Our Mission is to provide quality training and to be

a unified voice for the Affordable Housing Industry.

Board of Directors

    • President
      Bobby Griffith - JL Gray
    • Treasurer
      Jack MacGillivray - Monarch Properties
    • Secretary
      Jeff Carnell - Medlock Southwest Management Corporation
    • Management Chair
      Scot Fishburn - JL Gray
    • Developmant Co-chairs
      Jeff Curry - JL Gray
      Michelle Den Bleyker
    • Directors
      Chris Stanley - Monarch Properties
      Kaye Medlock  - Medlock Southwest Management Corporation
      Rose Silva-Smith - YES Housing
      Mercy Castillo
    • Communications Director
      Lori Varnell
       - JL Gray
    • Conference Coordinator
      Deana Kirby
       - JL Gray
    • AANM Liaison
      Kelle Senye
    • USDA Liaison
      Cindy Jackson
    • HUD Liaison
      Gloria Garcia
    • MFA Liaison
      Debbie Davis
    • Vendor Repsentatives
      Charlie Waits - GHEIS
      Jeff Thomas - HD Supply
      Danny Lilly - Dunn-Edwards
      Matt Naughton - ICAST

Southwest Affordable Housing Group

Industry Updates

Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) for 2015

Monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for nearly 64 million Americans will increase 1.7 percent in 2015.

The 1.7 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will begin with benefits that more than 58 million Social Security beneficiaries receive in January 2015. Increased payments to more than 8 million SSI beneficiaries will begin on December 31, 2014.

2015 Operating Cost Adjustment Factors (OCAFs) Published

The Operating Cost Adjustment Factors (OCAF) for 2015 were published in the October 2, 2014 Federal Register.  These factors are used for adjusting or establishing Section 8 rents under the Multifamily Assisted Housing Reform and Affordability Act of 1997 (MAHRA), as amended, for projects assisted with Section 8 Housing Assistance Payments.  

The factors are effective February 11, 2015 and can be found at  http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-10-02/pdf/2014-23475.pdf

HUD Better Buildings Challenge

In 2013, the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) partnered to expand the Better Buildings Challenge (BBC) to the multifamily residential sector. Multifamily owners/agents are encouraged to become BBC Partners by submitting a Partnership Agreement to commit to reducing energy and water usage by at least 20 percent within 10 years.

HUD has established a Management Add-On Fee incentive, effective April 24, 2014, to help owners/agents pay for the additional cost of best practices in energy and water consumption.  Please submit a form HUD-9839-A or B to request approval for Add-On Fees.

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HUD Secretary Issues Letter to PHAs Encouraging More Flexible Admissions Policies

In June, US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan wrote a letter to Public Housing Agency (PHA) Directors across the country to clarify HUD policy related to criminal history and to encourage more flexible, reasonable admissions policies for people re-entering communities following incarceration.  The letter can be seen at http://usich.gov/resources/uploads/asset_library/Rentry_letter_from_Donovan_to_PHAs_6-17-11.pdf  

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