COMMITTEES

 

COMMITTEE DESCRIPTIONS

 

LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE

Legislative Committee is to consider and work on issues from the State and National level affecting the policy making role of Housing and Redevelopment Authorities from Mississippi. The MAHRO Open Letter to Congress will be developed with input from and distribution to the MAHRO membership in time for the NAHRO Legislative Conference eachyear.

POLICY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

The purpose of the Policy Advisory Committee is to review and consider changes to the MAHRO By-Laws and Policies. This committee also considers and acts upon recommendations for life membership and the Distinguished Service Award in MAHRO. This committee will meet jointly and concurrently with the other committees. It may form work groups on specific topics which go across committee bounds.

NOMINATING COMMITTEE

The purpose of the Nominating Committee is to select a slate of candidates for officers who are most qualified to lead MAHRO as a volunteer membership driven professional organization in accordance with the MAHRO By-Laws. This committee will meet jointly and concurrently with the other committees. It may form work groups on specific topics which go across committee bounds.

SCHOLARSHIP COMMITTEE

The purpose of the scholarship Committee is to review and administer the scholarship program for MAHRO. The scope of work of this committee will include: Promotion of the availability of the MAHRO scholarships; Establishment of criteria for judging candidates; Seek additional and alternative sources of funding with Executive Board approval; Oversight and coordination for the distribution of scholarship funds This committee will meet jointly and concurrently with the other committees. It may form work groups on specific topics which go across committee bounds.

HOUSING COMMITTEE

The purpose of the Housing Committee is to consider and work on issues from the State and National level affecting the management of properties including national and state policy changes that affect the daily management and long-term planning for local housing authorities that administer public housing, Section 8, and Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD). These issues include maintenance and other aspects related to management of rental properties, subsidized and not subsidized. In addition, the Housing Committee performs the following tasks:

􀀀 Provides national housing information on Public Housing, Section 8, and other related housing programs to the MAHRO members.

􀀀 Provides input and assistance in developing conference sessions about Public Housing, Section 8, and other related housing programs.

􀀀 Serves as a contact point for issues under the purview of MAHRO that arise at the state, regional, and national levels to be brought to the attention of MAHRO.

􀀀 Acts as a key contact in the dissemination of critical legislative regulatory information to members in areas under the purview of MAHRO.

􀀀 Promotes action at the state, regional, and national levels regarding legislative and regulatory issues.

􀀀 Oversees and works with the Rental Assistance Committee/Community Revitalization & Development (CR&D) Committee to include the RAD agencies.

􀀀 Oversees and works with the Maintenance Advisory Disaster Preparedness F Troop Committee. Further, this committee may select some of its members to form a work group with selected members from committee when the subjects cover more than one committee.

RENTAL ASSISTANCE COMMITTEE COMMUNITY REVITALIZATION & DEVELOPMENT (CR&D) COMMITTEE

The purpose of the Rental Assistance/CR&D Committee is to consider and work on issues from the State and National level affecting the Housing Choice Voucher Program and to study, find and disseminate information and tools and provide training for MAHRO members on the use of community development grant resources in planning, development, revitalization and economic development programs to restore communities and quality of life. The scope of the committee will include innovative methods of administration of the HCV program under the new regulations, property inspections, and SEMAP, EIV, quality and fraud control. The scope will also include enterprise and HOPE VI empowerment zone techniques and programs; community facilities; attracting developers and private funds; attracting and promotingeconomic development and other areas defined by the committee which do not overlap the scope of other committees. This committee will meet jointly and concurrently with the other committees. It may form work groups on specific topics which go across committee bounds.

MAINTENANCE ADVISORY DISASTER PREPAREDNESS F – TROOP COMMITTEE

The purpose of this committee is to establish a network within the State to assist PHAs with maintenance related issues and to provide necessary maintenance activities. The committee will research and develop model policies and practices related to physical emergencies and disasters. The committee will then educate and inform the membership on the policies and practices through a variety of venues. This committee will meet jointly and concurrently with the other committees. It may form work groups on specific topics which go across committee bounds.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE

The Professional Development Committee shall be responsible for setting up training, professional development, and annual workshops on issues and needs for training from the State and National level as well as needs referred from other committees and work groups.

The scope of the committee will include emphasis on providing opportunities possible within the forum of the workshops and conferences. The committee will receive, consider and utilize input from other committees in developing the workshop sessions. The training and professional development emphasis will be to equip members of their staff with the needed tools for application at their local authorities.

This committee may select some of its members to form a work group with selected members from another committee when the subjects cover more than one committee to prevent duplication and provide valuable training opportunities.

This committee will meet jointly and concurrently with the other committees, and it will seek members of other committees to define and assist in providing training referred from that committee.

This committee will work with Member Services Committee on advance promotion of conferences and workshops, and it will implement unique ways of making upcoming conferences and workshops attractive to members and potential members.

EDUCATION AND TRAINING COMMITTEE

The purpose of the Education and Training Committee is to provide specialized training and certification opportunities to MAHRO members. This committee’s cost for training should not exceed its expected income while maintaining quality and savings to participating registrants who are members of MAHRO. Non-members should pay a higher rate to encourage membership and assist the Membership Committee in its goals.

The Education and Training Committee may coordinate and confer with members from other committees to suggest training topics and prevent duplication. This committee will meet jointly and concurrently with the other committees. It may form work groups on specific topics which go across committee bounds.

EMERGING LEADERS COMMITTEE

Concerned with the approaching retirement of long term Housing Authority Professionals and the awareness that fewer professionals are participating in MAHRO, the Emerging Leaders Committee was formed to promote an efficient, viable, and inclusive MHARO sector that supports the growth learning, and development of young/new professionals. The Emerging Leaders Committee will work together as a group to provide recommendations and ideas for the Professional Development Committee and other MAHRO members. This committee will meet jointly and concurrently with the other committees. It may form work groups on specific topics which go across committee bounds.

MEMBER SERVICES COMMITTEE

This committee is responsible for keeping the MAHRO Leadership Guidebook (the membership directory) up to date with contact information for all agencies which are paying members of MAHRO, including Executive Director names, agency contact information and current contact information for agency Commissioners. It is also responsible for the updating of all MAHRO Board members and their portfolios, Committee descriptions, and everything relevant to MAHRO, such as external contact information, Past Presidents and Honorary Life Members. This information is subject to change over time, as deemed necessary and needed by MAHRO membership.

This committee also works with SERC-NAHRO soliciting applicants for various contests and/or awards, as well as promoting membership and/or renewals for SERC-NAHRO. And, it also solicits the MAHRO membership for any contests/awards the state association may have.

This committee may meet jointly and concurrently with other committees. It may also form work groups on specific topics, which go across committee bounds.

ADMINISTRATIVE PRACTICES COMMITTEE

This committee works with policies, practices and procedures. It also maintains the MAHRO website (www.mahro.org). It collects data; acts as a resource to the membership on industry personnel policies and practices; errors and omissions insurance coverage, lead paint, asbestos, and other potential hazard practices; salary practices; and collects, maintains and promotes a Resource Library of all policies to be contained within the PHA Plan as required by The Quality Housing & Work Responsibility Act. It will provide guidance on the necessary electronic format for materials to be published on the website. It will be responsible for accepting information, verifying appropriate format and publishing the material on the website.

This committee will oversee the maintenance, quality of updates and access to areas of the MAHRO website. The website will act as a central information center with access by members and non-members alike.

The committee may select some of its members to form a working group with selected members from other committees to address issues such as training and membership services.

This committee will meet jointly and concurrently with the other committees. It may form work groups on specific topics which go across committee bounds.

PUBLIC AFFAIRS COMMITTEE

Public Affairs Committee is to build and develop relations between housing authorities in its various regions of Mini-Groups; North, South, and Central. This committee is to encourage each region to hold and attend meetings at least quarterly on matters of general interest of concern and report back to this committee Chair; to encourage participation in Scholarship Basket Raffle at the MAHRO Annual Conference each year; to encourage, share, and facilitate awareness of concerns as well as success at each housing authority by means of publication, meetings, etc.; to work closely with Member Services Committee to encourage new members to attend; to work closely with Professional Development and other committees when topics arise needing joint consideration and/or training; and, to work closely with Scholarship Committee to promote applications from each housing authority.

This committee will meet jointly and concurrently with the other committees. It may form work groups on specific topics which go across committee bounds.

Resolutions Committee

The purpose of the Resolutions Committee is to provide a means for member agencies to memorialize or honor those PHA or affiliated agency staff members or Board members who have made a significant contribution to MAHRO and their PHA. This contribution is to be verified by a record of attendance at MAHRO sponsored conferences, workshops, or other training opportunities and/or by having actively served on one of MAHRO’s standing committees. Other special cases may arise but participation in MAHRO is key.

This committee will meet jointly and concurrently with the other committees. It may form work groups on specific topics which go across committee bounds.

COMMISSIONERS COMMITTEE

The purpose of the Commissioners Committee is to consider and work on issues from the State and National levels affecting the policy making role of the governance of housing and redevelopment agencies. These issues include the planning, policies and five-year plan requirements of The Quality Housing and Work Responsibility Act of 1998; the proposed rules emanating from HUD; and legislative proposals. The scope of the committee includes recommending and supporting MAHRO positions on proposed regulations and using Commissioners’ clout with HUD through a network of Commissioners to advance the MAHRO position.

This committee may meet jointly and concurrently with the other committees. It may form work groups on specific topics which go across committee bounds. It will refer training needs and recommendations on subjects to the Vice President of Professional Development initiation.