MONDAY, NOVEMBER 13
9:00 – 9:30 AM Welcome and Overview
9:30 – 10:30 AM PLENARY SESSION
General Session with DHCD – DHCD Directors
10:45 AM – 12:00 PM
· DHCD Town Hall Q&A’s
· Boards and Budgets: State and Federal
1:45 – 3:15 PM
· Updating Your Personnel Policy
Hot Topics with your Regional Attorneys
Come sit with Regional Attorneys Pat Grace and Karen Ahlers for a question and answer session on current hot topics. They'll start the discussion with brief comments about parking policies, marijuana, smoking, updates to the Open Meeting Law, Notices to Quit, employee sick time, and disability definitions as they relate to reasonable accommodations. Then they'll move on to your questions.
Panelists: Karen Ahlers, Esq. and Patricia Grace, Esq., Regional Attorneys
Social Bullying: Assessing and Intervening with Older Adults
Social bullying presents itself in many settings, including public housing for elderly and disabled individuals. Staff from Housing Authorities that operate senior housing often struggle with how to prevent and respond to social bullying. This session will help build skills in identifying key characteristics of social bullying among older adults and differentiating between bullying and other “problematic” behaviors that occur in housing. Most importantly, participants will identify and practice strategies to address the issue when it happens and understand the importance of engaging residents as bystanders in standing up to people who bully.
Panelists: Emily Cooper, Chief Housing Officer, Executive Office of Elder Affairs; Robin Krawczyk, Community Education and Training Specialist, Jewish Family & Children’s Services
· Economic Prosperity
3:15 – 4:30 PM
Prepping your LHA for Winter
With another New England winter just around the corner, help ensure that your maintenance staff will be prepared to face the elements with these timely safety tips. Topics will include snow blower safety and winter driving, along with recent causes of loss that you should be on the lookout for. Presented on behalf of the MassNAHRO Insurance Group, Inc.
Panelist: David Matosky, CRM, CMS Associates, Inc
· Executive Director/Board Member/Resident Communication Skills
· Managing Construction Projects: Bids over $100,000
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 14
9:00 – 10:30 AM
Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)
The Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA) of 2013 was signed into law on March 7, 2013. This change expands VAWA protections and contains new notification and transfer requirements. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued the Final Rule in November 2016 and comprehensive guidance in PIH 2017-08. Under this rule PHAs are required to utilize new HUD Forms and Notices and prepare an Emergency Transfer Plan. Come to this session for a discussion of PHA compliance with VAWA and to learn more about the issue of domestic violence and specific assistance available to victims.
Panelists: Manette Donovan, Esq.; Jennifer Bolton, Senior Manager of Prevention & Education, Domestic Violence Ended
Updated CORI Regulations for Housing Background Checks
The DCJIS recently updated the CORI regulations that apply to employment and housing background checks. This presentation will summarize the updates to the regulations and explain how the regulations have been updated to further streamline the CORI request process while ensuring public safety. There are many nuances in the law that you should be aware of if your duties include processing CORI background checks. Users that review or make decisions based on CORI are encouraged to attend.
Panelist: Agapi Koulouris, General Counsel, Massachusetts Department of Criminal Justice Information Services
· LHA 101 – defining the acronyms for board members and new administrators
10:45 AM – 12:15 PM
· HUD Public Housing and Section 8 Update
· Board Member Responsibilities – Director Evaluations
LHA Legal Update
Lots to cover in this legal update! Hear about nationwide CORI checks & agreements with law enforcement for same; labor and employment developments including the new ED contract guidelines, new notable court/civil service commission decisions and new pregnant workers fairness act. Also will touch on the New Open Meeting regulations.
Panelist: Michele Randazzo, Esq., KP Law, PC.
1:45 – 3:15 PM
· Fee Accountants Roundtable – Best Practices
· Lead Control & Healthy Homes (HUD Session)
· Records Retention
· Small LHA Roundtable