THE LATEST NEWS                                                           December 2014

Dear PNRC Members,


When was the last time that you took the time to read the PNRC newsletter?  If you are like most of PNRC's membership, it may have been awhile.  That is why you are seeing some thoughtful changes being made to the newsletter.  The changes are centered on the format of the newsletter and how often the newsletter will be published.  


Beginning with this issue, the newsletter will be published monthly and will focus on sharing information from each of our agencies.  These changes are a result of your feedback to PNRC leadership.  I hope that you continue sharing your ideas and that you will find the newsletter helpful and timely.


Thank you for reading and I look forward to your feedback.

Lowel Krueger, President


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CONGRATULATIONS Renton Housing Authority on the GRAND OPENING
of Kirkland Avenue Townhomes on December 2, 2014.  

The Kirkland Avenue Townhomes is the first publicly funded, affordable, multifamily modular construction project in Western Washington. The Townhomes are part of the Sunset Area Community Revitalization effort and provide replacement housing for the Sunset Terrace Redevelopment, along with housing for veterans. For more information, see http://www.rentonhousing.org/ and http://www.rentonwa.gov/sunsetarea/. 

New Executive Director for Housing Kitsap

Stuart Grogan works as director of development at Boulder Housing Partners, a housing authority in Colorado, where he has worked since 1998. "He is active and knowledgeable about all of the current housing issues facing housing authorities," said Judy Henry, interim director. "I felt that when he interviewed he had excellent qualities and experiences, but that he also had a great vision for how to move Housing Kitsap forward." Grogan's first day at Housing Kitsap will be Dec. 8. Click here for full story.

Housing America Month

HACSA of Lane County Housing America Eve
nt in October.
Photo on left: From left to right are Christine Lundberg, Mayor of
Springfield; Val Hoyle, Majority Leader of the Oregon House; Larry Abel, Executive Director of the Housing and Community Services Agency (HACSA) of Lane County; Iton Udosenata, who grew up in HACSA public housing and is now the Principal of Cottage Grove High School in South Lane County; and Kitty Piercy, Mayor of Eugene.

Photo on right: Jacob Fox, HACSA's Deputy Director and Larry Abel, accepting a Housing America proclamation from Mayor Lundberg at a Springfield City Council meeting.

Attention Graphic Artists - we are having a LOGO CONTEST!

The objective of this contest is to design a logo for the PNRC to represent the region's diverse communities, geographical locations (Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington) and its commitment to providing quality, affordable housing.
Click here for contest information. 

Mark your Calendar 
for the 2015 
Regional Conference.

Conference tracks include:
  • Family Self Sufficiency
  • Move to Work
  • Maintenance
  • Occupancy /Asset Management
  • Commissioners & Executives

Post conference seminars and certification details to be announced soon.

Home Forward (Portland, OR)  

King County Housing Authority (Seattle, WA)

Seattle Housing Authority (Seattle, WA)

Cook Inlet Housing Authority (Anchorage, AK)

Everett Housing Authority (Everett, WA)

Idaho Housing and Finance Association

 Housing Kitsap (Bremerton, WA)

 Tlingit-Haida Regional Housing Authority (Juneau, AK)

 West Valley Housing Authority

 Click on the title to see the full story.

Regional Portland, Ore.: Portland's shortfall of affordable housing in the Pearl and Old Town: How we crunched the numbers



Housing Authority of Pocatello Met With Low Income Housing Experts






Portland, Ore.: Veterans in subsidized housing: one in two is elderly, one in five younger with disabilities 



Click on the title to see the full story.

Federal housing voucher program serves a fraction of the need 


Remarks by the President Before Cabinet Meeting

Julian Castro: Every veteran deserves a home


Julian Castro's Priorities for 2015


HUD's privatization scheme may herald end of public housing

New Report: Child Homelessness on the Rise in US 

HUD secretary says housing finance reform remains a top priority for the Obama administration


Three Ways Cities Try (and Fail) to Solve Homelessness

How do you define "homeless" in America?



Get the Recognition YOU and YOUR Agency Deserves!
The application process for the 2015 awards is now open!

Agency Awards


NAHRO offers a variety of awards and recognition to persons who have made outstanding contributions to the housing and community development field.


Awards of Merit - These Awards are available to member agencies to showcase their innovative programs. The Merit Award winners are featured during the Summer Conference. 

Awards of Excellence - Nominated from among the Award of Merit winners each year, these Awards are chosen by national juries and presented at the annual National Conference and Exhibition.  They represent the very best in innovative programs in assisted housing and community development. 

MSC Community Service Award - The award recognizes outstanding NAHRO Manufacturers and Suppliers Council (MSC) members and their staff engaged in voluntary community service for the benefit of a resident, a local housing authority, a community development agency, or other entity involved in providing low-income housing or serving that population. 


Individual Awards 


NAHRO offers a variety of awards and recognition to persons who have made outstanding contributions to the housing and community development field.



 Mary K. Nenno Advocacy Award - Honors outstanding achievement and efforts to stand for the importance of affordable housing and community development initiatives.
Deadline for applications: March 5, 2015.


M. Justin Herman Memorial Award - To honor an exceptionally qualified person who has made outstanding contributions to the quality of life through service in the field of housing or community development. Deadline: July 16, 2015 


John D. Lange International Award - To honor a person who has made contributions to the international community. Deadline: July 16, 2015


 Elizabeth B. Wells Memorial Award  - To honor a commissioner for outstanding service. Deadline: July 16, 2015


MSC Community Service AwardRecognizes outstanding businesses or individuals engaged in voluntary community service for the benefit of a resident, a local housing authority, a community development agency, or other entity involved in providing low-income housing or serving that population. Deadline: July 16, 2015


NAHRO Fellowship Program - Honors those who have demonstrated exemplary qualities as housing and community development advocates, professionals and/or volunteers.  Deadline: July 1, 2015


 Emerging Leader Award - Recognizes an individual who has been involved in NAHRO at the national level for six years or less and has distinguished him/herself as an Emerging Leader.

Deadline:  July 16, 2015


Roll of Achievers - Honors residents who have made noteworthy efforts to improve as an individual or as a member of the community. 



2015 NAHRO Conferences

Legislative Conference - March 15-18 in Washington, DC

Summer Conference - July 30-Aug 1 in Austin, TX

National Conference - October 15-17 in Los Angeles, CA 


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