Public Housing Authorities Directors Association

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PHADA’s 2017 Annual Convention & Exhibition will be held April 30 to May 3 at the Hilton Chicago, located in the downtown section of the “Windy City.” As always, the meeting will provide attendees important information and tools needed to run their agencies in increasingly challenging times.

PHADA is planning several timely sessions on legislative, budgetary, and regulatory matters affecting housing authorities. With the Trump Administration assuming office, as well as an entirely new congressional session, the meeting will focus particular attention on potential changes HAs may face in the foreseeable future. Some topics include the FY 2017 budget situation as well as the new Administration’s proposed FY 2018 budget and its legislative plans for housing and community development programs.

PHADA representatives and others will discuss the association’s own policy agenda for the 115th Congress, which includes further expansion of the Moving to Work (MTW) program and enactment of the Small Housing Authority Reform Proposal (SHARP). With funding again expected to be highly constrained, PHADA will also be pursuing other deregulation initiatives including an expansion of waivers for HAs in addition to adoption of its “proportionality” initiative, which would provide HAs more latitude to run their operations when budgets are cut. This is particularly important as, under current law, sequestration is slated to return on October 1, unless there is an agreement to the contrary.

The issue of infrastructure enhancement and redevelopment is expected to be on the Administration’s and Congress’s agenda in 2017. PHADA’s Annual Convention will look at the potential of more funding for housing through an infrastructure package, in addition to other possible changes that could generate funds including mortgage interest deduction modifications and an expansion of the low income housing tax credit. Another session will detail recent changes in the Fair Labor Standards Act, which affects certain HA personnel.

There will also be sessions on the latest developments in the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD), the ongoing UPCS-V demonstration in the voucher program, and the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing regulation. HUD’s planned changes in Asset Management for the Central Office Center (COCC) will also be reviewed.

There will be a host of sessions for commissioners too, including ones on how HAs can best be prepared for survival under limited funding. There will also be sessions on effective public relations, governance, ethics, and strategic planning.

These are just some of the planned sessions for the 2017 Annual Convention & Exhibition. Other sessions are now in the works and will be announced shortly. Look for more specific details on workshops, and other convention highlights in the Advocate and on the PHADA website.

About Chicago

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In Chicago you will find incredible shopping on The Magnificent Mile, a Michelin-rated dining scene, and exciting nightlife. The city also vaunts more than 60 museums, five regional Tony Award-winning theaters and, no matter the season, a sports team to cheer to victory. In the heart of the city, Hilton Chicago overlooks Grant Park, Lake Michigan, and Museum Campus. This historic hotel has a lot to offer including authentic Irish cuisine at Kitty O’ Sheas and classic American fare at 720 South Bar & Grill. After a day of learning and sharing information, you will be able to enjoy the other hotel amenities.

2017 Annual Convention & Exhibition Agenda

Click to download the PDF Conference agenda. For the latest education session descriptions, click here.

Special Events

Performance: The Project(s) – Monday, May 1; 7:15 pm–8:15 pm

In 2015, the American Theater Company (ATC) debuted The Project(s), which brought the voices of public housing residents to the stage to rave reviews. Through stepping and storytelling, the play uncovers the history of public housing in Chicago and the critical moments that have defined housing in the nation’s third largest city.

Co-presented by the American Theater Company and the National Public Housing Museum

Bollinger Scholarship Luncheon – Tuesday, May 2; 12:00pm–1:30pm

Join us for the annual Stephen J. Bollinger Scholarship Luncheon on Tuesday as PHADA awards the scholarship to Marwat Mohammed Al-Olefi, a resident of the Oakland Housing Authority. The luncheon will be held in Continental AB.

Name badge or ticket is required for entry.

Closing Dinner: 1920s Chicago Speakeasy* –Wednesday, May 3; 6:00 pm–8:00 pm

Pull out your flapper dresses, headbands with feathers, cloche hats, long pearl necklaces, feather boas, cigarette holders, beaded shawls, seamed stockings, striped suits with vest, tuxedos and black shirts with black or white ties, bow ties, pocket squares, fedoras, pocket watches, and wing tips for our 1920s Speakeasy.

*A password is needed and come dressed to impress as we will have prizes for the top three best dressed.

Following the Closing Dinner, you are invited to stay for an After Dinner Event provided by the Chicago HA.

NEW! Mobile Conference App

conference phone App

PHADA is pleased to announce that this year’s Annual Convention & Exhibition will include a mobile conference app. Download it for free to your iPhone, iPad, or Android device. Once installed, you’ll have instant access the event agenda, interactive maps, and travel directions. You’ll also be able to network and find attendees with common affiliations; send in-app messages and exchange contact info; search the interactive hotel and Exhibit Hall floor plans; and receive real-time update notifications from PHADA.

To get started, download the app here, or search “Whova” in the App Store on your iPhone or in Google Play on your Android phone. Once installed, open the app and register with the same email used for the Convention registration. Next, sign in and search for “PHADA’s 2017 Annual Convention & Exhibition” in “My Events.”


Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors

Sponsorship Opportunities

PHADA has several sponsorship levels available. Please contact Stephanie White at: 202-546-5445, or email: for more information and additional sponsorship opportunities.

Exhibitor List

As of March 14, 2017:

  • Aprio | Yeager & Boyd
  • Barings Multifamily Capital
  • BDO PHA Finance
  • Berman Hopkins CPAs
  • Bronner Group, LLC
  • Brooks Jeffrey Marketing Inc.
  • Brown Stoveworks, Inc.
  • CSC ServiceWorks
  • CTI Energy Services
  • CVR
  • Diversified Sales & Marketing
  • Du & Associates, Inc.
  • ECHO, Inc.
  • EcoRaider
  • Emphasys Software
  • Equifax
  • GE Appliances
  • Gordian
  • HAB Housing Software Solutions
  • HAI Group
  • HAPPY Software, Inc.
  • HD Supply
  • Housing Agency Retirement Trust (HART)
  • IDenticard Access Control
  • The Inspection Group
  •, Inc.
  • Lindsey Software
  • Mutual of America
  • Nan McKay & Associates
  • National Background Check, Inc.
  • National Public Housing Museum
  • Navigate Affordable Housing Partners
  • The NHP Foundation
  • PDQ Supply, Inc.
  • Pest Control Supplies
  • Quadel Consulting
  • SACS Software
  • T Harvey Construction and Management
  • Tenmast Software
  • Trending Accessibility
  • Vantage Development
  • Yardi Systems

Exhibitor Registration

Click to download the PDF Exhibitor brochure, and here for online exhibitor registration.


You may 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.

Hotel Information

Hilton Chicago
720 S. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, Il 60605

Room Rate: $209 single/double

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

Cut-off date: March 28, 2017
(Based on availability)

Important Notice About Registration/Hotel Accommodations Process
Hotel Reservation Policy for PHADA’s 2017 Annual Convention & Exhibition Register first then reserve your room! Due to the unique city and venue, conference registration is required prior to making a reservation in the PHADA room block. Any reservation in the PHADA room block without a corresponding conference registration may be canceled without notice. This policy is designed to give priority to registered conference attendees and provide them with greater access to the discounted hotel room rates. Once your registration is confirmed, you will receive a code to reserve your hotel accommodations in the room block. Requests for reservations at the PHADA group rate will be accepted for registered conference attendees on a space available basis through March 28 or until the PHADA room block is sold out.

Reservations at the PHADA rate may only be secured with the conference code included in your conference registration confirmation.

PHADA/Rutgers University Executive Director Education Program (EDEP)

The Executive Director Education Program (EDEP) will April 28–30, 2017, in conjunction with the 2017 Annual Convention & Exhibition. Two courses will be offered:

  • Executive Housing Management (Friday, April 28 – Saturday, April 29 (Two Days))
    This two-day program offers executive directors the opportunity to improve their administrative and leadership skills. Organizational and behavioral issues are analyzed in the context of the key functions of the position, including planning, staffing, and managing. A case study approach is used to cover a wide array of topics, such as time management, performance appraisal, negotiation, conflict resolution, and team building.

  • Public Relations (Sunday, April 30)
    When should a press conference be held? Who are the local media, and what do they want? This useful program addresses these questions and more, including writing and distributing press releases, developing newsletters, image building, developing and maintaining press contacts, and managing the media during a crisis.

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 March 28. 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 March 28, 2017.

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

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