• 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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Mark Your Calendars for CLPHA's 2015 Fall Members' Meeting in Washington, DC

CLPHA's Fall members' meeting is scheduled for Thursday Oct. 22, 2015 and Friday, Oct. 23 at the Loews Madison Hotel, 1177 15th St NW in the nation's capital. We will provide members and invited guests with registration information in coming weeks. Watch this space!

CLPHA's 2015 Summer Meeting in San Diego

CLPHA extends its heartfelt thanks to the San Diego Housing Commission, as well as all of our members and guests, who helped make our June 17-19, 2015 Summer Meeting in San Diego a great success.

Here's a summary of the speeches and panels at the members' meeting.

Members Making News

CLPHA issued a statement following the Obama Administration's July 15, 2015 announcement of a pilot program to provide high-speed Internet connections to dozens of federally subsidized housing communities, including those operated by CLPHA members:  

The Council of Large Public Housing Authorities (CLPHA) welcomes President Obama’s recent announcement of the ConnectHome initiative whose goal is to help boost the educational achievement of children who live in federally subsidized housing by increasing their at-home access to high-speed Internet services.

“It is critical that children living in public housing have access to the tools that will give them the best chance to improve their lives. Digital access is central to today’s educational achievement,” said Sunia Zaterman, CLPHA’s Executive Director.

Among the 27 cities chosen to be part of the ConnectHome pilot project are many served by CLPHA members: Atlanta, GA; Baltimore, MD; Boston, MA; Cleveland, OH; Denver, CO; Durham, NC; Fresno, CA; Kansas City, MO; Los Angeles, CA; New York, NY; Newark, NJ; San Antonio, TX; Seattle, WA, and Washington, DC.

CLPHA members are leaders in efforts to narrow the educational gaps between their school-age residents and other children. They are partners with school districts, foundations and others and are increasingly focused on better aligning their housing assistance to families that include school-age children with services provided by schools and other community institutions and organizations.

This “systems alignment” work aims to make the most effective use of those combined efforts to improve educational outcomes. Narrowing the “digital divide” by making it easier for children in subsidized housing to use high-speed Internet in their homes to complete schoolwork will help ensure the success of this alignment movement.

Furthermore, broadband access in these low-income communities will benefit not just children but entire families. It promises to provide more opportunities for adults to complete their education, find jobs and move further along the path toward self-sufficiency.

OMB Urges Senate To Downsize Its MTW Goal

Office of Management and Budget Director Shaun Donovan wrote a letter to Sen. Thad Cochran, Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, in which he raised concerns about the Senate’s use of sequestration funding levels in the THUD appropriations legislation approved by Cochran’s committee in June.

The letter was essentially another shot across the bow from the Democratic Administration to the Republican-controlled Congress that President Obama won't agree to the congressionally proposed funding levels that use the reduced amounts of the Budget Control Act of 2011.

Donovan went into specifics about the Administration's view of how sequestration-based spending would negatively impact domestic programs. In one section of his letter Donovan, a former HUD Secretary, singled out the Administration's disagreement with the Senate on MTW policy.

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HUD Issues Final AFFH Rule

HUD released its much-anticipated Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule on Wednesday, July 8, 2015, to copious news-media coverage and widespread, initial positive reaction from a broad range of public officials, housing advocates and industry groups.

Furthering fair housing and deconcentrating poverty are goals supported by CLPHA and, indeed, widely embraced. But the details of the final rule bear close scrutiny. In the past, CLPHA expressed its concerns to HUD when the agency made its proposed AFFH rule available to the public that the rule was overly burdensome and an unfunded mandate. CLPHA intends to provide our members with a full analysis of the final AFFH rule shortly.

CLPHA also plans to provide analysis of the Supreme Court's recent "disparate impact" case with a specific focus on what it means for our members that the high court ruled that housing discrimination doesn't have to be intentional to be illegal.

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CLPHA Submits SAFMR Comments To HUD

CLPHA earlier in July submitted comments to HUD in response to the agency’s Small Area Fair Market Rents Notice of Proposed Rulemaking urging that the program be made voluntary while stressing the Council’s position that HUD lacks evidence to support its proposal.

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CLPHA Summer 2015 Membership Meeting Roundup

CLPHA would like to thank everyone who contributed to our successful members' meeting in San Diego last month. We especially want to thank the San Diego Housing Commission,  its Executive Director Richard C. Gentry, and SDHC staff members for hosting our  information-packed meeting in their beautiful city with great generosity and professionalism. 

Read further for a roundup of the June 17-June 19, 2015 meeting which included panels on how PHAs are sustaining their real estate portfolios in a time of significant financial challenges; PHA strategies to help their senior residents age in place, and SDHC's approach toward providing housing for homeless people in San Diego.  

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Congressional Momentum Grows for MTW Expansion

Momentum appears to be growing in Congress for an expansion of the MTW program. In late June, the Senate Appropriations THUD Subcommittee approved a spending bill that included an expansion of the program to 300 PHAs from the current 39.

Meanwhile, in an unexpected move, Rep. John Carney (D-DE), a member of the House Financial Services Committee, introduced a bill on July 7, 2015, that would expand the MTW program to 60 agencies. Full Text >

CLPHA Is Seeking to Hire a Research & Policy Analyst!

Now Hiring signWe are seeking an individual to conduct research and analyze public housing, section 8 and MTW regulations and legislation. The position requires excellent analytical and writing skills, and a background in public housing, Section 8 voucher program, or other affordable housing programs.

Qualified candidates will hold a master’s degree in a related field and will be able to build working relationships with staff at HUD, CLPHA members, and other professional organizations. Candidates must be comfortable working in a small-staff environment that encourages the interplay of ideas and is also highly team-oriented.

Salary commensurate with experience. CLPHA offers comprehensive benefits. Please email cover letter and resume to clpha@clpha.org. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. No phone calls please.

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HUD Notice Updates PBV-VASH Rules

On June 12, HUD published Notice PIH 2015-10 (HA), “Project-Basing HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing Vouchers,” which revises and supersedes Notice PIH 2011-50. The new notice makes the following policy changes:

•    In considering the challenges faced by HUD-VASH voucher holders in leasing up in the local rental market, as part of determining whether to approve a request to project-base, “HUD will no longer consider the most recent leasing indicator under SEMAP, since the leasing of HUD-VASH vouchers is dependent on referrals from the Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) or Community-Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC), and the unit months and budget authority associated with these vouchers are not included in the SEMAP leasing indicator.”

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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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