06/04/2010
IN THIS ISSUE:

CLPHA Vice President Stephen Norman Testifies at VASH Hearing

A recent hearing served as a clear demonstration of the strong support for the HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) voucher program on both sides of the aisle.  That could mean restored funding to the program, which HUD did not fund in its proposed FY2011 budget.


Sen. Patty Murray, (D-WA) chair of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development appropriations subcommittee, co-chaired the hearing with Sen. Tim Johnson, (D-SD), chair of the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Subcommittee. Senators Christopher “Kit” Bond (R-MO) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) were among the members who attended. Sen. Murray and her staff have a taken leadership role on the issue.

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HUD Convenes Meeting on Public Housing Physical Inspections

Newly-appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Real Estate Assessment Center (REAC) David Vargas recently convened a meeting with housing authority staff, industry representatives, and key REAC staff, around HUD’s administration of physical inspections. The May 20th meeting was a forum for concerns about the physical inspection process, PHAS scoring criteria, and to provide input on how to improve the process while maintaining the integrity of inspections.

 

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HUD Plans for Small-Area Fair Market Rent Demonstration

Rents can vary widely across metropolitan regions, but because of data constraints, HUD has only been able to set Fair Market Rents (FMRs) -- the basis for Housing Choice Voucher-allowable rents -- uniformly across those regions

In late 2010, however, the Census Bureau will release American Community Survey (ACS) data aggregated in a way that will provide the first opportunity to update FMR estimates in smaller geographic areas (i.e. zip codes).  HUD intends to use this data to establish a program of smaller area FMRs for metropolitan areas.



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Re-Entry Programs and PHAs

Recent meetings and workshops gave CLPHA staff the opportunity to share the public housing authority perspective on housing ex-offenders.

CLPHA is a member of the Housing Committee of the National Reentry Resource Center, a project established by the Second Chance Act.  Other members include HUD representatives, the VA, and HHS, the Corporation for Supportive Housing, the National Alliance to End Homelessness, legal advocates, researchers, and service providers.

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CLPHA Congratulates Members' HOPE VI Grants

Of the six HOPE VI grants announced June 1st by Secretary Donovan, four went to CLPHA members. The FY2009 grants totaled $113.6 million.. 

Members receiving awards were the housing authorities of Charlotte, Dallas, Jersey City, and Trenton.

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Baltimore Residents Big Part of Conservation Efforts

The Baltimore Housing Authority’s extensive and far-reaching resident education and participation efforts are a cornerstone of its first Energy Performance Contract (EPC.) In its first phase, the authority will be implementing energy conservation measures at five developments, affecting 3,200 units. The EPC is expected to save the authority $3.3 million annually or greater than $79 million over 20 years.

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