For Immediately Release
Tuesday, September 12, 2917
Statement From CLPHA Executive Director Sunia Zaterman
Washington, D.C. – “While we still do not know the full extent of the damage and displacement caused by Hurricane Irma, we know that thousands of U.S. residents in the southeastern United States will need assistance to recover from this disaster. The challenges to public housing authorities in regions of the nation that have been affected by both hurricanes are unprecedented at this point, and will require intense collaboration between government agencies and housing advocates at the federal, state, and local levels.
“On September 8, Congress quickly and overwhelmingly passed a three-month-long continuing resolution (CR) to keep the government funded until December 8, part of a short-term bundle that included a $15.25 billion aid package for hurricane disaster assistance. The Trump Administration has approved major disaster declarations for Florida, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands in order to make resources available for disaster assistance and recovery in those areas.
“As we are doing for Hurricane Harvey in Texas, the Council of Large Public Housing Authorities (CLPHA) and its entire membership will provide assistance in any way we can to colleagues, partners, friends, and housing residents in Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Florida and Georgia who have been affected by the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma. At the same time, we will continue our efforts to provide support and relief to communities in Texas who are recovering from Hurricane Harvey. CLPHA and its members will make available to the fullest extent any vital resources and support services we have at our disposal to help member PHAs that have been impacted by this disaster.
“Please know that our thoughts are with all those who have suffered losses from the storm and its aftermath. CLPHA and its entire network of affordable housing professionals stands ready to work across all sectors to extend both short-term and long-term assistance to anyone in need. We will continue to advocate for a federal budget that provides funding for disaster relief as we continue to call for adequate funding for ongoing HUD programs that help low-income Americans establish housing stability and improve their life outcomes.”
The Council of Large Public Housing Authorities is a national non-profit organization that works to preserve and improve public and affordable housing through advocacy, research, policy analysis and public education. CLPHA’s 64 members represent virtually every major metropolitan area in the country.