• 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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CLPHA 2018 Meeting Dates

View CLPHA's 2018 meeting dates here.


Public Housing Is Infrastructure

When you think of reinvesting in public infrastructure, do you think of housing? You probably should! Public housing plays a critical role in our nation's infrastructure, providing families with a stable home and helping them gain access to other services, including education and health. When we invest in public housing, we help low-income families achieve self-sufficiency and improve life outcomes, but we also generate economic growth, bolster productivity, and positively impact support services while significantly decreasing costs. Click here to read more.

Click here to view the Public Housing Is Infrastructure fact sheet. Pictured above is Oakland Housing Authority's Lakeside Senior Apartments.

Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies Releases Biennial Report on Today’s Rental Market

On December 14, Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies released its 2017 America’s Rental Housing report. CLPHA staff attended the event, which also featured key note remarks from HUD Deputy Secretary Pam Patenaude and U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell of Washington. Full Text >

Abt/PAHRC Report Confirms MTW Agencies Outperform Non-MTW Agencies Across Key Measures

A new evaluation report from Abt Associates and PAHRC finds that Moving to Work (MTW) agencies are serving more families; improving residents’ quality of life and economic mobility; and preserving more public housing than comparable non-MTW housing agencies.

The report, Testing Performance Measures for the MTW Program, is the second phase of a two-part Abt study, commission by PAHRC/HAI Group. In December 2014, Abt /PARHC released the Innovations in Moving to Work Demonstration, which documents through cases studies a wide range of innovative practices being completed at MTW agencies.

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HUD Secretary Carson Testifies Before House Panel

On October 12, HUD Secretary Dr. Ben Carson testified in his first appearance before the House Financial Services Committee since being confirmed as HUD Secretary. As the sole witness before the committee, Carson’s testimony was the latest in a series of hearings on “The Future of Housing in America” with this hearing’s focus on “Oversight of the Department of Housing and Urban Development.”   Full Text >

Update on Relief Efforts for Hurricanes Harvey and Irma

As the recovery efforts for Hurricane Harvey and Irma begin, CLPHA is committed to advocating for the necessary federal resources and funding to repair and build the homes and communities impacted. We stand ready to work across all sectors to provide both short-term and long-term assistance to those in need, particularly for our impacted members in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

In the past two weeks CLPHA has been in contact with senior HUD staff and participated in a Hurricane Housing Recovery working group with national housing organizations and other state and local providers. Our goal is to share information and resources, and coordinate advocacy efforts around housing and disaster relief for Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. We will continue these efforts and share new information and resources with members as they become available.

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SAFMR Demonstration Presents Mixed Findings

HUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research has published an Interim Report of the Small Area Fair Market Rent (SAFMR) Demonstration. The demonstration aims to assess how payment standards based on smaller geographic areas affect factors like PHA administrative costs, rents and tenant contributions, and voucher-holder’s access to higher-opportunity areas. Results from Phase 1 of the demonstration present mixed findings from the five PHA test sites, which include the Chattanooga Housing Authority (TN), the Housing Authority of Cook County (IL), the Housing Authority of the City of Laredo (TX), the Housing Authority of the City of Long Beach (CA), and the Town of Mamaroneck Housing Authority (NY).

SAFMRs May Increase Access to Opportunity ZIP Codes
While SAFMRs increased the pool of units potentially available to HCV holders in high-rent ZIP codes and reduced the pool of units in low-rent ZIP codes, this unit shift is highly varied across test sites. For example, the net loss of units with rents below the applicable FMR exceeded 10 percent in Long Beach, while Mamaroneck experienced no change.

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HUD Sends 2017 Worst Case Housing Needs Report to Congress

 On August 9, HUD sent the 2017 Worst Case Housing Needs Report to Congress, providing national data and analysis of critical problems facing low-income renting families throughout the nation. The report, which is HUD's 16th in a longstanding series, chronicles an increase in severe housing problems, with the number of households considered to have worst case housing needs jumping from 7.72 million in 2013 to 8.3 million in 2015. HUD also reports that, since 2007, the U.S. has seen a 41 percent increase in severe housing problems, and a 66 percent increase since 2001. The Worst Case Housing Needs Report defines households with worst case needs as very low-income renters who do not receive government housing assistance and who paid more than one-half of their income for rent, lived in severely inadequate conditions, or both.

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Senators Collins and Heinrich Bring Reintroduce Bill to Address Generational Poverty

Two-Generation Economic Act reflects the cross-sector collaboration that CLPHA’s Housing Is Initiative promotes.

Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Martin Heinrich (D-NM) recently reintroduced bipartisan legislation in the Senate, calling for the development of support programs that improve family economic security by breaking the cycle of multigenerational poverty through a comprehensive strategy that addresses the needs of parents and children. The Two-Generation Economic Act of 2017, or S. 435, seeks to align and link existing service systems and funding streams that currently support parents and children separately. Heinrich and Collins believe that aligning the support systems to help parents and children together will increase the whole family’s chances for success in life. The bill also establishes the Interagency Council on Multigenerational Poverty to provide guidance on two-generation programs; establish a system of coordination among agencies and organizations; identify best practices; and identify gaps, research needs, and program deficiencies.

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CLPHA Submits Statement for the Record on LIHTC and Public Housing

 On August 1, the Senate Finance Committee held a hearing, “America’s Affordable Housing Crisis: Challenges and Solutions.” The hearing focused primarily on the challenge of increasing the supply of affordable housing and strategies to address the significant housing cost burdens faced by many Americans. Senator Hatch opened the hearing, stating that the affordable housing crisis, “is a problem that should be ready for a bipartisan solution.”  To view our write-up of the hearing, click here.

To help tackle the affordable housing issues discussed in the hearing, Senators Orrin G. Hatch (R-UT) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA) have introduced legislation, S. 548, the Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act. The bill would increase Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) credit authority by 50 percent, as well as enact roughly two dozen changes to strengthen the program by streamlining program rules, improving flexibility, and enabling the program to serve a wider array of local needs.

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House Committee Holds Hearing on the Family Self Sufficiency Program

Committee held a hearing on the Family Self-Sufficiency Program (FSS), a popular program among CLPHA members that promotes local strategies that leverage public and private resources, enabling low-income families to increase their earned income and decrease or eliminate the need for rental assistance and/or other government assistance.


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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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