We are so excited to announce that McKonly & Asbury Partner & Director of Affordable Housing Services and WHF-PA Member, Elizabeth Harriger, was named one of the Central Penn Business Journal’s 2019 Women of Influence! The Women of Influence Awards honor established business leaders with proven track records of community service and business accomplishments.
The outstanding women on this list influence others through their personal successes and achievements. Along with being a Partner at McKonly & Asbury, Elizabeth is Director of Affordable Housing Services, with over 20 years of extensive audit, tax, and consulting experience in the affordable housing industry. She leads the firm’s affordable housing team in tax and consulting and provides technical review and consultation for affordable housing audits. Elizabeth also provides low-income housing tax credit training to clients and other organizations. Active in the community, she is a Budget and Finance Committee member of the Helen O. Krause Animal Foundation, Inc., board member of the Cumberland County Affordable Housing Trust Fund, and volunteers with many other community organizations and her church.
McKonly & Asbury understands the importance of being a business that is focused on empowering women, and our firm’s core values and innovative culture are mirrored to facilitate this.
Please join us in congratulating Elizabeth on this great achievement!
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Congratulations to our members who achieved recognition this week for their dedication and hard work!
Jackie Winchell – Promotion to Manager
Jackie joined McKonly & Asbury in 2013. She is a member of the firm’s Assurance & Advisory Practice and specializes in serving clients in affordable housing and nonprofit industries. She performs development-stage projects, including cost certifications, 10% tests, and first-year audits for clients utilizing the low-income housing tax credit. Jackie also serves on the firm’s Service Committee, a group that organizes community service efforts for our team. She works out of the firm’s Camp Hill office and earned a B.S. in Business and Accounting from Lebanon Valley College.
The Housing Alliance of PA recognized Laura Northup as Person of the Week!
We love to recognize the great work our members are doing throughout the industry. Please let us know if we can share your achievements with the rest of our membership! Email us at email@example.com
June is National Homeownership Month, a time to reflect upon the impact owning a home has on household wealth, neighborhood stability and the nation’s broader economic health. June is also a time to highlight the organizations that work tirelessly all year to support homeowners in achieving their goals. Those organizations include the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Federal Housing Administration, various lenders, real estate brokers and many others throughout the region and across the country.
Research shows that a household’s primary residence is often its largest asset, and that asset continues to serve as an important building block for long-term financial security. The latest edition of the Survey of Consumer Finances, published by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, reports that the primary residence accounts for about one-quarter of all assets held by households in 2016, surpassing other financial assets, business interests and retirement accounts. Indeed, homeownership is a primary source of net worth for many Americans and is an important step in accumulating personal financial assets over the long term.
Along with many other organizations, the Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh (FHLBank Pittsburgh) and its member financial institutions recognize the value of homeownership, and in particular, the value of affordable housing. In dynamic and changing markets where home values continue to increase, homeownership can quickly become unattainable for individuals and families looking to make homeownership a reality.
Lori Graham, Manager Homeownership with FHLBank Pittsburgh, has worked in the affordable housing industry for more than 12 years and noted, “Being able to make homeownership a reality for people with lower incomes is extremely rewarding. We’ve been able to assist more than 18,000 first-time homebuyers achieve their goal of owning a home through First Front Door.” The First Front Door program provides down-payment and closing cost assistance up to $5,000 for first-time homebuyers. At times, the barrier to homeownership is the upfront cash required at settlement. First Front Door helps to alleviate this barrier.
There are other programs like First Front Door across the country that help reduce these obstacles as well. Those of us who work in the affordable housing industry tend to process data, review numbers and figures, and manage spreadsheets, closing disclosures, construction budgets, and the like. The numbers go on and on. But what we must never forget is that while we may get lost in these numbers, the numbers represent something much bigger. Each number is a reflection of the realities of real people, families and neighbors who are being handed the keys to their own home for the first time. Yesterday, someone somewhere took a picture on their front lawn next to a “sold” sign. Today, someone is signing a stack of loan closing documents with feelings of excitement and pride. And tomorrow, someone will be able to say, “I am a homeowner.”
Thank you for the work you do in the industry – never forget its impact on homeowners and our communities.
Pennrose is an industry leader in the development and management of Affordable Housing. We are excited to be hiring a Utility Manager for our Property support Center located in Philadelphia, PA.
This position will monitor and manage utility consumption and costs for the Pennrose portfolio. This position will promote water and energy conservation and efficiency to reduce operating costs, manage resident billback programs, successfully budget utility costs, originate and maintain utility allowance studies, mentor site staff on sustainable best practices and more. The Utility Manager reports to the Director of Asset Management and supports the goal of maximizing financial performance and value of the Pennrose portfolio.
Architect/Designer Team Member
Ready to join a team where you can be involved in all aspects of an architecture practice? Lenhardt Rodgers Architecture + Interiors seeks a highly motivated architect/designer with 3-6 years of experience. A professional degree is required for this full-time permanent position. Candidates should have strong design and graphic ability, and excellent communication skills. This position involves work in all aspects of an architecture practice and phases of design, documentation and construction, but with an emphasis on design. Revit experience is required. We are a mid-sized firm with integral architecture and interiors practices. We offer a supportive, collegial environment, competitive salary and benefits package with the opportunity to grow with the firm. Please submit a resume and samples of work to Deborah Seitz firstname.lastname@example.org and Jackie Patterson email@example.com
Interior Designer Team Member
Become part of a truly integrated design firm where Interior Designers and Architects work closely together to provide the best design solutions for our clients. We are seeking a self-motivated, creative interior designer with strong communication skills and confidence sharing new ideas. A professional degree and 5 years of experience is required for this full-time position. The candidate will work collaboratively with our senior interior designer and architects and will effectively build and maintain Client and consultant relationships. This position involves developing interior architectural design concepts from programming through FF&E selection, researching and selecting finishes, material and lighting, and creating graphic presentations. Revit, AutoCAD, and Adobe Creative Suite experience is required. We are a mid-sized firm and offer a supportive environment with the opportunity to grow with the firm. Please submit a resume and samples of work to Deborah Seitz firstname.lastname@example.org and Jackie Patterson email@example.com
Loan Specialist (Entry Level) – Philadelphia, PA
Reinvestment Fund is a catalyst for change in low-income communities. We integrate data, policy and strategic investments to improve the quality of life in neighborhoods across the country. We finance schools, affordable housing, grocery stores and health centers in underserved communities helping families lead healthier, more productive lives.
Real Estate and Affordable Housing Tax Manager
Our firm is growing, and we are seeking talented, professional individuals to join our real estate and affordable housing tax practice. We are seeking an individual with a background in partnership taxation. Experience with low-income housing tax credits and/or historic tax credits is preferred.
Nonprofit Audit Manager
The ideal candidate will have 5-8 years of audit experience in public accounting and has managed a team. Desired skills include an understanding of audit methodology and risk assessment, including an understanding of internal controls. Strong technical background and experience in working with nonprofit organizations is a must. Prior experience in public accounting is an added bonus. The candidate must have a college degree with a concentration in Accounting, and have obtained their CPA license.
Affordable Housing Program Contractor
The FHLBank Pittsburgh, located in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has an opening in our Community Investment Department for an Affordable Housing Program Contractor. This position will help support the operations and projects of the Community Investment Department, specifically related to the Affordable Housing Program (AHP) funding round. The term of this position is from July 22 through November 2019.
Real Estate Development Professional
Affordable Housing Development Employment Opportunity
Housing Development Corporation MidAtlantic (HDC) is currently seeking to attract and acquire talent to support our 5-year growth strategy, which will expand and preserve housing affordability through a broad array of development approaches and acquisition opportunities. Specifically, we are seeking a qualified individual to build out our real estate development team and implement a community-based and collaborative approach to address housing needs and develop innovative affordable housing development in PA, DE, and MD. Open to flexible and remote work arrangements.
The ideal candidate will be committed to our vision of a world where a safe, welcoming affordable place to call home is open to everyone. They also will embrace a culture of excellence, collaboration, diversity and inclusion. Qualifications include expertise in Low Income Housing Tax Credits, real estate development and finance, community-based partnerships, and/or acquisitions. We are seeking a team player and leader who will not only possess the skills and experience necessary, but align with our mission, vision and values. Interested candidates can send along their resume, but importantly include a personal story about why you consider yourself to be the ideal candidate. Please send your cover letter and resume to Pete Bergonzi, Director of Human Resources at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Come be part of taking HDC to the next level – to be big, bold and transformational as we build hope and opportunity for all residents to reach their full potential by creating, preserving, and strengthening affordable housing communities.
Find out more about us here: www.hdcweb.com.