2019 Minnesota Indian Housing Conference

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2017 Conference Courses

Wednesday, September 13th

10:30 am-12:00 pm

Asset Management - Overcoming Barriers in Supportive Housing Developments
Moderator: Eric Thiewes, Asset Manager, Minnesota Housing
No Supportive Housing development is the same and Asset Management is critical! Here is your chance to learn about Minnesota Housing’s ongoing oversight working with tribal development throughout Minnesota. You will also learn how to overcome obstacles that you may be facing at any supportive housing development. Chad Nelson of DW Jones and the supportive housing staff will share some of the struggles they have faced with two supportive housing projects on White Earth Reservation and the lessons learned on how it takes the management company, service provider, the community and the current residents at each of the development all working together to reduce vacancy, crime and drug use and clean up the image of the property.

Annual Home Visits and Unit Inspection
Moderator: Char Roberts, Red Lake Housing Authority
In this session we will discuss the need for conducting home visits, as well as the case by case scenarios that call for a home visit. The importance of compliance with Grant requirements, as well as touch base on conducting a visit for recertification and inspection purposes. The processes of notifying tenants before a home visit, and the numerous types of inspections such as move-in, annual, and moveout inspection. Implementing HDS (Housing Data Systems) for storage of inspection photos and notes for quick and easy access for each unit.

NAHASDA - What it is Today and Can Be Tomorrow
Presenter: Kevin Fitzgibbons, Principal, Fitzgibbons and Associates
This session will introduce you to NAHASDA, the Native American Housing And Self Determination Act. When and why it came about, what it allows Tribal Nations to accomplish, roles and responsibilities of native housing boards, commissioners, staff, and how it affects partners in development. It will also discuss general practices by Tribal Housing Authorities in the planning for and reporting of activities funded under NAHASDA.

12:00 pm-1:00 pm

Lunch / Indian Housing Today and Beyond
Mary Tingerthal, Commissioner, Minnesota Housing
An overview of the affordable housing issues, needs and resources at the state and federal level, the resources it expects to be available for the upcoming program year, and review recent awards and partnerships in Indian Country.

1:00 pm-2:30 pm

Permanent Supportive Housing: Reclaiming Our Space (AICHO) - Part 1
Moderator: Daryl Olson, American Indian Community Housing Organization
We will cover history of AICHO, background on Gimaajii, Creative Solutions to Permanent Supportive Housing, Fostering Community Relationships and Best Practices.

Best Practices in Development & Implementation of Tenant Policies
Moderator: Char Roberts, Red Lake Housing Authority
Fair and equal treatment for all our people provides for trust and investment in the success of tribal programs, notably in the realm of tribal housing. This is not just for enrolled or concern community members, but outside stakeholders who desire to see us prosper as well. Having both relevant and strong policies to govern the relationships between you and your constituents will assist in creating more professionalism, accountability, and security in your tribal housing programming. The session will define which policies are absolutely critical, who needs involvement in their development and implementation, and how to keep them customized to your program to continuously meet everyone's needs.

Partners in Single-Family Housing Development
Moderator: Cindy Koonce, Woodlands National Bank
Panelist will share and discuss funding and financial opportunities that housing authorities and other housing developers may find useful in the construction and financing of community housing development with a focus on single family housing. Hear from specialists representing, Woodlands National Bank, Minnesota Housings Impact Fund, Greater Minnesota Housing Fund and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines.

2:45 pm-4:30 pm 

Permanent Supportive Housing: Reclaiming Our Space (AICHO) - Part 2
Moderator: Daryl Olson, American Indian Community Housing Organization 
Building Strong Property Management Team, Financial Management, and expand on the Barriers/Creative Solutions that we have encountered and learn from.

After Development Comes Compliance - Part 1
Moderator: Renee Dickinson, Minnesota Housing
You Received the Funding, Now to keep it! There is so much going on during the development phase it's easy to overlook the fact that your funding comes with a long-term commitment to operate in compliance with the various funding agreements. During this two-part session, we will discuss basic compliance requirements of Low Income Housing Tax Credits and Minnesota Housing deferred loan programs, including documenting eligibility, annual certification and reporting requirements, best practices for preparing for a site visit, and responding to a notice of noncompliance. We will also cover HUD guidance on criminal background screening, fair housing, and Affirmative Fair Housing Marketing Plans.

Financing Single Family Housing
Moderator: Cindy Koonce, Woodlands National Bank
This session will cover the HUD 184 individual mortgage loan guarantee program basic's as well as the underwriting credit criteria for borrowers. Additional discussion on product opportunities such as the Native American Housing Initiative down payment and closing costs assistance program, other First Mortgage, Affordability, Value Gap, and Down payment assistance, along with Home Improvement funding will be shared by experts representing.

Thursday, September 14th

8:45 am-9:30 am

General Session: What's Happening at the Center for Indian Community Development
Nikki Pieratos, Federal Reserve Bank

9:30 am-10:20 am

Innovative Housing Ideas, Paths to Success - Tribal Leaders Panel
Robert Smith, Red Lake Band of Chippewa
Melanie Benjamin, Mille Lac's Band of Ojibwe
LeRoy Staples Fairbanks III, Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe
Moderator: Sam Strong, Red Lake Economic Development

Housing Tenancy & Home Ownership thoughts and views.

10:30 am-12:00 pm

Working Together as Tribal Collaborates
Moderator: Kristi Dawes, White Earth Human Services
What is the state of homelessness on reservations in Minnesota and what progress is being made as a result of various targeted efforts working to house and serve the American Indians experiencing homelessness? While honoring tribal sovereignty, we (MN Tribal Collaboration) are working together to maximize resources and obtain sustainable housing options through innovative efforts of our tribal governments and communities. Representatives from the MN Tribal Collaboration will share how they are successfully advocating for language changes to statute to allow tribes as eligible applicants for state grants. Adopting very specific guidelines based on voice and choice, strength based, and integrated case management the MN Tribal Collaboration is using data from the Wilder Reservation Homeless Study to prevent and end homelessness for American Indians in Minnesota.

Best Practices in Development Portfolio Maintenance Design
Moderator: Eric Sheppard, Shepherd Solutions LLC
Housing Management at its best. A presentation on detailed planning and processes of maintaining organizational costs and purchase pricing. All in an effort to prevent excessive spending, reduce supplier prices and minimize increases in departmental annual budgets. Additionally discussions with an emphasis on capacity building initiative strengthening daily work flow processes.

After Development Comes Compliance - Part II
Moderator: Renee Dickinson, Minnesota Housing
Followed by one-on-one sessions with Minnesota Housing compliance officers. Bring your compliance questions!

12:00 pm-1:00 pm

Lunch / Making Positive Change - Recognitions of Special People

1:00 pm-2:30 pm

Personal Words from Residents of Supportive Housing Developments
Moderator: Kristi Dawes, White Earth Human Services
Hear the thoughts and experiences from current tenants living in Supportive Housing in Duluth American Indian Community Housing, the Red Lake Homeless Shelter, Bemidji's Conifer Estates property, Bois Forte Supportive Housing and Supportive Housing on the White Earth Nation.

Lending in Indian Country - Part One
Moderator: Nikki Pieratos, Federal Reserve Bank
The Center for Indian Country Development (Federal Reserve of Minneapolis) and Woodlands Bank (HUD 184 lender and owned by the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe) will present the current state of mortgage lending in Indian Country, especially on trust lands, from both a national and local focus. Topics covered will include: current data on mortgage lending and desire for homeownership, the National Native Homeownership Coalition (NNHC), using HUD 184 program to renovate existing and develop new housing, and the importance of having a solid financial education program for homeownership, maintenance, and budgeting.

2:45 pm-4:30 pm

Professional Networking Stationed Visits
We hope that your time at the 2017 Minnesota Indian Housing Conference is insightful, inspiring, and causing you to brim with concepts for new ventures. The MN IHC Committee has requested some of our partners who already do great work in Indian Country to have booths set up specifically to engage on topics that you are interested. This time is for you to explore and expand on what is truly possible in tribal housing. Exhibitors include Dream Big, MHFA, GMHF, FHLB, Woodlands Bank, USDA, Development Consultants, and others.

Lending in Indian Country - Part Two
Moderator: Hal Clapp
Presenters from Midwest Minnesota Community Development Corporation (MMCDC), Red Lake Nation, White Earth and other experts engaged in financing tribal projects will guide participants through examples of mixed-use commercial projects and housing projects that used a blend of financing from a variety of traditional and non-traditional sources, including bond, tax credits (Low Income and New Markets), and USDA. Together they will help participants understand how to better position their projects to take advantage of the types of financing showcased in the project examples. A legal expert will be on hand to describe how tribal governments can meet the lending requirements of mainstream lenders. We want this to be an interactive session, so come prepared with questions and project ideas to share.

Friday, September 15th

8:45 am-9:30 am

Tribal Developments Showcase
Moderator: Caryn Polito, Minnesota Housing
Learn about the partnerships and funding sources that went into four successful rental projects both on and offreservation: Bois Forte duplexes, Red Lake single family homes, Park Place of Bemidji, and Indian Neighborhood Club (Minneapolis). Projects featured include tax credits, HIB, and supportive housing. Learn how to make your next project succeed!

10:15 am-11:30 am

Where is the Future of Indian Housing
Moderator: Kevin Fitzgibbons, Principal, Fitzgibbons & Associates
Discover the history of Indian housing and the Federal government's trust responsibility for Indian housing, current demographic trends impacting Indian housing, sustainable housing development and the use of alternative energy, and funding options for Indian housing.

11:30 am-1:00 pm

Lunch and Closing