• 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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The Housing Authority of the City of El Paso will receive an additional 34 VASH vouchers in January 2015, bringing the total number of HUD-VASH Vouchers that HACEP administers to 204. These additional vouchers represent $165,403 more in annual federal funds invested at the local level for this important program. As of October, HACEP and the El Paso VA have leased 163 of the 170 HUD-VASH Vouchers that are presently available. (10/30/2014)

CLPHA Spring Meeting: March 12-13 in DC

Registration is now open for CLPHA’s Spring Meeting,  March 12-13, 2015 at the Washington Court Hotel on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. In conjunction with the Membership Meeting, we will be holding a half-day Affordable Housing & Education Symposium on March 11 for our members as well as leaders and stakeholders in these fields.

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Senate Passes Fiscal Year 2015 Omnibus Appropriations Bill

In a rare Saturday evening vote on December 13, the Senate passed the $1.1 trillion FY15 omnibus appropriations bill (H.R. 83) that the House approved on December 11. President Obama signed the funding measure on December 16. For the most part, the bill provides level funding to programs of particular interest to CLPHA members, and in a resounding victory for CLPHA and other stakeholders, lifts the RAD cap to 185,000 units.

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Housing Authorities Supporting Aging in Place: CLPHA Presents at APHA Conference

Housing authorities can be key partners in using housing as a delivery platform for health care services. This is particularly true for elderly residents of subsidized housing, many of whom are frequent and high-cost utilizers of health care resources. CLPHA Executive Director Sunia Zaterman made this case during her presentation, Supporting Aging in Place for Low-income Seniors, at the American Public Health Association’s (APHA) 2014 Annual Meeting and Exposition in November. The presentation was part of the symposium Incorporating Health into Housing Decisions: Potential Health Implications for Low-income Seniors and Persons with Disabilities organized by The Pew Charitable Trusts’ Health Impact Project team.

Ismael Guerrero, Executive Director of the Denver Housing Authority (DHA), also presented at the symposium, providing an example of how DHA is using a focus on improving health outcomes as an integral component of their planning, development, and operations decisions. He discussed his agency’s Healthy Living Initiative, a place-based strategy in DHA’s Mariposa District that uses a rigorous approach to address environmental and social determinants of health.

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FHFA Directs Fannie and Freddie to Begin Funding the National Housing Trust Fund

On December 11, Mel Watt, Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), lifted the suspension on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s obligation to contribute to the National Housing Trust Fund (NHTF) and the Capital Magnet Fund (CMF) in accordance with the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 (HERA). In November 2008, FHFA imposed a temporary suspension of these allocations after Fannie and Freddie were taken into conservatorship during the financial crisis. The companies returned to profitability in 2012, and affordable housing stakeholders advocated for them to resume NHTF contributions. CLPHA is pleased that these resources will finally be allocated to address the critical need for affordable housing, and we will continue to advocate that public housing should be explicitly designated as an eligible recipient for funding from the NHTF.

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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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