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Welcome to the 2015 Governor's Conference on Housing and Economic Development

Track 1: Property Management

  1. Building Accommodations for Tenants with Disabilities
    The interplay between the Disabilities Act, the Fair Housing Act, the Supreme Court’s recent disparate impact decision, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act will be presented. Structural accommodations to apartments and common areas, as well as accommodations to policies, house rules, and services will also be discussed.
    – Robert Sasso, Director of Property Management, NJ Housing & Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA)

  2. Open Mic on Occupancy Compliance
    Satisfy your need to stay in compliance at this open mic session with a panel of Agency employees.  Topics up for discussion will be Affirmative Fair Housing Marketing Plans, waiting lists, tenant selection plans, Enterprise Income Verification (EIV) and so much more. Questions at the mic from attendees are encouraged!
    – Rosie Jackson, Assistant Director of Property Management, NJ Housing & Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA)
    – Kim Beczo, Occupancy Specialist Coordinator, NJ Housing & Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA)
    – Wendy Lawrence, TRACS Coordinator, NJ Housing & Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA)
    – Lesley Lefler, TRACS Coordinator, NJ Housing & Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA)

  3. What Goes Up
    An entertaining and informative look at issues concerning modern elevator operation.  Points of discussion will be safety, code compliance, service contracts, and modernization, including machine-room-less technology.
    – Joseph Burbridge, Technical Services Coordinator, NJ Housing & Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA)

  4. Understanding Audited Financial Statements 101
    A property manager’s guide to preparing for an audit provided by an independent CPA.  This session is a must for site managers looking to expand their knowledge base.  Learn the basic components of an audited financial statement, as well as the differences between an audit, a review, and a compilation report.
    – Michael Arena, CPA, MSTFP, Financial Analyst Coordinator, NJ Housing & Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA)
    – Sandra E. Cipollone, Senior Vice President, Interstate Realty Management

  5. Performance-Based Contract Administration
    This session will address questions about the status of Management and Occupancy Reviews, and how REAC impacts your property, as well as the status of the PBCA, contract from an Agency point of view.

    – Francis Thomas, Director of Contract Administration, NJ Housing & Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA)
    – Shoba Narayan, Manager of Subsidy Accounting, NJ Housing & Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA)
    – Jonelle N. Stewart, Manager of TRACS, NJ Housing & Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA)
    – Adonica Watkins, Manager of Asset Management, NJ Housing & Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA)

Track 2: NJ CDA

  1. Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing in New Jersey
    The AFFH Final Rule impacted affordable housing professionals across the country. HUD regulations require recipients of federal funding to comply with civil rights-related program requirements that affect nearly all aspects of programs administered by grantees. This session will discuss processes communities can use to establish goals and priorities and will address barriers to fair housing in the community.

  2. Creating Housing for the Homeless
    Investments in permanent housing are extremely effective in reducing homelessness. Research studies have consistently confirmed that long-term housing assistance not only reduces homelessness, but it is also less expensive than shelters and other institutional housing methods. This session will focus on how federal programs can be used to create new, permanent affordable housing units in your community.
    – Lynn Bartlett, Executive Director, Bergen County Housing Authority

  3. Monitoring Federal Community Development Programs for Compliance
    This session will discuss managing and monitoring your CDBG and HOME programs for success. Participants will learn about establishing responsibilities, compliance with applicable rules and regulations such as national objectives, conflicts of interest, procurement, record keeping, and more.

  4. How to Administer a Housing Rehabilitation Program
    CDBG and HOME funds may be used by grantees to assist low- and moderate-income homeowners rehabilitate their homes. This session will be conducted by grantees that currently administer homeowner rehabilitation programs with HUD funds and will cover program eligibility, allowable repairs, using grants vs. loans, and finding quality contractors. The session will encourage interaction of attendees and will provide a unique learning experience.

  5. Incorporating Community Statistics, Trends & Key Indicators in a Consolidated Plan
    Data gathering on housing and community development needs is essential in developing a Consolidated Plan. Using data to assess, analyze and compare levels of needs in your community is critical to making strategic investment decisions in a jurisdiction. This session will demonstrate how grantees can use various data sources to analyze and compare housing and economic conditions across their jurisdictions.

  6. Integrated Disbursement & Information System (IDIS)
    The eCon Planning Suite has fundamentally changed the way grantees utilize IDIS to administer their programs. This session will provide hands-on training on entering data into IDIS, using IDIS reports to effectively manage and administer CDBG, ESG and HOME, and how to avoid making common mistakes.  The session is designed to provide both finance and program staff with the necessary exposure and practice on system features related to their expected IDIS duties and responsibilities, and is combined with an interactive light-hearted training.


  1. Location, Location, Location
    Hear from panelists about economic development tools, resources and strategies to spur transit-oriented growth. Topics will include how development projects along transit corridors can stimulate broader economic growth and stabilize underserved communities. Attendees will hear examples of successful case studies in New Jersey and learn how public/private partnerships can help to facilitate implementation of development projects in your community.
    – Melissa Orsen, Chief Executive Officer, NJ Economic Development Authority (NJEDA)

  2. Discover Fort Monmouth
    With the opening of two large commercial sites, a new future for the Fort has officially commenced. With increased activity and interest on the part of investors, developers, and entrepreneurs, panelists will discuss available opportunities and learn about the area’s assets, industries, and options for incentives and financing.

  3. Transforming the South Jersey Landscape
    Learn how public-private partnerships are helping to reshape southern New Jersey, linking academia and industry to encourage long-term economic vitality.
    Lauren H. Moore, Executive Director, New Jersey Business Action Center (BAC), New Jersey Department of State

  4. Creating Vibrant Downtowns
    Thriving downtowns mean vibrant communities. Collaboration among key stakeholders plays a pivotal role in building healthy local economies. State and local officials, along with community development partners, will share solutions that support growth through financing, technical assistance and training.
    – Paul Ceppi, Director of Business Banking & Community Development, NJ Economic Development Authority (EDA)

  5. Live, Work, Learn - The New Paradigm in AC
    Innovative economic development strategies are spurring new initiatives outside the casino market. Hear expert perspectives on what is driving expansion and attracting interest in Atlantic City.
    – Timothy Lizura, President and Chief Operating Officer, NJ Economic Development Authority (EDA)

Track 4: Solutions for Housing

  1. Low Income Housing Tax Credits - An Update on the Program from a National and Statewide Perspective
    The federal Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program is the largest single source of equity for multifamily affordable rental projects in New Jersey. Hear from a panel of leading industry experts and developers about current trends in the LIHTC program, matters specific to development in New Jersey, as well as policy successes and goals of the LIHTC program. 
    – Anne H. Hamlin, Director of Tax Credit Services, NJ Housing & Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA)

  2. An Overview of Sustainable Building Programs
    An overview and comparison of sustainable green building programs will be presented, with a short review and discussion of each, including the following: the NJ Office of Clean Energy’s Energy Star program, LEED, Enterprise Green Communities, National Green Building Standard, Passive House, Zero Energy Ready Homes (formerly NJ Tier 3+), and discussion of the QAP and NJHMFA benchmarking requirements.
    – Pam DeLosSantos, Green Technical Advisor, NJ Housing & Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA)

  3. Community Development and Revitalization
    This panel will discuss when it makes sense to preserve existing buildings versus when to demolish and build new. Panelists will also discuss issues such as financial feasibility of preservation versus demolition and new construction; which scenario is best for spurring economic development; real world examples in New Jersey urban centers, and ultimately the marketability of the end product.

  4. Leveraging Partnerships to Develop Affordable Housing
    As public housing authorities try to develop additional affordable housing units, the traditional sources of revenue have disappeared.  Hear from experts who have leveraged other resources to develop new affordable housing and rehab existing units. This session will review actual joint ventures with private and public entities including Habitat for Humanity, explain the pros and cons of partnering, and will provide attendees with the tools to determine who would be their best partner.
    – Anthony L. Marchetta, Executive Director, New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA)

  5. Industry Partners Overview: The State of the Housing Market
    This panel will discuss the housing industry outlook from the perspective of a realtor, mortgage banker and builder.  The panelists will discuss topics such as the latest statistics on home prices, mortgage rates and access to financing, builder sentiment, consumer trends (buy vs. rent), and more.
    – Charles Richman, Commissioner, NJ Department of Community Affairs (DCA)

Track 5: Special Needs

  1. Fishbowl Forum on Homelessness
    Listen to, and participate in, a conversation on homelessness. Participants will present a spectrum of viewpoints, including those of housing developers, service providers and formerly homeless people. Panelists will discuss topics including barriers to housing and ways to improve access to affordable housing. Please join this session to participate in this important conversation.
    – Janel Winter, Director, Division of Housing and Community Resources, Department of Community Affairs (DCA)

  2. Homeless Youth or Youth At-Risk of Homelessness – Connecting Youth to Supportive Housing
    This session will address the need for strong interventions that will achieve stable and permanent supportive housing for homeless youth. The panel will address the importance of providing mental health services, connections with families, education, employment and support for the overall well-being of homeless youth in order to effectuate meaningful outcomes.
    – Deborah De Santis, President and Chief Executive Officer, Corporation for Supportive Housing

  3. Roundtable- Assessing the Need for Special Needs Housing: Case Studies of Successful Projects
    This session includes a discussion of the need for quality supportive housing statewide and best practices and successes in supportive housing development in New Jersey. Panelists will also discuss specific design criteria for housing special needs populations, how to effectively integrate special needs populations into the community, and innovative supportive housing approaches for individuals on the autism spectrum.

  4. Money Follows the Person Housing Partnership Program
    This panel will discuss the partnership between the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency and the Department of Human Services to finance projects to house individuals transitioning from nursing homes into the community. This session will offer a case study as an example of successful implementation.
    – Amy Brown, Director of Outreach & Advocacy, I Choose Home NJ, Office of the Ombudsman for the Institutionalized Elderly (OOIE)
    – Terre Lewis, Project Director, I Choose Home New Jersey, Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD), Department of Human Services (DHS)
    – Ken Regan, Vice President, Regan Development Corporation
    – Yirgu Wolde, Director, Supported Housing & Special Needs, NJ Housing & Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA)

  5. Housing for Veterans
    Developing affordable and supportive housing to serve the needs of veterans and other special needs groups is more challenging now than ever.  This panel will discuss innovative partnerships between veterans’ groups, housing developers, and service providers that develop affordable and supportive homes for veterans as well as the need for funding sources dedicated to providing housing for low-income and special needs veterans.
    – Donna Rendeiro, Chief of Administration, Chief of Staff, NJ Housing & Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA)


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