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PHADA's 2013 Annual Convention & Exhibition is scheduled for May 19-22 at the Grand Hyatt San Antonio in San Antonio, Texas. As always, the Annual Convention & Exhibition will provide the latest information and tools housing authorities need to run their agencies in busy and ever-challenging times.

PHADA is planning several timely sessions on the latest legislative, budgetary and regulatory matters affecting housing authorities. There will be several sessions to provide attendees with important information coming out of Congress and HUD's Washington headquarters. Topics include the status of the budget debt ceiling and sequestration situation as well as FY 2013 and '14 HUD appropriations. PHADA also plans to cover the latest information on authorization legislation that would vastly expand the Moving to Work (MTW) program and implement the PHADA-NAHRO Small Housing Authority Reform Proposal (SHARP), among other things.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development recently selected new awardees for both the MTW and Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) programs. Attendees will hear firsthand from panels as to how those two initiatives will change their operations and improve their housing stock. Another session will focus on the Public Housing Assessment System (PHAS) and how HAs can optimize their scores under that regulation. The session will also provide attendees with a glimpse of other possible changes that are coming in the PHAS final rule as well as other potential assessment models HUD has under consideration.

HUD and its contractor, Abt Associates, are conducting a cost study to determine future Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) administrative fees. This important study will be the subject of another session lead by some of the HAs selected for participation in the study. There will also be a session on the Small Area FMR demonstrating that is ongoing in a few HAs around the country.

Other topics that will be covered include energy performance improvements for smaller and medium size HAs, the Violence Against Women Act, new consortia opportunities and possibilities for HAs, revised demolition disposition requirements, gun regulation in public and assisted housing, and the Massachusetts initiative that would regionalize the administration of all the state's housing authorities.

In addition to these innovative sessions for executive directors and their staffs, PHADA will provide training for commissioners. Expected sessions will cover effective E.D. succession planning, dealing with all of the budget chaos emanating from Washington, HUD's salary reporting and comparability review requirements, ethics, and current events in housing, among other topics.

These are just some of the planned sessions for the 2013 Annual Convention & Exhibition. Other sessions are now in the works and will be announced shortly. Look for more specific details on workshops, sessions and other convention highlights in the Advocate and on the PHADA website.


You can now register online through PHADA’s secure server. If you prefer, you can print out the PDF registration form and mail or fax it to the PHADA office at (202) 546-4166.

2013 Annual Convention & Exhibition Sponsors

Gold Sponsor

The Inspection Group

Silver Sponsors

HD Supply

HD Supply

Bronze Sponsor

Love Funding

PHADA has various sponsorship levels available, contact Stephanie White at or (202) 546-5445 for more information.

Exhibitor Information

Exhibitor Floor Plan

Service Kit for Exhibitors

Online Exhibitor Registration Form

Exhibitors (as of 5/3/2013)
All Weather Products, LLC - Booth #218
Ameresco - Booth #104
AmeriBid LLC - Booth #116
Ameristar Fence Products - Booth #318
Ardent Technologies - Booth #126
Bath Fitter - Booth #118
BDO PHA Finance - Booth #221
Berman Hopkins Wright & Laham - Booth #208
Centurion Security Screen Company, LTD - Booth #306
CohnReznick LLP - Booth #204
CTI Energy Services - Booth #220
CVR Associates, Inc. - Booth #113 & 212
Designing Success - Booth #213
Diggs Construction LLC - Booth #125
Economic Consultants for Housing Opportunities, Inc. - Booth #222
Edgewater Group - Energy Solutions - Booth #205
Efficient Amenities, Inc. - Booth #317
Emphasys Software - Booth #206
Equifax Verification Services - Booth #111
FriedRich Air Conditioning Co. - Booth #304
General Electric Company - Booth #312
Gilson Software Solutions - Booth #106
Go Section 8 - Booth #225
HAB - Booth #325
HAI Group - Booth #311
HAPPY Software - Booth #223
Hawkins, Ash, Baptie & Co, LLP - Booth #114
HD Supply - Booth #202
Housing Agency Retirement Trust - Booth #319
Housing TeleVideo Network - Booth #313, Inc. - Booth #209
Lindsey Software - Booth #112
Love Funding - Booth #103
Management Computer Services - Booth #224
Nan McKay and Associates - Booth #108
NHT/Enterprise Preservation Corporation - Booth #105
Orion Real Estate Services - Booth #109
Patterson & Associates Consulting, Inc. - Booth #107
Pest Control - Booth #320
Precision Concrete Cutting - Booth #302
Quadel Consulting Corporation - Booth #210
RBC Capital Markets - Booth #303
REAC Top Scores - Booth #324
Rezzcard - Booth #207
SACS Software - Booth #322 - Booth #310
Tenmast Software - Booth #219
The Home Depot - Booth #110
The Inspection Group - Booth #102
The Nelrod Company - Booth #211
The PI Company - Booth #119
Yardi Systems - Booth #203
Zeffert & Associates - Booth #305

At PHADA's 2013 exhibition, vendors will have the opportunity to market goods and services and network with public housing executive directors, commissioners and staff located throughout the United States. Exposure opportunities are maximized with the four food functions planned on the exhibition floor!

PHADA will help you make your participation a success by providing you with a high value booth package at a low cost starting at $650.

Click here for Exhibitor brochure.

Our staff is eager to assist with all of your requests. We are looking forward to working with you to make this show a success for all involved. If you have any questions about the convention and exhibition, please contact Stephanie White, at or 202 546 5445.

Agenda & Education Session Descriptions

Click here for current convention agenda & education session descriptions. Please note that the agenda is tentative and subject to change.

Closing Dinner Theme: PHADA's Texas Rodeo

Howdy Y'All! Dust off that cowboy hat and put on those boots. PHADA is going to the rodeo. Don't leave without taking a ride on the mechanical bull. The closing dinner will be held on Wednesday, May 22, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Lone Star Ballroom A/B/C. Casual dress or Country/Western attire.

Bus Tour of the San Antonio Housing Authority

The San Antonio Housing Authority along with PHADA will host a tour on Wednesday, May 22 from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm.  Tickets are limited to first come, first serve.  Please sign up and pick up your ticket at the registration desk during the conference. Below is  a short summary of the tour.

1.      DRIVE THROUGH OF ALAZAN-APACHE COURTS/JOBS-PLUS PROGRAM - Alazan-Apache Courts, constructed in 1939 on the Westside of San Antonio, was the city's first and largest family public housing neighborhood.  It has been an area in transition, evolving over the past 14 years to the current three phases; Alazan, Apache and Guadalupe Homes, combined with a total of 741 units. 

1a.     JOBS-PLUS PROGRAM - Jobs-Plus is an innovative, place-based, employment and community-building program to raise the level of employment and earnings among public housing residents.  In 2011, SAHA became the only Jobs-Plus site outside of New York when it was awarded a five-year, $2.5 million grant to fund the program for the residents of Alazan-Apache Courts and Mirasol Homes. 

2.    TOUR OF HEMISVIEW VILLAGE - The site, once known as Victoria Courts, was originally built in 1941 with 660 units of public housing.  In 2003, HUD approved an $18,778, 269 HOPE VI grant for the community's revitalization. HemisView is the thrid phase of a multi-phase redevelopment project in downtown San Antonio. 

3.    DRIVE THROUGH WHEATLEY COURTS AND SURROUNDING AREAS - Wheatley Courts is a 248-unit apartment complex and one of the oldest public housing developments in San Antonio. In Dec. 2102, HUD awarded SAHA a $29,750,000 Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant to revitalize the Wheatley Courts area on the city's Eastside. San Antonio is the only community in the nation to utilize both a Choice Implementation Grant and a Promise Neighborhood grant for one community.

4.    DRIVE THROUGH SUTTON OAKS - Sutton Oaks is on the site of the former Sutton Homes, which was built in 1952 and was one of SAHA'S oldest public housing communities for families. The revitalization is the first phase of a multi-phase development that will ultimately result in a total of 400-500 new units.Phase II of the revitalization, The Park at Sutton Oaks, a $29.4 million development which is presently under construction, will be the first multi-family community to achieve Build San Antonio Green (BSAG) Level II certification.

Conference Program

Click here for conference program. Schedule is subject to change.

Hotel Information

Grand Hyatt San Antonio

600 E. Market Street
San Antonio, Texas 78205



To make a reservation click here -
For additional assistance please call 1-888-421-1442

Cut-off date: Tuesday, April 15, 2013

Please only reserve rooms that you are certain you will use!

Reserving rooms that you do not ultimately use is detrimental to PHADA's room block. Reserving rooms only as you need them will make it possible for all attendees to stay at the conference hotel and will help PHADA fulfill its contractual requirements. After April 15, 2013, any unsold rooms in the PHADA room block will be released for sale to the public.

Room Rate: $199.00 single/double

Room rates are per night plus applicable tax. A portion of the room rate is being used to offset conference costs.

All reservations must be accompanied by a first night room deposit or guaranteed with a major credit card. Deposits will confirm the reservation for the dates indicated, and upon check-in shall be applied to the PHADA member's account. Hotel will not hold any reservations unless secured by one of the above methods. Deposits paid by members are completely refundable if canceled by April 2, 2013. Reservations canceled after April 2, 2013 will be charged a non-refundable one room night fee of $199.00.

Wheelchair and Scooter information:

We use Tom’s Wheelchairs for scooter rentals – (210) 223-7878

PHADA/Rutgers University Executive Director Education Program (EDEP)

The Executive Director Education Program (EDEP) will continue May 17-18, 2013 in conjunction with the 2013 Annual Convention & Exhibition. Two courses will be offered:

PHAS/SEMAP - Friday, May 17
This session reviews the theory behind PHAS/SEMAP and provides a detailed explanation of each of the HUD indicators, including how each is measured and graded. The use of PHAS/SEMAP as management tools is discussed, and participants are shown how to improve their authority's scores through a systems approach..

Financial Management - Saturday, May 18
This one-day course offers the executive director a "big picture" approach to fiscal resource management. Participants learn the basics of budget preparation as well as HUD audit requirements. Project-based budgeting is emphasized in order to help executive directors cope with anticipated changes at HUD.

EDEP is modeled after the state of New Jersey's successful executive director certification program, administered by Rutgers University. Participants completing all ten courses offered in the program will receive a certificate from Rutgers and PHADA. For more information, visit or call the PHADA office at (202) 546-5445.

IMPORTANT: You will receive a confirmation of your EDEP registration from Rutgers University. If you do not receive a confirmation, please contact the PHADA office at (202) 546-5445. EDEP registrations must be received by Monday, April 15, 2013. Class size is limited to 40 participants. Registration will not be available on-site. Refunds will only be issued to registrants who withdraw on or before Monday, April 15, 2013.

For further information on this year’s Annual Convention & Exhibition and for sponsorship opportunities, please contact Stephanie White or 202-546-5445.

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