VA-WHAT? What You Need to Know about the Violence Against Women Act

Tuesday, November 6: 2:00pm – 3:15pm

Still confused about VAWA Rules? Are you giving out VAWA forms more than you need to? Are you providing the right forms? Come join expert panelists for an interactive discussion about the VAWA Rule, forms and certifications, fair housing, an update of VAWA implementation, and compliance pitfalls and challenges.

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VA-WHAT? Presentations (4.49 MB Adobe PDF File)

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Joe Maskovyak, Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio
Joe Maskovyak started at COHHIO in August 2014 after having served on the COHHIO board for many years. He is a long time housing advocate, starting his career at the Legal Aid Society of Columbus (LASC) where he became the managing attorney for housing and worked on behalf of low income housing clients in Franklin County. In 2007 he moved to the Ohio Poverty Law Center (OPLC) where he pursued legislative work around housing on the state and national level. He has a bachelor's degree in Russian and Political Science and a master's degree in Political Science from Bowling Green State University (BGSU). Prior to attending law school, he spent 4 years teaching in the Political Science Department at BGSU. He earned his JD from The Ohio State University and is licensed to practice law in Ohio and Florida.


Amanda Lee Gross, E&A Team, Inc.
Ms. Gross brings to E&A over eighteen years of hard-won, real-world knowledge and experience in all aspects of the affordable housing industry. She has learned the affordable housing industry from the ground up, starting as a site manager, and eventually rising to the position of Compliance Officer for a multi-state, 5,000+ unit management company. Ms. Gross has leveraged that experience and become a nationally recognized expert trainer in Fair Housing, LIHTC, RD, HUD, and HOME. She conducts hundreds of trainings nationwide, and regularly consults with state housing finance agencies, public housing authorities, management companies, and developers. Ms. Gross is regularly a featured speaker at numerous industry events such as state housing finance agency and industry association conferences, as well as periodic national events for the National Association of State Housing Finance Agencies. She also provides custom-tailored trainings to private organizations which understand that highly-trained staff are more effective and better able to protect the assets and reputation of the company. She also works in a consulting capacity, advising clients in the development of their policies and procedures, optimizing project compliance performance, and addressing audit findings. Ms. Gross's areas of expertise focus on the following programs:

  • • Fair Housing
  • • Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) Program
  • • USDA RD Rental Housing Program
  • • HUD Multifamily Housing Programs
  • • HOME Investment Partnership Program
  • • Tax-Exempt Bond Compliance