• 1 The Capitol Gateway HOPE VI mixed-use, mixed-income community, Washington, D.C.
  • 3 Seattle's High Point Public housing is built around parks for children and a community garden.
  • 3 Two of Cuyahoga Housing Authority's seven green roofs, LakeView Terrace, Cleveland
  • 3 Tremont Pointe, a HOPE VI development and the first multi-family green project in Ohio.
  • 3 Walsh Construction, the Pomegranate Center and the Salishan Community of Tacoma, Washington came together to create a courtyard and park. Photo by Eugene Shibayama.
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Public Housing Is Infrastructure

When you think of reinvesting in public infrastructure, do you think of housing? You probably should! Public housing plays a critical role in our nation's infrastructure, providing families with a stable home and helping them gain access to other services, including education and health. When we invest in public housing, we help low-income families achieve self-sufficiency and improve life outcomes, but we also generate economic growth, bolster productivity, and positively impact support services while significantly decreasing costs. Click here to read more.

Click here to view the Public Housing Is Infrastructure fact sheet. Pictured above is Oakland Housing Authority's Lakeside Senior Apartments.


CLPHA Submits Statement for the Record on LIHTC and Public Housing

 

On August 1, the Senate Finance Committee held a hearing, “America’s Affordable Housing Crisis: Challenges and Solutions.” The hearing focused primarily on the challenge of increasing the supply of affordable housing and strategies to address the significant housing cost burdens faced by many Americans. Senator Hatch opened the hearing, stating that the affordable housing crisis, “is a problem that should be ready for a bipartisan solution.”  To view our write-up of the hearing, click here.

To help tackle the affordable housing issues discussed in the hearing, Senators Orrin G. Hatch (R-UT) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA) have introduced legislation, S. 548, the Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act. The bill would increase Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) credit authority by 50 percent, as well as enact roughly two dozen changes to strengthen the program by streamlining program rules, improving flexibility, and enabling the program to serve a wider array of local needs.

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CHA's Ruth Bennett Farm Earns Revenue, Educates Residents About Growing Food

For over a decade, Chester, Pennsylvania was a complete food desert – the city, which sits just outside of Philadelphia and is home to approximately 37,000 people, did not even have one supermarket. Ten years ago, Chester Housing Authority (CHA) Executive Director Steven A. Fischer realized that CHA was sitting on a few acres of land that wasn’t exactly prime for building additional housing, so he drummed up interest in a community garden.   

At first, it seemed mostly an experiment. CHA used the garden as an educational tool to teach residents how to grow food with the help of two Swarthmore College students. Each year, the garden grew, and the few acres of land evolved into a small, working organic farm dubbed the Ruth L. Bennett Homes Community Farm, after the 261-unit public housing development next to which it stands, producing significantly more food, and without the use of pesticides.

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HUD Sends 2017 Worst Case Housing Needs Report to Congress

 

On August 9, HUD sent the 2017 Worst Case Housing Needs Report to Congress, providing national data and analysis of critical problems facing low-income renting families throughout the nation. The report, which is HUD's 16th in a longstanding series, chronicles an increase in severe housing problems, with the number of households considered to have worst case housing needs jumping from 7.72 million in 2013 to 8.3 million in 2015. HUD also reports that, since 2007, the U.S. has seen a 41 percent increase in severe housing problems, and a 66 percent increase since 2001. The Worst Case Housing Needs Report defines households with worst case needs as very low-income renters who do not receive government housing assistance and who paid more than one-half of their income for rent, lived in severely inadequate conditions, or both.

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Senators Collins and Heinrich Bring Reintroduce Bill to Address Generational Poverty

Two-Generation Economic Act reflects the cross-sector collaboration that CLPHA’s Housing Is Initiative promotes.

Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Martin Heinrich (D-NM) recently reintroduced bipartisan legislation in the Senate, calling for the development of support programs that improve family economic security by breaking the cycle of multigenerational poverty through a comprehensive strategy that addresses the needs of parents and children. The Two-Generation Economic Act of 2017, or S. 435, seeks to align and link existing service systems and funding streams that currently support parents and children separately. Heinrich and Collins believe that aligning the support systems to help parents and children together will increase the whole family’s chances for success in life. The bill also establishes the Interagency Council on Multigenerational Poverty to provide guidance on two-generation programs; establish a system of coordination among agencies and organizations; identify best practices; and identify gaps, research needs, and program deficiencies.


The Two-Generation Economic Act of 2017 is a significant step in the fight against poverty. It would be the first piece of legislation to incorporate a two-generation approach aimed at increasing economic security, educational success, social capital, and health and well-being for parents and children together. In seeking to better align service systems and funding streams, the bill would give states, local governments, and tribes more flexibility to develop programs that meet their specific needs. The approach outlined in S. 435 would greatly improve the effectiveness of service delivery, and it highlights the same principles and goals around which CLPHA’s Housing Is initiative was founded, to better intersect housing and other sectors in order to improve life outcomes. CLPHA has long promoted two-generation initiatives as a best practice and has been a leader in fostering partnerships to encourage innovative solutions to address generational poverty.

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Proposed $6.2 Billion Housing Cut Shreds Safety Net for Low-Income Families and Seniors

67 Percent Cut to Public Housing Health and Safety Improvements

Statement From Council of Large Public Housing Authorities Executive Director Sunia Zaterman

Washington, DC –
“The Council of Large Public Housing Authorities (CLPHA), representing more than 70 of the country’s largest and most innovative housing authorities, is calling on Congress to reject the Trump Administration’s FY18 budget, which proposes to slash $6.2 billion in funding to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), including $2 billion in cuts to public housing. If realized, the draconian cuts included in this budget would not only have severe and cumulative effects on public and affordable housing programs across the country, but it would also shred the safety net of other public assistance programs on which many low-income Americans rely. Full Text >

FY17 Omnibus Funding Bill Heads to the President's Desk

On May 3, 2017, the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 309 to 118 approved the $1.1 trillion omnibus appropriations bill—HR 244, the “Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017,” which funds the federal government for fiscal year 2017 (FY17).  The U.S. Senate followed up the House action on May 4 and passed the legislation by a vote of 79 to 18, and the President has indicated he will sign the bill once it reaches his desk.

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Secretary Ben Carson Visits Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority

The HUD secretary tours communities, observes innovative work, and praises public-private partnerships.

United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson continued his national listening tour with a stop in central Ohio from April 26th-28th. He spent that Thursday meeting with the Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA) to discuss the innovative housing strategies CMHA is deploying in the Columbus community. CMHA demonstrated to the new administration how it is transforming into a strategic, catalytic, and strength based organization - showing how it is able to identify ways to use resources, form strategic partnerships, and target opportunities that expand affordable housing options for Columbus.

With the possible deep budget cuts looming, CMHA wanted to ensure that Secretary Carson was well-informed about some key programmatic issues and that he had an opportunity to observe how certain HUD-sponsored programs are working in the field. CMHA emphasized to Secretary Carson the importance of three main topics: 1) Promoting policies that support local innovation and outcomes, 2) Using housing as a platform for systems alignment, and 3) Reducing the cost of doing business while advancing HUD’s mission.

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Public Housing Industry Groups Join Forces on Infrastructure Request and Finalizing FY17 Funding

The Council of Large Public Housing Authorities (CLPHA), the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO), and the Public Housing Authorities Directors Association (PHADA) recently joined forces to advocate for public housing as infrastructure in a letter to the majority and minority leadership in the U.S. House and Senate. The letter calls on Congress to invest in public housing infrastructure as Congress moves towards introducing infrastructure legislation since “investment in public housing infrastructure is a direct investment in America’s families.”

According to the letter, “we believe public housing is a critical part of the nation’s infrastructure. Like roads and bridges, public housing is a long-term public asset. The program provides safe and secure housing for communities and families. Public housing provides over 1.2 million units of affordable housing to over 2.2 million people, including families, seniors, and individuals with disabilities, and 800,000 children across the country. Public housing, valued at over $162 billion, also represents a significant investment on the part of the federal government and its preservation is essential.”

In a separate letter, the industry groups also recommended finalizing FY17 funding in an appropriations bill rather than through an end-of-the-fiscal-year continuing resolution (CR) process. The letter, listing funding levels for public housing and related programs, was sent to the chairs and ranking members of the appropriations committees in the House and Senate. Congress is expected to finalize FY17 funding during the last week of April, after returning from recess and before the current CR funding the federal government expires on April 28.

To view the joint letter on public housing as infrastructure, please click here.

To view the letter recommending a full appropriations bill for FY17 funding, please click here.

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House Financial Services Committee Approves FY18 Budget Views

The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services met on February 28 and approved the Committee’s views and estimates on the budget for fiscal year 2018, as required by House rules and the Congressional Budget Act. The “views and estimates” is usually drafted by the majority and is then subject to the committee review and markup process. The “views and estimates” is a process that the committee goes through each year and while it may or may not result in legislative action, it is indicative of the committee’s thinking on major issues under their jurisdiction.

The housing portion of the “views and estimates”—beginning on page 7 of the committee draft—asserts that “current federal housing policy is fractured, costly, and inefficient: the Government Accountability Office found in 2012 that 20 different federal government entities administer 160 programs, tax expenditures, and other tools that support homeownership and rental housing. In particular, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has received more than $1.655 trillion in real (2014) dollars in appropriations over its 50 years of existence and today spends over $45 billion annually on at least 85 active programs.

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Senate Approves Carson for HUD Secretary

On March 2, 2017 the U.S. Senate confirmed the nomination of Dr. Benjamin S. Carson, Sr. as the 17th Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development by a 58 to 41 vote. Dr. Carson’s confirmation followed a relatively non-controversial nomination hearing in January and a straight-forward procedural vote in late February that advanced his nomination to the Senate floor.

Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Ranking Member of the Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee—who voted to confirm—announced his intention the day before the vote, saying “I will give Dr. Carson the benefit of the doubt because of commitments he has made to me in person and to the Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee in his testimony and written responses. These include his promises to address the scourge of lead hazards that threaten the health and futures of children in Ohio and nationwide. Let me be clear: I will do everything in my power to hold Dr. Carson accountable for making good on his promises.”

Moments after Secretary Carson’s confirmation, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Ranking Member of the House Financial Services Committee, issued a statement which said in part, “The decision to put Dr. Carson in such a critical role in our Federal government reveals that Trump and Republicans are not serious about addressing the housing challenges faced by hardworking American families. Dr. Carson has previously expressed the idea that ‘poverty is really more of a choice than anything else.’ Thinking like this could put our nation’s most vulnerable in great danger… Dr. Carson’s confirmation today is appalling. He is just another addition to the parade of unqualified individuals serving in the Trump Administration.”

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House Financial Services Committee to Consider FY18 Budget Views


The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services will begin meeting on February 28, and as many days as necessary, to consider the Committee’s views and estimates on the budget for fiscal year 2018, as required by House rules and the Congressional Budget Act. The “views and estimates” is usually drafted by the majority and is then subject to the committee review and markup process. The “views and estimates” is a process that the committee goes through each year and while it may or may not result in legislative action, it is indicative of the committee’s thinking on major issues under their jurisdiction.

 

The housing portion of the “views and estimates”—beginning on page 7 of the committee draft—asserts that “current federal housing policy is fractured, costly, and inefficient: the Government Accountability Office found in 2012 that 20 different federal government entities administer 160 programs, tax expenditures, and other tools that support homeownership and rental housing. In particular, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has received more than $1.655 trillion in real (2014) dollars in appropriations over its 50 years of existence and today spends over $45 billion annually on at least 85 active programs.

 

“Accordingly, the Committee believes we must reform and innovate how we provide assistance for housing in the 21st century with a higher purpose than simply perpetuating programs that ultimately warehouse and marginalize poor families and communities…The Committee will investigate more efficient ways to deliver housing assistance within existing budget limitations with the goals of helping people move from poverty to self-sufficiency, reforming HUD’s mission and streamlining its complex bureaucratic web of programs, and developing meaningful innovations to assist communities and neighborhoods in spreading economic prosperity to all.

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SDHC's Gentry Urges Congress to Support Local Innovation

On February 21 in Washington, D.C., the J. Ronald Terwilliger Foundation for Housing America’s Families hosted a Congressional Staff Briefing on The State of Affordable Housing in the United States, where presenters included Former U.S. Senator Scott Brown (R-MA), Urban Institute Housing Finance Policy Center Co-Director Laurie Goodman, and San Diego Housing Authority Commission (SDHC) President and Chief Executive Officer Richard C. Gentry.

In his presentation, Richard Gentry – a public housing veteran with almost 45 years of service and leadership – presented his observations regarding specific Federal low-income housing programs operated by local public housing agencies, and highlighted the unique approach that SDHC has taken to address the housing needs of low-income and homeless San Diegans.

Gentry immediately posed the question of whether or not the most effective way to manage decisions about financial assistance in housing should come from the federal or local level, a question that PHAs are well-equipped to answer. After emphasizing that jurisdictions throughout the country have unique housing needs, Gentry posited that decisions about public housing assistance are most effective when made at the local level and, “made at the level closest to the jurisdiction.” His plea to Congress: “More local decision-making is needed in the United States today.

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YouthBuild Program Teaches Skills and Fosters Pride

The Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee’s (HACM’s) YouthBuild program provides young adults the skills to find employment in the busy local construction industry, while also giving them the opportunity to rehab homes that can be put into the affordable rental market for low-income families.

“This is a great new start to my life and career,” said YouthBuilder Harvey Young. “I like to draw, and construction ties my art together with building things. I want to start my own business someday because of this program.”

YouthBuild is a U.S. Department of Labor-funded non-residential, community-based alternative education program that provides job training and educational opportunities for at-risk youth ages 16-24. In Milwaukee, the program is sub-contracted to agencies, including HACM, through Employ Milwaukee.

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CLPHA Endorses Comments in Support of 39 MTW Agencies on Substantially the Same

In December 2016, HUD released a notice requesting comments and recommendations on a revised methodology for determining the extent to which MTW agencies continue to serve substantially the same number of eligible families under MTW as they would under standard agency regulations (the STS requirement).

A steering committee representing the 39 current MTW agencies developed comments in response to HUD’s proposed methodology. In its comments, the committee urged HUD to withdraw the STS Notice, stating that HUD’s approach would penalize MTW housing authorities who are using MTW funds creatively to accomplish critical objectives such as: targeting housing toward the homeless, subsidizing housing in high-opportunity neighborhoods, providing employment and case management services to residents, using local strategies to preserve and create new housing, and using MTW funds to recapitalize the public housing stock.

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HUD Releases Initial Guidance on Smoke-Free Housing Rule

HUD has released guidance on its final smoke-free housing rule, which went into effect in February 2017. Under the rule, housing authorities will have until July 2018 to implement their smoke-free housing policies.

The rule contained several provisions for PHAs:

• PHAs must implement the smoking-ban within 18 months of the rule’s effective date, i.e. by July 3, 2018.
• Smoke-free policies must extend to all outdoor areas up to 25 feet from public housing buildings and administrative offices.
• Prohibited tobacco products are defined as items that involve the ignition and burning of tobacco leaves, such as cigarettes, cigars, pipes and water pipes (also known as hookahs).
• Interior common areas include, but are not limited to, hallways, rental and administrative offices, community centers, day care centers, laundry centers, and similar structures.
• PHAs will be required to document their smoke-free policies in their PHA plans and prohibit lit tobacco in tenant leases, which may be implemented through an amendment process or as tenants renew their leases annually.
• HUD expects that PHAs will conduct resident engagement and outreach, and partner with local community health organizations and smoking cessation groups during the implementation phase.

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CLPHA Launches Housing Is to Expand Community of Practice in Housing, Education, Health and More

Web tool targets idea-sharing and improves cross-sector collaboration to help low-income families

The Council of Large Public Housing Authorities (CLPHA) would like you to join a new community: Housing Is! We are proud to reintroduce our systems alignment work under its new name, the Housing Is initiative, and launch a brand new online resource, HousingIs.org to help us better connect housing to other sectors. Thanks to generous funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the Kresge Foundation, the Housing Is initiative and HousingIs.org will enhance and strengthen our community of practice by supporting cross-sector collaboration. Please check out our official press release to learn more about HousingIs.org and how this online clearinghouse will help us break down the silos between housing, health, education and more.  

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U.S. Court of Federal Claims Finds HUD Breached its ACC Obligations

On January 18, 2017, the United States Court of Federal Claims found that HUD breached its ACC obligations when HUD offset 2012 operating subsidy payments to PHAs according to a PHA’s excess operating reserves, rather than the pro rata reduction prescribed by Title 24 of the Code of Federal Regulations. Full Text >

Ben Carson Defends Nomination as HUD Secretary Before Senate Panel

On January 12, Dr. Ben Carson, surrounded by family, appeared before the U.S. Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee to defend his nomination as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. It was the first public opportunity to get a glimpse into Dr. Carson’s thinking as the next HUD Secretary since his nomination. Appealing to his Horatio Alger-like story, the former GOP presidential candidate spoke of how he wants to help heal America’s divisiveness as a reason “why he would want to run HUD.”

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Transition Priorities for a New Adminstration

The Council of Large Public Housing Authorities is pleased to present its Transition Priorities for a New Administration. On behalf of the public housing authorities that we represent, we look forward to working with HUD and the new administration in our continued efforts to foster creativity and produce better outcomes for families and communities.

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HUD Issues End of Administration Rules: HOTMA, AFFH, Lead-Based Paint and Broadband

Proposed Rule: HOTMA 2016 Implementation of Various Section 8 Voucher Provisions

On January 18, 2017, HUD published a proposed rule regarding the implementation of the Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act of 2016 (HOTMA). Several of the statutory amendments made by HOTMA affect the Project-Based Voucher (PBV) program or the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program. The notice seeks additional public input on both the implementing requirements and future changes to these programs.

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Senator Schumer Announces Senate Democratic Committee Memberships for the 115th Congress

Senate Democratic Leader-elect Charles E. Schumer (NY) has announced the Senate Democratic committee memberships for the 115th Congress. All memberships have been ratified by the Senate Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee and are subject to ratification by the full Democratic Caucus when the 115th Congress convenes in January.

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SENATE PASSES HR 3700!

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.

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House Appropriations Committee Passes FY17 THUD Spending Bill

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.

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CLPHA’s Affordable Housing & Education Summit Continues to Strengthen Partnerships

With 120 attendees working to engage new ideas and develop innovative practices to better connect housing and education systems, CLPHA’s second annual Affordable Housing & Education Summit was an enormous success. Part of CLPHA’s ongoing commitment to the Systems Alignment initiative, the Summit shared the progress CLPHA has achieved since last year’s Summit, covered new ground and explored strategies that will streamline the ways housing and education experts work together and allow us to improve outcomes for housing residents and kids in school. The Summit was sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, as well as Google Fiber, and the broader initiative is generously supported by the Gates Foundation and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. 
 
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House Majority Leader Introduces MTW Bill

On April 29, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) introduced HR 5137, the “Moving to Work Reformation and Expansion Act of 2016.” McCarthy, a former member of the Financial Services Committee, was joined by 17 co-sponsors on the bipartisan bill (16 Republicans, 1 Democrat).

HR 5137 would re-designate Moving to Work (MTW) as a permanent program, removing all references to it as a demonstration.  The bill modifies the statutory purpose of the program to promote 1) economic independence for residents, centered around employment opportunities; 2) flexibility and cost-effectiveness by allowing housing authorities to design and implement various approaches to providing and administering housing assistance with the aim of reducing costs to achieve greater cost-effectiveness in federal expenditures; and 3) housing choice for low-income families.
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CLPHA Review of Senate FY17 HUD Funding Bill

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.

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HUD Publishes Two Notices Related to MTW Expansion

On April 26, 2016 HUD published its Notice of “Establishment for the Moving to Work Research Federal Advisory Committee.” This is the second of two Notices HUD has released on MTW expansion. The first Notice, which was released on April 4, is a “Request for Specific Policy Proposals and Methods of Research and Evaluation for MTW Demonstration Expansion,” and includes a 30 day comment period, which would have ended on May 4. As a result of CLPHA’s intervention, the comment period has been extended two weeks to May 18. CLPHA will submit comments and we urge you to do the same on topics you think merit further research. Full Text >

Housing Reform Bill Passes House in Stunning 427-0 Vote

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.

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"Evicted" shows the dark side of the U.S.' affordable-housing failings

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.

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Race & Assisted Housing: Examining Racial Disparities in Public Housing

“Race and Assisted Housing,” a new study by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Professor Sandra J. Newman, PhD, and Senior Research Associate Scott Holupka, PhD, examines racial disparities in public housing for a 10-year period. The study, published in Housing Policy Debate, revealed that, while black and white families were equally likely to reside in public housing - with an equivalent level of dependency on assisted housing between black and white families - black families were more likely to live in neighborhoods of lower quality.

When considering the type of housing assistance, management performance, or the physical quality of project-based housing for low-income families living in public housing assistance between 2000 and 2010, Newman and Holupka found no existence of racial disparity. They did find that black families lived in neighborhoods with higher poverty and unemployment rates, fewer graduates with advanced degrees, and more residents who rely on public assistance.

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HUD Releases Guidance on VAWA 2013 Reauthorization

On May 19, 2017, HUD issued additional guidance on the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA) of 2013 (Notice PIH-2017-08 (HA)), which protects victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking, herein referred to as “victims.” The notice updates PHAs and owners on VAWA implementation guidelines for HUD housing programs reference in the 2016 Final Rule (81 Fed. Reg. 80724).

The Guidance provides several notable revisions and clarifications, including an updated definition of sexual assault to classify it as a crime covered by VAWA in HUD-covered programs (see 24 CFR 5.2003).

The Guidance revises the 2005 reauthorization of VAWA so that all tenants and applicants receive statutorily required notification of their VAWA rights, not just victims. It also provides updated protections for tenants who are victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking, herein referred to as “victims.” Tenants or applicants (where applicable) who are victims, may not:

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National Summer Learning Day Sets Kids Up for Success in School

The National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) will host its National Summer Learning Day (NSLD) on Thursday, July 13, to support community efforts to keep kids learning, safe, and healthy. National Summer Learning Day is a day of advocacy, aimed at elevating the importance of keeping kids learning and ensuring they return to school the following fall ready to succeed. The purpose of the initiative is to encourage communities to demonstrate how summers can make a life-changing difference in the lives of young people while setting them up for success in the school year ahead.

NSLA hosted a webinar on May 17 where it shared new summer resources to support community outreach efforts, tips for celebrating NSLD, and introduced its new event tracker used by many media outlets to find story ideas at the community-level. Guest speakers included B'More Read More and OregonASK who shared how they have tapped into the power of NSLD as way to celebrate and promote summer learning at the program, community, and state levels.

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Current Issues
Building Opportunity:
Improving Life Outcomes Through Housing

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:

  • Developing knowledge about local level challenges to partnering with other systems
  •  Sharing successful practices and solutions to challenges with practitioners across sectors and
  •  Promoting the implementation of policies that align systems to federal policymakers.
Local practitioners across sectors already know from experience that when systems work together, outcomes for families and individuals living in poverty are improved. Learn more about how housing authorities are working with other systems and how to be part of Building Opportunity.

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.


Visit www.ReThinkHousing.org to learn more, and join the campaign on Facebook and Twitter.

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