CLPHA Priorities

Secure Adequate Funding
We have seen how years of underfunding and disinvestment in public and affordable housing has been detrimental to the fabric of the nation’s housing stock and housing stability. In recent years, public housing funding has not been adequate to meet the needs of the most vulnerable, including our children and seniors. We believe more federal resources for public housing are necessary to better preserve existing stock, provide appropriate operating support to public housing authorities, and to assist low-income families in having safe, decent, affordable homes. Access to funding is crucial to making RAD deals work. In For higher needs RAD projects, access to subsidy contracts at the fair market rent, at least for some units is essential if private capital is to be raised for preservation projects.
Stimulate Capital Investment

During the last decade, capital fund appropriations have dwindled, while ongoing accrual needs have increased dramatically. For many PHAs, RAD is already an invaluable tool for leveraging private capital and stabilizing vulnerable projects. The existing statutory cap on the number of RAD units converted should be lifted entirely so that RAD can be a long-term planning and asset management tool for PHAs. Moving away from a competitive program will allow PHAs to more rationally determine when and which projects to put in the RAD pipeline.

Ensure Program and Funding Flexibility

Greater flexibility in using federal assistance is essential since rigid adherence to narrow program rules prevents the responsiveness and adaptability needed to use resources in the most effective way possible. Particularly as funding dwindles, we believe greater flexibility in using federal assistance is essential. Rigid adherence to narrow program rules prevents the responsiveness and adaptability needed to use public housing resources in the most effective way possible. Models where PHAs can flexibly combine funding sources and use them in ways that are more effective locally, such as the ability to combine operating and capital funds and “rent bundle” in the RAD program, should be taken to scale and replicated across the public housing program.

Promote Innovation of Housing Authorities

The nation’s investment of more than $100 billion in the public housing infrastructure, which houses more than two million of our poorest, most vulnerable people, is at risk due to a lack of funds for capital improvement and replacement needs, as well as the cost and effect of excessive federal regulation. Moving forward, innovative models such as RAD, which has already transformed portions of this vital infrastructure into viable affordable housing assets through local public-private partnerships that preserve or replace projects and stabilize operations through access to private financing and the transition to a Section 8 funding and regulatory platform, should be taken to scale and replicated across the public housing program.

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