Register today! 3/8 WEBINAR: Connecting Housing and Education: How a Data-Sharing Partnership Can Improve Outcomes for Children in your Community

Connecting Housing and Education: How a Data-Sharing Partnership Can Improve Outcomes for Children in your Community

On Thursday, March 8 from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. EST, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Education (ED) will host a joint webinar on improving student outcomes through data-sharing partnerships between public housing authorities, multifamily housing providers, and school districts. REGISTER TODAY to reserve your spot and receive event reminders.

Nearly four million children live in public housing and HUD-assisted multifamily properties. Housing providers and school districts both work hard to create an environment in which these children can succeed, and collaboration between these two sectors can lead to even greater improvements in school readiness, attendance and graduation rates, and reading and math proficiency. Recognizing this potential, a growing number of public housing authorities, multifamily housing providers, and school districts have formed partnerships focused on data-driven strategies to improve educational opportunities and outcomes for children living in HUD-assisted housing.

This introductory webinar is designed for public housing, multifamily housing, and school district leadership and staff who are new to this topic and interested in learning more about what they can gain from initiating a partnership. The session will introduce attendees to the Data Sharing Road Map, a new resource from HUD and ED, and explore the potential benefits of a data-driven partnership between housing and education organizations.

Confirmed speakers:

  • Jennifer Bell-Ellwanger, Director of the Policy and Program Studies Service, U.S. Department of Education
  • Calvin Johnson, Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Research, Evaluation, and Monitoring, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Michael Hawes, Director of Student Privacy Policy, Office of the Chief Privacy Officer, U.S. Department of Education
  • Maria-Lana Queen, Acting Director, Community and Supportive Services Division, Office of Public and Indian Housing, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Brent Jones, Chief Strategy and Partnerships Officer, Seattle Public Schools
  • Andrew Lofton, Executive Director, Seattle Housing Authority
  • Brenda Castillo-Garza, Director of Family Services, MidPen Services

Oklahoma Open Records Seminars Hosted by Attorney General Mike Hunter and OK Press Association

Free meetings, open to the public

OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter will collaborate with the Oklahoma Press Association to host open records and open meetings seminars in six locations across the state beginning next Thursday, Sept. 28.

The seminars are free, open to the public and require no pre-registration.

Attorney General Hunter said the meetings will be a great way for the public or officials who are serving on local or state boards to ask questions and stay up-to-date on the state’s open record laws.

“These seminars will provide highlights to the most recent open-government laws in our state,” Attorney General Hunter said. “I strongly encourage everyone who serves the public attend these meetings and ask questions.

“I appreciate the Oklahoma Press Association for helping host these meetings. Transparency laws promote accountability and are some of the most important laws we have.”

The seminars will be from 1 to 4 p.m. on the following dates and locations:

September 28 – Ardmore, Southern Oklahoma Technology Center, 2610 Sam Noble Parkway

October 12 – Woodward, Woodward Conference Center, 3401 Centennial Lane

October 19 – Owasso, Tulsa Technology Center – Owasso campus, 10800 N. 140th E Avenue

November 2 – McAlester, Eastern Oklahoma State College, 1802 E. College Avenue

November 16 – Oklahoma City, Metro Tech Conference Center, 1900 Springlake Drive

December 7 – Altus, Southwest Technology Center, 711 W. Tamarack Road

Continuing Education Available

Attorneys who attend are eligible to receive continuing legal education credit hours.

School board members and superintendents are eligible to receive three continuing education credit hours from the Oklahoma State Department of Education.

Technology center board members can earn three continuing education credit hours from the State Department of Career and Technology Education.

For more information, contact the Oklahoma Press Association at (888) 815-2672, or Attorney General Hunter’s communication office via Communications Director Terri Watkins at (405) 522-2283 or, or Press Secretary Alex Gerszewski at (405) 522-3116 or

City of Tulsa NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING CAPER & 2018 Needs Assessment

The HUD Community Development Committee for the City of Tulsa will hold a Program Year 2016 Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) & Program Year 2018 Needs Assessment Public Hearing.

  • Where: City Hall, 175 E. 2nd Street, Council Chambers, 2nd Floor on
  • When: Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.
  • Why: The purpose of the Public Hearing is to consider the Draft PY16 CAPER and to solicit comments from Tulsans in order to prioritize the needs for Program Year 2018 in accordance with the goals set forth in the approved City of Tulsa Five-Year Consolidated Plan. Information presented to the Committee will be used to set priorities for Program Year 2018.  The Consolidated Plan can be viewed by accessing

Reasonable accommodations will be made in compliance with the Americans with Disability Act of 1990 for those with disabilities or those who require an interpreter for languages other than English. Contact Grants Administration at (918) 596-9084 by September 11, 2017 to request such arrangements.

Oklahoma Housing Finance Agency offers temporary rental housing to Hurricane Harvey evacuees

Owners of all Affordable Housing Tax Credit properties in Oklahoma may provide temporary housing to individuals displaced by Hurricane Harvey.  The temporary housing period for this emergency housing relief began Aug. 23 and ends Aug.31, 2018.

Displaced individuals should contact the properties directly to inquire about vacancies. A database listing of Tax Credit properties along with more information about the program can be found on OHFA’s website. Eligible individuals include those who have been displaced from their principal residence as a result of a Hurricane Harvey and whose principal residence was located in an area designated as eligible for Individual Assistance by FEMA.

Oklahoma Housing Finance Agency operates the program that provides rental housing to qualified households across the state. Since 1987, more than 28,000 rental units in about 500 properties across the state have been built with Affordable Housing Tax Credits.

Contact Holley Mangham, APR – (405) 419-8222

OHFA Releases 2018 Final Draft Low Income Housing Tax Credit Application

The Oklahoma Housing Finance Agency released the final draft of the 2018 Low Income Housing Tax Credit Application (aka Affordable Housing Tax Credit). The final application and instructions are available on their website or click the title below.

2018    FINAL Draft Application (posted 8/29/17)         Instructions (posted 8/29/17)

OHFA Trustees will consider the application on September 13. Anyone wishing to make comments on the final application should file 10 copies of their comments not less than 48 hours prior to the meeting.

Mark your calendar for the October 11, 2017, OHFA 2018 Tax Credit application overview session at 1:00 p.m.

Complimentary webinar: Why Housing Messages Backfire…

Advocate more effectively and build support for affordable housing
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Why Housing Messages Backfire & What We Can Do
Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. EST
Join NHC, Enterprise Community Partners and the FrameWorks Institute for a discussion of housing messaging pitfalls and simple things housers can do to advocate more effectively and build support for affordable housing.

The affordable housing movement across the U.S. has had tremendous success in creating understanding of the affordable housing challenges our communities face, and in growing support for the actions government can take to solve the problem. Despite this success, the public discussion of affordable housing seems to get stuck when housers try to get both the public and policymakers to understand the vital role affordable housing plays in our lives.

In this webinar, hear from Tiffany Manuel of Enterprise Community Partners and Nathaniel Kendall-Taylor of the Frameworks Institute about the ways typical affordable housing messages backfire, and what we can do differently to improve our affordable housing funding campaigns and counter community opposition to affordable developments in our neighborhoods. Amy Clark of the National Housing Conference will share additional resources that will help the housing community use effective messaging in its work.

The webinar will include time for audience questions. Slides and a recording of the webinar will be made available after the presentation concludes.

Register today!
Sponsored by:
National Housing Conference | | 202-466-2121
National Housing Conference | 1900 M Street NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20036

HUD Publishes Housing Counseling: New Certification Requirements Final Rule

HUD published the Housing Counseling: New Certification Requirements Final Rule in the Federal Register today, December 14, 2016. This rule implements statutory requirements that housing counseling required under or provided in connection with all HUD programs will be provided by HUD-Certified Housing Counselors. Some of the requirements are in effect 30 days after the rule publication. Counselors have up to 36 months after the date that the HUD housing counselor certification examination becomes available, which will be published in a separate Federal Register Notice to comply with the Certification requirement.

The Federal Register, FAQs, and other resources pertaining to the rule are available on the HUD Exchange. HUD will continue to provide guidance and additional resources to Housing Counseling program current and future participants on specific aspects of the new requirements in the coming weeks. Check the Housing Counseling: New Certification Requirements Final Rule page frequently for updates.

Application to Other HUD Programs

The final rule implements the requirement that, after the final compliance date, all housing counseling required under or provided in connection with HUD programs, as defined in CFR § 5.111 (b), must be provided by HUD-certified housing counselors that must work for agencies approved to participate in HUD’s Housing Counseling program.

For more information about how the Housing Counseling: New Certification Requirements Final Rule affects other HUD programs, please view the Housing Counseling: New Certification Requirements Final Rule.


For participating housing counseling agencies participating in HUD’s Housing Counseling program, please consult the frequently asked questions (FAQs) and if questions remain, please contact or for network agencies, work through your oversight agency.

For those Community Planning and Development (CPD) programs, grantees, or Public Housing Agencies who are not participating in HUD’s Housing Counseling program, please review the General Questions for Other HUD Programs, program-specific FAQs, and List of Programs Covered by the Final Rule. This information is available on the Housing Counseling: New Certification Requirements Final Rulepage. If questions remain after viewing this information, please contact or your HUD representative for more information.

FDIC Unveils Resources to Help Community Bankers Learn More about Affordable Mortgage Programs

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) published a guide and launched an online resource center to help community bankers learn more about single-family housing products offered by federal agencies and government-sponsored enterprises.

The Affordable Mortgage Lending Guide, Part I: Federal Agencies and Government Sponsored Enterprises describes federal programs for single-family housing lending that support home purchase, refinance, manufactured housing, and some home improvements. It covers programs that are intended to assist a variety of communities, including rural areas and Native American communities, as well as low- and moderate-income individuals, first-time homebuyers, and veterans.

Bankers can use this guide as a resource to gain an overview of a variety of program resources, to compare different products, for information on Community Reinvestment Act implications, and to help identify the next steps for program participation.

The FDIC developed the guide after receiving frequent feedback from community bankers who said they did not understand the wide array of federal housing programs and encouraged the development of a resource that provided information on all the programs in one location.

In addition to the publication, the FDIC launched the Affordable Mortgage Lending Center, an online resource center featuring data, fact sheets, and mortgage lending studies from the FDIC and other federal resources. The center includes the full version of the guide and also provides links that take the reader directly to the programs.

The Affordable Mortgage Lending Guide includes three parts: Part I: Federal Agencies and Government Sponsored Enterprises; Part II: State Housing Finance Agencies; and Part III: Federal Home Loan Banks. The second and third publications will be available and posted to the Affordable Mortgage Lending Center later in 2016.

The publications can be ordered at or downloaded from the Affordable Mortgage Lending Center. To subscribe to emails to receive information about updates and new publications, go to For questions or comments about the guide or center, email

Webinar: Conversation with HUD-Criminal Records Guidance

The Shriver Center will host a webinar on October 26, 2016, from 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET, with officials from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Criminal records may serve as a barrier to housing. Earlier this year, HUD issued guidance stating that admission denials, evictions, and other adverse housing decisions based on a person’s criminal record may constitute racial discrimination under the Fair Housing Act. This webinar will provide an overview of the guidance and address questions. Click here.