• 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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Register Now For CLPHA's June 17-19 Summer 2015 Meeting in San Diego

Registration is now open for CLPHA’s Summer Meeting! The San Diego Housing Commission is hosting and our meeting venue will be the beautiful Omni San Diego Hotel in the city's historic Gaslamp Quarter.

Register now and join us for what promises to be another excellent opportunity to learn and explore the latest news and trends affecting the affordable housing community as you share ideas and inspiration with colleagues. 

Keep watching this space for a meeting agenda which will be provided soon.  

Members Making News

The Fresno Housing Authority celebrates its 75th anniversary this April. The Fresno Bee marked the milestone with an article that captures the CLPHA member's innovative approach to helping strengthen the families and communities it serves. Bee reporter BoNhia Lee said the authority "has made waves in recent years fulfilling its core mission while tackling homelessness, providing job skills and educational programs to residents and by finding opportunities to build in the city’s urban core."

Many CLPHA members would agree with Preston Prince, executive director of the Fresno authority, who said in the article: “I don’t think housing authority is the right term for us anymore. We are more of a community builder or a neighborhood builder ... it’s really about the linkage between housing, education, employment, health and recreation.”

This Just In: Supreme Court Refuses To Hear HUD Competive Bids Appeal

We just learned that the Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear HUD's appeal of a lower court ruling that forces the agency to use a competitive bidding process in choosing partners to administer Section 8 housing programs. In coming days, CLPHA will provide more information on what the high court's refusal to hear HUD's appeal means in practical terms. Stay tuned.

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CLPHA's Todman To Congress: Public-Private Links Are Key In Affordable Housing

Adrianne Todman, Executive Director of the District of Columbia Housing Authority (DCHA) and CLPHA Vice-President and the lead-off witness at an April 16th House Financial Services subcommittee hearing on the private sector's role in affordable housing, stated with unmistakable clarity that public housing executives have embraced working with private partners, and innovative approaches, to provide housing for low and moderate income renters.

But she also told Congress that CLPHA members and their private partners were encountering difficulties mainly due to their deals getting tangled in bureaucratic snags within HUD.

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HUD Admin Fee Study Raises CLPHA Concerns

CLPHA has major concerns following HUD's recently released findings from its study of administrative fees for the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program. Among our concerns: if the formula had actually been in place during the time period of HUD's study, it would have disadvantaged large housing authorities.   

CLPHA believes the study will likely have significant impact on future appropriations for administrative fees and on the allocation of those funds. For that reason, CLPHA will keep following the twists and turns of this process closely on behalf of our members. 

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CLPHA Issues Housing-Education Action Agenda

Many participants in CLPHA's Affordable Housing and Education Summit earlier this year, and the later symposium, left those inspiring sessions with a strong sense of urgency about taking the next steps necessary to achieve the goal of greater cooperation between housing and education systems to better serve low-income students. CLPHA just issued its action agenda aimed at providing a roadmap for the work ahead.

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HACEP Closes Nation's Largest RAD Deal

A major milestone was reached in the evolution of HUD’s Rental Assistance Demonstration program when the Housing Authority of the City of El Paso recently announced that it and its private industry partners completed the largest RAD deal in the nation. That will allow the first phase of HACEP’s project to rehabilitate its properties to move forward.

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Public Housing Bill Introduced by Rep. Maxine Waters

Ranking Member Maxine Waters (D-CA) of the U.S. House Committee on Financial Services, on May 1, introduced HR 2231, the “Public Housing Tenant Protection and Reinvestment Act of 2015.”

Besides ensuring access to safe, decent and affordable housing for the 1.2 million vulnerable families who rely upon public housing, the bill seeks to preserve it as a long-term resource and transform extremely impoverished neighborhoods by authorizing full funding for the Public Housing Program with “additional funding to address the backlog of capital needs, providing a loan guarantee for public housing agencies to attract outside investment into public housing units, and authorizing a grant program that focuses on revitalizing the most distressed public housing units,” according to the Committee.

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House Appropriations Committee Readies FY16 HUD Funding Bill for Floor Action

On May 13, the full House Appropriations Committee approved the FY16 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD) funding bill on a partisan vote of 30 yeas (Republicans) to 21 nays (Democrats) readying it for House floor consideration.

According to Chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY), the bill provides $55.27 billion for “our nation’s transportation agencies and for housing options for our nation’s most vulnerable citizens. This total is $1.5 billion above last year’s level, but in real dollars—given the reduced offsets caused largely by a decline in FHA receipts—this bill represents only a $25 million increase above the FY15 level. While adhering to tough levels, this bill makes the best possible choices within these tight budget constraints.”

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Charlotte HA Receives $2.2 Million HUD Grant for Jobs Program

(Editor's Note: Charlotte Housing Authority was one of nine housing authorities to receive Jobs-Plus Pilot Program grants that HUD Secretary Julián Castro announced in early April. In a special item to the CLPHA newsletter, CHA provides more details about the grant.)

The Charlotte Housing Authority is the recipient of a $2.2 million federal grant that supports the city’s participation in HUD’s Jobs-Plus Pilot Program. The program was developed to increase employment among public housing residents through job training and placement. CHA was  recognized for its proven track record in this area and will use the grant to expand its 27-year-old Family Self-Sufficiency program.

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Public Housing and Summer Meals Webinar

When school lets out, free and reduced-price school meals are no longer available to students from low-income families and they are at risk of going hungry or being malnourished.

Fortunately, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Summer Food Service Program (a.k.a. summer meals program) provides children in low-income areas free summer meals when school is out.  Public housing sites are a great place to serve summer meals. Join a webinar on Thursday, June 4, 2015 from 2 pm to 3pm ET to learn how your housing authority can help feed kids in your community this summer. CLPHA member, the Chicago Housing Authority, will be one of the presenters.

Please register. For more information, contact Abra Lyons-Warren.

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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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