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The Council of Large Public Housing Authorities (CLPHA) strongly opposes the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) recently announced proposal to increase rent burdens on low-income residents residing in public housing and assisted housing.
The core of HUD’s rent reform proposal is to shift the burden of chronic federal underfunding of assisted housing to low-income residents who can least afford it. While there are advantages to a proposal that simplifies rent calculations and reduces administrative burdens for public housing authorities (PHAs), this proposal requires that PHAs raise rents in order to benefit from common sense rent simplification. Even with the benefit of housing assistance, many public housing residents are already spending more than 30% of their income on rent. A 2017 HUD study reported that the average Housing Choice Voucher recipient had a rent burden of 37% in 2015. Nationally, we represent PHAs serving residents in the most expensive housing markets in the country, where voucher holders are especially likely to have to incur high rent burdens to gain access to higher opportunity neighborhoods of their choice.Full Text >
Over 260 attendees participated in CLPHA’s Housing Is Summit on May 3-4, 2018. The event formerly known as the Affordable Housing & Education Summit introduced a health track for the first time this year. Representatives from the housing, education, health, academic, government, and foundation sectors led sessions, shared expertise, asked questions, made connections, and learned from peers on how to improve life outcomes for low-income and homeless individuals across the United States. CLPHA members in particular continue to show how they lead cross-sector efforts with education and health entities, and we were pleased to highlight our members’ innovative efforts while also furthering our work at the national level.Full Text >
HASLC and Partners Provide Housing and Job Training to Homeless Individuals
HASLC, one of CLPHA’s newest members, is demonstrating how building partnerships to connect housing, workforce, education, and transportation systems can improve lives in their community and offer pathways to stable employment and affordable housing.Full Text >
Following remarks made during the State of the Union address, President Trump released his Administration’s infrastructure plan in mid-February.
According to the proposed White House plan, the federal government will provide $200 billion in funding for the nation’s roads, bridges, rail, ports, and waterways, stimulating an additional $1.3 trillion in infrastructure spending through private sector and state/local investment. The central assumption of the proposal is that infrastructure investment can and should be shifted away from the federal government, instead placing the burden on states, localities, and the private sector. The Administration has not commented on how states and localities will raise these funds.Full Text >
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 >
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.
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.
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.