Conference & Session Schedule (pdf)

Session Descriptions

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Scholarship Charter Fishing Information

BBQ & Brews Scholarship/Networking Event


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Late Pricing Starts September 1


Sponsor info/Forms

Vendor information (NEW Format this year)

Please note the following when registering: 

  • Agency and individual rates ONLY apply to current 2018 Minnesota NAHRO members. Otherwise the non-member rate applies.
  •  If you are using paypal to pay by credit card, please be sure to select the $12 Paypal/credit card convenience fee.
  • CANCELLATION POLICY:  Registration fees are refundable less a $75 per person administrative charge if written notification is received no later than 5:00 p.m. 30 days prior to the start of the conference.  If written notification of your cancellation is received within 15 days of the event, you will be refunded your registration fee less a $150 per person adminstrative charge.  If cancellation is received less than than 15 days before the conference, no refund will be provided. 
  • LATE FEE: Effective 9/1/2017 and is included in pricing

*Please note: If you are having trouble with registration,
please call 651-925-4070 or email*








MEI Total Elevator Solutions

Minnesota Housing Partnership

Dominium Inc.

Briggs and Morgan


AHRMA Insurance

Rental History Reports



Scholarship Fundraiser Charter Fishing Boat Sponsors

















Trolley Sponsors (for BBQ & Brews Bent Paddle Scholarship Fundraiser Networking Event)


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Event Details

Duluth Entertainment Convention Center
350 Harbor Drive

Event Contact

Session Description

Hearing Officer Workshop - 2 Day National Training with Nan McKay
Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - 10:00am
This two-day training is essential for hearing officers, members of hearing panels, staff who represent the PHA in hearings, and anyone who participates in the hearing process. Packed with information and updated with HOTMA, this workshop is for both public housing and Housing Choice Voucher hearings. Upon completion of the Hearing Officer Workshop, you should have developed and mastered the skills needed to conduct hearings and write decisions with hands-on case studies and best-practice strategies. Optional online certification exam is available for additional $150.
UPCS Training to Improve Your REAC Score - With John Emery - 2 Day National Training
Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - 10:00am
Stop spending valuable resources on items that have little or no impact on your REAC score. We’ll help you discover that the “most common” and “most impactful” defects are. We’ll teach you the point value of EVERY possible defect and show you how to spend less money while increasing your REAC score. A review of the entire protocol including deficiencies in the units, common areas, site, building systems, exteriors and health & safety. In addition, we will cover the multitude of UPCS changes from the past several months.
HUD Financial Bootcamp for Non-Finance Staff - Day 1
Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - 1:00pm
1pm-5:15pm & Thursday from 8:30am-noon. Having a modest understanding of the key elements of finance is important in helping understand the finacial health of your housing agency. The more you understand, the better you’ll be able to lead effectively, use your financial understanding to advance your organization and identify areas of concern. Not all of us have the financial background or training and this "bootcamp" will provide tools to help you read and understand financial statements, introduce you to general accounting principles, and key HUD program reports.
Fraud Prevention - Tips from HUD's Office of the Inspector General (OIG)
Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - 1:00pm
Come learn about successful tips and tricks to preventing potential program abuse in your public housing and voucher programs. Does your line staff know how to report fraud? Do you know how to identify areas of program vulnerability? Special Agent Kubesh will share his experience on these critical topics.
POHP 2018 - Constructing a Competitive Application
Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - 1:00pm
This session will provide a broad overview of the 2018 POHP funding round, including application requirements, timeline, and how PHA’s can submit a successful application. Participants will learn about what they should emphasize in their prospective rehab proposal, e.g. life / safety, and accessibility improvements and / or energy conservation measures. Minnesota Housing staff will provide background on why documentation of the current condition of building systems is helpful in making your application stand out. They will also cover application submittals, including the importance of providing a complete narrative. In addition, David and Irene will provide examples of unique partnerships that can provide additional resources for your project; and some important lessons learned from the 2017 POHP round.
Overview of Landlord Tenant Laws in Minnesota
Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - 1:00pm
From the rental agreement to security deposits and eviction actions, you need to stay on top of all aspects of landlord-tenant law. This session will give you tips on drafting better leases, help you decide when you should terminate tenancy, guide you on avoiding legal battles by getting a firm grasp of both landlord and tenant obligations all while successfully navigating ethical issues. Bring your questions for the opportunity to get the answers.
Feel Better at Work! Maximizing Employee Safety & Well-Being and Preventing Injury Through Effective Workplace Ergonomics
Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - 2:45pm
Calling all Desk Jockeys, Computer Wizards, and other Office Workers! Come hear from a great Northland expert on how the application of good ergonomics can help increase worker comfort and prevent workplace injuries and chronic conditions. This is a topic that should be of interest to anyone who sits at a desk and/or works at a computer for much of their day, and also for those interested in reducing potential workers compensation liabilities. Some tips will also be provided on safe lifting techniques that you can take back to your maintenance and related
A Path to Homeownership & Family Self Sufficiency with Minnesota Housing
Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - 2:45pm
Minnesota Housing Multifamily staff will give an introduction to the Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) program, which has recently been opened up to multifamily Project-based Section 8 developments. Staff will highlight the agency’s experience with the management and compliance side of the FSS program and will also speak about the agency’s goal to connect interested renters to the spectrum of resources that can prepare them for eventual homeownership. This session will also be a great opportunity for agency staff to learn from NAHRO members who have had experience with the FSS program. Minnesota Housing Single Family staff will provide insight into the first time and repeat homebuyer programs available at the Agency with an emphasis on down payment and closing cost assistance loans that will help get Minnesota borrowers into their own homes.
Working with your Continuum of Care (COC) - Why HRA's Should be Involved
Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - 4:00pm
What's a COC and what does it do? This session discusses how the COCs address homelessness and how HRAs can be important partners in the effort. Also how HRAs are well positioned to help administer critical programs and partner with service organizations to reduce homelessness.
Legislative Advocacy - Your Voice Matters
Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - 4:00pm
Connecting with your lawmakers can be easy and begins with a few simple steps. Come to this session and find out how to incorporate building a relationship with your lawmakers into your busy schedule. It is easier and takes less time than you think with big payoffs.
Hearing Officer Workshop - Day 2
Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 8:30am
Day 2 of this national training.
UPCS Training to Improve Your REAC Score - Day 2
Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 8:30am
Day 2 of this national training.
Commissioner Fundamentals Workshop
Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 8:30am
This course explores the roles and responsibilities of commissioners, enhancing understanding of the commissioner's multi-faceted position as advocate, leader, team-builder, strategist-and more. Increase your effectiveness as a board member and leader, while exploring the intricacies of board-staff relationships and boundaries. Provides an excellent training foundation for the new commissioners.
HUD Financial Bootcamp for Non-Finance Staff - Day 2
Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 8:30am
Day 2 of this HUD training.
VAWA Implementation
Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 8:30am
Mary Dobbins will discuss the how to implement effective VAWA policies in your agency and how to create effective processes to ensure your agency is implementing VAWA appropriately. The session will also set aside time for questions and answers.
HUD Demolition/Disposition Overview for Small Agencies
Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 8:30am
HUD recently published an important notice regarding applications to demolish or dispose of public housing. This approach is an important issue for small agencies to explore as it may, depending on your agency's circumstances, offer a unique opportunity to address long term sustainability.
Ask the Attorney with Mary Dobbins
Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 10:15am
A lot is happening in affordable housing and there are always legal implications. This session features Mary Dobbins, an attorney well versed in the issues faced by housing authorities and the challenges they face. Bring your questions and this interactive session will not disappoint.
Successful Smoke-Free Housing: Compliance and Enforcement Tips and Tools
Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 10:15am
Implementing and enforcing smoke free policies can present unexpected challenges and opportunities. Led by state experts who have helped housing authorities through every stage of going smoke free, this session will walk you through the lessons learned and best practices.
POHP Lab for 2017 Recipients only - Completing Due Diligence & Mastering Construction Draws
Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 8:30am
You received your selection letter from Minnesota Housing, celebrated getting funded for your POHP project, and attended your launch meeting. Now what? Minnesota Housing staff will provide next steps and best practices for submitting all required due diligence, successfully closing your loan, and preparing to administer construction draws. Minnesota Housing staff will be on hand to answer your questions including architects, program staff, and draw techs.
Managing Conflict & Stress in the Workplace with Kit Welchin
Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 3:15pm
This session will be a follow up to our plenary session with Kit Welchin who will delve deeper into how to manage difficult situations in the workplace.
Preventing & Addressing Harassment in Housing
Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 3:15pm
Harassment in housing happens and takes on many different forms. This session will discuss how HUD is addressing the issue and helping agencies prevent it.
CR&D: The Remarkable Story of the Lincoln Park Craft District
Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 3:15pm
A group of local organizations and businesses have branded an area just southwest of downtown Duluth as the Lincoln Park Craft District. The District is in one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods, and where there has been a great resurgence of craft manufacturing or businesses having a craft approach to their enterprise. It all started with Bent Paddle Brewing Company opening here in 2013 and starting an informal business network called Advancing Lincoln Park. Many craft business are located in the area such as OMC Smokehouse, Frost River Trading, Duluth Folk School, Hemlock’s Leatherworks, Duluth Pottery, Aerostich, Duluth’s Best Bread, and many more. Come hear the remarkable story of how businesses, nonprofits, and governments are successfully working together to rebuild a neighborhood.
HUD Roundtable for Section 8/ Updates from Washington DC with Georgi Banna
Friday, September 14, 2018 - 9:00am
During this popular session, participants will be able to ask questions, discuss issues and concerns with peers, and problem solve with local HUD representatives. HUD representatives will address any questions and provide information on “Hot Topics”, updates and reminders. Your “on the spot” questions will also be answered during this session with the help of HUD and your fellow PHAs.
HUD Roundtable for Public Housing/ Updates from Washington DC with Georgi Banna
Friday, September 14, 2018 - 10:30am

Event Details

Duluth Entertainment Convention Center
350 Harbor Drive

Event Contact

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Dear Minnesota NAHRO Vender:

Summer is here and the weather is warming up.  The Minnesota NAHRO Annual Meeting is also heating up and we would like to share our plans for this year’s conference.  Vender participation at conferences across the country has decreased in the past couple of years and the annual Minnesota NAHRO conference is no different.  We recognize that there are a variety of reasons for this and understand that participation in vender shows is expensive, increases your overhead (i.e. travel time, transportation, lodging) and possibly decreases your staff’s productivity.  Minnesota NAHRO recognizes these concerns and has a new format that we believe will meet both our needs.

This year we are excited to provide you with a new opportunity that will save you time and money and give you as much or more exposure.  Here’s what you need to do:

  • Provide Minnesota NAHRO with an 8.5 x 11 flyer (pdf) that markets your company’s product or services and contact information.  You might even want to include a coupon, picture or discount for housing authority’s specifically seeking your product or services. 
  • Minnesota NAHRO will print your flyer and distribute it to the anticipated 250 participants attending the fall conference.
  • Within one business day of receiving your registration, your company’s name and link to your web-site will be added to the Minnesota NAHRO Fall Conference registration website.
  • If you still would like to attend, you can join us at a special vendor rate of $295 which includes Thursday lunch & one sided black/white flyer. 
  • You are also welcome to join us for our fun networking events benefiting our scholarship fund – Thursday Charter Fishing ($85) and Thursday night Bent Paddle Brewery event ($25)

This new format will reduce your overhead and maximize your exposure…What’s not to like about that? All of this can be yours for a small fee!

  • 8.5 x 11 Black & White     $150 - one sided/ $200 two sided
  • 8.5 x 11 Color                    $225 - one sided/$275 two sided

Still want to attend? Join us at the Vendor Conference Rate $295 which includes Thursday lunch & one sided black & white flyer,  plus an opportunity to display your materials near our registration. Our special vendor rate makes it easy for you to attend any of our Thursday sessions and join us for the networking events with conference attendees (additional charge)

Remember! This opportunity is available for the fall conference only! We look forward to seeing you at the Spring Conference at Madden’s Resort on May 23-24, 2019. Questions? Please contact Jordan Lutter at 651-925-4070 or email