The Council of Large Public Housing Authorities supports the nation's largest and most innovative housing authorities by advocating for the resources they need to solve local housing challenges and create communities of opportunity. More about CLPHA >
The unique partnership between the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles and the LAPD continues to receive praise, most recently from the Los Angeles Times. The LAPD has 45 permanent police officers at four of HACLA's public housing communities to improve quality of life through building trust and relationships. This has created not only safer communities but also numerous opportunities beyond gang participation for hundreds of children who now participate in youth football league, afterschool tutoring, and several other programs that the LAPD officers are providing. (February 16)
Two Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee developments have earned prestigious international energy efficiency awards. Westlawn Gardens has achieved the world's first Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND) Stage 3 Silver Certification, making it the highest-rated completed neighborhood under current LEED standards. Olga Village, a senior apartment development, has also received a Silver LEED certification for its green building practices. In addition, State & Local Energy Report has recognized Olga Village as one of four outstanding public energy efficiency projects nationwide. (February 6)More member news >
CLPHA Spring Meeting: Register Now!
We look forward to seeing many of our members at CLPHA's 2014 Spring Executive Directors Meeting, to be held March 27-28 in Washington, DC. View meeting details and register online (access requires member login) >
On February 26, House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) unveiled his long-awaited, comprehensive tax reform discussion draft, the Tax Reform Act of 2014. The draft preserves the 9 percent (with floating rate) Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (Housing Credit), even while eliminating dozens of corporate tax expenditures, but it also proposes a number of modifications to the Housing Credit that are very concerning to the affordable housing industry, including eliminating the 4 percent Housing Credit, extending the credit period from 10 to 15 years and eliminating private activity bonds. The ACTION Campaign, of which CLPHA is a Steering Committee member, has provided a statement and a useful overview.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.