• 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 Fall Meeting

HUD Secretary Castro keynoted CLPHA’s Fall Meeting, which took place October 23-24 in Washington, DC. Many thanks to our speakers, attendees, and sponsors for making it such a success.

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CLPHA and Industry Partners Submit Comments on Draft AFFH Assessment Tool

In late November CLPHA and our industry partners submitted joint comments on HUD’s draft Assessment of Fair Housing (AFH) tool that HUD released for comment on September 26. The tool is intended for use in completing the AFH that, under the proposed rule on “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing” (AFFH), would replace the current Analysis of Impediments requirement. The industry believes the draft tool does not meet the three objectives HUD set for itself, as it fails: (1) to facilitate a meaningful assessment of key fair housing issues and determinants or to facilitate setting meaningful goals; (2) to clearly convey the issues and determinants that must be undertaken to be acceptable to HUD; and (3) to allow preparation of an acceptable AFH without unnecessary burden. We urge HUD to revise the tool substantially, after the publication of a final AFFH rule and after the Supreme Court rules on disparate impact.

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HUD Deputy Secretary Confirmed by Senate

In one of the few pending nominations to be considered on the floor during the lame-duck session, on December 2, the Senate confirmed Nani Coloretti as Deputy Secretary of HUD in a 68-28 vote. CLPHA congratulates Ms. Coloretti on her confirmation and is pleased that this critical position at HUD will no longer be vacant. Full Text >

CLPHA President Weighs in on Discussion of Accessing Opportunity through the HCV Program

CLPHA President and Executive Director of the King County Housing Authority, Stephen Norman, recently provided a practitioner’s perspective in the latest discussion in the NYU Furman Center’s series The Dream Revisited, “a slow debate on the causes and consequences of racial and economic segregation in neighborhoods and schools.” Neighborhoods, Opportunities, and the Housing Choice Voucher Program, the eighth discussion in this series, looks at the ways in which the Housing Choice Voucher program can improve social, educational, and economic opportunities for voucher recipients. From experience at the local level, Norman offers a complex, nuanced view of the challenges and potential solutions to increasing housing choice and opportunity.

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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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