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Welcome to PHADA’s 2019 Commissioners’ Conference

January 6–9, 2019
Hyatt Regency Miami in Miami, FL


The year 2019 is an historic one for PHADA. The association was founded in 1979, making the coming year PHADA’s “ruby” anniversary! The organization plans some interesting and festive ways to mark the occasion throughout the year. The year 2019 also promises to be another interesting and busy one for housing professionals. To help prepare, executive directors, staff, and commissioners will not want to miss this important meeting in Miami.


PHADA staff and others will discuss what the industry can expect from the Trump Administration as it enters its third full year in office. There will be sessions recapping FY 19 HUD appropriations as well as the outlook for the new federal budget season that gets underway early in the year. Presenters will also discuss how changes in the 116th session of Congress could alter the direction of housing policy as well as the overall budget outlook.

PHADA will outline the association’s policy agenda for the new congressional session. With funding again expected to be constrained, the association will be pursuing various deregulation initiatives including an expansion of waivers for HAs in addition to other measures that would provide HAs more latitude to run their operations based on local needs and priorities.

Some planned sessions include the latest on the new streamlined RAD process for small HAs, and important changes in demolition-disposition procedures. Other workshops will outline changes in the Annual Contributions Contract, possible modifications in PHAS and SEMAP, news on the MTW expansion, and possible tax credit changes.

For commissioners, there will be sessions on issues such as ethics, budget oversight/monitoring, RAD, succession planning, how to deal with Inspector General Investigations, and how board members can prepare their agencies for more budget uncertainties.

Updates are planned on the status of the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule along with the Assessment of Fair Housing (AFH) Tool. There will be detailed sessions concerning potential new “cash management” requirements in public housing, and the latest on rent reforms and “Envision Centers,” which HUD Secretary Carson has cited as top priorities.

These are just some of the planned topics for the 2019 Commissioners’ Conference. More information concerning the education sessions will be provided in the near future. In the meantime, members can contact PHADA’s Washington office at: 202-546-5445, or visit: for further information.


Agenda and Session Information

Click here to view the full event schedule.

Click here to download a PDF version of the registration brochure. 


Closing Dinner

The Wednesday, January 9, closing dinner theme will be “Margaritaville.” Come dressed in your favorite tropical flair and prepare to blow out your flip flops as we go searchin' for that lost shaker of salt. And even if you’re not familiar with the lyrics of that famous Jimmy Buffet song, you need only know that a good time will be had by all! Name badge or ticket is required for entry.


Sponsorship Opportunities

Click here to view the 2019 Sponsorship Prospectus. For more information and to become a sponsor, contact Sara Patterson at 202-546-5445, or email:


Hotel Information

Hotel Reservation Policy: Register first then reserve your room! Any reservations 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 you 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 December 3, 2018, 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. 

Hyatt Regency Miami
400 South East Second Avenue
Miami, FL 33131

Room Rate: $209 includes complimentary wi-fi in guest rooms. A portion of the room rate is being used to offset conference costs. 

Cut-off date: December 3, 2018
(Based on availability) 

Metrorail from Miami International Airport (Orange Line):

  • To ride Metrorail, you will need an EASY card or EASY Ticket as the fare gates do not accept cash. You may purchase an EASY Card or EASY Ticket from the EASY card vending machines located at the entrance of each rail station using cash or a valid credit card. The fare is $2.00 per person.
  • Get on the Metrorail at Miami Intl Airport and then exit at Government Center
  • Get on the People Mover at Government Center (Complimentary service) and exit at the Knight Center (People Mover has two loops – Use the Inner Loop)
  • Take the escalator down one level to the lobby of the Miami Towers then follow the exit to Hyatt Regency Miami

Hours of Operation are 5:00 am to midnight

Discounted valet overnight parking for PHADA is available at the hotel for $39/overnight. Self-parking is also available. Click here for more information. The Hyatt Regency Miami is 9.1 miles from the Miami International Airport.

If you have any questions, email Sara Patterson at 202-546-5445, or email:


PHADA/Rutgers University Executive Director Education Program (EDEP)

The Executive Director Education Program (EDEP) will continue January 4–6 in conjunction with the 2019 Commissioners’ Conference.

IMPORTANT: You will receive a confirmation of your EDEP registration from PHADA. If you do not receive a confirmation, please contact the PHADA office at: 202-546-5445. EDEP registrations must be received by December 3, 2018. 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 December 3, 2018.

NOTICE: EDEP registration is currently full. If you wish to be placed on the waiting list, please contact Norma Bellew at:

Two courses will be offered:

  • Executive Housing Management (Friday & Saturday, January 4–5)
    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/Communications (Sunday, January 6)
    When should a press conference be held? Who are the local media, and what do they want? This useful seminar addresses these questions and more… including how to write and distribute press releases, how to develop a quality newsletter, how to improve the image of the housing authority, how to develop and maintain press contacts, and how to manage the media during a crisis.

EDEP registrants please note: On-site registrations are not accepted for the EDEP Program, and class size is limited to 40. Classes have been filling up, so early registration is recommended. You will receive confirmation of your EDEP registration from Rutgers University. If you do not receive a Rutgers confirmation, please contact the PHADA office at: 202-546-5445. Refunds will be issued only to registrants who withdraw on or before December 3, 2018.

Registration Fees

Price Description Amount
Member Registration $490.00
Member Registration (Early-Bird Rate) $465.00
NonMember Registration $600.00
Nonmember Registration (Early-Bird Rate) $575.00
Onsite NonMember Registration $625.00
Onsite Registration $515.00
Onsite Spouse Registration $215.00
Onsite Spouse Registration $215.00
Spouse Registration $205.00
Spouse Registration $205.00
Spouse Registration (Early-Bird Rate) $195.00
Spouse Registration (Early-Bird Rate) $195.00

Hotel Room Rate: $209.00 per night plus tax
This charge is in addition to the tuition fee, and is paid directly to the hotel by the seminar member upon checkout.

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Location Information

Hyatt Regency Miami
400 South East Second Avenue
Miami, FL 33131-2197

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Need to register staff and/or commissioners at the Member rate?

Current PHADA Members can add staff and/or commissioners to their housing authority record to receive the Member rate. Click here for a PDF with step-by-step instructions.


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