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North Dakota Summer Workshop
Friday, August 09, 2024, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM MDT
Category: Events

Thursday, August 8th
9:00am - 5:00pm

Friday, August 9th
9:00am - 12:00pm
The Jasper Hotel
215 Broadway
North Fargo, ND 58102
Phone: (716) 857-0764

Fees: Registration includes Continental Breakfast, lunch and breaks
AHMA Members: $269
Non-Members: $369



The Housing Opportunity through Modernization Act has substantially changed how income is calculated for affordable housing programs. Sonja Horn McGaha will provide a comprehensive review of asset and income calculations under HOTMA. This session will also cover:

Topics include:

  • Determining household size
  • Earned Income (Wages, Self-Employment, Military Pay)
  • Unearned Income
  • Dependent Deduction
  • Childcare Expenses and Hardships
  • Disability Assistance Expenses and Hardships
  • Elderly/Disabled Household Deduction
  • Medical Expenses and Hardships
  • Asset Inclusions
  • Asset Exclusions
  • Imputing Asset Income
  • Asset Limitation (Applies to Section 8 only!)


Ensuring that all applicants and residents are treated fairly and consistently remains to be at the core of all housing management. It is essential that all staff have a firm understanding of fair housing law. In this session we will cover:

  • Protected Classes
  • Prohibited Acts
  • Civil Rights Regulations
  • VAWA Status and Overview
  • Current issues and trends


The Violence Against Women Act of 1994 or, as it is more commonly called, “VAWA” is a federal law that was created to provide survivors of domestic violence housing protections in affordable housing. VAWA is essential to ensure that survivors do not lose their housing or are denied housing for being a victim of violence enacted upon them. 

VAWA went into effect for the first time in 2005 applying to Section 8 properties but was expanded in 2013 to include most other affordable housing programs including LIHTC, HOME and RD.

This session will go over any new updates that expanded the law in 2013 as well as any new updated included in the 2022 update.

Topics of Discussion will be:

·        VAWA Overview

·        VAWA Reauthorization of 2013 Expansion

  • Types of violence
  • Lease bifurcation
  • Emergency transfers
  • ​Termination of assistance 
  • Documentation requirements
  • Ensuring confidentiality
  • Implementation of Other Housing Programs

Rooms are available on a first come first serve basis starting at $159/night at the Jasper Hotel. Make your room reservation by using this reservation link: 
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