• 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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Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer addresses CLPHA members in October 2015


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United Kingdom and United States Affordable Housing Models Compared

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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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HUD gets closer to new rule against over income residents

On February 3, 2016 HUD published an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking, “Strengthening Oversight of Over Income Tenancy in Public Housing.” HUD is considering publishing a new rule that would address public housing tenants whose income exceeds established income limits.

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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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NYCHA's NextGen Shows Early Results

Next Generation NYCHA, the grand strategy to transform the nation’s largest affordable housing provider, has guided the public housing authority’s activities for the better part of a year and is showing some early results.

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HUD's new streamlining rule: some key changes

On March 8, 2016 HUD published the final rule “Streamlining Administrative Regulations for Public Housing, Housing Choice Voucher, Multifamily Housing, and Community Planning and Development Programs.” 

The rule is the result of an ongoing, four-year effort by HUD, combining several previous streamlining provisions including changes to the 2014 appropriations act and elements of HUD’s 2013 temporary compliance options (2013-03). While the rule moves in the right direction, more needs to be done Full Text >

Castro defends Obama's HUD budget request before congressional critics and allies

HUD Secretary Julián Castro appeared before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD) on March 1, followed by an appearance before the Senate THUD Appropriations Subcommittee on March 10 to advocate for the FY17 HUD budget request, the final budget submission of the Obama Administration.

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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.


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