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The Housing Authority of the City of El Paso will receive an additional 34 VASH vouchers in January 2015, bringing the total number of HUD-VASH Vouchers that HACEP administers to 204. These additional vouchers represent $165,403 more in annual federal funds invested at the local level for this important program. As of October, HACEP and the El Paso VA have leased 163 of the 170 HUD-VASH Vouchers that are presently available. (10/30/2014)
Registration is now open for CLPHA’s Spring Meeting, March 12-13, 2015 at the Washington Court Hotel on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. In conjunction with the Membership Meeting, we will be holding a half-day Affordable Housing & Education Symposium on March 11 for our members as well as leaders and stakeholders in these fields.
The Administration released its FY16 budget proposal on February 2 with an overall request that would exceed by $74 billion the restrictive level of spending imposed by the Budget Control Act under sequestration four years ago. The HUD budget proposal at $49.3 billion is $4 billion above the enacted FY15 level.
Once again, HUD promises to offer legislative reforms to core rental assistance programs and to bolster “cross-cutting programs” such as RAD and the Choice Neighborhood Initiative. Investments in these programs are critical not only to preserve and increase quality affordable housing in a cost-effective manner but also to improve the education, employment, and health outcomes of families served by the nation’s housing authorities. Read CLPHA’s analysis and views.Full Text >
Growing evidence shows that housing matters to education in a myriad of ways. Both the housing and education sectors are increasingly aware that ensuring every child has decent, safe, and affordable housing with access to quality educational opportunities will improve their life outcomes. CLPHA members, as well as leaders and stakeholders in the affordable housing and education fields, are invited to a half-day Affordable Housing & Education Symposium on March 11 in Washington, DC that will include synthesis, discussions, and action items on collaborative approaches to help housing authorities and their partners better engage in this work.Full Text >
On January 30, HUD issued an Interim Rule for the Housing Trust Fund (HTF) program, effective on March 31. CLPHA is pleased that our advocacy was taken into consideration in the interim rule, which states that HUD “agrees that there is a role for the HTF in public housing.” It allows the use of HTF funds for construction of new units under the Choice and LIHTC programs and for the rehabilitation of existing units under the RAD, Choice, and LIHTC programs.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.