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Room: Concourse, Time Slot: 04:30 PM Sun 04/30/17

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Room: Concourse, Time Slot: 07:30 AM Mon 05/01/17

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Room: Exhibit Hall A, Time Slot: 08:00 AM Mon 05/01/17

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HOME Rental Compliance 101: Program Overview
  • by Monte Franke, Franke Consulting Group 
Room: Banquet Room 1 & 3, Time Slot: 08:30 AM Mon 05/01/17

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If you have not used HOME funds before, or have only used them for one type of activity and want to hear about other potential uses, join us for an overview of the HOME Program. The session will provide background on the HOME program, who can use the funds, the range of eligible uses, and the essential compliance requirements that go with using these federal funds for low-income housing.

Tax Credit Development 101 Part 1
  • by Tom Caldwell, Cinnaire, Tony Moulton, Cinnaire, Ben Stehouwer, Cinnaire and Katie Adkins, Cinnaire 
Room: Banquet Room 5 & 7, Time Slot: 08:30 AM Mon 05/01/17

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Cinnaire has designed three consecutive sessions for participants who have little or no experience developing with housing tax credits. In this first session attendees will learn how to calculate a first mortgage, learn how to obtain tax credits and learn how to determine how much credit a development can obtain. Bring a calculator and your questions.

Welcome - Earl Poleski and Roger Curtis
  • by Earl Poleski, MSHDA and Roger Curtis, TED 
Room: Exhibit Hall B and C, Time Slot: 09:15 AM Mon 05/01/17

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Earl Poleski of Jackson was named the Michigan State Housing Development Authority’s executive director on February 22, 2017. He previously served in the Michigan Legislature from 2011 to 2016, holding prominent roles as chair of the Financial Liabilities Reform Policy Committee and the General Government Appropriations Subcommittee. Earl also has been a certified public accountant since 1981, working as a sole-practitioner and partner with accounting firms providing individual and business accounting, tax and consulting services, while also representing clients to the IRS and state tax agencies. He has also served in the oil and gas industry, where he managed the controllership, tax and treasury functions of CMS Nomeco Oil & Gas Co. in Jackson, and as vice president, treasurer and chief financial officer of Dart Energy Corporation in Mason. Earl has been married to his high school sweetheart, Candy, since 1978. Together, they have two grown sons, Earl Wayne and John, and two grandchildren. Earl and Candy are members of the First United Methodist Church, where he sings in the Chancel Choir. He also has led Jackson youth on several mission trips around the country, while teaching values such as service, hard work, honesty and responsibility. In the summer, Earl and Candy enjoy trailering their boat, “Peace of Candy,” and traveling around our beautiful state. Roger Curtis was named director of the Department of Talent and Economic Development (TED) by Gov. Snyder in November 2016. TED works to ensure that the state can efficiently and effectively develop, administer and coordinate Michigan’s economic, housing and talent development initiatives and programs. Roger previously spent 10 years as president of Michigan International Speedway. Under his leadership, MIS hosted two annual NASCAR races – bringing an estimated $414 million in economic activity to the state. Roger worked to make MIS a year-round destination with the addition of sports car and go karting events, automotive research and development programs and non-motorsports events such as a Tough Mudder, and a three-day country music festival called Faster Horses, one of the fastest growing music festivals in the nation. Roger previously served as vice president of sales and marketing at California Speedway, senior director of marketing and sales at Richmond International Raceway and director of marketing and sales at Watkins Glen International.

Advocacy 101: How Advocacy Can Help End Homelessness
  • by Eric Hufnagel, Michigan Coalition Against Homelessness, Jason Weller, Michigan Coalition Against Homelessness and David Anderson, Kalamazoo Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services 
Room: Banquet Room 6 & 8, Time Slot: 10:15 AM Mon 05/01/17

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This session will provide basic strategies for successful advocacy campaigns, with participants learning the difference between advocacy and lobbying efforts. Learn about relevant state and national policy issues and ways of using advocacy to educate legislators in order to impact policies that relate to homelessness.

Fundamentals of Developmental Disability and Dementia
  • by Kate Pierce, Alzheimer's Association-Greater Michigan Chapter 
Room: Room 101 & 102, Time Slot: 10:15 AM Mon 05/01/17

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People with developmental disabilities are living longer than ever, and with longer life comes an increased risk of dementia. Join us to learn the risk of dementia for those with developmental disabilities; the unique signs and symptoms of dementia in this population; and how to best respond to changes in behavior, personality, communication and self-care abilities.

HOME Rental Compliance 201: Occupancy, Recordkeeping and Reporting Requirements
  • by Monte Franke, Franke Consulting Group 
Room: Banquet Room 1 & 3, Time Slot: 10:15 AM Mon 05/01/17

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Join program expert Monte Franke and MSHDA for a discussion of HOME occupancy, record keeping and reporting requirements. This session will address HUD requirements regarding selection plans, priorities and preferences, tenant screening, waiting lists and leases. We will also review MSHDA record keeping, reporting requirements and forms. Bring your questions and learn how to ensure that you have maintained full documentation of compliance.

Integrated Bed Bug Management
  • by Erik Foster, Michigan Department of Health & Human Services and Gary Offenbacher, Continental Management 
Room: Banquet Room 2 & 4, Time Slot: 10:15 AM Mon 05/01/17

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Touching on the latest developments and thinking beyond relying solely on the Pest Management Contractor, this session will discuss strategies that are working to keep residents happy and owners from going broke. Learn how to stretch your resources and build a team that is proactive and watchful. This will result in resolving bed bug problems in the early stages. We will discuss what is working and how residents, management and contractors must be united to win at this growing problem. Knowledge is power in the Bed Bug War!

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