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Wednesday, September 12th, 2018
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM: General Sessions
Pending New Session Info
Common Household Eligibility Errors (repeating session)
This session discusses common errors made when determining househould income eligibility for the LIHTC, HOME, RD, and HUD programs. Topics covered include household size, income from dependents and absent family members, Social Security income calculations, wage increase calculations, non-cash contributions, and financial assistance.
Keys to a Successful Tax Credit Acquisition/Rehab or Resyndication (repeating session)
Allocations of tax credits include a growing number of acquisition/rehabs as a common-sense measure to utilize existing housing stock. The IRS has laid out specific compliance guidelines relating to these special projects. This session provides a roadmap to successfully manage the compliance requirements of an acquisition or rehab. Resyndications (acquisitions/rehabs funded by second allocations of tax credits) will be discussed. This session will be of benefit to owners and agents who may employ tax credits at an acquisition/rehab and/or resyndication in the future, especially executive and compliance staff. Site and other management staff facing a future rehab should also attend.
9:00 AM - 10:15 AM: Compliance Sessions
In-Depth Training on OMB's Uniform Guidance
Having strong internal controls and understanding the rules governing how you can and cannot spend federal dollars are keys to fiscal management and overall compliance. At this workshop, our experts will provide in-depth training relating to financial management and administration. New and seasoned professionals will benefit from this review of the administrative and cost principles/allocation sections of 2 CFR Part 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (also known as the "Uniform Guidance"). Learn about the new Uniform Guidance regulations and how to implement them in your organization. Review the regulations you need to know to stay in compliance through examples, stories, and best practices. Take back up-to-date and relevant information to implement immediately in your agency. After an introduction and discussion of the laws and regulations, there will be a discussion of the general provisions and administrative requirements. We'll focus on applicability of and implementation dates for the new regulations, standards for financial management systems and internal controls, property and equipment, program income, budget revisions, procurement, requirements for pass-through agencies, and reporting and record retention requirements. The cost principles cover the costs that a grant-funded program can charge to federal grant awards. General principles, allowable costs, unallowable costs and costs that require prior approval will be discussed. We'll also explore changes in regard to cost allocation and audit requirements. Wipfli's nonprofit experts have been providing quality fiscal management training for more than 40 years. Participants describe Wipfli's programs as "empowering," "outstanding," "meaningful," "invaluable," and "relevant."
Momentum 2022
Momentum 2022 is a comprehensive, actionable, and consensus-based plan to guide the community's collective actions in the years to come. The project is funded by the Topeka Community Foundation, GO Topeka, Heartland Visioning, Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library, and United Way of Greater Topeka. The strategy seeks to make Topeka-Shawnee County a better place to live, work, play, and do business. It addresses the full range of factors that influence the community's competitiveness - talent, education and training resources, infrastructure, business climate, quality of life, quality of place, and more.
Federal Legislative Discussion
ADR (Alternative Dispute Resolution) Tips for Managers
This session will give participants a format and plan to address difficult behavior issues or conflict among staff. Facilitators will present a formal and informal approach to resolving conflict and facilitating difficult discussions. Mike and Scott will share tips and tricks they have used as Kansas Supreme Court-approved mediators for the past 12 years.
State Habitat Affiliate Meeting
10:45 AM - 12:00 PM: General Sessions
In-Depth Training on OMB's Uniform Guidance
Having strong internal controls and understanding the rules governing how you can and cannot spend federal dollars are keys to fiscal management and overall compliance. At this workshop, our experts will provide in-depth training relating to financial management and administration. New and seasoned professionals will benefit from this review of the administrative and cost principles/allocation sections of 2 CFR Part 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (also known as the "Uniform Guidance"). Learn about the new Uniform Guidance regulations and how to implement them in your organization. Review the regulations you need to know to stay in compliance through examples, stories, and best practices. Take back up-to-date and relevant information to implement immediately in your agency. After an introduction and discussion of the laws and regulations, there will be a discussion of the general provisions and administrative requirements. We'll focus on applicability of and implementation dates for the new regulations, standards for financial management systems and internal controls, property and equipment, program income, budget revisions, procurement, requirements for pass-through agencies, and reporting and record retention requirements. The cost principles cover the costs that a grant-funded program can charge to federal grant awards. General principles, allowable costs, unallowable costs and costs that require prior approval will be discussed. We'll also explore changes in regard to cost allocation and audit requirements. Wipfli's nonprofit experts have been providing quality fiscal management training for more than 40 years. Participants describe Wipfli's programs as "empowering," "outstanding," "meaningful," "invaluable," and "relevant."
New and Diverse Programs Supporting Affordable Mortgage Credit
Communities and neighborhoods across Kansas grapple with access to affordable mortgage credit, while practitioners continue to seek promising approaches to address the situation. Join us as we discuss new, innovative programs designed to support and encourage participation from financial intermediaries around affordable mortgage credit. Learn about these unique programs/approaches and the opportunities that foster effective and efficient housing ecosystems.
Kansas Housing Vision
Candidates seeking the Office of Governor in the November general election have been invited to present their vision and policy proposals for housing programs in Kansas.
Collaborating to Address Tenant Needs
Do you feel that your tenants have needs that are not being met through traditional resources and social services? Do you feel your tenants could be more successful if they had support from nontraditional community partners? If so this session is for you! Learn about public/private partnerships happening in Topeka between the Topeka Housing Authority, United Way of Greater Topeka, Topeka Police Department, Topeka Public Schools, the City of Topeka, private developers, and more!
State Habitat Affiliate Meeting
Educational Rights for McKinney-Vento Homeless students
This session will provide a general overview of the McKinney -Vento Homeless Assistance Act, reauthorized as Title IX of the Every Student Succeeds Act. We will discuss who may qualify as a homeless student, the rights of students, and the responsibilities of the school district and the district's homeless liaison. Topics include transportation, nutrition services, and unaccompanied homeless youth. This session is open to all attendees and meets the annual professional development requirement for homeless liaisons.
Maintaining Housing During Hospitalization
This session will explore options to work with landlords on behalf of hospitalized tenants. Topics include tenant rights, landlord rights, barriers during hospitalization, and potential solutions. Presenters will explore resources to maintain financial security during longer- term stays and will address the stigma of state hospitalization and strategies for welcoming a tenant home.
Project Playhouse (repeating session)
Join Topeka Habitat for Humanity in constructing an outdoor children's playhouse for a future Habitat home. This service opportunity will be available throughout Wednesday and Thursday on the Capitol Plaza hotel grounds, adjacent to the Emerald rooms. You may register for a Project Playhouse session or stop by the project site at your convenience. Registration is not necessary to participate.
10:45 AM - 12:15 PM: Compliance Sessions
Project-Based Section 8 Program Updates
Learn about changes in Project-Based Section 8 regulations and how KHRC will monitor the changes.
Understanding MTSP Income & Rent Limits (repeating session)
This session helps attendees navigate the complex maze of determining correct income limits for LIHTC projects. Topics covered include MTSP limits, HERA special limits, hold harmless limits, national non-metro income limits, multi-bin election, gross rent determination, and gross rent floor.
Successful Compliance Systems for Tax Credit Properties with HOME/HTF (repeating session)
NEW KANSAS-SPECIFIC GUIDANCE! The tax credit program generally works very well with the HOME and HTF programs. However, there are important steps that owners and managers of HOME properties need to take to avoid violations, which may jeopardize funding. This session will discuss how to design a system that will ensure a harmonious blend of programs. The session will benefit owners and managers of tax credit with HOME and HTF properties. This session will also roll out Kansas-specific HTF guidance.
1:45 PM - 3:00 PM: General Sessions
In-Depth Training on OMB's Uniform Guidance
Having strong internal controls and understanding the rules governing how you can and cannot spend federal dollars are keys to fiscal management and overall compliance. At this workshop, our experts will provide in-depth training relating to financial management and administration. New and seasoned professionals will benefit from this review of the administrative and cost principles/allocation sections of 2 CFR Part 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (also known as the "Uniform Guidance"). Learn about the new Uniform Guidance regulations and how to implement them in your organization. Review the regulations you need to know to stay in compliance through examples, stories, and best practices. Take back up-to-date and relevant information to implement immediately in your agency. After an introduction and discussion of the laws and regulations, there will be a discussion of the general provisions and administrative requirements. We'll focus on applicability of and implementation dates for the new regulations, standards for financial management systems and internal controls, property and equipment, program income, budget revisions, procurement, requirements for pass-through agencies, and reporting and record retention requirements. The cost principles cover the costs that a grant-funded program can charge to federal grant awards. General principles, allowable costs, unallowable costs and costs that require prior approval will be discussed. We'll also explore changes in regard to cost allocation and audit requirements. Wipfli's nonprofit experts have been providing quality fiscal management training for more than 40 years. Participants describe Wipfli's programs as "empowering," "outstanding," "meaningful," "invaluable," and "relevant."
HR Check Up: Who's Managing Your Human Resources Functions?
An informative HR 101 Session designed to provide important information to companies without HR departments. The session will help participants maintain compliance with local, state, and federal laws.
Economic and Housing Conditions in the U.S., Kansas and Low- and Moderate-Income Communities
This session will provide an overview of economic conditions in the U.S. and Kansas as well as low- and moderate-income communities. Housing conditions will also be discussed.
Making Green by Being Green - The Nexus of Generating Capital by Becoming More Sustainable
This session explores how housing authorities and affordable housing developers can lower operating expenses and fund capital improvements while lessening their environmental footprint. Learn how energy performance contracting and other energy and water conservation programs can yield substantial operational savings and generate millions of dollars in capital improvements. This session will present a case study from the Topeka Housing Authority, which recently completed an energy performance contract generating over $2.3 million in capital improvements, while significantly reducing their environmental impact.
Habitat Affiliate Meeting
Continuum of Care - Budget Amendments, Match Requirements and Eligible Program Costs
Discuss HUD's requirements for matching and leveraging funds, budget shift requests and requirements, and eligible CoC program costs. Presenters will be available to answer questions during or at the conclusion of the session.
Sleepyhead Beds (repeating session)
More kids than you would imagine will sleep on the floor tonight in the KC metro area. This impacts children in significant ways. Lack of sleep and poor sleep quality can cause or contribute to emotional, behavioral, and psychological issues as well as negatively impact concentration and the ability to learn. We will talk about the creation of Sleepyhead Beds and our work to eliminate this problem in our area. A short video and PowerPoint will be presented.
Project Playhouse (repeating session)
Join Topeka Habitat for Humanity in constructing an outdoor children's playhouse for a future Habitat home. This service opportunity will be available throughout Wednesday and Thursday on the Capitol Plaza hotel grounds, adjacent to the Emerald rooms. You may register for a Project Playhouse session or stop by the project site at your convenience. Registration is not necessary to participate.
1:45 PM - 3:15 PM: Compliance Sessions
Following up on EIV Income Discrepancies (repeating session)
Do EIV reports confuse you? Let Laurie walk you through how to follow up on income discrepancies that appear in EIV.
The Student Challenge (repeating session)
This session tackles the complex rules governing students in affordable housing. Topics covered include LIHTC student eligibility; how full-time status is determined; understanding the "student calendar;" a detailed discussion of the five student exceptions; HUD Section 8, RD and HOME Student Eligibility; HUD's definition of a student; determining if a student is independent; detailed discussion of student exceptions; properties with layered funding; maintaining compliance with both programs; determining if a student is independent; detailed discussion of the student exceptions; student income; determining when to include student financial assistance as income; and HUD's definition of tuition and fees.
Keys to a Successful Tax Credit Acquisition/Rehab or Resyndication (repeating session)
Allocations of tax credits include a growing number of acquisition/rehabs as a common-sense measure to utilize existing housing stock. The IRS has laid out specific compliance guidelines relating to these special projects. This session provides a roadmap to successfully manage the compliance requirements of an acquisition or rehab. Resyndications (acquisitions/rehabs funded by second allocations of tax credits) will be discussed. This session will be of benefit to owners and agents who may employ tax credits at an acquisition/rehab and/or resyndication in the future, especially executive and compliance staff. Site and other management staff facing a future rehab should also attend.
3:30 PM - 4:45 PM: General Sessions
In-Depth Training on OMB's Uniform Guidance
Having strong internal controls and understanding the rules governing how you can and cannot spend federal dollars are keys to fiscal management and overall compliance. At this workshop, our experts will provide in-depth training relating to financial management and administration. New and seasoned professionals will benefit from this review of the administrative and cost principles/allocation sections of 2 CFR Part 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (also known as the "Uniform Guidance"). Learn about the new Uniform Guidance regulations and how to implement them in your organization. Review the regulations you need to know to stay in compliance through examples, stories, and best practices. Take back up-to-date and relevant information to implement immediately in your agency. After an introduction and discussion of the laws and regulations, there will be a discussion of the general provisions and administrative requirements. We'll focus on applicability of and implementation dates for the new regulations, standards for financial management systems and internal controls, property and equipment, program income, budget revisions, procurement, requirements for pass-through agencies, and reporting and record retention requirements. The cost principles cover the costs that a grant-funded program can charge to federal grant awards. General principles, allowable costs, unallowable costs and costs that require prior approval will be discussed. We'll also explore changes in regard to cost allocation and audit requirements. Wipfli's nonprofit experts have been providing quality fiscal management training for more than 40 years. Participants describe Wipfli's programs as "empowering," "outstanding," "meaningful," "invaluable," and "relevant."
Green, Clean & Clutter Free
An environmentally friendly cleaner, or green cleaner, is defined as a solution which safeguards human health while minimizing its impact on the environment. The majority of the ingredients necessary to create a green cleaner can be found in your kitchen.
Connecting Digital Inclusion, Housing and the Community Reinvestment Act
As the digital economy grows, digital inclusion has become essential to economic inclusion. Unfortunately, broadband access and adoption rates continue to lag in both rural and low-income communities. This session will provide a framework for understanding the digital divide, along with innovative solutions applicable to housing organizations. You will also gain a basic understanding of how the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) can be applied to digital inclusion initiatives.
Purposeful Preparedness - Before Disaster Happens and Then What?"
This session will highlight why and how community development organizations can prepare for disasters and navigate recovery. The session will include a panel of executive directors who have firsthand experience preparing for and responding to recent hurricanes. The panel will be moderated by Sharon Kent, NeighborWorks America National Disaster Recovery Coordinator.
State Habitat Affiliate Meeting
Project Playhouse (repeating session)
Join Topeka Habitat for Humanity in constructing an outdoor children's playhouse for a future Habitat home. This service opportunity will be available throughout Wednesday and Thursday on the Capitol Plaza hotel grounds, adjacent to the Emerald rooms. You may register for a Project Playhouse session or stop by the project site at your convenience. Registration is not necessary to participate.
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM: Compliance Sessions
Recognizing When Drugs Could be an Issue on your Property
Identifying & Correcting Overpayments of Assistance (repeating session)
This session helps owners and agents identify and correct issues of overpayment of assistance for HUD's subsidized multifamily housing programs. Topics covered include tenant's obligation to repay, owner's obligation to repay, tenant repayment options, repayment agreements, reimbursement to tenants for overpayment of rent, and reimbursement for errors discovered during a monitoring review.
Successful Compliance Systems for Tax Credit Properties with HOME/HTF (repeating session)
NEW KANSAS-SPECIFIC GUIDANCE! The tax credit program generally works very well with the HOME and HTF programs. However, there are important steps that owners and managers of HOME properties need to take to avoid violations, which may jeopardize funding. This session will discuss how to design a system that will ensure a harmonious blend of programs. The session will benefit owners and managers of tax credit with HOME and HTF properties. This session will also roll out Kansas-specific HTF guidance.
Thursday, September 13th, 2018
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM: General Sessions
Common Household Eligibility Errors (repeating session)
This session discusses common errors made when determining househould income eligibility for the LIHTC, HOME, RD, and HUD programs. Topics covered include household size, income from dependents and absent family members, Social Security income calculations, wage increase calculations, non-cash contributions, and financial assistance.
Avoiding Costly VAWA Errors - Multiple Program Edition (repeating session)
NEW KANSAS-SPECIFIC GUIDANCE! Compliance with the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is an important obligation for affordable housing owners and agents. Noncompliance can become a Fair Housing violation. HUD has published regulations for most programs covered under VAWA, but we are not likely to get guidance from the IRS for tax credit properties. This session will discuss HUD requirements and why the IRS remains quiet on this subject. It will also discuss basic practical steps that owners and management of all types of affordable housing can take to protect themselves and ensure that victims of violence receive legally-required protections. The session will be of benefit to owners and managers of all types of affordable housing properties covered under VAWA. This session will also roll out Kansas-specific tax credit and HOME/HTF guidance.
Following up on EIV Income Discrepancies (repeating session)
Do EIV reports confuse you? Let Laurie walk you through how to follow up on income discrepancies that appear in EIV.
9:00 AM - 10:15 AM: Compliance Sessions
In-Depth Training on OMB's Uniform Guidance
Having strong internal controls and understanding the rules governing how you can and cannot spend federal dollars are keys to fiscal management and overall compliance. At this workshop, our experts will provide in-depth training relating to financial management and administration. New and seasoned professionals will benefit from this review of the administrative and cost principles/allocation sections of 2 CFR Part 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (also known as the "Uniform Guidance"). Learn about the new Uniform Guidance regulations and how to implement them in your organization. Review the regulations you need to know to stay in compliance through examples, stories, and best practices. Take back up-to-date and relevant information to implement immediately in your agency. After an introduction and discussion of the laws and regulations, there will be a discussion of the general provisions and administrative requirements. We'll focus on applicability of and implementation dates for the new regulations, standards for financial management systems and internal controls, property and equipment, program income, budget revisions, procurement, requirements for pass-through agencies, and reporting and record retention requirements. The cost principles cover the costs that a grant-funded program can charge to federal grant awards. General principles, allowable costs, unallowable costs and costs that require prior approval will be discussed. We'll also explore changes in regard to cost allocation and audit requirements. Wipfli's nonprofit experts have been providing quality fiscal management training for more than 40 years. Participants describe Wipfli's programs as "empowering," "outstanding," "meaningful," "invaluable," and "relevant."
Overcoming NIMBYism
Opponents to affordable housing development often cite the NIMBY perspective - "Not in my Backyard!" A panel from Topeka Habitat for Humanity will discuss an approach to understanding the position of affordable housing opponents and the implementation of community outreach, education, and grassroots campaigns to creating a cohesive community.
Housing Trust Funds, Community Land Trusts (CLTS) and Land Banks--What are These Tools and are They Appropriate in my Community?
This session will define housing trust funds, community land trusts, and land banks and will discuss the market conditions and housing situations they are most commonly used to improve. Learn about the Lawrence Housing Trust Fund, which launched a successful ballot initiative to implement a sales tax that will provide $1 million annually to support local affordable housing projects. We will also examine local examples of CLTs (Lawrence) and land banks (Kansas City, MO). The goal will be to discover if any or all of these tools could be used in your community to improve affordable housing efforts.
Innovative Technology Solutions for Cost-Effective Energy Efficiency (and Renewable Energy): What This Means for Affordable, Decent and Accessible Housing in the Heartland
The presentation will provide a survey of relevant technology developments in the areas of building shell; heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC); ventilation; information technology (IT); Internet of things (IoT); distributed energy resources (DERs); renewable energy systems; storage; and more. The presentation will emphasize categories of solutions, with reference to any specific products or manufacturer serving only as an example. Both utility and regulatory developments will be considered. The presentation will also explore evolving appraisal standards.
Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (PATH)
The PATH Program is designed to support the delivery of eligible services to people who are homeless or are at risk of becoming homeless and are experiencing Serious Mental Illness (SMI) and may also have substance use disorders, with an emphasis on those most in need of services.
Kansas Head Start Association Workshop
Children experiencing homelessness as defined by the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act are a priority for Head Start services. Head Start programs across Kansas have developed strategies and partnerships to identify, enroll, and provide services to homeless children and families in their community. This workshop will feature a panel of Head Start parents and staff from various communities in Kansas. We will share stories and experiences and discuss challenges and strategies. There will be time for interactive conversation with the workshop attendees following the panel presentations. Attendees will learn to identify recruitment strategy options for identifying children and families experiencing homelessness; identify challenges specific to working with homeless children and families in early childhood and Head Start; and identify the benefits of the Parent, Family and Community Engagement (PFCE) strategy in working with children and families experiencing homelessness.
SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recover (SOAR) Fundamentals
This session will provide a refresher training on the critical components of successful SOAR applications. We will review the Kansas SOAR application process and Medical Summary Report and will provide updates from the past year. This session is intended for providers that have completed SOAR training, and will count towards the yearly continuing education requirements for Kansas SOAR certification. For more information on the SOAR process or to complete the free online training, please visit soarworks.prainc.com.
Economic Development Bus Tour (repeating session)
Join representatives from the City of Topeka for an overview of ongoing economic development initiatives. Explore public and private sector investments in the downtown corridor revitalization, visit Federal Home Loan Bank to discuss recent expansion and the long-standing history of Topeka's financial services sector, and stop by the Mars Chocolate facility to learn about the company's continued community investment.
Affordable Housing Bus Tour (repeating session)
Join the Topeka Housing Authority for an overview of current housing initiatives. Itinerary to be announced.
10:45 AM - 12:00 PM: General Sessions
In-Depth Training on OMB's Uniform Guidance
Having strong internal controls and understanding the rules governing how you can and cannot spend federal dollars are keys to fiscal management and overall compliance. At this workshop, our experts will provide in-depth training relating to financial management and administration. New and seasoned professionals will benefit from this review of the administrative and cost principles/allocation sections of 2 CFR Part 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (also known as the "Uniform Guidance"). Learn about the new Uniform Guidance regulations and how to implement them in your organization. Review the regulations you need to know to stay in compliance through examples, stories, and best practices. Take back up-to-date and relevant information to implement immediately in your agency. After an introduction and discussion of the laws and regulations, there will be a discussion of the general provisions and administrative requirements. We'll focus on applicability of and implementation dates for the new regulations, standards for financial management systems and internal controls, property and equipment, program income, budget revisions, procurement, requirements for pass-through agencies, and reporting and record retention requirements. The cost principles cover the costs that a grant-funded program can charge to federal grant awards. General principles, allowable costs, unallowable costs and costs that require prior approval will be discussed. We'll also explore changes in regard to cost allocation and audit requirements. Wipfli's nonprofit experts have been providing quality fiscal management training for more than 40 years. Participants describe Wipfli's programs as "empowering," "outstanding," "meaningful," "invaluable," and "relevant."
The Challenges & Successes of Homeowner Repair Programs
Programs to facilitate the home repair and maintenance of owner-occupied dwellings for low-income homeowners and vulnerable populations are increasing in need. This panel will discuss the challenges and successes of implementing homeowner repair programs.
Affordable Housing Development from a CHDO Perspective
We will review the business components of the LIHTC transaction to help make informed decisions.
The Kansas Landlord and Tenant Code: Tenant's Rights, Domestic Violence, and the "Final Rule"
This session will provide an overview of the Kansas Landlord and Tenant Code with specific citations to statutes and case law. This session will delve specifically into the rights of domestic violence survivors in public and private housing situations, and the applicability of the so-called "Final Rule" implementing provisions of the Violence Against Women Act in housing.
Human Trafficking: Navigating Trauma-Informed Care & Community-Based Responses
This presentation will include a general overview of human trafficking in Kansas, including characteristics of victims, traffickers, and buyers; risk/vulnerability factors in the youth population; recruitment tactics and preventive strategies; and effective trauma-informed community response to trafficking.
Economic Development Bus Tour (repeating session)
Join representatives from the City of Topeka for an overview of ongoing economic development initiatives. Explore public and private sector investments in the downtown corridor revitalization, visit Federal Home Loan Bank to discuss recent expansion and the long-standing history of Topeka's financial services sector, and stop by the Mars Chocolate facility to learn about the company's continued community investment.
Affordable Housing Bus Tour (repeating session)
Join the Topeka Housing Authority for an overview of current housing initiatives. Itinerary to be announced.
10:45 AM - 12:15 PM: Compliance Sessions
Navigating the Waiting List and Tenant Selection (repeating session)
Selecting tenants from a waiting list is not always a direct path. This course will provide direction on selecting tenants from a waiting list. Topics covered include: creating a waiting list; opening and closing the waiting list; documenting changes to waiting lists; updating waiting list information; removing names from the waiting list; reinstating applicants to the waiting list; and recordkeeping. We'll explore tenant selection practices including tenant selection plan requirements; applying income-targeting requirements in Section 8 properties; preferences; tenant screening reviews; assigning accessible units; and addressing requests for reasonable accommodations.
Avoiding Costly Annual Recertification Errors - Multiple Program Edition (repeating session)
Each affordable housing program has its own recertification rules. Not applying these accurately can be very costly. This session will provide a thorough review of recertification requirements for each major type of affordable housing, then discuss how these interact at properties with multiple funding sources. Owners and managers of tax credit, tax exempt bond, HOME/HTF, HUD and Rural Development properties, and any combination of these will benefit from this review.
Community/Police Partnerships (repeating session)
Learn the importance of working together as a community to combat crime. Join the Topeka Police Department and Safe Streets to learn how one community works together. Learn about Neighborhood Watch programs, crime prevention through environmental design, and crime prevention initiatives.
1:45 PM - 3:00 PM: General Sessions
In-Depth Training on OMB's Uniform Guidance
Having strong internal controls and understanding the rules governing how you can and cannot spend federal dollars are keys to fiscal management and overall compliance. At this workshop, our experts will provide in-depth training relating to financial management and administration. New and seasoned professionals will benefit from this review of the administrative and cost principles/allocation sections of 2 CFR Part 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (also known as the "Uniform Guidance"). Learn about the new Uniform Guidance regulations and how to implement them in your organization. Review the regulations you need to know to stay in compliance through examples, stories, and best practices. Take back up-to-date and relevant information to implement immediately in your agency. After an introduction and discussion of the laws and regulations, there will be a discussion of the general provisions and administrative requirements. We'll focus on applicability of and implementation dates for the new regulations, standards for financial management systems and internal controls, property and equipment, program income, budget revisions, procurement, requirements for pass-through agencies, and reporting and record retention requirements. The cost principles cover the costs that a grant-funded program can charge to federal grant awards. General principles, allowable costs, unallowable costs and costs that require prior approval will be discussed. We'll also explore changes in regard to cost allocation and audit requirements. Wipfli's nonprofit experts have been providing quality fiscal management training for more than 40 years. Participants describe Wipfli's programs as "empowering," "outstanding," "meaningful," "invaluable," and "relevant."
Neighborhood Revitalization Panel
Improving the quality of a neighborhood requires a holistic approach that is systemic, sustainable, and inclusive. Learn how a collaborative coalition used three key foundational outcomes-- sense of community, social cohesion, and collective action-- to revitalize one intensive-care Topeka neighborhood and implement the quality of life framework.
Quality of Life: Senior Housing in Your Rural Communities
This session will explore energy efficient, affordable developments for rural seniors. Learn about funding options, selection of partners, and review of business terms and other measures that bring more resources to the table.
Community Policing
We'll discuss collaborative partnerships between law enforcement agencies, individuals, and the organizations they serve in an effort to develop solutions to problems and increase trust in police.
Your Cheatin' HeaRt: Crafting Your Workplace Anti-Harassment Movement
An informative HR 101 session designed to provide important information to companies without HR departments. Learn how to prepare anti-harassment training, conduct investigations, draft dating policies, and maintain compliance with local, state, and federal laws.
We Are All Homeless
Willie Baronet has been buying and collecting homeless signs since 1993 as part of a long term art project, "WE ARE ALL HOMELESS." In 2014 he began a 31-day cross country trip to buy signs in 24 cities, which was the subject of the documentary Signs of Humanity. Mr. Baronet is passionate about sharing the stories of the people he's met on this journey, and the lessons he's learned about homelessness, humanity, and himself. The project has been featured in dozens of international and local media outlets, including Yahoo! News, NPR - All Things Considered, The Huffington Post, Fast Company, and was the subject of a story by journalist Katie Couric. An UpWorthy video about the project has been viewed over 6.4 million times. Mr. Baronet has used the signs in dozens of exhibits and installations across the U.S. and U.K. and continues to work to spread awareness and compassion about homelessness through his nonprofit, the WE ARE ALL HOMELESS impact campaign.
Project Playhouse (repeating session)
Join Topeka Habitat for Humanity in constructing an outdoor children's playhouse for a future Habitat home. This service opportunity will be available throughout Wednesday and Thursday on the Capitol Plaza hotel grounds, adjacent to the Emerald rooms. You may register for a Project Playhouse session or stop by the project site at your convenience. Registration is not necessary to participate.
1:45 PM - 3:15 PM: Compliance Sessions
Identifying & Correcting Overpayments of Assistance (repeating session)
This session helps owners and agents identify and correct issues of overpayment of assistance for HUD's subsidized multifamily housing programs. Topics covered include tenant's obligation to repay, owner's obligation to repay, tenant repayment options, repayment agreements, reimbursement to tenants for overpayment of rent, and reimbursement for errors discovered during a monitoring review.
Advanced Issues - The 2018 Income Average Test and Casualty Loss (repeating session)
This session will start out with a review of the new Income Average Test minimum set-aside introduced with the 2018 Omnibus Tax Act. The focus will be on the operational compliance implications, including what we know and what questions remain about the new provision. An action plan will be discussed for owners or agents who will be applying the new average option. With recent hurricanes, wildfires, volcanic eruptions, and other declared disasters damaging or destroying tax credit properties all over the country, many questions present themselves. Whether loss results from a kitchen fire or a presidentially declared disaster, when are tax credits lost because of a casualty event while a building or part of a building is offline? Are there additional tax credit recapture penalties? If the casualty loss happens during construction, can the owner get more time to meet key deadlines? This session will cover recent IRS guidance that answers these questions and more. It will also provide crucial parts of an action plan that experienced companies use when losses occur. The session will be of benefit to owners and agents of tax credit properties, especially executive and compliance staff.
Community/Police Partnerships (repeating session)
Learn the importance of working together as a community to combat crime. Join the Topeka Police Department and Safe Streets to learn how one community works together. Learn about Neighborhood Watch programs, crime prevention through environmental design, and crime prevention initiatives.
3:30 PM - 4:45 PM: General Sessions
In-Depth Training on OMB's Uniform Guidance
Having strong internal controls and understanding the rules governing how you can and cannot spend federal dollars are keys to fiscal management and overall compliance. At this workshop, our experts will provide in-depth training relating to financial management and administration. New and seasoned professionals will benefit from this review of the administrative and cost principles/allocation sections of 2 CFR Part 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (also known as the "Uniform Guidance"). Learn about the new Uniform Guidance regulations and how to implement them in your organization. Review the regulations you need to know to stay in compliance through examples, stories, and best practices. Take back up-to-date and relevant information to implement immediately in your agency. After an introduction and discussion of the laws and regulations, there will be a discussion of the general provisions and administrative requirements. We'll focus on applicability of and implementation dates for the new regulations, standards for financial management systems and internal controls, property and equipment, program income, budget revisions, procurement, requirements for pass-through agencies, and reporting and record retention requirements. The cost principles cover the costs that a grant-funded program can charge to federal grant awards. General principles, allowable costs, unallowable costs and costs that require prior approval will be discussed. We'll also explore changes in regard to cost allocation and audit requirements. Wipfli's nonprofit experts have been providing quality fiscal management training for more than 40 years. Participants describe Wipfli's programs as "empowering," "outstanding," "meaningful," "invaluable," and "relevant."
Southwood Estates Phase II: Lessons Learned from a SF LIHTC Project Intended for Homeownership
This panel will focus on the Southwood Estates Phase II project, and in particular the homeownership intent following the mandatory compliance period. The case study will highlight energy efficient measures and investments intended with the future homeowners in mind. Explore the strategy the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation is using to identify tenants that they anticipate will become homeowners down the road. Emphasis will focus on the LIHTC-to-homeownership conversion strategy and how the plan is in motion with the very first tenants to occupy the units. Not only does this case study provide an interesting financing example, it provides unique insight into homeownership through the LIHTC program (a strategy that may not be the norm compared to other projects developed in Kansas).
Addressing the Need for Owner-Occupied Rehabilitation
Review the statistics surrounding aging housing stock and the population most in need of assistance. We will also review available programs, impediments to owner-occupied rehabilitation, and how a Federal Home Loan Bank Affordable Housing Program grant can help address owner-occupied rehabilitation in your community.
Uniting Efforts to Eradicate Human Trafficking
Freedom Now USA seeks to eradicate human trafficking in the United States. Our vision is that every community in America will recognize the signs of human trafficking and be equipped to eradicate it. Freedom Now USA uses a multidisciplinary approach to unite individuals, organizations, communities, and states in an effort to disrupt the systems that allow trafficking to flourish. This will be accomplished through a three-pronged approach: Discover existing efforts to combat trafficking across the nation. Assist in developing new efforts where needed. Unite the nation to stand together in the fight against human trafficking.
"It's Not About Us Without Us" - Incorporating Youth Voices into Local Efforts to End Youth Homelessness
Participants will engage in a youth homelessness simulation, using this experience to discuss best practices for developing youth-centered policies and leadership opportunities. The reStart Youth Team has developed a compelling interactive exhibition that allows participants to experience the complexities of youth homelessness. Participants select a card containing a youth photo and bio. Once they have a youth identity, they pick a series of cards that present real-life situations illustrating that youth homelessness is not an outcome of poor decision making, but the result of real risks that too many unaccompanied and homeless youth navigate every day.
Tiny Homes - The Veterans Community Project
The Veterans Community Project aims to complete a Veterans Village filled with 50 tiny homes built by fellow veterans to house those experiencing homelessness. The organization broke ground on a four-acre plot of land in Kansas City, Missouri, last year and is currently building their first few fully furnished homes.
Project Playhouse (repeating session)
Join Topeka Habitat for Humanity in constructing an outdoor children's playhouse for a future Habitat home. This service opportunity will be available throughout Wednesday and Thursday on the Capitol Plaza hotel grounds, adjacent to the Emerald rooms. You may register for a Project Playhouse session or stop by the project site at your convenience. Registration is not necessary to participate.
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM: Compliance Sessions
The Student Challenge (repeating session)
This session tackles the complex rules governing students in affordable housing. Topics covered include LIHTC student eligibility; how full-time status is determined; understanding the "student calendar;" a detailed discussion of the five student exceptions; HUD Section 8, RD and HOME Student Eligibility; HUD's definition of a student; determining if a student is independent; detailed discussion of student exceptions; properties with layered funding; maintaining compliance with both programs; determining if a student is independent; detailed discussion of the student exceptions; student income; determining when to include student financial assistance as income; and HUD's definition of tuition and fees.
Avoiding Costly VAWA Errors - Multiple Program Edition (repeating session)
NEW KANSAS-SPECIFIC GUIDANCE! Compliance with the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is an important obligation for affordable housing owners and agents. Noncompliance can become a Fair Housing violation. HUD has published regulations for most programs covered under VAWA, but we are not likely to get guidance from the IRS for tax credit properties. This session will discuss HUD requirements and why the IRS remains quiet on this subject. It will also discuss basic practical steps that owners and management of all types of affordable housing can take to protect themselves and ensure that victims of violence receive legally-required protections. The session will be of benefit to owners and managers of all types of affordable housing properties covered under VAWA. This session will also roll out Kansas-specific tax credit and HOME/HTF guidance.
Tax Credit Program Hot Topics and Updates
Learn about all the program changes for the Tax Credit, HOME, and Housing Trust Fund and how KHRC will monitor the changes.
Friday, September 14th, 2018
9:00 AM - 10:15 AM: General Sessions
In-Depth Training on OMB's Uniform Guidance
Having strong internal controls and understanding the rules governing how you can and cannot spend federal dollars are keys to fiscal management and overall compliance. At this workshop, our experts will provide in-depth training relating to financial management and administration. New and seasoned professionals will benefit from this review of the administrative and cost principles/allocation sections of 2 CFR Part 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (also known as the "Uniform Guidance"). Learn about the new Uniform Guidance regulations and how to implement them in your organization. Review the regulations you need to know to stay in compliance through examples, stories, and best practices. Take back up-to-date and relevant information to implement immediately in your agency. After an introduction and discussion of the laws and regulations, there will be a discussion of the general provisions and administrative requirements. We'll focus on applicability of and implementation dates for the new regulations, standards for financial management systems and internal controls, property and equipment, program income, budget revisions, procurement, requirements for pass-through agencies, and reporting and record retention requirements. The cost principles cover the costs that a grant-funded program can charge to federal grant awards. General principles, allowable costs, unallowable costs and costs that require prior approval will be discussed. We'll also explore changes in regard to cost allocation and audit requirements. Wipfli's nonprofit experts have been providing quality fiscal management training for more than 40 years. Participants describe Wipfli's programs as "empowering," "outstanding," "meaningful," "invaluable," and "relevant."
Fair Housing 50 Years Later (repeating session)
This panel will explore the evolution of fair housing law over the past 50 years. Panelists will discuss the context in which the federal Fair Housing Act was created, what protections it initially provided, and how it has been expanded over time. The session will also address additional protections available at the state and local level in some communities. The panelists will then examine recent fair housing litigation related to the foreclosure crisis.
Delivering Federal Resources for Lead Hazards in Housing
A federal panel will discuss collaborative efforts to increase awareness of lead poisoning prevention. Learn about programs and resources to eliminate lead-based hazards and other health risks to keep children and their families safe in the home.
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM: Compliance Sessions
Navigating the Waiting List and Tenant Selection (repeating session)
Selecting tenants from a waiting list is not always a direct path. This course will provide direction on selecting tenants from a waiting list. Topics covered include: creating a waiting list; opening and closing the waiting list; documenting changes to waiting lists; updating waiting list information; removing names from the waiting list; reinstating applicants to the waiting list; and recordkeeping. We'll explore tenant selection practices including tenant selection plan requirements; applying income-targeting requirements in Section 8 properties; preferences; tenant screening reviews; assigning accessible units; and addressing requests for reasonable accommodations.
Advanced Issues - The 2018 Income Average Test and Casualty Loss (repeating session)
This session will start out with a review of the new Income Average Test minimum set-aside introduced with the 2018 Omnibus Tax Act. The focus will be on the operational compliance implications, including what we know and what questions remain about the new provision. An action plan will be discussed for owners or agents who will be applying the new average option. With recent hurricanes, wildfires, volcanic eruptions, and other declared disasters damaging or destroying tax credit properties all over the country, many questions present themselves. Whether loss results from a kitchen fire or a presidentially declared disaster, when are tax credits lost because of a casualty event while a building or part of a building is offline? Are there additional tax credit recapture penalties? If the casualty loss happens during construction, can the owner get more time to meet key deadlines? This session will cover recent IRS guidance that answers these questions and more. It will also provide crucial parts of an action plan that experienced companies use when losses occur. The session will be of benefit to owners and agents of tax credit properties, especially executive and compliance staff.
Fair Housing - Reasonable Accommodations and Modifications (repeating session)
Federal and state laws require owners of residential property to provide reasonable accommodations to rules and policies and reasonable modifications to existing premises which may be necessary to afford a person with a disability the opportunity to fully enjoy the use of the dwelling. The presentation will discuss the rights and obligations of tenants and owners and available remedies for violations under fair housing laws.
10:45 AM - 12:00 PM: General Sessions
In-Depth Training on OMB's Uniform Guidance
Having strong internal controls and understanding the rules governing how you can and cannot spend federal dollars are keys to fiscal management and overall compliance. At this workshop, our experts will provide in-depth training relating to financial management and administration. New and seasoned professionals will benefit from this review of the administrative and cost principles/allocation sections of 2 CFR Part 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (also known as the "Uniform Guidance"). Learn about the new Uniform Guidance regulations and how to implement them in your organization. Review the regulations you need to know to stay in compliance through examples, stories, and best practices. Take back up-to-date and relevant information to implement immediately in your agency. After an introduction and discussion of the laws and regulations, there will be a discussion of the general provisions and administrative requirements. We'll focus on applicability of and implementation dates for the new regulations, standards for financial management systems and internal controls, property and equipment, program income, budget revisions, procurement, requirements for pass-through agencies, and reporting and record retention requirements. The cost principles cover the costs that a grant-funded program can charge to federal grant awards. General principles, allowable costs, unallowable costs and costs that require prior approval will be discussed. We'll also explore changes in regard to cost allocation and audit requirements. Wipfli's nonprofit experts have been providing quality fiscal management training for more than 40 years. Participants describe Wipfli's programs as "empowering," "outstanding," "meaningful," "invaluable," and "relevant."
Fair Housing 50 Years Later (repeating session)
This panel will explore the evolution of fair housing law over the past 50 years. Panelists will discuss the context in which the federal Fair Housing Act was created, what protections it initially provided, and how it has been expanded over time. The session will also address additional protections available at the state and local level in some communities. The panelists will then examine recent fair housing litigation related to the foreclosure crisis.
Moderate Income Housing: A Response to Rural Housing Needs
This session will examine the nuts and bolts of the Moderate Income Housing program, including eligible activities, application process, leveraging of funds, reporting requirements, and compliance procedures. The presentation will provide communities with the information needed to support an application, which includes identifying and documenting the need, describing the scope of work, locating the key players, and completing the work.
Walk a Mile in Her Shoes: Recognizing Economic Abuse, Trauma and Understanding Housing Protections for Victims of Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence
Economic abuse is a major factor influencing victims of sexual assault and domestic violence (SA/DV) in their decision to leave or stay in an abusive relationship. In this interactive workshop, we will identify the dynamics and economic issues experienced by victims of SA/DV, address the signs and impact of trauma on victims, and examine state and federal housing rights and protections for victims of SA/DV in Kansas. Our method of presentation for this workshop includes a PowerPoint presentation, group discussions (large and small), and hypothetical scenarios of abuse in the context of housing. Learning objectives: 1. Enhance participant's understanding of the effects of economic abuse experienced by victims of domestic and sexual violence. 2. Enhance participant's skills and ability to work with victims by recognizing the signs and impact of trauma and by incorporating a trauma-informed approach. 3. Expand participant's tools and ability to work with survivors by understanding state and federal housing protections for victims in Kansas.
Mental Health 101
This session will give an overview of different mental health and substance use illnesses that our clients may struggle with on a daily basis. We will discuss ways to assess for certain illnesses, common methods of treatment and how to work with our clients by using strengths- based treatment to drive intervention and change
Sleepyhead Beds (repeating session)
More kids than you would imagine will sleep on the floor tonight in the KC metro area. This impacts children in significant ways. Lack of sleep and poor sleep quality can cause or contribute to emotional, behavioral, and psychological issues as well as negatively impact concentration and the ability to learn. We will talk about the creation of Sleepyhead Beds and our work to eliminate this problem in our area. A short video and PowerPoint will be presented.
10:45 AM - 12:15 PM: Compliance Sessions
Understanding MTSP Income & Rent Limits (repeating session)
This session helps attendees navigate the complex maze of determining correct income limits for LIHTC projects. Topics covered include MTSP limits, HERA special limits, hold harmless limits, national non-metro income limits, multi-bin election, gross rent determination, and gross rent floor.
Avoiding Costly Annual Recertification Errors - Multiple Program Edition (repeating session)
Each affordable housing program has its own recertification rules. Not applying these accurately can be very costly. This session will provide a thorough review of recertification requirements for each major type of affordable housing, then discuss how these interact at properties with multiple funding sources. Owners and managers of tax credit, tax exempt bond, HOME/HTF, HUD and Rural Development properties, and any combination of these will benefit from this review.
Fair Housing - Reasonable Accommodations and Modifications (repeating session)
Federal and state laws require owners of residential property to provide reasonable accommodations to rules and policies and reasonable modifications to existing premises which may be necessary to afford a person with a disability the opportunity to fully enjoy the use of the dwelling. The presentation will discuss the rights and obligations of tenants and owners and available remedies for violations under fair housing laws.