Agenda

    • June 17, 2019
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      Pre-Conference- Monday, June 17, 8:30 a.m.- 11:00 a.m.

      8:30 AM  -  11:00 AM
      Montana Board of Housing Public Meeting (PRECONFERENCE EVENT, NO CONFERENCE REGISTRATION REQUIRED)
      Madison

      Anyone may attend this meeting at the conference or via conference call and webinar. For more information and a link to register for the webinar, CLICK HERE.


      NAHRO Leadership Training (PRECONFERENCE EVENT, NO CONFERENCE REGISTRATION REQUIRED)
      Ballroom

      Regional leaders will spend the morning learning about leadership competencies, visioning and creating a culture of innovation. Executive Directors, Deputy Directors, CFOs, COOs and Management Staff will all benefit from this great program facilitated by Betsey Martens, former NAHRO President, with 35 years industry experience. You don't need to be a Mountain Plains NAHRO member to attend this training.

       

      Meal

      Monday Lunch- 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
      Bighorn/Yellowstone/Missouri/Stillwater

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      Monday Plenary, 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

      Economic Outlook for Facing the Challenge of Affordable Housing
      Bighorn/Yellowstone/Missouri/Stillwater

      Welcome and Opening Remarks + Plenary Session Economic Outlook for Facing the Challenge of Affordable Housing BBER economist Patrick Barkey will present a state and regional economic perspective for the housing sector. This session will set the stage for the market and economic factors we all face, and challenge us to understand and incorporate this perspective in our work.

      Sponsored by:

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      Monday, June 17, 1:45 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

      Building a Stronger Property and Asset Management Program
      Parlor 1010
      Session will explore connection between day-to-day accounting and property management, reactive asset management, proactive asset management and preservation planning. Topics to include:  best practices for on-going tracking of operational and financial performance indicators; areas of tension and opportunities for collaboration in the property management and asset management roles; and, discuss challenges inherent to smaller organizations where development or property management staff wear multiple hats and also conduct asset management functions. Asset Management
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      Financial Accountability: A Guide to the Commissioner’s Role and Responsibilities in Budget Planning
      Parlor 1009
      Public housing authority (PHA) boards are charged with the oversight and accountability of the financial health of the PHA.  Establishing a budgeting process that advances the goals of the PHA requires an integrated approach with the organization’s strategic priorities. The session will “workshop” the development of budgets as planning tools and  examine reporting formats that enable early alert systems to facilitate course correction and, or reallocation as new opportunities or challenges arise.  We will “workshop” the budget planning process and learn from each other regarding best practice and lessons learned. Executive Development
      HUD Hot Topics
      Ballroom
      HUD staff will present the latest information about HUD programs, including public housing and Section 8.  Find out what is new with HUD and its programs. HUD Programs
      Lack of Supply?  Housing Economics and Putting the Economy to Work for Affordable Homes
      Boulder
      The lack of safe quality homes Montanan’s can afford seems to top almost every community needs list. Continuing the conversation coming out of the Monday afternoon opening plenary, what can we learn from this economic perspective on affordable housing and how can we put those lessons to work to better meet the needs of the communities and people we serve? This session will bring some for-profit housing sector voices to the table and be a chance to discuss how we can work together to meet the scope and scale of housing needs now and into the future. Economy
      Report from the First Montana Conference on Homelessness: Keeping the Momentum Going
      Madison
      This session features a report of key outcomes from the Montana Conference on Homeless April, 2019. How can the broader housing community further help address homelessness in Montana communities- A discussion of best practices and effective housing strategies Homelessness
       

      Time to refuel

      3:00 PM  -  3:15 PM
      Networking Break
      Bighorn/Yellowstone/Missouri/Stillwater

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      Monday, June 17, 3:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

      Frontline Staff – Bring Out Your Inner Leader
      Parlor 1009
      Learn to empower yourself by gaining skills that will help to bring out the leader that resides in you!  Effective communication, strong problem solving, and adaptability are just a few skills that can help you exceed your potential.  Being armed with the tools to confidently make decisions, no matter your role, provides your entire organization with increased productivity and a stronger reputation.  Empowered staff equate to organizational success! Professional Development
      Housing as a Foundation for Health
      Madison
      While safe and stable housing is a basic necessity for everyone, it is particularly important for infants and toddlers. Stable housing supports family well-being, lowers stress levels, and sets the stage for nurturing parenting. Babies and young children who are secure in their home are better able to sleep, eat, learn, and develop strong connections with their caregivers. However, too many low-income families with children face barriers to finding affordable quality housing, resulting in frequent moves, higher risk of eviction, or experiencing homelessness, all of which impact a child’s ability to thrive. We will hear from researchers and direct service providers who are making the link between housing and child welfare. We will learn what the data tells us about the effect of housing conditions on child and caregiver health and well-being, and the work being done specifically for families with children ages 0-5 in Montana. Health
      Housing is Community Development
      Boulder
      Presentation and discussion on the intersection between economic development, community planning, infrastructure and housing from both a funding and development perspective. Discussion about how these all part of the same framework from Montana Department of Commerce’s Community Development Division and housing developers’ perspectives. Community Development
      Multifamiy Property Preservation
      Parlor 1010

      Please join us in an interactive discussion on the work to be done for preservation of affordable housing in Montana.  This will include Section 8, RD, and LIHTC affordable housing.  Learn about how units are at risk and learn about some tools that can be used.

       
      Repositioning Assets - Advice from HUD
      Ballroom
      HUD staff will discuss why housing authorities may want to consider repositioning their assets and they will discuss multiple ways to reposition public housing Repositioning Assets
       

      Monday Local Tour- 4:30 p.m.- 6:00 p.m.

      Resident Owned Community Tour
      Rendezvous in Hotel Lobby

      Tour of NWMT successes with Manufactured Homes and with Homebuyer Education and Counseling.

      Sponsored by:

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      Group Event at Monday Night Reception

      Monday Night Extreme Bingo
      Boulder

      Sponsored by:

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      NAHRO

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    • June 18, 2019
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      Meal

      6:30 AM  -  8:00 AM
      Breakfast
      Bighorn/Yellowstone/Missouri

      Sponsored by:

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      Tuesday Special Sessions- 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

      Montana Community Development Division Session
      Bighorn/Yellowstone/Missouri
      Mountain Plains NAHRO Annual Meeting
      Ballroom
      A review of activities over the past year and the announcement of the results for the election of officers for the 2019-2021 term. Joining us will be leadership from national NAHRO including CEO Adrianne Todman, President Carl Richie and Senior VP Sunny Shaw.
       

      Tuesday Lender/Realtor Training, 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

      Homeownership Programs Available in Montana
      Stillwater/Boulder

      This session is open to anyone interested in homeownership. This will also be a Lender & Realtor training session. Only Licensed Real Estate Agents can earn 2 credits for Continuing Education. What are the essential elements of successful affordable homeownership? From innovative credit building and counseling approaches, to core federal loan programs including USDA and FHA, to alternative equity approaches such as self-help and cooperatives, to sustaining homeownership through post-closing matched savings and better loan servicing protocols - what is available and can be done each step of the way to ensure low- and moderate-income people achieve homeownership and succeed as homeowners.

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      Dina Harmon, City of Billings, First Time Homebuyer Programs

       

       

      Tuesday Morning Plenary, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

      National Perspective on Housing
      Bighorn/Yellowstone/Missouri

      Hear from leadership of the National Association for Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO), NeighborWorks America and the Federal Reserve Bank about the most pressing issues facing affordable housing practitioners and the approaches that are working to ensure communities can meet the diverse housing needs of their residents.

      Sponsored by:

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      Break

      10:00 AM  -  10:15 AM
      Networking Break

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      Tuesday, June 18, 10:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

      Attracting and Keeping the Next Generation of Housing Leaders: Work Culture, Wellness, Empowerment
      Parlor 1009
      Organizational culture impacts us every day in our work. Housing Authorities from across the region and housing organizations from Montana will share their approach to employee policies, workplace wellness, and what they are finding to be important to attract and retain great staff. Come hear what others are doing, and share your perspective. Leave with some specific things you can do in your organization to build a healthy culture and empower the next generation of leaders. Executive Development
      Increasing Homeownership Opportunities for Native American People
      Parlor 1010
      Tribal Housing Authorities on Indian Reservations across Montana have been working to build homeownership opportunities for many years. This session will bring together some of the leaders in Native American homeownership in Montana to share what is working, learn about the efforts of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Center for Indian Country Development, and explore ways all of us can better work to improve homeownership opportunities for Native American people in Montana. Homeownership for Native Americans
      Montana Housing Coalition 2019 State of Montana Legislative Housing Report
      Madison
      Coalition members will share their experience at the 2019 Montana legislature. The Housing Coalition will share their successes and progress made in developing new resources to address affordable housing needs in communities across Montana. The Coalition put together an effective, well-organized, coordinated professional advocacy effort to support Coalition priority legislation . We will highlight specific efforts particularly related to a state housing tax credit program and a Coal Trust Fund Housing Preservation and Development Loan Fund. We will share accomplishments, what we learned, and planning for next steps for future legislative success. Montana Legislative Session Update
      RAD: Should you or should you not? Deciding if RAD is right for your PHA.
      Ballroom
      This session introduces RAD (the Rental Assistance Demonstration program) which HUD is encouraging PHAs to do. This “repositioning” can benefit a PHA, but it is not for every PHA. RAD & PBS8
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      Tuesday Lunch with Medicaid Crosswalk Update- 12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.

      Update on the MHF and Montana DPHHS Medicaid Crosswalk Report

      Sponsored by: 

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      Tuesday Lunch Plenary, 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

      Housing Champion Awards Presentation & Messaging Matters Session
      Bighorn/Yellowstone/Missouri

      Together we will recognize and celebrate the great work of housing practitioners, lenders and advocates. Our plenary session will be a chance for us all to consider our messaging and learn what messages are and are not working across the country. Messaging matters, it’s not what you say, it’s what they hear.

      Sponsored by:

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      Tuesday, June 18, 1:45 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

      Combatting Sexual Harassment in Housing and other Fair Housing Act Enforcement
      Ballroom

      Sexual harassment as a form of sex discrimination under the Fair Housing Act and Fair Housing Act enforcement by the Department of Justice and United States Attorney’s Office.

      Homeownership Round Table
      Madison
      What is working for affordable homeownership across Montana, and what barriers do we need to address to continue to make homeownership viable for Montana’s low and moderate income individuals and families. Industry practitioners including lenders, realtors, title agents, housing counselors, and government agencies involved in the homeownership sector are encouraged to attend to share your experiences and discuss steps we can take together to advance homeownership opportunities. Homeownership
      Housing Policy Leadership in Local Montana Communities
      Stillwater/Boulder
      How can we support a robust and thriving local economy by providing a diversity of home types?  How can we ensure access to homes we can afford, enabling Montanans to improve our circumstances and thrive in our communities?  A panel of housing policy leaders will address these questions and will provide information on their local efforts to ensure safe and healthy homes are in reach.  These housing experts will discuss the rental and homeownership markets and local policy solutions that are being deployed in their communities. The panel will include representatives from Missoula, Bozeman, Whitefish and Helena. Community Development
      Montana Housing and Healthcare Initiative
      Parlor 1010
      The Montana Health Care Foundation (MHCF) has  provided Housing is Healthcare Initiative Cross Systems Data sharing and implementation grants in five Montana communities : Bozeman, Butte, Great Falls, Helena, and Missoula . The community projects are learning how to share  various community data systems in healthcare, housing, criminal justice, emergency  and other community services to identify high cost utilizers in multiple systems who are homeless or unstably housed.  Each community is identifying priority populations with the greatest needs to target with  effective supportive housing interventions.  Communities will share what they have learned about the high cost of homelessness and supportive housing strategies which can better serve persons at lower costs. Health
      Preparing for the Marathon: Motivating Staff for the Long Run
      Parlor 1009
      How do you hire, train, and motivate your team? How do you build strong teams that are energized as new hires, and are prepared to keep up the energy over time? How do you set new staff up for success in this environment? In this interactive workshop, we will share strategies to keep you and your staff motivated and organized. The focus will be on front-line maintenance staff, but the strategies could be applicable to anyone. How can you utilize your people to keep the fresh perspective they need to think of new and innovate ways to do your business? We’ll talk about fleet and inventory management, utilizing mobile technology, and a host of other topics. Professional Development
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      Break

      3:00 PM  -  3:15 PM
      Networking Break

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      Tuesday, June 18, 3:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

      Diffusing the Drama: Why it Happens and the Superpowers You Have to Stop It
      Ballroom
      We’ve all experienced someone who is upset, scared, frustrated, etc. and in the moment, we can take things personally. When that happens we can become upset ourselves, which can escalate the situation. Join us and understand what is happening in the brain of someone who is in crisis and what you can do for yourself and the other person. We will share tools to increase understanding and empathy while avoiding conflict and burnout. Through discussion and exercises we will share how to stay emotionally regulated when others are emotionally dysregulated. 

      Professional Development
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      Innovative Approaches to Affordable Housing Policy and Construction
      Stillwater/Boulder
      Session will provide a high level overview of a variety of innovative approaches in use across the nation aimed to spur increases in the development of affordable homes, reduce construction costs and timelines, and address emergency housing needs. Topics includes:  zoning policies (incentive, inclusionary, mandatory); use of property tax exemptions; modular multifamily construction; and tiny homes. Are there clear success stories? What challenges have these approaches presented? What can we learn and apply from these approaches in our communities?
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      Keeping Up the Energy- Working with Long-Term Staff
      Parlor 1009
      We’ve talked about setting the tone with your new hires and building strong teams, now let’s talk about long-term staff. We know they bring great strengths and years of irreplaceable experience. We also know that it’s a long career and the day to day grind can be tiring. How do we get past this to keep long-term staff engaged and energized? This could refer to your staff, or it could refer to you – we all deal with this issue, now we’re going to bring it out in the open and confront it. We suggest you can do this by Get SMART – Developing and implementing a first-class training program Pat will share results and lessons learned from their year-plus long effort to build out and implement a training center, which they have used both for testing and evaluation for hiring and promotion, and in skill-building for current staff. Professional Development
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      Service Enriched Housing: A Two-Generation Approach to Housing, Education and Health
      Parlor 1010
      This session will focus on a cutting-edge model for designing and implementing a program for housing organizations to go way beyond housing outputs to a strategic focus on child and adult outcomes. We’ll explore the theory of impact, the evidence-based program partners and a framework in which to organize your strategy. Service-Enriched Housing
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      Unconventional Approaches to Homeownership
      Madison
      From innovative credit building and counseling approaches, to alternative equity approaches such as self-help and cooperatives, to sustaining homeownership through post-closing matched savings and better loan servicing protocols.  This session will be a discussion of approaches being used that go beyond traditional programs to ensure low- and moderate-income people achieve homeownership and succeed as homeowners.
       

      Tuesday, June 18, 5:00 p.m.- 8:30 p.m.

      Sponsor Reception
      Bighorn/Yellowstone/Missouri/Stillwater

      Enjoy some drinks and food as we recognize the vendors and sponsors who partner with us to achieve our collective mission. Relax with you colleagues and play some fun games!

       

      Sponsored by:

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      After 8:30pm, if the weather permits we will move outside to enjoy the evening, play yard games, listen to music, and we will have a cash bar outside.

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    • June 19, 2019
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      Wednesday, June 19, 6:30 a.m.- 9:00 a.m.

      Housing Tour
      Rendezvous in Hotel Lobby
      Sunrise tour of successful affordable housing properties in Billings.

      Sponsored by:

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      Wednesday Breakfast 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

      Breakfast & Documentary Films
      Bighorn/Yellowstone/Missouri

      2019 Montana Housing Partnership/Mountain Plains NAHRO Conference is excited to offer two documentaries this final morning of our conference.  

      These two films were shown in Helena during May of this year in celebration of Mental Health Awareness Month.  The purpose of the film series was to increase the understanding and awareness of the relationship between Toxic Stress, Brain Development & Resilience. 

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      Resilience chronicles the birth of a new movement among pediatricians, therapists, educators and communities, who are using cutting-edge brain science to disrupt cycles of violence addiction and disease.

      BrokenPlacesDocumentary_WednesdayBreakfast_400x500x200 Broken Places explores why some children are severely damaged by early adversity while others are able to thrive. By revisiting some of the abused and neglected children profiled decades ago, this film is able to dramatically illustrate how early trauma shaped their lives as adults.

       

      Sponsored by:

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      Wednesday, June 19, 9:15 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

      Creating Successful Partnerships for Housing Development Projects
      Stillwater/Boulder
      We often need many players and partners to make housing development possible, but partnerships can be hard! What makes for a difficult partnership and what makes for a thriving partnership? How can we get our partnerships off on the right foot so our projects are successful and we want to work together again? Tell us your questions and scenarios, we will pull them out of the hat and engage in lively group discussion so we can all learn how to be better partners with smoother and stronger projects.
      Innovations in Renter Education & Counseling
      Parlor 1010
      Homeword’s travelling Rent Wise workshop teach in-depth information about credit to renters with barriers to accessing homes. After getting comprehensive information about credit, they then learn how to communicate with a prospective landlord about credit as a barrier and how that communication works with other barriers to accessing housing.
      Opportunities for Communities and Rural Partnerships across Montana
      Ballroom
      RCAC provides training, technical assistance, financial resources and advocacy to rural communities. We support, educate, inspire and work with our rural partners to help them reach their goals and visions. Come learn how we can help you develop programs, find resources and access training, partnering opportunities, funding, and economic development in your rural community.   

      Rural Community Development
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      Partnering for Permanent Affordability
      Madison
      Holding some homes outside the whims of the market is starting to make more sense as part of the spectrum of housing solutions that can meet the needs of low-and moderate-income people long-term in our changing Montana housing market. Hear how Habitat for Humanity and Trust Montana are partnering to allow communities and residents to share the benefits and responsibilities of homeownership. Helena Habitat for Humanity will share how they are revisiting their impact model, and looking for ways to make the homes they develop affordable long-term. Trust Montana will share how they are making land trusts more broadly established across the state. Permanent Affordability
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      Requests for Reasonable Accommodations-Assistance & Service Animals
      Parlor 1009

      Clarification of applicable laws and terminology, and review of common requests.

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      Break

      10:30 AM  -  10:45 AM
      Networking Break
       

      Wednesday Plenary, 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

      Closing Plenary with Supaman!
      Bighorn/Yellowstone/Missouri
      We will end the conference with an energizing and inspiring performance from Apsaalooke rapper and fancy dancer Supaman from Crow Agency, Montana! Supaman will share his music, dance and storytelling – weaving housing into his story. You won’t want to miss this exciting conclusion to our conference, leaving us on a high note as we head for home.

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