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    • 11 Mar 2020
    • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Riviera Beach Marina Village Event Center 190 E. 13th Street Riviera Beach, FL 33404
    • 6

    SHIP Program Administration

    This training is designed to provide guidance on the fundamental rules of the SHIP program and assist SHIP administrators with five years or less of SHIP experience with the implementation of their programs. This workshop addresses the primary responsibilities of SHIP program implementation and will help participants improve their application process, establish quality control for their qualification process, and assist in other aspects of daily SHIP administration. 

    Who should attend?

    • New and experienced SHIP administrators
    • Subrecipients and sponsors
    • SHIP Program staff

     Key Topics

    • Overview of SHIP requirements and training resources
    • The eligibility determination process
    • Maintaining SHIP files
    • Tracking encumbrances and expenditures


    This training is sponsored by the Florida Housing Finance Corporation’s Affordable Housing Catalyst Program and Facilitated by the Florida Housing Coalition.

    Upon completion of this training each participant will receive a certificate of completion

    • 12 Mar 2020
    • 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Marion County Growth Management 2710 E Silver Springs Blvd Ocala, Florida 34470
    • 26

    SHIP Orientation and Program Administration

    SHIP staff with 5 years or less of experience may benefit from this training, which will address:

    • A Year in the Life of a SHIP Administrator: Deadlines & Responsibilities
    • Annual report preparation
    • 19/20 Considerations, including a review of Special Needs compliance
    • Preparation of the LHAP and AHAC Report 
    • And your questions

    Staff with more than 5 years of experience are also welcome, since this training can be a great refresher.  The topics we will address are fundamental, but all should take away something new.

    Agenda SHIP Orientation and Program Administration.doc


    This training is sponsored by the Florida Housing Finance Corporation’s Affordable Housing Catalyst Program and Facilitated by the Florida Housing Coalition.

    Upon completion of this training each participant will receive a certificate of completion

    • 09 Apr 2020
    • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Palm Beach County Airport Center 100 Australian Avenue (4th Floor Training Room) West Palm Beach FL 33406
    • 7

    The Rehabilitation/Emergency
    Repair Process

    The rehabilitation process requires housing administrators and their staff work with homeowners, contractors, building inspectors, local officials, and funders. Understanding each of these groups and learning to work with them helps to avoid some of the problems that are commonly encountered in rehabilitation programs.

    This workshop will walk through the steps involved in the rehabilitation program process, deciding on the best approach and strategy design for your community, contractor selection and removal, scope of work, bidding process, contract terms and award, inspections and payments, and guarantees and warranties. The presenters will address weaknesses in rehabilitation programs and best practices to improve your program.


    Who Should Attend?

    • Rehabilitation inspectors
    • Construction management staff
    • Rehabilitation staff
    • Housing program administrators
    • Sponsors and subrecipients involved in rehabilitation programs


    Key Topics:

    • Program design
    • The home inspection process
    • Working with homeowners and contractors
    • Finding a good inspector
    • The importance of work write-ups and specifications
    • Reducing the need for change orders
    • Property standards
    • Written agreements
    • Handling disputes
    • Warranties and guarantees
    • Recordkeeping



    This training is sponsored by the Florida Housing Finance Corporation’s Affordable Housing Catalyst Program and Facilitated by the Florida Housing Coalition.

    Upon completion of this training each participant will receive a certificate of completion

    • 16 Apr 2020
    • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    • American Red Cross 1115 Easterwood Drive Tallahassee, FL 32311
    • 44

    Pre- and Post-Disaster Recovery

    Housing providers should be aware of the external disaster planning process and understand their role in supporting the process by participating and providing information necessary to prevent the loss of life and property in the event of a disaster. This workshop describes the leadership and coordinator responsibilities of public-sector housing providers as they interact with external emergency operations and planning functions that take place at the county and municipal levels. 

    The presenters with address how SHIP-DR and other funding sources may contribute to disaster recovery. Topics include disaster-related documentation required, avoiding duplication of benefits, disaster-related repair considerations, using SHIP with CDBG-DR, HHRP, and more. Participants will learn about innovative best practices in pre- and post disaster for temporary housing, rapid repair, and mitigation.  Presenters in this training will include local government staff who will share their recovery work from past disasters.

    The presentations and group exercises will reference the Florida Housing Coalition’s new publication, “Florida Disaster Management Guide for Housing.”  This workshop should be attended by SHIP administrators, housing staff and volunteer responders.


    This training is sponsored by the Florida Housing Finance Corporation’s Affordable Housing Catalyst Program and Facilitated by the Florida Housing Coalition.

    Upon completion of this training each participant will receive a certificate of completion


    • 14 May 2020
    • 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Emma Lou Olson Civic Center 1801 NE 6th Street (East Banquet 2/3) Pompano Beach FL 33060
    • 52

    Affordable Housing Funding Sources

    This workshop is an introduction to federal and state affordable housing funding sources, including the State Housing Initiative Partnership (SHIP), State Apartment Incentive Loan (SAIL), Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME), Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA), Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG), HUD Continuum of Care (CoC), and Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC).

    The training will be updated to include more detail on development financing and Florida Housing’s RFA process.  Presenters will provide an overview of the source of the federal and state funds, how the funds are awarded, allocated and distributed, and their allowable uses.  Participants will discuss methods to increase funding for affordable housing on the local level and strategies to encourage the development of affordable housing.

    Who Should Attend?

    • Nonprofit affordable housing developers
    • Local government housing administrators
    • Community partners

     Key Topics:

    • Federal funding
    • State funding
    • Private sources and community partnerships
    • Advocacy
    • Affordable housing tools and incentives


    This training is sponsored by the Florida Housing Finance Corporation’s Affordable Housing Catalyst Program and Facilitated by the Florida Housing Coalition.

    Upon completion of this training each participant will receive a certificate of completion

    • 21 May 2020
    • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Children’s Board of Hillsborough County 1002 East Palm Avenue Tampa, FL 33605
    • 40

    Preparing for the SHIP Monitor

    Have you received notice that a Florida Housing Finance Corporation Monitor will soon conduct a compliance review of your SHIP program? Don’t get nervous—get prepared. This workshop will report results from an analysis of recent monitoring reports to help you prepare. Learn about the program details that SHIP monitors focus their attention on during their review of a SHIP jurisdiction. This may help you achieve the best outcome from your next monitoring visit. The training will outline SHIP rule compliance, as well as Florida Housing options for addressing non-compliance. Beyond discussing mere compliance, this training will help you perform a health and effectiveness "checkup" on your local SHIP program using diagnostic exercises and group activities.

    Who Should Attend?

    • Housing program administrators
    • Community partners
    • Subrecipient organization staff
    • Sponsors

    Key Topics

    • Steps in the monitoring process
    • Common monitoring findings
    • Elements of compliance: eligibility calculation, file documentation, reporting


    This training is sponsored by the Florida Housing Finance Corporation’s Affordable Housing Catalyst Program and Facilitated by the Florida Housing Coalition.

    Upon completion of this training each participant will receive a certificate of completion

    • 31 Aug 2020
    • 01 Sep 2020
    • Rosen Centre Hotel, 9840 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819



    The Florida Housing Coalition’s Annual Statewide Affordable Housing Conference is the only place where you can meet more than 900 affordable housing professionals from throughout Florida. The conference will take place August 26-28, 2019, at the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando. Please read the Exhibitor Rules and Regulations carefully and register to secure your exhibition location.

    Reserve Your Space Today

    Register now to reserve your exhibitor space. Reservations are made on a first-come, first-serve basis.

    Would you like more information on becoming an Exhibitor? Contact Johnitta Wells at wells@flhousing.org or 850-87-84219.

    Exhibit Hall Dates and Times

    • Sunday, August 30 – Setup: 3-6 p.m.
      (All booths must be complete by 6 p.m.)
    • Monday, August 31 – Exhibition: 10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
    • Tuesday, September 1 – Exhibition: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Closed during lunch; Breakdown: 4 p.m.)

    Exhibitor Benefits Package

    1. 10’ x 10’ booth space
    2. 6’ x 5’ skirted table
    3. 2 chairs
    4. Opportunity for advance registration for 2021 Expo
    5. Free self-parking when you identify yourself as a conference participant

    Exhibitor Fee and Assignments

    The non-profit rate for exhibits is $750; the government and for-profit rate is $1250. Selection of exhibit space is at the sole discretion of the Florida Housing Coalition and will be based on the date of request.

    Partners for Better Housing at the levels below receive free exhibitor space for the Housing Expo. Partners must confirm use of their space in writing by June 1, 2020.

    Partners for Better Housing Commitment Level

    • PLATINUM - 20 conference registrations + 2 Prime Expo tables
    • GOLD - 10 conference registrations + 1 Prime Expo table
    • SPONSOR - 6 conference registrations + 1 Interior Expo table

    All Partners receive subscriptions to Housing News Network Journals, free job vacancy posting service on the Coalition’s website and unlimited membership rates for registration at the conference. Partners also receive recognition at the conference, in all conference-related publications, the Coalition’s website, as well as, other hard copy publications. To become a Partner for Better Housing, contact Johnitta Wells at 850-878-4219 or e-mail wells@flhousing.org.


    • June 1 – Partner Exhibitor Registration Deadline
    • July 6 – All Exhibitor Registration Deadline
    • July 24 – Cancellation Deadline with 50% Refund/ Name Badge Change Deadline (After this date, there will be a $50 charge for name badge changes or additions.)


    1. Contract- The following rules and regulations become binding upon acceptance of this contract between the applicant and its employees, and the Florida Housing Coalition, Inc. (FHC), the event sponsor.
    2. Space Assignments- Exhibit locations will be assigned at the sole discretion of Florida Housing Coalition and will be based on date of request with payment. Preference for the Housing Expo will be given to Partners for Better Housing at the Sponsor, Gold Sponsor, and Platinum Sponsor levels. FHC also reserves the right of exhibit space reassignment.
    3. Exhibitor Display Description- The exhibit package includes a 6-foot skirted table in the designated Expo Hall (Two tables for Platinum Partners for Better Housing in the Housing Expo) and name badges for individuals not registered for the conference. No walls, partitions, signs or decorations may be erected which will interfere with the general view “down the aisle,” or with other exhibits. Assistance in erecting display, accessing electricity, hanging banners on the front of the table(s), or breakdown must be arranged directly with the hotel staff. The exhibitor is solely responsible for all costs incurred.
    4. Set-Up, Exhibit Hours, and Break-Down- Set-up may occur on Sunday, August 30 between the hours of 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. NOTE: No exhibitor will be allowed to break down an exhibit until 4 p.m. Tuesday, September 1. Any exhibitor that willfully dismantles its exhibit prior to that time may not be considered for future FHC conferences. The exhibitor understands that this schedule will be adhered to as a courtesy to other exhibitors and to FHC delegates.

      The Expo Hall is in close proximity to FHC conference workshops and meal functions. The Expo Hall will be locked at 6 p.m. on Sunday, August 30; 5:30 p.m. on Monday, August 31; and 6 p.m. on Tuesday, September 1. Exhibit hours begin at 10:30 p.m. on Monday, August 31 and 8 a.m. on Tuesday, September 1.

    5.  Shipping- All package deliveries must be arranged by each exhibitor with the hotel. The hotel will charge Holding and Receiving fees; these fees are the sole responsibility of the exhibitor. Packages will not be accepted more than five days in advance of the event date. When shipping a package, address the package to yourself and your organization, C/O the Florida Housing Coalition Conference; Rosen Center Hotel, 9840 International Drive, Orlando, Florida, 32819.  Please bring your tracking number with you as this will facilitate the hotel staff with finding your package. Exhibitors are responsible for fees associated with storing shipping containers throughout the actual conference.
    6. Electricity- For electricity at your exhibit, contact Johnitta Wells at FHC at 850-878-4219. Depending on usage, there may be a need to contact a pre-determined outside electrician. All costs are the responsibility of the Exhibitor.
    7. Internet- For internet connection at your exhibit, contact Keith Parker, with the Rosen Centre Hotel, at 407-996-2324. All costs are the responsibility of the Exhibitor.
    8. Unoccupied Space- FHC reserves the right, should any space remain unoccupied after the first hour of the conference opening, to rent or occupy said space.
    9. Payment and Refunds- The total fee for exhibit space is due upon receipt of the signed exhibit agreement. In the event an exhibitor finds it impossible to attend the conference, a letter received at the FHC office to that effect by 5 p.m., EDT, July 24, 2020, would authorize a refund of 50% of the exhibit fee. No refunds will be made after 5 p.m. EDT, August 7, 2020. Partners for Better Housing membership is non-refundable.
    10. Food Service- FHC reserves the right to provide food and beverage service during certain hours in the exhibit area. Due to hotel health regulations, with the exception of small packaged candies and treats, no food or beverages may be given away or otherwise distributed by any exhibitor, without written approval from the Rosen Centre Hotel and the FHC.
    11. Unauthorized Personnel- Only delegates, exhibitors with FHC name badges and hotel staff will be allowed into the exhibit area.
    12. Noisy & Obnoxious Equipment & Unsightly Exhibits- The operation of whistles, loud music, or other objectionable devices by exhibitors will not be allowed. Exhibitors are expected to maintain exhibit space free of litter and in accordance with Fire Marshall and hotel regulations.
    13. Security and Liability- FHC will not provide security services. The exhibit space will be locked as described in the Exhibitor Rules and Regulations. Providing security for exhibits, exhibitor property and for exhibitors themselves, as well as for their employees, agents, representatives and guests, shall be the sole responsibility of the exhibitor and of the exhibitor only. The exhibitor agrees to hold FHC and the hotel harmless and to indemnify FHC and the hotel against claims or liability arising out of the actions, fault, or negligence of the exhibitor, its agents or employees, prior to, during and after the exposition. FHC and the hotel shall not be responsible for any loss, damage or injury that may happen to the exhibitor or the exhibitor’s agents, patrons, guests, employees, or property from any cause whatsoever. The exhibitor hereby releases FHC and the hotel from, and agrees to indemnify them against any and all claims for such loss, damage or injury.
    14. Damage to Property- The exhibitor, its agents, guests or patrons shall not injure, nor in any manner deface the hotel premises or equipment therein, and shall not cause or permit anything to be done whereby the hotel or its equipment shall be in any manner injured, marred, unduly soiled, defaced, lost, stolen or otherwise removed from the building, and will not drive, or permit to be driven, nails, hooks, tacks, or screws into any part of the hotel, and will not make nor allow to be made, any alterations of any kind therein. Should any of the hotel’s equipment used by the exhibitor in the exhibitor in the conduct or operation of the exposition be damaged, lost or stolen, the exhibitor will promptly pay for the equipment by cash or certified check.
    15. Signs, Posters & Banners- The exhibitor agrees that it will not post or exhibit signs, advertisements, posters, or cards of any description inside, in front of or on any part of the hotel not designated as the exhibitor’s exhibit in the exhibition area. The exhibitor will contract with the hotel staff to hang any banners, signs or posters that are to be affixed to the hotel. Velcro banners may be affixed to air walls only. Nothing may be affixed to the walls of the hotel itself.
    16. Public Policy- All companies and individuals exhibiting at the conference are participating at the exclusive discretion of FHC and must abide by all local codes, rules, regulations, and ordinances, including fire regulations, and must abide by the directions and instructions presented by official FHC and hotel personnel. The exhibitor understands that any violation of these policies may result in the immediate closing and removal of the exhibitor’s display.
    17. Eligible Exhibits and Restrictions- FHC reserves the right to accept or reject, without reason, any exhibit agreement received. FHC may choose to waive exhibit fees for non-profit exhibitors with approval from the President/CEO or Conference Manager.
    18. Exhibit Floor Access- FHC reserves the right to limit access to the exhibit floor to anyone during times the exhibition area is not officially open, as well as to any person not in possession of an FHC issued name badge.
    19. Use of Exhibit Space- Exhibitors shall reflect their company’s highest standards of professionalism, while maintaining their exhibits during exhibition hours. No exhibitor shall assign, sublet or share exhibit space without the permission of FHC.
    20. Exhibition Sales Policy- No firm or organization is permitted to engage in direct sales activities within the exhibit area without the expressed written approval of FHC.
    21. Hotel Information- The Florida Housing Coalition’s Annual Statewide Affordable Housing Conference will be held at the Rosen Centre Hotel, 9840 International Drive, Orlando, Florida, 32819.  Rooms are available for the function at the rate of $133 per night, before August 7, 2020. To reserve your room, contact the hotel at 1-800-204-7234 or click here to reserve your room online.
    22. Deadlines- 
    • June 1 – Partner Exhibitor Registration Deadline
    • July 6 – All Exhibitor Registration Deadline
    • July 24 – Cancellation Deadline with 50% Refund/ Name Badge Change Deadline (After this date, there will be a $50 charge for name badge changes or additions.)

    • 31 Aug 2020
    • 02 Sep 2020
    • Rosen Centre Hotel, 9840 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819


    The Florida Housing Coalition’s Annual Conference attracts more than 900 affordable housing advocates, lenders, developers, administrators and policy makers. The Annual Conference offers trainings from the nuts and bolts of housing to cutting edge training and an opportunity to learn from a broad range of experts.

    Join us as newcomers and affordable housing veterans engage in thought-provoking exchange of new ideas, demonstrated techniques, training and networking.

    For any questions or concerns regarding the online registration, please call 850-878-4219. Thank you!

     REGISTRATION Member Non-Member
    Early Bird Rate (Before June 30)
    $425 $645
    Regular Rate (After June 30)
    $495 $695
    At the Door (After August 25)
    $625 $895

    Become a Member and Save!

    If you would like to save $200 by becoming a member, call Pam Davis at (850) 878-4219 to find out how you can become a member.

    Cancellations must be received in writing no later than July 31, to receive a refund less a $50 administrative fee. After July 31, an alternate person from your organization may register at no extra charge; however, no refund will be made. Absolutely no refunds will be made for any registrant who does not attend the Conference.

    In the event there is photography, video, or audio recording, the undersigned consents to the publication, reproduction, or use of the same, without further approval, by the Florida Housing Coalition.

    For any questions or concerns regarding registration, please call 850-878-4219. Thank you!

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