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Training Opportunities for Staff and for Partners

This page will contain notices of training opportunities that are useful for any staff or partners involved in affordable housing.  We welcome notices of training that we do not have listed, so that we may update our page.


National Development Council (NDC) Housing Development Finance Professional (HDFP) Certification Program™

NDC Training builds development finance capacity.

Montana Housing is proud to bring the opportunity for this incredibly valuable training to Montana! 

We are able to do so with the help of our generous, community-minded partners and sponsors listed here.

Montana Housing Partnership Logo         First Interstate BancSystem Foundation Logo        Glacier Family of Banks Logo  

                Montana Department of Commerce Logo       Fannie Mae logo

Join us to receive your Housing Development Finance Professional Certification from the National Development Council.

The first course HD410-Homeownership Finance is now available for registration. 

November 13-16, 2017 at the Radisson Colonial Hotel in Helena MT. Sponsored by Montana Housing.

Printable Schedule and topics covered in HD410-Homeownership Finance.

Register before October 13 to ensure a seat in the class for the reduced cost of $700.  After the Oct. 13, registration will be open nationwide. Seats are limited to 50.

Use the discount code MTHSG410 for the discounted $700 rate: 


RESERVE your hotel room by Oct. 13, to receive the special block rate of $99 plus taxes.  

Radisson Colonial Hotel, 2301 Colonial Drive, Helena, MT  59601  (Phone: 406.443.2100) 

When making hotel reservations by phone, please ask for the MONTANA HOUSING-NDC TRAINING block. 

The reduced sleeping room rate will expire October 13, 2017.

BOOK YOUR ROOM NOW.  When using this option, the code is ready.


The remaining three courses will be offered in 2018, at the Helena Hotel, formerly Holiday Inn:  

March 5-9, 2018 – HD420 Rental Housing Development Finance  

April 16, 2018 – HD422 Computer Spread Sheet Analysis for Housing  

September 17-21, 2018 – HD 430 Problem Solving and Deal Structuring 


Collaborative Solutions Logo  Thank you, to our friends at Collaborative Solutions, who have given us this information to share with all of Montana.



Webinar - Part 1

Click here to watch the recorded webinar.


Fact Sheet:  Every Child Deserves a Safe Place to Call Home (Alabama data) 

Postcard Template:  Making Your Case

Infographic: Economic Impacts of the Housing Trust Fund (Alabama data)

Post Card Template:  Merged Messages (Alabama information)


Webinar - Part 2

Click here to watch the recorded webinar.


Jefferson County Housing Profile (a county in Alabama)

Housing Wage for Alabama Counties

Factsheet Template:  California Housing

Worksheet:  Developing a One-Minute Pitch


Five Minute Refresher Course in Framing

Advocate’s College Reading List 2016

Websites With Great Communication Information

Center for Community Change

Frameworks Institute 

National Housing Conference (Housing Communications tab)

Sightline Institute

Website with Great Information on Housing Campaigns

Housing Trust Fund Project 

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Housing Choice Voucher Income Calculations


  • Definition of Annual Income
  • Whose income to count
  • Income of Temporarily/Permanently Absent Family Members
  • Seasonal Employment
  • Dependent Income
  • Regular Contributions and Gifts
  • Asset Income
  • Computing Annual Income
  • Anticipating Income
  • Calculation Examples 

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Medical Expenses, Companion Animal Expenses, EID Calculations


  • HUD Definition of Medical Expenses
  • List of typical allowable medical expenses
  • Recommendation to consult IRS Publication 502
  • Medical allowance
  • What is a companion animal?
  • Allowable companion animal expenses
  • What is Earned Income Disallowance (EID)?
  • What is a Qualified Family?
  • How long does the exclusion last?
  • Determining the Incremental Increase
  • How to calculate EID using HUD worksheet


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  • When a PHA may begin monthly homeownership assistance payments
  • Housing Quality Standard requirements
  • Applicability of other requirements 

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Rent Reasonableness


  • Governing Federal Regulation
  • Factors to take into consideration
  • Documenting Rent Reasonableness
  • Potential sources for obtaining data to determine rent reasonableness
  • HCV Rent Survey Form


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Utility Allowances


  • Why is there a utility allowance schedule?
  • When are utility allowances updated?
  • When is the schedule used?
  • When is the allowance for range and/or refrigerator used?
  • How do I know when to apply the allowance?
  • What does the range/refrigerator allowance do for tenants?
  • What if the tenant wants to provide their own range/refrigerator.  Do they still get the allowance?


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