• 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.”

Castro Defends the Obama Administration’s FY16 HUD Budget Request

In his third defense of the HUD FY16 budget request over the past month before House and Senate THUD appropriations subcommittees, HUD Secretary Julian Castro continued to build on the theme that his agency is the “Department of Opportunity.”

Looming large over Castro’s appearance, however, was the return of the harmful and ill-conceived fiscal sequestration, this time in the FY16 budget. The budget caps for non-defense discretionary spending for the entire government are just $1.1 billion above the FY15 level.

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CLPHA Spring Meeting 2015 Roundup

CLPHA's members welcomed new HUD Deputy Secretary Nani Coloretti to the 2015 spring meeting. Only three months into the job at the time she appeared at CLPHA, she was already well aware of the tough realities facing her agency and public housing authorities and shared some of her insights with members. Among the panels at the spring meeting were sessions on what research indicates about the health status of public-housing residents and HUD officials who updated CLPHA members on various programs. 

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The HUD FY16 Budget Proposal: CLPHA Analysis and Views

The Administration released its FY16 budget proposal on February 2 with an overall request that would exceed by $74 billion the restrictive level of spending imposed by the Budget Control Act under sequestration four years ago. The HUD budget proposal at $49.3 billion is $4 billion above the enacted FY15 level.

Once again, HUD promises to offer legislative reforms to core rental assistance programs and to bolster “cross-cutting programs” such as RAD and the Choice Neighborhood Initiative. Investments in these programs are critical not only to preserve and increase quality affordable housing in a cost-effective manner but also to improve the education, employment, and health outcomes of families served by the nation’s housing authorities. Read CLPHA’s analysis and views.

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Housing Trust Fund Interim Rule Published

On January 30, HUD issued an Interim Rule for the Housing Trust Fund (HTF) program, effective on March 31. CLPHA is pleased that our advocacy was taken into consideration in the interim rule, which states that HUD “agrees that there is a role for the HTF in public housing.” It allows the use of HTF funds for construction of new units under the Choice and LIHTC programs and for the rehabilitation of existing units under the RAD, Choice, and LIHTC programs.

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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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