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Materials Posted – Part 1 – Housing and Urban Development-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH): An Overview

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Permanent supportive housing has been identified in both the Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness and the Ending Veteran Homelessness Initiative as a critical resource for ending homelessness. Within VA, HUD-VASH is the primary service that provides permanent supportive housing. Through collaboration with HUD, HUD-VASH provides Housing Choice Vouchers designated to participating Public Housing Authorities (PHA) to assist with rent payment. VA provides clinical case management and services to assist Veterans obtain and sustain permanent housing while also assisting Veterans with access to treatment and other supportive services that promote their quality of life and full reintegration back into their communities.

HUD-VASH operates on the Housing First principles and is intended to target and care for the chronic and most vulnerable homeless Veterans. Housing First is an evidence-based approach based on the premise that housing is a basic human right and does not have prerequisites such as sobriety or clean time. It prioritizes housing, then assists individuals with access to health care and other supports that promote stable housing and improved quality of life.

The primary goal of HUD-VASH is to move Veterans and their families out of homelessness into permanent supportive housing while promoting maximum Veteran recovery and independence in the community. A key component of the program is VA’s case management services. These services are designed to assist Veterans in obtaining and sustaining permanent housing and engage in needed treatment and other supportive services that improve the Veteran’s quality of life and end their homelessness. Because Veterans experience homelessness for a variety of reasons, case management is individually tailored to meet the needs of each HUD-VASH Veteran.

This webinar, the first in a two part series that will provide information to community providers on housing services available to Veterans who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. The webinar will provide an overview of the HUD-VASH program including who is eligible for services and how to make a referral for a Veteran to be assessed for admission. There will also be information on how HUD-VASH vouchers are allocated and the difference between tenant-based and project-based HUD-VASH vouchers.

HAC News: July 7, 2017

HAC News Formats. pdf

July 7, 2017
Vol. 46, No. 14

House subcommittee marks up USDA funding bill • HUD markup set for July 11 • Funding for 2020 Census falls short in House spending bill • FY18-20 housing goals proposed for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac • National Week of Action on housing set for July 22-29 • Research finds housing discrimination against same-sex couples and transgender individuals • HAC webinar: “An Introduction to Proposal Writing for Nonprofits”

HAC News Formats. pdf

July 7, 2017
Vol. 46, No. 14

House subcommittee marks up USDA funding bill. On June 17, the Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee reviewed an agriculture appropriations bill for fiscal year 2018. The full committee has not yet considered the bill.

The subcommittee’s bill does not eliminate rural housing programs, as the Administration proposed. It does reduce funding for many programs below FY17 levels (see table below). It also follows the Administration in defunding the Rural Community Development Initiative, a capacity-building program. It adopts the Rural Economic Infrastructure Account proposed in the Administration’s budget, and moves several Rural Development programs into that pool: Section 504 grants, Section 533 grants, community facilities grants, grants for telemedicine distance learning, and broadband transmission grants. The House would provide $122.7 million for the new account rather than the $162 million proposed by the Administration. Like the Administration’s budget, the House would set aside half of its funding total – $60 million – for Appalachia. The House also establishes a minimum amount for each program, 15 percent of the total, or $18.4 million. It is not entirely clear whether that minimum would apply to Section 504 and 533 combined, or to each separately.

For rental housing preservation, the House bill follows the final FY17 appropriations law. Like that legislation, it does not extend the voucher program to cover properties where mortgages matured, but it does require USDA to help nonprofits and PHAs to preserve rental properties. Nonprofits and PHAs would be allowed to receive returns on investment and asset management fees when purchasing rental properties to preserve them. [tdborder][/tdborder]

USDA Rural Dev. Prog.
(dollars in millions)

FY16 Approp.

FY17 Approp.

FY18 Trump Budget Proposal

House Subcmte. Draft

502 Single Fam. Direct
Self-Help setaside

$900
5

$1,000
5

0
0

$900
5

502 Single Family Guar.

24,000

24,000

24,000

24,000

504 VLI Repair Loans

26.3

26.3

0

24

504 VLI Repair Grants

28.7

28.7

a

a

515 Rental Hsg. Direct Lns.

28.4

35

0

28.4

514 Farm Labor Hsg. Lns.

23.9

23.9

(-11)b

d

516 Farm Labor Hsg. Grts.

8.3

8.3

0

d

521 Rental Assistance

1,390

1,405c

1,345

1,345

523 Self-Help TA

27.5

30

(-4)b

25

533 Hsg. Prsrv. Grants

3.5

5

0

a

538 Rental Hsg. Guar.

150

230

250

230

Rental Prsrv. Demo. (MPR)

22

22

(-4)b

15

542 Rural Hsg. Vouchers

15

19.4

16

20

Rural Cmnty. Dev’t Init.

4

4

0

0

a. Would become part of Rural Economic Infrastructure Grant program.
b. Budget proposes to rescind unobligated funds from three programs: $11 million from Sec. 523 self-help, $4 million from Sec. 514/516 farm labor housing, and $4 million from MPR.
c. Includes $40 million in advance funding for FY18, so total available in FY17 is $1.365 billion and total available in FY18 would be $1.385 billion.
d. The program levels for Section 514 and 516 are not available yet; they will be specified in the report that will be prepared when this bill is considered by the full House Appropriations Committee. The bill does provide the “budget authority,” which is the actual cost to the government. For grant programs, the budget authority is the same as the program level. For loans, the budget authority is less than the program level, and the calculation changes from year to year depending on variables such as interest rates. In FY17, budget authority of $15.387 million yielded $23.9 million in Section 514 loans and $8.3 million in Section 516 grants. This FY18 bill provides $10.008 million in budget authority. The total program level will be somewhat higher than $10.008 million, but probably not as high as the FY17 program amounts.

HUD markup set for July 11. The House Transportation-HUD Appropriations Subcommittee will review its draft FY18 spending bill on July 11. HAC will post more information at ruralhome.org as soon as the bill’s funding levels are available.

Funding for 2020 Census falls short in House spending bill. The line items that cover preparations for the 2020 Census and the American Community Survey need at least $1.8 billion rather than the $1.507 billion offered in the FY18 Commerce-Justice-Science appropriations bill marked up by a House subcommittee on June 28, according to the Census Project.

FY18-20 housing goals proposed for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Comments are due September 5 on the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s suggested goals for purchases of single-family and multifamily mortgages over the next three years. (These goals are separate from the Duty to Serve requirements.) For more information, contact Ted Wartell, FHFA, 202-649-3157.

National Week of Action on housing set for July 22-29. The Campaign for Housing and Community Development Funding (CHCDF) and other state, local, and national leaders invite everyone to participate in Our Homes, Our Voicesto bring more attention to America’s affordable housing crisis.

Research finds housing discrimination against same-sex couples and transgender individuals. The Urban Institute conducted studies in the Dallas-Fort Worth, Los Angeles, and Washington, DC, metro areas using paired testing, a technique that allows comparison of how housing providers treat different applicants. UI found that in the early stages of the rental search process, housing providers discriminate against gay men and transgender people on some treatment measures but treat lesbians and heterosexual women comparably.

HAC webinar: “An Introduction to Proposal Writing for Nonprofits
Thursday, July 13, 2017
2:00-3:00 Eastern Time

If you’re new to grant and proposal writing, or if you want a quick refresher, this webinar is for you! Join HAC experts as we break down the elements of a funding proposal and identify the features of strong, successful proposals.
Registration capacity for this webinar is limited. Please register only if you are sure you will be able to attend. Registration will remain open until 30 minutes prior to the event start time.

HAC News: April 30, 2014

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April 30, 2014
Vol. 43, No. 9

• Congress back from recess, returns to appropriations bills • April is National Financial Capability Month • HUD offers funds for Family Self-Sufficiency coordinators • Comments on Promise Zone application requested • HUD and USDA close to adopting revised energy codes • USDA RD reminds field staff of protocols for borrower credit reports • Some USDA RD single-family loan limits will change on May 1 • More than 100 groups oppose USDA minimum rents • Census Bureau reconsidering American Community Survey questions • UN committee criticizes US laws criminalizing homelessness • FDIC reports on changes in the banking industry since 1985 • Join HAC on May 23 for a webinar entitled “Practitioner’s Guide to Meeting ENERGY STAR 3.0.”

April 30, 2014
Vol. 43, No. 9

CONGRESS BACK FROM RECESS, RETURNS TO APPROPRIATIONS BILLS.Appropriations leaders in both houses have said they hope to complete FY15 appropriations bills before August 1, when Congress’s five-week summer recess begins. Both appropriations committees first need to set their 302(b) allocations, the totals for each of the 12 individual spending bills. USDA and Transportation-HUD will not be among the first bills considered.

HUD OFFERS FUNDS FOR FAMILY SELF-SUFFICIENCY COORDINATORS. Public housing authorities and Indian housing authorities can applyby May 29.

COMMENTS ON PROMISE ZONE APPLICATION REQUESTED. HUD requests comments by June 16 on its upcoming competition for the second round of Promise Zone designations. A draft Second Round Application Guide is posted at www.hud.gov/promisezones. Promise Zones do not receive specific funding, but get technical assistance to help them access federal assistance from existing programs and may receive some preferences in funding competitions. Contact Brooke Bohnet, HUD, 202-402-6693.

HUD AND USDA CLOSE TO ADOPTING REVISED ENERGY CODES. Comments are due May 30 on the agencies’ preliminary determination that two revised codes – one applicable to single-family homes and low-rise multifamily buildings, the other to high-rise multifamily – can be used for new housing. They would apply only to USDA’s Section 502 direct and guaranteed programs and to HUD’s HOME, Section 202, Section 811, public housing, Choice Neighborhoods, and FHA single-family insurance programs. ContactMeghan Walsh, USDA, 202-205-9590, or Michael Freedberg, HUD, 202-402-4366.

USDA RD REMINDS FIELD STAFF OF PROTOCOLS FOR BORROWER CREDIT REPORTS. The explanation is in an Unnumbered Letter dated March 25, 2014, which notes instances of field staff errors in checking credit histories of applicants for Section 502 direct loans.

SOME USDA RD SINGLE-FAMILY LOAN LIMITS WILL CHANGE ON MAY 1. Changes will be posted at https://www.rurdev.usda.gov/HSF-Area_Loan_Limits.htmlon or after May 1.

MORE THAN 100 GROUPS OPPOSE USDA MINIMUM RENTS. The National Low Income Housing Coalition reports that over 100 national and state organizations signed a letter to key members of Congress’s appropriations subcommittees opposing the $50 minimum rent requested in the Administration’s budget (see HAC News, 3/5/14).

CENSUS BUREAU RECONSIDERING AMERICAN COMMUNITY SURVEY QUESTIONS. Census will compare the usefulness of each ACS question to negatives such as the time needed to answer and complaints from the public. Feedback from respondents and data users will also be collected. The first topics to be reviewed are plumbing, commuting, income, and disability. The Pew Research Centerreports that ACS data, the only source of local data on topics including housing, are used to allocate significant amounts of federal funding each year.

UN COMMITTEE CRITICIZES US LAWS CRIMINALIZING HOMELESSNESS. At a session in March reviewing the United States’ record on a number of issues, the United Nations Human Rights Committee concluded that the criminalization of homelessness “raises concerns of discrimination and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment” under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. The U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness and the National Law Center on Homelessness and Povertysummarize the issues and the reasons for addressing homelessness in a human rights context.

FDIC REPORTS ON CHANGES IN THE BANKING INDUSTRY SINCE 1985. “The Continued Resiliency and Importance of Community Banks Amid Long-Term Industry Consolidation” says the smallest and largest banks have been most impacted by consolidation. The number of small banks with assets under $100 million dropped by 85% from 1985 to 2013, and banks with assets over $10 billion have grown significantly. Least affected by consolidation are community banks – those that focus on traditional bank services with a limited geographic scope – which comprise more than 90% of FDIC-insured institutions.[tdborder][/tdborder]

JOIN HAC ON MAY 23 FOR A WEBINAR ENTITLED “PRACTITIONER’S GUIDE TO MEETING ENERGY STAR 3.0.” This one-hour session will cover ENERGY STAR fundamentals; identifying the building envelope; controlling air infiltration; insulating attics, walls, and other spaces; insulating and sealing ducts; and understanding heating and cooling units. This webinar is the first of two. The second, “Advanced ENERGY STAR,” will cover check lists, formulas, and the duties of contractors and HERS Raters. Register online.

Aging in Place: Home Repair for Rural Seniors

To have an event posted on our calendar*, please e-mail Dan Stern. Or send event description or brochure to:

Housing Assistance Council
Attn: Dan Stern
1025 Vermont Avenue, NW
Suite 606
Washington, DC 20005

Or fax to (202) 347-3441
Attn: Dan Stern

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*Calendar Posting Guidelines:

HAC’s calendar posts announcements about periodic conferences, training sessions, audioconferences, and the like. Topics must be relevant to professionals in the rural housing and community development arena. HAC reserves the right to accept or decline any request to post an item. We do not include sessions provided by entities (for-profit or nonprofit) that offer numerous regularly scheduled training events; links to such entities are provided below.

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Aging in Place: Home Repair for Rural Seniors

Date: June 19, 2013
Time: 2:00 – 3:00 pm EDT
Registration: https://cc.readytalk.com/r/8qxmfagqs5ti

The Housing Assistance Council (HAC) is pleased to invite you to participate in a webinar on home repair and rehab for rural seniors. Twenty-five percent of all rural households are occupied by the elderly. Of those homes, 80 percent are homeowner rather than rental properties. According to 2009 American Housing Survey data, more than 300,000 homes occupied by rural seniors are moderate or severely substandard. Join us for this webinar to learn more about meeting the needs of rural homeowners with repair and weatherization programs. The agenda will feature discussions on using the USDA Section 504 grant program and leveraging weatherization dollars for senior home repair.

For more information, please email Janice Clark at Janice@ruralhome.org.

Presenters include:
  • Nancy Wright, Early County CDC, Blakely, Georgia
  • Janice Daku, Western Maine Community Action, East Wilton, Maine
  • Mike Feinberg, Housing Assistance Council, Washington DC
This webinar is supported by The Atlantic Philanthropies.

Aging in Place Webinar

To have an event posted on our calendar*, please e-mail Dan Stern. Or send event description or brochure to:

Housing Assistance Council
Attn: Dan Stern
1025 Vermont Avenue, NW
Suite 606
Washington, DC 20005

Or fax to (202) 347-3441
Attn: Dan Stern

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*Calendar Posting Guidelines:

HAC’s calendar posts announcements about periodic conferences, training sessions, audioconferences, and the like. Topics must be relevant to professionals in the rural housing and community development arena. HAC reserves the right to accept or decline any request to post an item. We do not include sessions provided by entities (for-profit or nonprofit) that offer numerous regularly scheduled training events; links to such entities are provided below.

Community Connections
IPED

HUD Calendar
NeighborWorks
Novogradac and Compan

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Aging in Place Home Repair for Rural Seniors Webinar

Date: June 19, 2013
Time: 3:00 – 4:15 PM Eastern

Topics will include the USDA Section 504 grant program and leveraging weatherization dollars for senior home repair.
For information, contact Janice Clark at Janice@ruralhome.org.

USDA RD Section 502 Direct Loan and Section 504 Loan and Elderly Grant Repair Program – An Overview

To have an event posted on our calendar*, please e-mail Dan Stern. Or send event description or brochure to:

Housing Assistance Council
Attn: Dan Stern
1025 Vermont Avenue, NW
Suite 606
Washington, DC 20005

Or fax to (202) 347-3441
Attn: Dan Stern

[addthis2][/addthis2]

*Calendar Posting Guidelines:

HAC’s calendar posts announcements about periodic conferences, training sessions, audioconferences, and the like. Topics must be relevant to professionals in the rural housing and community development arena. HAC reserves the right to accept or decline any request to post an item. We do not include sessions provided by entities (for-profit or nonprofit) that offer numerous regularly scheduled training events; links to such entities are provided below.

Community Connections
IPED

HUD Calendar
NeighborWorks
Novogradac and Compan

Back to Trainings

USDA RD Section 502 Direct Loan and Section 504 Loan and Elderly Grant Repair Program – An Overview

Date: May 15, 2013
Time: 2:00 – 3:00 pm EDT
Registration: https://cc.readytalk.com/r/5506ay5lpun7

The Housing Assistance Council invites you to participate in a webinar on USDA Rural Development’s Section 502 single-family housing direct and guaranteed loan and Section 504 Repair Loan and Elderly Grant Programs. Discussion will include the purpose, eligibility requirements, loan terms, and regulations of each of the programs. Participants will also learn about the conditional commitment process as a unique program feature and how these soft commitments can be the basis for developing a single unit or multiple units more efficiently.

This webinar is supported by The Atlantic Philanthropies.

Pre-Registration Required. Register Now!! https://cc.readytalk.com/r/5506ay5lpun7

A Guide to HACs SHOP 2013 Application – A Question and Answer Session

To have an event posted on our calendar*, please e-mail Dan Stern. Or send event description or brochure to:

Housing Assistance Council
Attn: Dan Stern
1025 Vermont Avenue, NW
Suite 606
Washington, DC 20005

Or fax to (202) 347-3441
Attn: Dan Stern

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*Calendar Posting Guidelines:

HAC’s calendar posts announcements about periodic conferences, training sessions, audioconferences, and the like. Topics must be relevant to professionals in the rural housing and community development arena. HAC reserves the right to accept or decline any request to post an item. We do not include sessions provided by entities (for-profit or nonprofit) that offer numerous regularly scheduled training events; links to such entities are provided below.

Community Connections
IPED

HUD Calendar
NeighborWorks
Novogradac and Compan

Back to Trainings

A Guide to HACs SHOP 2013 Application – A Question and Answer Session

Date: March 14, 2013
Time: 2:00 – 3:00 PM Eastern
Registration: https://cc.readytalk.com/cc/s/registrations/new?cid=y9azz6jlvuaa

The process of applying for a SHOP award can sometimes be complicated. Having the correct information and being prepared for possible obstacles is crucial for quickly completing and submitting an application. With this in mind, HAC has developed a training opportunity for those organizations and staff persons involved in HAC’s SHOP 2013 funding round. The goal of this training session will be to assist our applicants in completing and submitting an application and to answer any questions that will help applicants further understand HAC’s SHOP program and underwriting processes.

HAC would like to invite you to join us in this interactive training, scheduled for:

Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 2:00 PM
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time)

The session will begin with a brief presentation and will address any SHOP 2013 changes, as well as, many of the issues that typically confront applicants. Even if you are well on your way to completing your SHOP application (due by Tuesday, April 2, 2013), please join us for this informational question and answer session.

If you would like to participate in the training, please click the “Register Now” link below. Questions? Contact Tanisha Jacob at tanisha@ruralhome.org or (202) 842-8600 ext. 128. Training materials will be sent to you a day before the session and instructions on joining the webinar and teleconference will be included in a confirmation email after you register. We hope that you join us for this training!

Register Now!

Conducting Homeless Counts on Native American Lands – Webinar

To have an event posted on our calendar*, please e-mail Dan Stern. Or send event description or brochure to:

Housing Assistance Council
Attn: Dan Stern
1025 Vermont Avenue, NW
Suite 606
Washington, DC 20005

Or fax to (202) 347-3441
Attn: Dan Stern

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*Calendar Posting Guidelines:

HAC’s calendar posts announcements about periodic conferences, training sessions, audioconferences, and the like. Topics must be relevant to professionals in the rural housing and community development arena. HAC reserves the right to accept or decline any request to post an item. We do not include sessions provided by entities (for-profit or nonprofit) that offer numerous regularly scheduled training events; links to such entities are provided below.

Community Connections
IPED

HUD Calendar
NeighborWorks
Novogradac and Compan

Back to Trainings

Conducting Homeless Counts on Native American Lands

Date: March 13, 2012
Time: 2:00 – 3:00 PM Eastern
Registration: https://cc.readytalk.com/cc/s/registrations/new?cid=9kowvf25jgfy

The Housing Assistance Council (HAC) is pleased to invite you to a webinar highlighting its recent publication Conducting Homeless Counts on Native American Lands: A Toolkit. It is often difficult to address homelessness on Native American lands, due to the challenge in quantifying the number of actual homeless individuals living therein. While there is ‘literal’ homelessness on Native American lands, many Native Americans also live in extremely crowded conditions with family and relatives which is another, less visible, form of homelessness. Places with small, spread-out populations, like most Native American lands, typically have few shelters or service providers forcing homeless individuals to rely on strong kinship networks to find a place to stay. Issues surrounding tribal mistrust of the federal government, a lack of understanding of tribal sovereignty and diversity among Indian nations by outside entities, cultural competencies, and legal complexities associated with tribal lands create additional challenges to conducting an accurate count.

Based upon past research as well as interviews with key stakeholders in the field, the webinar will provide insights on how to conduct outreach, plan homeless surveys, partner with other researchers and organizations, and secure funding.

For more information, please email Eric Oberdorfer at eric@ruralhome.org.

Register Now!

Rural Housing Summit 2012 – New Visions for a New Landscape

To have an event posted on our calendar*, please e-mail Dan Stern. Or send event description or brochure to:

Housing Assistance Council
Attn: Dan Stern
1025 Vermont Avenue, NW
Suite 606
Washington, DC 20005

Or fax to (202) 347-3441
Attn: Dan Stern

[addthis2][/addthis2]

*Calendar Posting Guidelines:

HAC’s calendar posts announcements about periodic conferences, training sessions, audioconferences, and the like. Topics must be relevant to professionals in the rural housing and community development arena. HAC reserves the right to accept or decline any request to post an item. We do not include sessions provided by entities (for-profit or nonprofit) that offer numerous regularly scheduled training events; links to such entities are provided below.

Community Connections
IPED

HUD Calendar
NeighborWorks
Novogradac and Compan

Back to Trainings

Rural Housing Summit 2012 – New Visions for a New Landscape

Start Date: October 25, 2012
End Date: October 26, 2012
Location: Pacific Grove, CA
Registration: https://rhs2012.eventbrite.com/

The Rural Housing Summit brings together housing professionals and advocates to examine key policy and program issues and develop a strategic action plan to improve the living conditions of low-income and rural Californians during the upcoming year and beyond.

Green Building Webinar

To have an event posted on our calendar*, please e-mail Dan Stern. Or send event description or brochure to:

Housing Assistance Council
Attn: Dan Stern
1025 Vermont Avenue, NW
Suite 606
Washington, DC 20005

Or fax to (202) 347-3441
Attn: Dan Stern

[addthis2][/addthis2]

*Calendar Posting Guidelines:

HAC’s calendar posts announcements about periodic conferences, training sessions, audioconferences, and the like. Topics must be relevant to professionals in the rural housing and community development arena. HAC reserves the right to accept or decline any request to post an item. We do not include sessions provided by entities (for-profit or nonprofit) that offer numerous regularly scheduled training events; links to such entities are provided below.

Community Connections
IPED

HUD Calendar
NeighborWorks
Novogradac and Compan

Back to Trainings

Green Building Webinar

Date: September 19, 2012
Time: 2:00 – 3:00 PM Eastern
Registration: https://cc.readytalk.com/r/r0cx8u62e7ja

Adding ‘green’, ‘sustainable’ or ‘active/passive energy efficient’ techniques to development planning can take many forms to meet specific goals, particularly the affordability of up-front and long-term costs. This webinar will provide a brief overview of both the 184 and 502 programs followed by examples of how each program can be effectively utilized to build sustainable green housing (to include discussion on building activities on Native American Lands). Participants will gain from in-depth discussion on various types of construction, from conventional to manufactured, as well as, those being used by tribal organizations across the country such as straw bale, hogans, and advanced framing methods to meet green guidelines developed by each individual tribe for their specific locality. This webinar will also provide a brief overview of the latest Energy Star and Water Sense compliance standards.

Register Now!