Thank you for your interest in joining the Council of Large Public Housing Authorities (CLPHA). CLPHA supports the nation's largest and most innovative housing authorities by advocating for the resources they need to solve local housing challenges and create communities of opportunity.
Our 70 members represent virtually every major metropolitan area in the country; together they manage 40 percent of the nation’s public housing program and administer 26 percent of the Housing Choice Voucher program.
CLPHA is the only organization that focuses exclusively on issues that concern large public housing authorities and in the last year has:
Ø Continued to provide effective leadership advocating for public and assisted housing, particularly on legislation that funds and authorizes federal housing programs and vouchers.
Ø Convened meetings with House and Senate appropriations staff and CLPHA members to identify Veteran Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) program challenges and solutions. The resulting Senate hearing resulted in strong bi-partisan consensus to fund the program that had been zeroed out by HUD.
Ø Joined with the U.S. Green Building Council and Enterprise Community Partners to build the PHA Sustainability Network, a monthly forum for discussing best practices in greening affordable and public housing. The Network is building a green database to begin to measure the extent and scope of green implementation, including identifying additional private and public resources for energy efficiency improvements.
Ø Expanded partnerships and shared best practices with aligned organizations including the Emerald Cities Collaborative, the Corporation for Supportive Housing, Building Bridges, the National Reentry Resource Center and the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness.
Ø Released findings at a news conference with HUD Secretary Donovan on CLPHA’s 2010 study examining the impact of American Recovery and Revitalization Act grants to housing authorities. The data, collected directly from CLPHA members, show that every dollar spent generates an additional $3.12 in economic activity. For every million dollars spent, 26 jobs were created and preliminary estimates show that a total of 100,000 jobs were created.
Ø Co-sponsored the July 2011 Going Green conference with HUD, the first-ever conference to focus solely on greening public housing.
Ø Advocated for eliminating preferences and providing a level playing field for housing authorities bidding on Performance Based Contract Administrator (PBCA) contracts.
Ø Expanded promotion of industry achievements through a range of communication vehicles including: Huffington Post columns; new and improved CLPHA website; online CLPHA newsletter; and publications showcasing local innovations such as Public Housing Authorities: Local Challenges, Local Solutions and The Vital Link: Connecting Housing and Services .
Our advocacy, coalition building, and cutting edge research gives our industry credibility, and amplifies your voice with key policy makers. Our meetings give you unparalleled opportunities to interact with your peers, and the best thinkers in the affordable housing field.
Only public housing authorities that administer more than 1,200 combined units and vouchers are eligible for membership. Vendors and other interested parties are encouraged to look at the meeting sponsor opportunities.For more information on how to join, email Trena Mainor, Director of Operations