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Reserve the Date:
October 27-29, 2021
Beau Rivage Resort and Casino
Biloxi, MS

Registration Information and Conference Agenda
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For anyone interested in sponsoring a function or donating a door prize, please contact Ettie Pittman at

If you have any questions, please contact me by email or phone
(B) 601.790.7292 or (C) 601.955.2942


RONNETTE SMITH, Senior Trainer

Ronnette is an affordable housing expert across multiple funding restrictions and training disciplines. Once a rising star in the field, she is now widely considered a "must-have" for properties that require teams with proficiency in compliance. Ronnette's students boast designation pass rates amongst the highest in the nation because of her unique ability to make otherwise complicated information logical.

Ronnette has worked in the Affordable Housing industry since 2001. She started her career in Low Income Housing Tax Credit as a Compliance Coordinator, then branched out as a Sales and Marketing Manager, and now as a Trainer. She has overseen more than 30 communities at varying levels, which has created a vast depth of knowledge from multiple vantage points. Ronnette is a motivated, energetic, and goal-oriented trainer, which makes her a great asset to the Affordable Housing industry. Ronnette helps Zeffert ensure wide territory coverage coast to coast. She is a graduate of Rollins College, Winter Park, Florida.

Ronnette holds the HCCP, HCM-R, and FHS designations.

Training Title: Essentials of Fair Housing and Rural Development


Training Description

In this class you will learn the foundations of Fair Housing and Civil Rights principles, along with the protected classes, exploring the history of Fair Housing and how it applies today. In addition, we will cover how Fair Housing applies to maintenance personnel. We will then pivot our focus on the Essentials of Rural Development, providing direction on how to successfully manage a Rural Development property while providing guidance on the lease required by the state of Mississippi.


Training Agenda


8:30-9:30 AM

Fair Housing and Civil Rights

Fair Housing for maintenance

What not to say


9:30-9:45 AM break


9:45 - 11:30 AM

Rural Development regulations

Application and wait list


Lunch 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM


1:00 - 2:15 PM

MS Lease policies and evictions

Initial cert/recerts

Work orders and inspections


2:15 - 2:30 PM break


2:30 – 4:30 PM Income and asset calculations


This class offers one hour of continuing education in Fair Housing, and five hours of continuing education in Rural Development.

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