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Housing and Economic Development Resources for Counties during COVID-19

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, March 18, 2020

 

Dear NACCED Members,

We know that over the last week, life has changed quickly for many people around the world and here in America, and local governments are at the forefront of mitigating the current pandemic. NACCED has compiled a list of resources from federal agencies to help our local government members have access to the best, most current information, including guidance from HUD on the use of CDBG in addressing this public health crisis. NACCED will continue to update and share this information as more comes available.

 

Department of Housing and Urban Development and COVID-19

This week, HUD CPD staff held a brief webinar on CDBG and COVID-19 and provided the following information:

  • You are required to comply with the citizen participation plan for substantial changes.  Virtual hearings are allowed if the need is documented such as substantiating that it’s a public health concern.  Must also include in the Citizen Participation Plan ASAP, allow answers in real time and make formats available to persons with disabilities and/or with limited English.
  • The 15% public service cap is statutory and HUD does not have the authority to waive it. Congress must take action.
  • Timeliness will be handled appropriately and HUD will work with grantees.
  • Technical Assistance (TA) is available for grantees that need to develop activities in the area of infectious diseases. Contact your field rep.
  • The Consolidated Plan deadline can be extended with communication with the local field office. However, it must be submitted by August 16th or grantees will lose their funding. 
  • Quick Guide to CDBG Eligible Activities to Support Infectious Disease Response

During the webinar, HUD announced they are currently accepting questions around CDBG and other CPD programs in relation with COVID-19 through CPDQuestionsAnswered@hud.gov and CDBGQuestionsAnswered@hud.gov.

Last week, HUD Secretary Carson joined the White House task force for the novel coronavirus COVID-19. On Friday, HUD held an Infectious Disease Preparedness for Homeless Assistance Providers and Their Partners webinar with presenters from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and National Healthcare for the Homeless Council (HCH) and released Questions and Answers document for multifamily stakeholders regarding COVID-19.

HUD also posted the following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance and Technical Assistance (TA) materials on the HUD Exchange Disease Risks and Homelessness Page:

Additionally, HUD is providing technical assistance to homeless assistance providers who need support in preventing or responding to the spread of infectious disease. Submit your questions to the Ask A Question (AAQ) portal. In Step 2 of the question submission process, select “CoC: Continuum of Care Program” from the “My question is related to” drop down list and write “Health Preparedness and Response” in the subject line.

 NACCED signed onto a letter to HUD Acting Assistant Secretary for CPD John Gibbs requesting for immediate regulatory relief for grantees administering the Office of Community Planning and Development (CPD) programs to allow them to quickly respond to COVID-19. 

 

Small Business Administration and COVID-19

For small businesses in your communities who are struggling through the crisis, we wanted to share that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans offer up to $2 million in assistance and can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing.

For additional information, please visit: https://www.sba.gov/page/guidance-businesses-employers-plan-respond-coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19, contact the SBA disaster assistance customer service center, call 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339) or e-mail disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.

 

Additional COVID-19 Response Resources from the Affordable Housing Industry

NACCED recognizes that local governments are on the front line of mitigating disasters of all kinds, and we are focused on continuing to serve as a resource and liaison here in Washington to help you more effectively do your jobs and serve your communities. Please do not hesitate to reach out if there is any way the NACCED team, can be of assistance.  If you have any additional resources that were not included in the email above, please send them to Katelynn Harris at kharris@nacced.org for future COVID-19 updates.

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NACCED’s Response to Coronavirus

Posted By Administration, Monday, March 16, 2020

Dear NACCED Members,

We know that over the last week, life has changed quickly for many people around the world and here in America. Schools, businesses, and most events are canceled, and our communities face great uncertainty in regards to long-term health and economic stability.

Be assured that your NACCED staff is taking appropriate steps to maintain organizational health. Although Sarah, Katelynn and I are now working remotely, as is much of Washington, DC, we are still 100% accessible and NACCED is open and operational.

In the coming weeks NACCED will be working within our coalitions and particularly with partners at the Economic Development Agency (EDA) and Small Business Administration (SBA) to learn what resources are available for counties to survive and recover from this unusual time.

As for NACCED events, the HOME Rental Housing Assistance Training scheduled for April 21-22 will be rescheduled to September. The new dates will be announced before the end of this week, and all current registrations will be honored.

The summer meeting is contingent on whether NACo holds their annual meeting in July in Orlando. Even if NACo’s conference is canceled or postponed, NACCED will still hold virtual Board and Committee meetings in July.

As for NACCED’s annual conference in Tarrant County, TX, there are no plans in place at this time to cancel and we look forward to seeing you out west.

In the meantime, NACCED continues to provide education virtually and I encourage you and your staff to register for any of the great educational content coming up, including webinars from NACCED Award of Excellence winner Fairfax County, VA on March 27, and the April 29 Unpacking HUD’s Housing Counseling Rule webinar.

NACCED recognizes that local governments are on the front line of mitigating disasters of all kinds, and we are focused on continuing to serve as a resource and liaison here in Washington to help you more effectively do your jobs and serve your communities. Please do not hesitate to reach out if there is any way I, or the NACCED team, can be of assistance.

Warmly,

Laura DeMaria
Executive Director

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NACCED 2020 Legislative Meeting Recap

Posted By Administration, Monday, March 9, 2020

Last week, NACCED members came to Washington, D.C. to attend NACCED’s Legislative Meeting, in conjunction with the National Association of Counties (NACo) Legislative Conference. Over the course of four days, attendees received a housing and economic update from Fannie Mae, a Congressional update from Representative Suzan DelBene (D-WA) and a public policy boot camp from Harvard Kennedy School of Government; visited Congressional offices to advocate for CDBG, HOME, and the Low Income Housing Tax Credit; held Board and Committee meetings; presented policy resolutions and provided a federal policy update to NACo’s Community Economic and Workforce Development Steering Committee; and heard directly from HUD career staff on the status of program funding and regulatory updates. 

Thursday, February 27th: NACCED’s Hill Day

The first day of NACCED’s Legislative Meeting began at the Rayburn House Office Building, with an economic and housing update from PJ McCarthy, the Vice President of Community Lending for Fannie Mae. PJ explained to NACCED members that while inventories of existing homes remained very tight during the first quarter of 2020, strength in the labor market and persistently low interest rates should help keep demand robust. PJ went on to explain that “multifamily [housing] fundamentals remained positive over the past decade and thanks to favorable demographic trends, ongoing job growth, and continued renter household fomations. The same trend is expected to continue into the first year of the current decade.” PJ also provided an update on some of Fannie Mae’s Duty to Serve programs such as the expansion of manufactured housing and how Fannie Mae is trying to help preserve affordable housing through shared equity and community land trusts. View PJ’s presentation here. 

Following PJ’s presentation, members received a special update on the Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act of 2019 (AHCIA) from Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (D-WA), who is one of the original sponsors of the bill. The Congresswoman discussed the importance of expanding and preserving the Low Income Housing Tax Credit program (Housing Credit) by passing the AHCIA in full or fragmented as well as the Infrastructure Package and Infrastructure Bills that have recently come out of Congress, which includes housing as infrastructure language and additional affordable housing funding.  

The last speaker of the day was Salimah Samji, the Director of Building State Capability with the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, who provided an overview of their public policy program and provided tools and resources to aid in the afternoon of Congressional visits. Salimah opened with a fun interactive exercise about how to perceive and accept change as a demonstration of how to mobilize change back in their respective counties. Salimah also discussed how to address and solve problems using their “Problem Driven Iterative Adaptation” or PDIA model. To wrap up her presentation, attendees broke out into groups to discuss how they would use the PDIA model when meeting with Congressional offices later in the day. View Salimah’s presentation here.

That afternoon, members had an opportunity to meet with Congressional offices to discuss the importance of HOME, CDBG and Housing Credit. This was a chance for members to talk with Members of Congress and congressional staff about the importance of increased affordable housing funding and stronger affordable housing legislation.

 The first day of the conference concluded with a networking event near the Hill for attendees to reflect on the information learned and experience gained from hearing the morning’s presentations and advocating for their programs.  

Friday, February 28th: NACCED’s Board and Committee Meetings

On Friday morning, the day kicked off at the Washington Hilton with a briefing from staff from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Peter Huber, James Hoemann and Jessie Handforth Kome gave programmatic updates, including on the changes to the CHDO set-aside and the need for program success stories from the local level. Want more details? Email NACCED Policy Director for the full update at kharris@nacced.org.

Elizabeth Morales, Chief Marketing Officer of The Mortgage Office and sponsor of the Legislative Meeting, presented on TMO’s loan servicing software. Thank you for your support, TMO!

All of NACCED’s committees met – Housing, Community Development, Economic Development, Membership & Marketing, Education, and Resolutions – to discuss progress on their 2020 work plans. Membership & Marketing Chair Maggie Jones (Tarrant County, TX) handed out brand new business cards, designed by Membership and Operations Coordinator Sarah Mullen, for NACCED members to use when talking about NACCED with potential new members within their networks. The Community Development Committee provided a great presentation from Dana Sjostrom, a Municipal Planner with the City of Memphis, on Memphis and Shelby County’s resiliency work. The Resolutions Committee, led by NACo Legislative Director Daria Daniels, discussed the resolutions NACCED wrote on HUD funding levels and the Low Income Housing Tax Credit.

Attendees ended the day with a full Board meeting, led by President Mary Keating
(DuPage County, IL) and Executive Director Laura DeMaria. The meeting included a 2019 year-end
financial report, 
discussion of Mary’s priorities on member engagement, a report on the nearly sold-out upcoming HOME Training, and other association activity. 

The day concluded with a dinner at District Kitchen, where Board members and Committee leaders enjoyed each other’s company and reflecting on the work of the past day.

 Saturday, February 29th: NACo’s CEWD Meeting- Sunday, March 1st: NACo’s LUCC Meeting  

As a longtime affiliate of NACo, on Saturday, NACCED attendees joined the NACo Community and Economic Workforce Development (CEWD) steering committee meeting to discuss their sponsored resolution on the Low Income Housing Tax Credit and HUD funding. NACCED’s Policy Director, Katelynn Harris, provided the NACo steering committee with an update on the Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 appropriations process, regulatory reform, and affordable housing legislation. Katelynn also discussed NACCED and NACo’s joint comment letter on HUD’s Request for Information on Barriers to Affordable Housing and informed attendees of this year’s National Community Development Week, which will be held April 13-17.

NACCED member’s ended their conference experience at NACo’s Large Urban County Caucus (LUCC) Meeting, where they heard from the Department of Justice on various community and economic development grant opportunities, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic and from the National Association of Home Builders for a brief economic and housing update. 

 

 Monday- Wednesday, March 2-4th:  NACo’s Legislative Conference

On Monday, NACCED heard an update from HUD Secretary Ben Carson on workforce housing, zoning and regulatory reform, and the role counties play in federal advocacy for affordable housing programs.

NACCED staff also had the opportunity to hear a special address from President Trump, the first President in over 25 years to address NACo, who discussed a variety of federal, state, and local issues around community and economic development, and who affirmed the White House’s support of local governments.

Be sure to check out all the photos from this year’s meeting, and we hope you will join us for next year’s Legislative Conference, February 18- 21, 2021 in Washington, D.C.

 

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Member Spotlight: Maggie Jones, Tarrant County, TX

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Member Spotlight:

Maggie Jones, Tarrant County, TX

Name:  Maggie Jones

Title:  Assistant Director, Community Development

Organization:  Tarrant County, TX

Length of time in current position:  3.5 years-ish

How do you define community development?

Community development is everything! It is building infrastructure, restoring housing, expanding

transportation, addressing homelessness, promoting economic development, helping others, connecting the dots, solving problems in a creative way. Point to just about anything and you can tie it right back to community development. That’s why it is such an amazing field!

What three skills do you find most useful in your work creating community?

1.       Being kind.

2.       Being kind.

3.       Being kind.

Build genuine relationships, understanding, and empathy are essential to this work because success is not possible if you cannot better understand the needs of those you serve.

Share your proudest professional achievement or moment in your career. 

Completing Implementing Public Policy through Harvard Kennedy School’s Executive Education program while working full-time and raising a family. The work at HKS applied directly to my work at the office and positively impacted how I parent (really!) Vice versa, being a parent has made me a better community development advocate and student. It is a beautiful combination!

Describe your involvement with NACCED.

Fortunately for me, Tarrant County has a long history of being involved with NACCED. I’m proud to be part of the Membership Committee and a NACCED member. Also, did you KNOW that there’s this little conference happening in Fort Worth in October? I hear it is going to be amazing and you’re going to want to check it out. ;-)

Who is the most famous person you’ve ever met?

I didn’t meet her, but I had the honor of watching Michelle Obama and Corey Booker speak at the National Alliance to End Homelessness several years ago.

And of course – is a hot dog a sandwich?

Duh! A dear friend of mine and I would grab sandwiches nearly every Tuesday for years. We had this debate a number of times and we always put hot dogs and hamburgers in this category – tacos, too. If it is between two sides of bread, it is definitely a sandwich.

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New Year Message from Executive Director Laura DeMaria

Posted By Laura DeMaria, Thursday, January 2, 2020

Dear NACCED Members,

Happy New Year! As 2020 begins, I wanted to take the time to thank you for your continued support of NACCED, as well as preview all the events your staff, Board of Directors, Committees and conference hosts will be leading this year. One of the greatest benefits of being a NACCED member is the opportunity to meet and interact with both your fellow members, and the NACCED staff, at networking and education events throughout the year. Save the date and join us!


  • Legislative Conference: February 27-March 1, 2020 in Washington, DC. Come to Washington for the latest on legislative, regulatory and federal budgetary updates. We’re excited this year to hear from Congresswoman Rep. Suzan Delbene, the multifamily team at Fannie Mae, and Harvard Kennedy School of Government Professor Matt Andrews. Learn more and register here.
  • Community Development Week: April 13-18, 2020 (Everywhere!). Community Development Week is an opportunity for local governments to come together to celebrate the impact of the CDBG and HOME programs. We’ll share NACCED’s social media tips, advocacy toolkit, community development themed podcasts, and more resources to help your community tell your story.
  • Rental Housing Assistance Training: April 21-22, 2020 in Washington, DC. This intensive, two-day training will cover the HOME regulations for rental housing including both the development and long term compliance of affordable housing. Topics include funding decisions and eligibility requirements, underwriting, rents and income limits, and long-term compliance. This training builds on the Building HOME training basics and takes a more in-depth look at the program requirements including implementing changes for Rental under the new HOME rule. Learn more and register here.
  • Summer Meeting: July 16-18, 2020 in Orange County, FL (Orlando). NACCED joins NACo for its Annual Meeting to hold our own Committee meetings and contribute to NACO’s Community, Economic and Workforce Development Steering Committee. View a list of NACCED’s Committees and view pictures from last year’s summer meeting in Clark County, NV. No cost to attend. Learn more and register here.
  • Annual Conference: October 18-21, 2020 in Tarrant County, TX (Fort Worth). The biggest event of the year, NACCED’s Annual Educational Conference and Training brings together housing and community development professionals from across the country for three days of networking and education. This year’s theme is Howdy, Partnerships! Revitalizing Communities Together. View the program and pictures from the 2019 conference. Registration opens this spring!

There’s plenty more great content coming your way this year, including a new member spotlight feature to come in future Alert emails, fresh new episodes of NACCED’s Holistic Housing Show podcast, an advocacy webinar series led by Policy Director Katelynn Harris, the opportunity to apply for NACCED’s Annual Awards of Excellence – and more!

2020 is shaping up to be another big year at NACCED, and I’m grateful you’ll be with us to continue to find connection, growth and significance among your peers in community development. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me directly any time via email at ldemaria@nacced.org or by phone at (202) 367-2364.

I look forward to seeing you in 2020!




Laura DeMaria
Executive Director

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NACCED 44th Annual Conference Recap

Posted By Administration, Monday, October 21, 2019
Last week, community and economic development leaders from around the nation gathered in Tucson, Arizona for NACCED’s 44th Annual Educational Conference and Training, hosted by Pima County! It was an exciting week of networking and educational sessions that allowed new and former colleagues to come together to discuss topics such as inclusive economic growth, preventing displacement in Opportunity Zones, LIHTC as a revitalization tool, and so much more!
 
Sunday saw a packed room for a day of NACCED’s Board and Committee meetings, where members and attendees discussed NACCED’s newly slated Board, projections for next year’s budget, and the business of NACCED’s Community Development, Economic Development, Housing, Membership, and Education Committees.
 
After warm welcomes from local officials and a blessing from the Tohono O’odham Nation, Monday morning kicked off a full schedule of programming, beginning with a HOME and CDBG update from retiring career staffer at HUD, Steve Johnson, Director, Entitlement Communities Division, Office of Block Grant Assistance; and a thought-provoking case study on Reducing Evictions in Pima County from the University of Arizona Innovation for Justice Project. Monday’s afternoon included several educational sessions where attendees learned about important housing, community and economic development topics such as tackling homelessness and joblessness, innovative capacity building, and neighborhood revitalization strategies.
 
Monday night attendees enjoyed an evening reception at the Arizona Historical Society Museum sponsored by Zoom Grants and participated in the annual Silent Auction for the John C. Murphy Scholarship fund, which raised over $1,750 for next year’s scholarship awardee. 
 
The conference program resumed Tuesday morning with a Washington Update from NACCED’s Policy Director, Katelynn Harris and NACO’s Associate Legislative Director, Daria Daniels, followed by a fireside chat with HUD staff and policy experts on how to prevent gentrification and displacement within Opportunity Zones. After a few more breakout sessions full of education opportunities, attendee’s heard from keynote speaker M. Yasmina McCarty, CEO of the New Growth Innovation Network, on the new roles for government in the drive for inclusive, quality growth by utilizing the resources already available to county governments in new innovative ways.
 
The conference concluded on the grounds of the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, where attendees enjoyed an outdoor walking tour of the grounds, including butterfly and cacti gardens, and observing desert wildlife close up. During drinks and dinner, attendees watched the sun set over the desert to the tune of a lively mariachi band.
 
Be sure to check out all the photos from the event on NACCED’s Facebook page.
 
For those who attended, we’d love your feedback. We want to know what you loved, what we could do better and any other comments that will help improve the annual meeting each year. You can take the survey here and thank you to those who have already provided feedback!
 
Join us next year in Fort Worth, Texas for the 45th Annual Educational Conference and Training hosted by Tarrant County, October 18-21, 2020! The call for content is open, so send in your ideas for next year’s conference now.
 
More details to come!

 

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NACCED Summer Meeting Recap

Posted By Administration, Monday, July 22, 2019
Updated: Monday, July 22, 2019

Earlier this month, NACCED staff and members convened in Clark County, NV for NACCED’s summer meeting and the NACo Annual Conference. Across three action-packed days, NACCED held its Board and Committee meetings, toured a housing center for low-income seniors, participated in NACo’s Community, Economic and Workforce Development (CEWD) policy steering committee, heard from nationally-recognized speakers and had the opportunity to network and socialize.

NACCED’s six standing committees met on the first day. The six committees are Resolutions, Housing, Community Development, Economic Development, Membership and Education. Highlights from the meetings include the discussion of several resolutions developed by NACCED for adoption by NACo, on topics including the New Market Tax Credits and Opportunity Zones; a presentation by Chair Karen Skepper (Anoka County, MN) during the Economic Development Committee on the economic impact of a major PGA tour hosted by Anoka County and partners, and lessons that other local governments could take away; and the Membership Committee continued discussion strategizing on how to engage with student members and universities in order to build NACCED’s leadership pipeline.

On the second day, attendees had the opportunity to tour an in-development senior center at Las Vegas’s City Impact Center. The senior center is designed to house low-income seniors, allowing them to age in place with an aid or adult child in residence, with the added benefit of in-house facilities like a medical center, gym, recreation room and classes. The Board of Directors meeting followed, where NACCED’s leadership reviewed the association’s most recent financial statement, approved the 2018 audit, heard an update from Executive Director Laura DeMaria on the success of NACCED’s podcast and other initiatives and discussed this year’s annual conference program, among other items.

Attendees also had the opportunity to attend NACo’s Community, Economic and Workforce Development (CEWD) policy steering committee, where Executive Director of the White House Council on Opportunity Zones Scott Turner spoke. NACCED President Mitchell Glasser also addressed the meeting, sharing information on how NACCED serves counties and advocates for policy at the national level. On the final day, NACCED members attended NACo’s Large Urban County Caucus meeting, where speakers from the public, private and political spheres discussed a range of issues facing urban governments across the country.

Check out more photos from the meeting in Las Vegas on Facebook. NACCED will be heading to Orange County (Orlando), FL in July 2020 for NACo’s Annual meeting.

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Member Spotlight: Four Homes in Five Days

Posted By Administration , Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Updated: Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Imagine four affordable new homes built in five days! This was made possible thanks to a “Builders’ Blitz” organized by Habitat for Humanity of Greater Orlando and Apopka Area based in Central Florida. Four local builders donated their time, talent and materials to build four homes for four new families in five days. 

Orange County government played an important role in the project by providing $1.6 million to cover land acquisition and infrastructure development. The funds were provided as a grant from local general revenue funds and from Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds. Orange County’s Building Division also offered on-site/on-call building inspectors to perform the numerous inspections needed to allow the completion of these homes in a very short period of time. 

Arbor Bend is one of three affordable communities that Habitat for Humanity has developed in the Greater Orlando area and a fourth one is under way. The single-family homes range from three to four bedrooms and include energy efficient appliances and landscaped yards.

For the Habitat’s homebuyers, the journey to homeownersh
ip is challenging; they must complete many homeownership classes and at least 200 work hours with the organization. However, with rents for a one-bedroom apartment reaching now $1,000 per month in theOrlando area, these families know the sacrifice is well worth it. In the near future, another 34 low income homebuyers will call Arbor Bend in South Apopka their new home thanks to this innovative public and private partnership. 

Photos and story courtesy of Orange County, Florida


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NACCED 2019 Legislative Meeting: Understanding Washington

Posted By Administration, Thursday, March 7, 2019

In early March, NACCED members came to Washington, DC for NACCED’s annual Legislative Meeting, in conjunction with the National Association of Counties (NACo) Legislative Meeting. Over the course of four days, attendees received policy and federal budget updates from White House and partner staff; made visits to Congressional offices to advocate for CDBG and HOME; held Board and Committee meetings; presented policy resolutions to NACo’s Community, Economic and Workforce Development Steering Committee; and heard directly from HUD career staff on the status of program funding and regulatory updates. At the end of the week, attendees left Washington with a wealth of knowledge on federal level policy to take back to their communities, as well as strengthened relationships with other NACCED members and partners at HUD and NACo. See below a recap of meeting highlights.

Thursday, February 28 

The first meeting day kicked off at the Cannon House Office Building on Capitol Hill, with a federal policy and HUD budget update from Doug Rice, a Senior Policy Analyst for the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Doug gave attendees an overview of the Fiscal Year 2020 budget and appropriations process with specific focus on the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies (THUD) appropriations spending bill. Doug shared his predictions on the FY2020 budget, including that on the President’s proposed budget, CDBG will most likely be zeroed out as in prior years; however, Congress will most likely fund the program at recent levels. He also noted that GSE (Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac) reform may be on the Congressional agenda. View Doug's presentation

Doug’s comments were followed by a presentation from NACCED Executive Director Laura DeMaria and NACCED Vice President Mary Keating (DuPage County, IL) on tips and best practices for making a successful visit to a Congressional office. NACCED joins the CDBG and HOME coalitions in requesting $3.8 and $1.5 billion for CDBG and HOME, respectively.

The last speaker of the day was Ben Hobbs, Special Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy and the White House Domestic Policy Council’s lead on Opportunity Zones. Ben gave a brief history of the genesis of Opportunity Zones, which continue to be a priority for the Trump Administration and an important new feature in the urban revitalization landscape. Ben shared that, in the next few days, the second round of regulations will head from the US Department of Treasury, to the White House, to the Federal Register. The White House and Treasury will be seeking comments. Ultimately, the two sets of rules will be condensed into one, and private investors will be able to act on this final guidance. Further, with the recent Executive Order on Opportunity Zones, HUD Secretary Ben Carson Chairs the inter-agency OZ Council, giving HUD a lead on implementation of OZs in the coming months. Hobbs also shared that he is working on a one-stop-shop Opportunity Zones website with information geared toward investors, community leaders and entrepreneurs. Cross-agency members of the Opportunity Zones Council will also be making visits into communities on the ground.

In the afternoon, attendees had the opportunity to visit with key Congressional offices, including Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL); newly-elected Rep. Ben McAdams (D-UT), the former mayor of Salt Lake County; and Sen. Tina Smith (D-MN) to share information about the housing and community development projects in their communities. The evening ended with a networking event on the Hill for attendees to reflect on the information learned and experience gained while advocating for their programs.

Friday, March 1

On Friday, attendees gathered at the Washington Hilton, the site of NACo’s Legislative Conference, to convene Committees and hold the Board of Directors meeting. All of NACCED’s committees met: Housing, Education, Membership, Community Development, Economic Development, and Resolutions. During the Housing Committee meeting, New York City Dept. of Housing Preservation and Development VP of Government Affairs Elizabeth Strojan joined to give an overview of the LIHTC program and answer questions from members. Additional committee action items included brainstorming educational topics for this year’s NACCED Annual Educational Conference and Training; discussing upcoming HOME and related training provided to members by NACCED and partners; adopted NACCED’s 2019 Policy Priorities; and discussion and approval of proposed resolutions on HUD appropriations and guidance on Opportunity Zones. Each year, NACCED submits resolutions to the NACo Community, Economic and Workforce Development Steering Committee for adoption. 

Additionally, attendees heard program and policy updates from HUD career staff, including Claudette Fernandez, Director, HUD’s Office of Block Grant Assistance; Steve Johnson, Director, Entitlement Communities Division; and Peter Huber, Deputy Director of HUD’s Office of Affordable Housing Programs.

View Peter Huber's presentation

View Steve Johnson's presentation


In the evening, NACCED held its Board and Committee Chairs and Vice Chairs dinner in DuPont Circle, a great way to reconnect with attendees ahead of NACo’s Legislative Meeting. 

Saturday, March 2 & Sunday, March 3

NACCED is a proud NACo affiliate and holds a seat on NACo’s Community, Economic and Workforce Development (CEWD) Steering Committee. On Saturday, NACCED attendees joined the subcommittee meeting to discuss their sponsored resolution on Opportunity Zones. On Sunday, attendees watched the Large Urban County Caucus meeting, which featured speakers including Commissioners from across the country, and experts from the White House and private sector and HUD, discussing issues like homelessness and healthcare access.

Be sure to check out all the photos from this year’s meeting, and we hope you will join us for next year’s Legislative Conference, February 27-March 1, 2020 in Washington, DC.

 

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Guest Blog Post: Leveraging Mobile Technology for Construction Site Compliance

Posted By LCPtracker, Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Updated: Wednesday, February 13, 2019


A dollar saved is a dollar earned
– a valuable phrase for any smart organization looking to increase profitability.


When the cost of business increases, it’s only natural to look for ways to maintain margins. Often, this means investing in processes that maximize efficiency and reduce costs. And for a construction industry struggling with project delays and increased labor costs due to a labor shortage, there’s no better time to invest in one of the biggest technology trends of 2019.

Mobile/Cloud Technology and Onsite Compliance

Many experts argue that upgrading administrative processes out in the field with tablets will be necessary to remain competitive and cost-effective in the construction industry. In fact, mobile technology was among the fastest growing investments of 2018 and is expected to be an even bigger trend in 2019.

In the context of public works projects specifically, one of the hottest topics for tablet utilization is monitoring construction site compliance – most notably for ensuring that jobsite activity accurately aligns with data reported on compliance documents. 

As any general contractor and awarding government agency knows, a federally funded project means prevailing wages and, by association, certified payroll reports. And although these entities may already have a labor compliance software solution to monitor this process, they may not stop to consider that a certified payroll solution alone isn’t always enough.

The Disconnect Between the Field and Office

A certified payroll report tells a story. And it might appear as though an accurate report means a contractor is compliant, but that isn’t necessarily the case. Paperwork, unfortunately, does not always tell the whole story. There are various instances in which a contractor appears compliant on the surface but is actually still underpaying their employees.

How so, you ask? Well, while there are a few cases of deliberate falsification of documents, it’s entirely possible (and probably more likely) that a contractor is not even aware that they are violating prevailing wage law.

One of those reasons? Misclassification. Let’s say an employee that normally does carpentry work instead performs sheet metal work for a week. The contractor then forgets to change his pay rate to reflect the temporary change in the worker’s craft, and consequently, he is underpaid for that week.


Or maybe a construction worker is working on multiple jobs in multiple different counties – each with their own separate prevailing wage rates. You can begin to imagine just how possible it is that the worker’s hours get misreported on one project vs. another, and how that might affect the worker’s gross pay.

In each of these cases, it’s possible for a contractor to be non-compliant, even if it does not appear so on the certified payroll report. And as many general contractors are already aware, they are potentially liable if any subcontractor underpays.

 

Field Interviews for Compliance


One of the most common ways for this disconnect to be addressed is through field interviews conducted on the jobsite. Government agencies and general/prime contractor administrators will walk through construction sites to interview workers about their job responsibilities and compensation. They will then compare this data to the certified payroll reports to verify the information and illuminate discrepancies.


Historically, this process - just like any other onsite administrative task - has been conducted via pen and paper. Perhaps even more time-consuming, is the data verification part of this process, which consists of searching through hundreds (if not thousands) of paper certified payroll reports to confirm the data matches.

Wouldn’t it be nice if this whole process could be streamlined through electronic interviews on a tablet? Better yet, imagine how much time would be saved if those interview results were automatically cross- checked with the certified payroll data submitted through a cloud-based compliance solution?

LCPtracker just released a new mobile application for this purpose. For more information about OnSite, our new tablet-based application for field interviews, check out: https://www.lcptracker.com/solutions/onsite

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