• 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.
Public Housing Latest News

CLPHA 2018 Meeting Dates

View CLPHA's 2018 meeting dates here.


CLPHA's Housing Is Summit

The Council of Large Public Housing Authorities (CLPHA) is hosting The Housing Is Summit in Washington, D.C., on May 3-4, 2018 to convene partners across the housing, education, and healthcare sectors and explore innovative cross-sector ways to improve life outcomes for low-income people.

 The 2018 Housing Is Summit is a unique opportunity to connect with other leaders across systems and silos – housing, education, healthcare – to forge new partnerships, explore innovative ideas, and develop solutions to improve life outcomes. Highlighting the ways that we can transform systems to better serve low-income people, the Summit will contain two days of plenary speakers/panels, breakout sessions, and caucus discussions geared toward intersectional thinking and ways to take action. This event will be most useful if you attend with your current or potential partners across sectors to learn and plan together.

Learn more about the Summit and register here!

Membership Spotlight: Housing Authority of Salt Lake City (HASLC)

HASLC and Partners Provide Housing and Job Training to Homeless Individuals

HASLC, one of CLPHA’s newest members, is demonstrating how building partnerships to connect housing, workforce, education, and transportation systems can improve lives in their community and offer pathways to stable employment and affordable housing.

Full Text >

Trump’s Infrastructure Plan Shifts Burden to States and Localities; Provides No Help to Housing

Following remarks made during the State of the Union address, President Trump released his Administration’s infrastructure plan in mid-February.

According to the proposed White House plan, the federal government will provide $200 billion in funding for the nation’s roads, bridges, rail, ports, and waterways, stimulating an additional $1.3 trillion in infrastructure spending through private sector and state/local investment. The central assumption of the proposal is that infrastructure investment can and should be shifted away from the federal government, instead placing the burden on states, localities, and the private sector. The Administration has not commented on how states and localities will raise these funds.

Full Text >

Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies Releases Biennial Report on Today’s Rental Market

 On December 14, Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies released its 2017 America’s Rental Housing report. CLPHA staff attended the event, which also featured key note remarks from HUD Deputy Secretary Pam Patenaude and U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell of Washington.

Full Text >

Abt/PAHRC Report Confirms MTW Agencies Outperform Non-MTW Agencies Across Key Measures

A new evaluation report from Abt Associates and PAHRC finds that Moving to Work (MTW) agencies are serving more families; improving residents’ quality of life and economic mobility; and preserving more public housing than comparable non-MTW housing agencies.

The report, Testing Performance Measures for the MTW Program, is the second phase of a two-part Abt study, commission by PAHRC/HAI Group. In December 2014, Abt /PARHC released the Innovations in Moving to Work Demonstration, which documents through cases studies a wide range of innovative practices being completed at MTW agencies.

Full Text >

SAFMR Demonstration Presents Mixed Findings

HUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research has published an Interim Report of the Small Area Fair Market Rent (SAFMR) Demonstration. The demonstration aims to assess how payment standards based on smaller geographic areas affect factors like PHA administrative costs, rents and tenant contributions, and voucher-holder’s access to higher-opportunity areas. Results from Phase 1 of the demonstration present mixed findings from the five PHA test sites, which include the Chattanooga Housing Authority (TN), the Housing Authority of Cook County (IL), the Housing Authority of the City of Laredo (TX), the Housing Authority of the City of Long Beach (CA), and the Town of Mamaroneck Housing Authority (NY).

SAFMRs May Increase Access to Opportunity ZIP Codes
While SAFMRs increased the pool of units potentially available to HCV holders in high-rent ZIP codes and reduced the pool of units in low-rent ZIP codes, this unit shift is highly varied across test sites. For example, the net loss of units with rents below the applicable FMR exceeded 10 percent in Long Beach, while Mamaroneck experienced no change.

Full Text >

Hurricane Update: Senators Move to Increase Disaster-Related Funding for Housing and Infrastructure

Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) introduced S. 2006 on November 2, a bill to authorize additional funding for public housing capital and operating funds and the Housing Choice Voucher program. Under the bill, the “Disaster Displacement Act of 2017,” the HUD Secretary, upon request from a public housing authority, can provide additional funding for housing authorities in a Presidentially-declared major disaster area, which would include Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. In a statement released by Senator Nelson, he noted that “tens of thousands of evacuees in Florida are struggling to find affordable place to live” and the legislation will “help make more affordable housing in the communities that need it the most.” Full Text >

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.

Full Text >
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.

ReThink logo

Log in to view member-exclusive content
Not a member? Find out more >