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After 20 years in public housing, hairstylist and single mother of three Eva Alcocer purchased her own home thanks to the Housing Authority of the City of El Paso’s Public Housing Family Self-Sufficiency Program. The City also provides loan assistance to HACEP residents for the purpose of principal reduction, making homeownership feasible and sustainable to these low-income families, who also gain economic self-sufficiency through classes on financial literacy, housing counseling, and budgeting to save money. (9/12/2014)
discussing the affordable housing crisis in his first policy speech, HUD Secretary Julián Castro pointed to housing as a
springboard for success and noted the need to work across silos. CLPHA and its
members could not agree more. There is an urgent need to increase investment in
affordable housing and to better align systems in order to improve life
outcomes for low-income families. In order to achieve this, we recognize the
importance of articulating clearly who benefits from affordable housing
investment and how this investment is critical to realizing broader national
goals. CLPHA members are committed to creating a shared vision for improving
the life outcomes of those we serve by reframing the critical importance of
affordable housing. We invite support for this statement as well as collaboration from partners and stakeholders at all levels and across sectors.
CLPHA is pleased to announce the election of three new members to our Board of Directors: La Shelle Dozier, Executive Director of the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency; and Richard C. Gentry, President and CEO of the San Diego Housing Commission. The Board welcomes their proven leadership, experience in affordable housing, and commitment to creating opportunities for low-income families.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.