The Council of Large Public Housing Authorities (CLPHA), the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO), and the Public Housing Authorities Directors Association (PHADA) recently joined forces to advocate for public housing as infrastructure in a letter to the majority and minority leadership in the U.S. House and Senate. The letter calls on Congress to invest in public housing infrastructure as Congress moves towards introducing infrastructure legislation since “investment in public housing infrastructure is a direct investment in America’s families.”
According to the letter, “we believe public housing is a critical part of the nation’s infrastructure. Like roads and bridges, public housing is a long-term public asset. The program provides safe and secure housing for communities and families. Public housing provides over 1.2 million units of affordable housing to over 2.2 million people, including families, seniors, and individuals with disabilities, and 800,000 children across the country. Public housing, valued at over $162 billion, also represents a significant investment on the part of the federal government and its preservation is essential.”
In a separate letter, the industry groups also recommended finalizing FY17 funding in an appropriations bill rather than through an end-of-the-fiscal-year continuing resolution (CR) process. The letter, listing funding levels for public housing and related programs, was sent to the chairs and ranking members of the appropriations committees in the House and Senate. Congress is expected to finalize FY17 funding during the last week of April, after returning from recess and before the current CR funding the federal government expires on April 28.
To view the joint letter on public housing as infrastructure, please click here.
To view the letter recommending a full appropriations bill for FY17 funding, please click here.