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In early April, the US Green Building Council featured a post about the award-winning Westlawn Gardens redevelopment on the home page of their website. “The Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee has proven that sustainable, supportive and healthy communities aren’t limited to the nation’s top zip codes or tony neighborhoods.” The mixed-income community has been granted a Stage 3 LEED ND Silver certification, a unique honor that recognizes Westlawn Gardens as the world's highest-rated example of smart growth, urbanism, and green building for neighborhoods. (4/9/2014)More member news >
CLPHA Summer Meeting: June 18-20
We have now posted information on our 2014 Summer Meeting, which will be held June 18-20 in Los Angeles. Online registration is now open. View meeting and accommodation details (access requires member login) >
On April 10, the House passed the FY15 budget resolution, House Concurrent Resolution 96 (H.Con.Res. 96), known as “the Ryan budget” and attributed to principal author Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), chairman of the House Committee on the Budget. In a highly partisan 219-205 vote, with 219 Republicans voting yea, and 12 Republicans joined by 193 Democrats voting nay, the resolution now advances to the Senate, where it is not expected to receive further consideration. Although the resolution is a specific outline of the direction a Republican-controlled Congress would take, it will have little effect on the FY15 appropriations process as discretionary spending caps for FY15 were agreed upon last December under the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013.Full Text >
On April 2, both the House and Senate THUD Appropriations Subcommittees held separate hearings on the HUD FY15 budget request and oversight and reform of HUD’s rental housing programs. The sole witness at both hearings, HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan focused his testimony at the Senate hearing on the Administration’s three goals for the FY15 budget: 1) strengthening the nation’s housing market; 2) meeting the need for quality, affordable rental homes; and, 3) using housing as a platform for improving quality of life. His testimony at the House hearing gave an overview of the budget request and then focused on proposed rental assistance initiatives, such as the expansion of the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD).Full Text >
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:
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.