMMISSIONERS’ FUNDAMENTALS (PART 2 OF 5)

KATIE ANDERSON

NAHRO Professional Development’s Commissioners’ Fundamentals seminar explores the roles and responsibilities of commissioners, enhancing participants’ understanding of the multi-faceted nature of the commissioner’s role: advocate, leader, team-builder, strategist, and more. Course participants will increase their effectiveness as board members and leaders while exploring the intricacies of board-staff relationships and boundaries.

SUCCESSES & CHALLENGES: MANUFACTURED HOUSING

KAIA PETERSON, BOBBIE BERTRAND, JUSTIN LYMAN, JUSTIN SANDERS, JULIE FORBES, SHAUN MOORE

Discussion on the successes and challenges borrowers and lenders face with manufactured housing in Montana.

VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT: COMPLIANCE TRAINING

SCOTT MICHAEL DUNN

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) provides protections for victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking. VAWA protections are not only available to women, but are available equally to all individuals regardless of sex, gender identity, or sexual orientation.3 The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is the Federal agency that oversees that programs and properties are in compliance with VAWA.

HOMELESS HOUSING & PRIVATIZATION OF RESOURCES 2

ASHLEY KERR, JULIE MCFARLAND

Following up on Prioritization Session #1, we will dig into the concept of dynamic prioritization. If you’re experiencing the following challenges in your community, this session is for you: more people in need of housing than resources, many people on the by-name list who cannot be contacted, the feeling of assessing, assessing, assessing, with little support available for people in crisis. Throughout Montana, the time has come to develop a more sophisticated method of supporting people experiencing homelessness through coordinated entry processes while prioritizing the most vulnerable households for limited housing resources. This session will leave you with concrete action steps to take home to refine local processes.

3:15-4:30 P.M.

EQUAL HOUSING OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL

SEAN KOPETZ

Affirmative Further Fair Housing (AFFH) is a legal requirement that HUD grantees and sub-recipients further the purposes of the federal Fair Housing Act of 1968. Learn about the Montana Department  of Commerce’s and partners’ efforts to aid grant recipients to promote fair housing choice and foster inclusive communities free of discrimination.

PHA COMMISSIONERS’ FUNDAMENTALS (PART 3 OF 5)

KATIE ANDERSON

NAHRO Professional Development’s Commissioners’ Fundamentals seminar explores the roles and responsibilities of commissioners, enhancing participants’ understanding of the multi-faceted nature of the commissioner’s role: advocate, leader, team-builder, strategist, and more. Course participants will increase their effectiveness as board members and leaders while exploring the intricacies of board-staff relationships and boundaries.

HOMEOWNERSHIP LENDING OPPORTUNITIES & CHANGES

ERIK AMUNDSON, JANELLE GUSTAFSON

Discussion about the upcoming changes in FHA/RD/VA lending. Market changes and compliance updates.

SMOKEFREE HOUSING POLICIES THAT WORK

JOHN FIREHAMMER, SARAH SHAPIRO, JEN MACFARLANE

Many property owners and managers want smokefree policies. Surveys show most Montana tenants want them, too. A good policy will protect tenant health and your property. But how do you implement and enforce a policy? What about e-cigarettes and medical marijuana? Tobacco prevention specialists from Montana DPHHS will provide information and answer questions.

MONTANA MESSAGING

PENNY COPE, JESSICA BURSON, MACKENZIE HARKINS, KATIE BIGGS

Everyone who is involved with “Affordable Housing” knows the hardship of explaining what we do and why we do it, to people who believe that everyone should just “pull themselves up by their bootstraps and quit trying to avoid work.” We will discuss solutions, methods, and tools that have worked for others. You may wish to join the Housing Coordinating Team’s messaging subcommittee to continue the collaboration after the conference.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 2

8:30-9:45 A.M.

 

MDOC UPDATES: MONTANA HOUSING

MARY BAIR, VICKI BAUER

Homeownership and Multifamily Program Managers will speak about their respective programs regarding current programs and any updates.

PHA COMMISSIONERS' FUNDAMENTALS (PART 4 OF 5)

KATIE ANDERSON

NAHRO Professional Development’s Commissioners’ Fundamentals seminar explores the roles and responsibilities of commissioners, enhancing participants’ understanding of the multi-faceted nature of the commissioner’s role: advocate, leader, team-builder, strategist, and more. Course participants will increase their effectiveness as board members and leaders while exploring the intricacies of board-staff relationships and boundaries.

AFFORDABLE OWNERSHIP THROUGH SHARED EQUITY

HERMINA HAROLD, KRISTIN KING-RIES, JAN BROWN

Learn about how homeownership can be made affordable through cooperatives, land trusts, and  other shared and limited equity models. Hear from practitioners from Trust Montana and the Montana Cooperative Development Center who are working on systems and financing to make these types of homeownership projects possible and affordable across Montana.

UNDER ONE ROOF

TASH WISEMILLER

Montana’s downtowns, housing, and economic development. The creation of interconnected housing options is integrally linked to overall community and economic vitality. Montana communities of all   sizes have prioritized a comprehensive approach to community building through foundational planning, healthy design, placemaking, and mixed-use development that enables local districts to prosper. Diverse, yet interconnected, professions are conferring best practices and sharing innovation solutions.

NATIVE AMERICAN LENDING OPTIONS

MARY JO VOGL, BOB GAUTHIER

HUD-184 program updates and FHLB Des Moines Native American Lending Initiative.

10 A.M.-12 P.M.

PHA COMMISSIONERS' FUNDAMENTALS (PART 5 OF 5)

KATIE ANDERSON

NAHRO Professional Development’s Commissioners’ Fundamentals seminar explores the roles and responsibilities of commissioners, enhancing participants’ understanding of the multi-faceted nature of the commissioner’s role: advocate, leader, team-builder, strategist, and more. Course participants will increase their effectiveness as board members and leaders while exploring the intricacies of board-staff relationships and boundaries.

10-11:30 A.M.

WE CALL THIS HOME: HOUSING SUCCESS IN MONTANA

STACY COLLETTE

A thought-provoking discussion of what home means and why it is important.

12-3:30 P.M.

BED BUGS:  INFORMATION & RESOURCES          >>> LIST OF RESOURCE LINKS <<<

MICHAEL O'NEIL

An information sharing opportunity for property owners, managers, and compliance staff.  

2018 Sponsors

 


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