SAVE THE DATE!! CONN-NAHRO's 19th Annual Convention is scheduled for August 27th ~ August 30th!! We are proud to announce Dr. Henry Lee as our Keynote speaker! You can read his Bio here. Rooms can be booked using passcode: NAHRO17 with rates @ $149! Book early to reserve your room! Look for Sponsorship opportunities and your invitation coming soon!!
On February 24, 2017, the Department of Housing (DOH) announced the Competitive Housing Assistance for Multifamily Properties (CHAMP) 11 funding round with applications due on June 5, 2016. Please find the Rating and Ranking for the CHAMP 11 funding round here. This criteria will also be posted to the DOH website. The CHAMP 11 Rating and Ranking has been updated from prior CHAMP round versions to better reflect the housing needs across the State and the housing development goals of the State of Connecticut.
The State is committed to creating and preserving affordable housing statewide. The CHAMP 11 Rating and Ranking continues to prioritize the creation of low and moderate units in mixed-income and mixed-use properties developed in conjunction with responsible growth guidelines. DOH also realizes the critical role that investments in affordable housing have on the State’s overall economy. To that end, the CHAMP 11 Rating and Ranking continues to prioritize proposals that are ready to proceed and have leveraged non-State resources. These priorities are demonstrated in a number of rating and ranking point categories, which include the completeness of construction documents, the commitment of funding sources, and the percentage of funds leveraged.
If you have any questions, contact Edward LaChance of DOH at 860.270.8099 or Edward.firstname.lastname@example.org.
CONN-NAHRO announces the scholarship application for the 2017 John J. Kelly Memorial Scholarship is now available. You can find the applications by clicking here and the Inormational Letters by clicking here. This scholarship is for any graduating high school senior or continuing college student who is a public housing or Section 8 resident in a CONN-NAHRO participating housing authority. We give at least three $3,500 scholarships to deserving students every year! These applications are due on June 16, 2017 but it's not too early to see what you need to do to submit a complete application! Incomplete applications cannot be scored, so be sure to download the application early and check to see what you will need to apply.
Employee Training & Networking Day is scheduled for Friday, May 12, 2017 at Holiday Hill in Cheshire/Prospect, Connecticut! This is a full-day training (morning) and networking (i.e., ful) day! The topic for the morning training is "Being REAC Ready". Everyone in a Housing Authority shares the responsibility for being REAC Ready and our speaker will definitely help folks to understand their particular role in this important process. Cost is only $55 per person. Register your GROUP under one primary registrant (then add your Guests) by clicking here.
WTNH recently aired a news story about Connecticut’s elderly/disabled housing that highlights the problems of the policy of mixing these two populations in one community—difficulties and risks for all involved including the elderly residents and their families, for the disabled residents who do not have adequate services, and to the housing authorities who are trying to sustain the affordable housing for future generations with few, if any, additional rental income resources or social service supports. This TV news investigation highlights the problems, the complexity, and the urgency of the situation. You can view Part 1 – Neglected Neighbors here, Part 2 – Neglected Neighbors here, Part 3 - Neglected Neighbors here, Part 4 - Neglected Neighbors here. CONN-NAHRO has been urging our legislature and policy makers to address this issue for many years. We hope that this series will help our legislators and the general public to understand why the need to address this issue is becoming an urgent one—for the safety of all residents that we serve in this type of housing.
Meet Your Candidates for National NAHRO Office - Learn How to Participate in the 2017 Election
NAHRO's Nominating and Election Committee is responsible for overseeing the 2017 Election. The Committee's New England Regional Council representatives are: Anthony J. Vasiliou, Milford Redevelopment & Housing Partnership and Marcia Sullivan, East Greenwhich Housing Authority. Click here, and it will take you to NAHRO's website where you can replay the Candidate's Forum at the Annual Convention in New Orleans.
We encourage you to view the 30 minute video to learn how you can participate in the upcoming NAHRO election. Most importantly, you can see and listen to the candidates for President and Senior Vice President. With the transition underway in Washington, the 2017 election of our new leaders is more important than ever. We will need to make a decision of who will lead our organization into the future and face the increasing challenges of underfunding and over regulation impacting our agencies.
Become a member of CONN-NAHRO or renew your membership now to be sure you are receiving all of our invitations to trainings, events, convention and sponsorship opportunities. We also share communications including legislative updates, RFPs, and timely news. Click here to become a new member or renew your annual membership today.
CONN-NAHRO's next membership meeting is Thursday, May 25, 2017 at the Yard Goats Dunkin Donuts Stadium in Hartford, CT. Our speaker is Suzanne Piacentini, Field Office Director for US HUD Hartford. Register here:
Here is the January 2017 Commissioners' Connection newsletter.
Employment Opportunities can be found here.
See current RFP's & other opportunities here.