The New Mexico Housing Summit offers 50 breakout sessions that are jam-packed with the latest housing news and information. Reference the icons that appear in the legend above and in the descriptions below to determine which sessions are designed especially for you.
You can also click on the highlighted speaker and trainer names to read about the experts who will be speaking at the Summit.
Elliot Eisenberg, Ph.D., Chief Economist for GraphsandLaughs, LLC
Back by popular demand, the Bowtie Economist opens the New Mexico Housing Summit with a high-energy, informative presentation that brings a traditionally dry subject – economics – to life. Elliot Eisenberg brings us the latest economic updates and forecasts as well as data on how New Mexico’s economy and housing market compares to nearby states and cities.
Monica Abeita, Director of Policy and Planning, MFA
For many organizations, strategic planning seems burdensome and may not always produce tangible results. Monica Abeita, who leads MFA’s strategic planning process, demonstrates a practical, engaging way to approach strategic planning that works within the organization’s unique culture, needs and goals. Gain a better understanding of how to create a strategic plan that is an asset to your organization.
Fulfilling their Duty to Serve obligations in underserved markets, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac report on new programs that are being developed for affordable housing preservation, manufactured housing and rural housing. Kelly Coffey from Fannie Mae explains how her experience in conducting national outreach roundtables across the nation and in New Mexico communities helped shape new lending programs for tribal and rural communities. Kelly Marrocco from Freddie Mac provides a summary of Freddie Mac’s 2018 initiatives designed to assist Native Americans residing on tribal land and other high-needs areas. Group participation is encouraged as we discuss the challenges and opportunities of serving underserved markets.
Wellness is quickly becoming a major trend in real estate, and for good reason. Chronic disease now accounts for seven out of every 10 deaths in the U.S. To address the problem, improve the health and well-being of residents and to meet consumer demand for healthy living, housing developers are increasingly turning to the WELL Building Standard. In this session, attendees learn about the WELL Building Standard and the WELL Multifamily Housing Pilot Program by exploring strategies used in the design and operation of Sterling Downtown – an urban affordable housing development in Albuquerque and the first WELL-registered multifamily housing project in the Southwest. Hear perspectives from the property’s owner and design team as they delve into the concepts of human sustainability, occupational and environmental exposures and wellness.
What you always wanted to know about the Low Income Housing Tax Credit program, but were afraid to ask.
Contract administrators from MFA discuss the renewed HUD Management and Occupancy Reviews. Find out how to prepare for a MOR and how to avoid common errors. Learn how updates to the Enterprise Income Verification and the Violence Against Women Act have changed the MOR process.
Ted Swisher, Executive Director, Santa Fe Habitat for Humanity
New regulations and requirements are in place for mortgage origination. This session summarizes the issues that are most relevant to Habitat for Humanity affiliates.
Experts bring light to the silent epidemic known as brain injury and explore its impact within our communities as it relates to homelessness. Learn what a brain injury is and how to recognize it, understand how it happens, and discover ways to deal with challenging behaviors. We also discuss the types of services that are available in New Mexico.
James Walker, Program Director, Center for Self-Sufficiency and Housing Assistance, Catholic Charities
Learn about the challenges and victories experienced by one agency as they implement the Housing First model. James Walker from Catholic Charities talks about what is working and what is still a struggle for the organization.
Launi DeYoung, Founder, OrgWorks
Is your team dysfunctional? Do you have a hard time holding each other accountable and achieving results? In this workshop, which is based on Patrick Lencioni’s Five Dysfunctions of a Team, participants learn what makes teams dysfunctional and what elements need to be in place to allow them to effectively achieve their goals.
Erik Meek, Gang Unit Officer, Albuquerque Police Department
As gangs become an increasing issue in our society, it is important to be able to recognize them and understand what drives them. Officers from the Albuquerque Police Department’s Gang Unit take you through a powerful and dynamic presentation on gang awareness that can help you get ahead of a potential gang problem. Attendees learn to recognize signs of gang involvement, possible dangers, as well as gang preventions strategies.
This session explores the unprecedented changes in our nation’s tax laws that have occurred over the last 12 months and what those changes mean for affordable housing. Key staff from Novogradac and Company, the group that served as expert advisor to the affordable housing industry during this extraordinary period, look at the changes that were made to the LIHTC program through the FY 2018 federal budget. We also discuss continued advocacy efforts for the Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act and review opportunities for affordable housing and the LIHTC program.
Gloria Marcott, Rio Rancho Police Officer
Hosting an open house, walking through an apartment complex with a potential tenant, visiting a construction site or just going from the parking lot to the front door of your office can leave you vulnerable to a physical attack. Join one of the 2016 Housing Summit’s most popular speakers, Gloria Marcott, for an immersive session on how to keep yourself safe in any situation. Marcott also demonstrates tools that can provide an additional layer of safety.
Amanda Hatherly, Director, NM Energy$mart Academy, Santa Fe Community College
Your home should be a place where you feel safe and healthy. Unfortunately, many homes are not. Mold, asbestos, bad indoor air quality and other hazards are more common that most people think. This session explores what you can do to make your home -- or the homes you work in -- the safe haven a home should be.
Jean Block, Owner, Jean Block Consulting
Donations from private sources allow nonprofit agencies to be innovative in how they accomplish their mission. Donations also help them weather the ups and downs of government support. Jean Block, a nationally recognized consultant and trainer on nonprofit management, shares creative and fun ways to improve your fundraising program.
Steven Michael Quezada, Bernalillo County Commissioner and Breaking Bad Actor
Drug enforcement agent Steven Gomez, aka Steven Michael Quezada, brings us a hilarious look at life in New Mexico from an insider’s perspective. The Emmy award-winning Breaking Bad star, who also had roles in Wildfire, Crash and In Plain Sight, is a major touring comedian who has appeared on HBO and opened for Saturday Night Live. He also happens to be a Bernalillo County commissioner. Mr. Quezada answers all your questions about acting, New Mexico and, of course, about Walter White.
Launi DeYoung, Founder, OrgWorks
Did you know that the higher people go up the career ladder the less likely they are to ask for help? In this informative and practical session, learn how to identify when an organization's leaders are struggling. Discover techniques to effectively coach them, enabling them to reach both their professional and organizational goals.
Joseph Pigg, Senior Vice President and Senior Counsel, American Bankers Association
The Dodd-Frank Act has profoundly impacted consumers and lenders for nearly a decade in ways both good and bad. While many sensible reforms are needed, lingering concerns from the economic crisis have thwarted consensus. As the voice of the U.S. banking industry, the American Bankers Association’s senior counsel explains current regulatory relief efforts including provisions contained in the S.2155 - Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act. The session also explores the changes and work that lies ahead.
From growing populations to overcrowded households, there are many reasons why multifamily housing developments are becoming increasingly desirable. But creating a successful Low Income Housing Tax Credit project can be challenging – especially in rural New Mexico. In this session, representatives from Travois and the Pueblo of Acoma Housing Authority tell us how they used LIHTC funding to develop a beautiful 30-unit community in Acoma Pueblo. Hear about nation-wide trends that have emerged through successful development in rural tribal areas as well as the importance of culturally-conscience housing designs.
Patty Balderrama, Program Coordinator, Housing Development, MFA; Laura Chavez, Community Liaison, MFA; Alexandra Ladd, Director, Office of Affordable Housing, City of Santa Fe; Ted Swisher, Executive Director, Santa Fe Habitat for Humanity
Contributions from a local government or private individual can be a game changer for an affordable housing project. This session presents the success story of a collaboration among Santa Fe Habitat for Humanity, the City of Santa Fe, Santa Fe Housing Trust and Pulte homes. Discover how to leverage and maximize contributions to create affordable housing in your community.
Susan Biernacki, J.D., Tax Credit Program Manager, Housing Development, MFA; Shawn Colbert, CPM, COS, Director of Housing Development, MFA; Matt Grosz, Director, Red Stone Equity Partners, LLC; Aaron Krasnow, Investment Manager, RBC Capital Markets; Jeff Nishita, Partner, Novogradac & Company; Dan Wendle, Vice President-Director of Acquisitions West, Raymond James Tax Credit Funds; Matt Zarlengo, Vice President, Community Investments, Community Development Trust
A panel of industry leaders discusses current trends in the tax credit market including the pricing and timing of credit investments, investor deal requirements, and the market and regulatory forces that are driving investments.
Kathy Griego, Housing Programs Analyst, Asset Management, MFA; Laura Kuehn, Crime Prevention Specialist, Albuquerque Police Department; Janie McGuigan, Founder, Supportive Housing Consulting Associates; Rose Silva-Smith, Vice President of Asset Management, YES Housing, Inc.
For communities to be strong and stable, its multifamily housing properties must be strong and stable. And stable properties don’t happen unless residents are involved. This dynamic session illustrates the power of resident engagement and the benefits of supporting them through community-based resources, services and activities. Experts share strategies for creating cooperative networks and promoting positive community well-being.
Jack Lindberg, Real Estate and Technology Trainer
Three hours of CE credits pending
Real estate professionals are trusted to handle sensitive information and monies for their clients every day as part of real estate transactions. Many don’t fully understand the pitfalls that exist online. Join Jack Lindberg as he gives REALTORS® a higher level of understanding of the internet and how things work. With both a real estate and technology background, Jack has a wealth of knowledge and experience to share. Three hours of CE credits pending. Sponsored by the REALTORS® Association of New Mexico.
Helping clients increase their income is an important part of helping them become more independent. Learn how to help people with multiple barriers to employment get back into the workforce. Strategies for increasing income from other sources are also discussed.
Shelley Repp, Founder, Spoken For
It is important that both service professionals and the general population understand how vulnerable individuals experiencing homelessness are to human trafficking and how severe the consequences can be for them. Learn how to identify those at risk, engage them and connect them to resources.
Seth Saavedra, Blogger, Writer and Advocate
Seth Saavedra grew up in public housing in Albuquerque in a low-income family that relied on public assistance to survive. He shares his story of how the public school system gave him the support he needed to thrive and succeed. Now an advocate for modernizing and improving public education systems, Seth discusses how schools must evolve to meet the needs of a rapidly changing workforce.
Join us for an engaging, interactive discussion about the Affordable Housing Act. Meet MFA’s Affordable Housing Act community liaison, explore new Affordable Housing Act resources, materials and support options, and preview new features on MFA’s website. You have a front-row seat as we work together to develop new interactive tools and resources to support affordable housing initiatives statewide.
Technological developments have created new ways for tribes and other housing entities to use GIS data and mapping to inventory and assess housing. Atkin Olshin Schade Architects have developed a user-friendly mobile app that uses this technology to assist communities in their preservation and rehabilitation planning efforts. In this session, AOS and Michael Chavez from the Zuni Housing Authority demonstrate how the app was developed and customized for several New Mexico pueblos and how its powerful data management system is changing the way communities assess their housing needs.
Sam Cobb, Mayor, Hobbs, New Mexico; Shawn Colbert, CPM, COS, Director of Housing Development, MFA; Michelle Den Bleyker, Vice President of Real Estate Development, YES Housing, Inc; Brian Gerritz, President and Co-Founder, Pavilion
Take a journey from the conception and birth of a housing development through its twilight extended-use period. We examine what it takes to bring a project to life and how keep it alive for the long term.
Dive into the world of developing housing for residents with special housing needs through an in-depth look at MFA’s new definition of special needs, expectations and requirements for Low Income Housing Tax Credit scoring. We also explore real-world examples of how to provide services without a Local Lead Agency.
Market studies consistently show that greener apartments provide higher returns on investments due to low turnover and high occupancy. Industry experts explain what property owners and managers can do to make their units healthier, safer and more energy-efficient for their tenants while increasing their ROI.
Allegra Love, Attorney and Director, Santa Fe Dreamers Project
New Mexico is a state blessed with many immigrants. It is important for service providers to understand what kinds of services will best assist these newcomers as they work to craft new lives for themselves and their families. One of New Mexico's leading immigration attorneys leads us through this unique process and shares how we can help.
Lisa Maury, Program Director, Albuquerque Continuum of Care, New Mexico Coalition to End Homelessness; Michael Nitsch, Project Manager, Balance of State Continuum of Care, New Mexico Coalition to End Homelessness
This rewarding session explores how to use assertive engagement when working with individuals experiencing homelessness. We also focus on combining assertive engagement with diversion, making the techniques even more effective. Walk through the nine steps of diversion practice and strategies for assessing the need for shelter service.
Pamela Hett, Owner, The Hett Agency
You’re all over social media with followers, subscribers and likes galore. People comment on your cute cat and like the cobbler recipe you posted. But do they look to you for their business needs? Do they even know exactly what it is you do? If you’re serious about using social media to grow your business and to represent the absolute best “business you,” discover how Facebook Messenger chatbots can help you secure leads and engage the people who matter to your business. Also, get an in-depth look at LinkedIn and learn how to create the profile of a true professional.
What is the relationship between housing and domestic violence? What housing programs and services are covered under The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)? How does the act apply to both male and female survivors? Learn about recent changes to VAWA and gain a better understanding of how VAWA applies to leases, evictions and emergency transfers. Explore ways to better support owners, managers and tenants while also maintaining records and confidentiality.
Patty Balderrama, Program Coordinator, Housing Development, MFA; Tanya Birks, Assistant Director of Housing Development, MFA; Shawn Colbert, CPM, COS, Director of Housing Development, MFA; George Maestas, Program Manager, Housing Development, MFA; Sabrina Su, Program Manager, Housing Development, MFA
Did you know that MFA has funding sources other than LIHTC for affordable housing development? Learn about several funding programs including: the National Housing Trust Fund program, which finances the construction or rehabilitation of housing for households earning the higher of 30 percent of Area Median Income or the federal poverty level; HOME Single-Family Development program, which provides partial or gap financing for the construction or acquisition/ rehabilitation of single-family homes; and the New Mexico Affordable Housing Tax Credit program, which provides state tax credits to individuals or entities that make donations to qualified housing developments. There is also a quick recap of some of the better-known funding sources.
Patrick Ortiz, Assistant Director of Asset Management, MFA
Late last year, HUD released an updated version of their Compilation Bulletin. The new version had lots of changes, which we review in this session. Get answers to all of your HUD REAC protocol questions.
Scott Florez, Owner, Title Land Consulting, LLC
REALTORS, do you know what questions to ask your seller when listing a manufactured home? Do you know what to look for and where to look? Are there times you should decline to list a property? Lenders, do you know the potential paperwork pitfalls that await you in many manufactured home transactions or what’s involved in deactivating a title? Do you know how to determine whether a unit has been moved more than once? Industry expert Scott Florez answers these questions and more in this session that expands your ability to understand and handle listings and loans that seem overwhelming.
Whether you are new to the principles of trauma-informed care or looking to polish your skill-set, this insightful session provides strategies to prevent re-traumatization and secondary trauma in people with histories of trauma. Explore how to recognize the presence of trauma symptoms, engage the individual, and acknowledge the role that trauma has played in their lives. Learn more about this integrated, person-centered approach and strengthen your understanding of the high prevalence of trauma in persons experiencing homelessness in our communities.
Jackie Garrity, Program Manager for Emergency Homeless Assistance Program; Natalie Michelback, Program Manager for HOPWA and Continuum of Care, MFA; Shannon Tilseth, Program Manager for Rental Assistance Program and Linkages Program, MFA
Join MFA’s community development staff for an overview of upcoming funding opportunities for homeless shelters and rental assistance programs. Learn the basics of applying for funding, eligible activities, regulatory requirements and program target populations. Help us help your community!
Julian Barela, Financial Analyst, HUD
Why do public and regional housing authorities need board governance? What is their real role and function? Why is it important for staff to collaborate with their board of commissioners? Julian Barela, a financial analyst with HUD, takes us through the fundamentals of oversight, roles, responsibilities and ethics for housing authority commissioners and board members. Learn best practices for keeping your board engaged and empowering them to help make your organization a high performer.
Debbie Davis, Moderator, Reporting Specialist MFA; Thomas Prettyman, Attorney, New Mexico Legal Aid; Roman Seaburgh, Director of Strategic Initiatives, New Mexico Coalition to End Homelessness; Kelle Senyé, Executive Director, Apartment Association of New Mexico, Linda P. Simon, Consultant, Permanent Supportive Housing Programs
Fair housing is more than a list of dos and don’ts. The mission of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO) is to eliminate housing discrimination, provide housing opportunities and create diverse communities. Join experts in the fields of property management and community services as we commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act. Discuss how FHEO applies to you and explore applicability of laws, HUD regulations and best-practice through real-life scenarios and group discussion.
MFA development staff host this informative roundtable. Share your program administration experiences and explore emerging issues in allocation, underwriting, funds availability and development.
Facilitator: Eunice Duran, Homeownership Representative, MFA
Helping a low- or moderate-income family buy a home can be very rewarding. In this lender/REALTOR roundtable, we discuss new down payment assistance products as well as tried-and-true programs that might be gathering dust in your toolbox.
Ted Swisher, Executive Director, Santa Fe Habitat for Humanity and President of Habitat for Humanity New Mexico.
This session provides an opportunity for Habitat for Humanity affiliates to ask questions and share what’s working in their communities. Discussion topics include everything from fundraising to construction.
Joseph Stevens, Executive Director, Central New Mexico Housing; MFA staff
Tour a multifamily facility that was weatherized by Central New Mexico Housing using funding from MFA’s NM Energy$mart program. Learn how the program works and the impact it has on the low-income families it serves. The bus leaves promptly at 3:35 p.m. from the hotel’s main entrance. We’ll drop you off at the front door of the Ponderosa Brewing Company across the street from Hotel Albuquerque in time for the 5 p.m. reception sponsored by Pavilion Construction.
Abraham Placencio, Outreach Team Lead, St. Martin Hospitality
Understand the principles and function of the street outreach model and its role in the larger system of homeless and housing services. Explore strategies for engaging populations that do not seek out services.
Hank Hughes, Executive Director, New Mexico Coalition to End Homelessness
Staff members are the core of any agency’s work. How do we nurture our investment in our people so that they stick around for the long haul? This round table discussion gives participants a chance to share their best ideas and discuss those presented by others.
Jimmy Wayne, Music Artist and Author
To say Jimmy Wayne had a difficult childhood is an understatement. When his mother wasn’t in jail, her house was filled with drugs, random stragglers and violence. Often hungry and frequently left to fend for himself, Jimmy was homeless at age 16. Jimmy shares his story of how an elderly couple opened their home to him and gave him the love and stability he needed to thrive. Now an award-winning country music artist and author, Jimmy performs some of his hits including “Paper Angels” and “Do You Believe Me Now,” which earned BMI’s prestigious Million-Air Award for receiving one million radio spins in America.
Ashley Strauss-Martin, REALTORS Association of New Mexico Legal Counsel
This session is pending approval for two hours of CE credit by NMREC
RANM General Counsel Ashley Strauss-Martin is back with the latest forms changes, news, and legal issues effecting real estate. Three hours of CE credits pending. Sponsored by the REALTORS® Association of New Mexico.
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