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Special Video Welcome from Senator Elizabeth Warren
While Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren was unable to join us for the CLPHA summer 2016 meeting, she took the time to record a special welcome message for our attendees, evidence that she recognizes the important work that our members do every day. We are grateful to Senator Warren for her support in our efforts to improve life outcomes for low-income families. Please click on the video to view a short presentation she produced specifically to welcome CLPHA members to the summer meeting in Boston.
HOTMA Bill Headed to the President's Desk for Signature
After a flood of emails, letters and calls from a broad-based coalition of national, state and local groups/organizations, and after the stunning House-vote of 427-0, the U.S. Senate fast-tracked HR 3700 Housing Opportunity through Modernization Act (HOTMA), bypassing the regular order process of hearings and markups, and passing the bill by unanimous consent on July14.Full Text >
FY17 THUD Spending Bill Also Passes on Senate Floor
On May 24, the House Appropriations Committee (“the Committee”) on a voice vote passed the fiscal year 2017 (FY17) appropriations bill for the Departments of Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD), readying the $58.19 billion discretionary spending bill for floor action. The bill includes a total of $38.7 billion for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) , an increase of $384 million above the fiscal year 2016 enacted level and $953 million below the Administration’s budget request.
THUD subcommittee chairman Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) said, “This bill provides for our nation's transportation and housing needs, while making tough choices to protect hard-earned taxpayer dollars. It recognizes the need to house the most vulnerable and get critical infrastructure back on track. Most importantly, it will ensure the safety of our infrastructure and improve the quality of our public housing programs.” Diaz-Balart in thanking committee members and staff for their hard work to fashion a “bipartisan nature” spending measure made particular mention of subcommittee ranking member, David Price (D-NC), “for his hard work and dedication to the issues.”
CLPHA is aware that, behind-the-scenes, Price was particularly instrumental in preventing the Choice Neighborhoods Initiative from being drastically cut. Through his strong support, he was able to limit the reduction to only $25 million below the FY16 enacted level, and CLPHA is deeply appreciative of his efforts. Price was one of the strongest advocates in Congress for the HOPE VI program, and has continued that strong support with CNI.Full Text >
The Senate Appropriations Committee approved S. 2844, on a recorded vote of 30-0, the fiscal year 2017 (FY17) Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD) appropriations bill on April 21.
While the public housing and related programs fared better than expected when compared to FY16, nonetheless, most of the Senate proposed funding levels are still below CLPHA and industry recommended levels. CLPHA also advocated raising the Rental Assistance Demonstration cap, and we are pleased to note that the Senate is increasing the cap to 250,000 units.
The Senate is expected to take up the THUD spending bill sometime during the week of May 9th after returning from a week-long recess.
Read on for a brief review of policies and programs of interest to CLPHA members in the Senate bill and insight into Senate intent from the Committee Report, accompanied by CLPHA’s updated funding chart.Full Text >
On February 2, the U.S. House of Representatives debated, amended and passed HR 3700, the “Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act of 2015” (HOTMA), an amalgamation of housing legislation from previously proposed, introduced or House-passed-but-never-enacted housing bills along with new provisions that reflect current policy directions.Full Text >
On February 3, 2016 HUD published an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking, “Strengthening Oversight of Over Income Tenancy in Public Housing.” HUD is considering publishing a new rule that would address public housing tenants whose income exceeds established income limits.Full Text >
Evictions are among the worst setbacks that strike already vulnerable individuals and families. And yet they have become stunningly commonplace in many American neighborhoods.
For all their frequency, however, it has taken the recent work of Harvard University sociologist Matthew Desmond, and his new book “Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City” to focus the nation’s attention on the eviction epidemic plaguing low-income communities.Full Text >
Next Generation NYCHA, the grand strategy to transform the nation’s largest affordable housing provider, has guided the public housing authority’s activities for the better part of a year and is showing some early results.Full Text >
On March 8, 2016 HUD published the final rule “Streamlining Administrative Regulations for Public Housing, Housing Choice Voucher, Multifamily Housing, and Community Planning and Development Programs.”The rule is the result of an ongoing, four-year effort by HUD, combining several previous streamlining provisions including changes to the 2014 appropriations act and elements of HUD’s 2013 temporary compliance options (2013-03). While the rule moves in the right direction, more needs to be done Full Text >
HUD Secretary Julián Castro appeared before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD) on March 1, followed by an appearance before the Senate THUD Appropriations Subcommittee on March 10 to advocate for the FY17 HUD budget request, the final budget submission of the Obama Administration.Full Text >
At the heart of every housing authority’s mission is improving the lives of the families and individuals they serve. For many housing authorities, this means coordinating with the education, workforce development, health care, transportation, and social services systems on the local level to provide supports and opportunities to residents.
Yet, innovative practice on the local level has not led to the broad-scale change that is needed to lift more than 43 million Americans out of poverty. Thus, CLPHA and its members have committed to work with interested practitioners, researchers, and policymakers to reshape the way that the housing system works with other systems at the federal level.
This effort, called “Building Opportunity” for short, will create that systems change by:
ReThink: Why Housing Matters
CLPHA is proud to be a part of HAI Group's ReThink initiative, a national public awareness campaign encouraging people to reconsider their perceptions about public housing and realize the benefits it offers individuals and the greater community.