• 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's 2015 Summer Meeting in San Diego

CLPHA extends a hearty thank you 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.

We'll have follow-up reports on the speeches and panels at the member's meeting in an upcoming CLPHA newsletter which will also appear on this website so watch this space.

Members Making News

The New York City Housing Authority (Nycha) made major news recently with the unveiling of its Next Generation plan. Part of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s larger strategy to preserve and increase the city’s stock of affordable housing, Nycha’s plan aims to improve daily life for its residents as it strengthens the fiscally challenged agency’s financial position.

The ultimate goal is to make the nation’s largest housing authority more financially sustainable. That, in turn, should ensure its availability as a resource to future generations of low and moderate-income New Yorkers.

“Without meaningful changes to the way NYCHA does business, our residents will continue to feel left behind and the future of public housing will remain in jeopardy,” said Nycha Chair Shola Olatoye at the time of the announcement this spring. ”Since we can’t solve today’s problems with yesterday’s solutions, NextGen aims to transform NYCHA into a modern landlord with sound finances and effective property management.

The plan seeks to strengthen Nycha in four key areas --finances; property management; renovations and new construction, and the delivery of social services. Nycha has extensive information about its plan on its website, including infographics.

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 to Propose Using Small Area FMRs To Boost Access to Opportunity

On June 2, HUD published an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in the Federal Register, “Establishing a More Effective Fair Market Rent (FMR) System: Using Small Area Fair Market Rents (SAFMRs) in Housing Choice Voucher Program Instead of the Current 50th Percentile FMRs,” with comments due on July 2.

HUD seeks comment on the use of SAFMRs to provide voucher-holders with access to better housing and better neighborhoods and to reduce poverty concentration. According to the notice, “the SAFMRs would be limited to metropolitan areas with significant rent differentials in areas with adequate housing, since these are the areas in which SAFMRs have the greatest potential to improve the housing options available to HCV-assisted households.”

CLPHA will be submitting comments and invites members to contact Senior Research & Policy Analyst Leah Staub with their input about SAFMRs, 50th percentile FMRs, experiences setting differential payment standards based on geography (such as those of some MTW agencies), and other efforts to help voucher-holders move to areas of opportunity. The issue will also be discussed at the CLPHA Summer Meeting in San Diego.

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U.S. House Passes FY16 THUD Appropriations Bill

On Monday, June 1 in a 9-3 lopsided partisan vote with all Republicans voting in favor and Democrats voting against, the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Rules, passed the rule governing floor action for HR 2577, the “Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016,” clearing the bill for consideration by the full House.

That same day, the President’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued a Statement of Administration Policy (SAP) declaring, “The Administration strongly opposes House passage of H.R. 2577.” The SAP criticized the bill for freezing or cutting critical investments “in ending homelessness, strengthening communities, and providing rental housing assistance for poor and vulnerable families.

Against this backdrop, shortly before midnight on June 9, the full House passed HR 2577 by a slim majority of 216 yeas to 210 nays. The final vote followed several days of, at times, heated debate and an exhausting number of amendments offered to the bill. 

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Analyst Leah Staub Is Leaving CLPHA

After more than six years with CLPHA, Senior Research & Policy Analyst Leah Staub will be saying farewell at the end of June.When she began six years ago, her portfolio encompassed the HCV program and MTW. Over the years, she has appreciated the opportunity to learn more about and to support CLPHA members efforts outside those traditional realms, especially with regard to service partnerships that provide models for engagement in ending homelessness and addressing seniors’ needs for support.

As she goes, CLPHA is actively seeking a new member of the team to focus on the core programs of public housing, HCV, and MTW. Details are available here. Please send promising applicants our way!

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CLPHA Has Strong Presence at Brookings Social Mobility Discussion

CLPHA had a strong presence at a recent Brookings Institution presentation where Harvard University economist Raj Chetty discussed his research into the importance of neighborhoods on social mobility. CLPHA Vice President Adrianne Todman, Executive Director Sunia Zaterman and Deputy Director Deb Gross were in the audience for the panel discussion titled "Place, Opportunity and Social Mobility: What Now for Policy?"   

Todman, Executive Director of the District of Columbia Housing Authority, likely spoke for many public-housing colleagues in saying that she was heartened to hear the panelists state the importance of place-based strategies since it was impractical to give everyone vouchers. She noted that the news media seemed to conclude just the opposite from the research and asked the panelists for recommendations on changing the media narrative that vouchers were the sole answer.

Some people had conflated the research’s methodology of looking at outcomes among movers with the policy implications, Chetty said. “It doesn’t mean the only thing we want to do is move people around,” he said. Instead,the research could better inform decisions about where to develop new or renovate existing affordable housing.

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CLPHA, Reno & Cavanaugh Submit VAWA, Section 3 Comments

CLPHA and law firm Reno & Cavanaugh recently submitted comments to the Department of Housing and Urban Development on the agency's Proposed Rule regarding implementation of its housing program requirements under the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013.

While CLPHA and Reno & Cavanaugh's letter to HUD expressed support for VAWA 2013's goals to protect the victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, it also restated concerns that the law represents another unfunded mandate that "impose a significant financial and administrative burden" on housing authorities and other housing providers.    

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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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