• 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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Special Video Welcome from Senator Elizabeth Warren

While Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren was unable to join us for the CLPHA summer 2016 meeting, she took the time to record a special welcome message for our attendees, evidence that she recognizes the important work that our members do every day. We are grateful to Senator Warren for her support in our efforts to improve life outcomes for low-income families. Please click on the video to view a short presentation she produced specifically to welcome CLPHA members to the summer meeting in Boston.

CLPHA Launches Housing Is to Expand Community of Practice in Housing, Education, Health and More

Web tool targets idea-sharing and improves cross-sector collaboration to help low-income families

The Council of Large Public Housing Authorities (CLPHA) would like you to join a new community: Housing Is! We are proud to reintroduce our systems alignment work under its new name, the Housing Is initiative, and launch a brand new online resource, HousingIs.org to help us better connect housing to other sectors. Thanks to generous funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the Kresge Foundation, the Housing Is initiative and HousingIs.org will enhance and strengthen our community of practice by supporting cross-sector collaboration. Please check out our official press release to learn more about HousingIs.org and how this online clearinghouse will help us break down the silos between housing, health, education and more.  

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U.S. Court of Federal Claims Finds HUD Breached its ACC Obligations

On January 18, 2017, the United States Court of Federal Claims found that HUD breached its ACC obligations when HUD offset 2012 operating subsidy payments to PHAs according to a PHA’s excess operating reserves, rather than the pro rata reduction prescribed by Title 24 of the Code of Federal Regulations. Full Text >

Ben Carson Defends Nomination as HUD Secretary Before Senate Panel

On January 12, Dr. Ben Carson, surrounded by family, appeared before the U.S. Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee to defend his nomination as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. It was the first public opportunity to get a glimpse into Dr. Carson’s thinking as the next HUD Secretary since his nomination. Appealing to his Horatio Alger-like story, the former GOP presidential candidate spoke of how he wants to help heal America’s divisiveness as a reason “why he would want to run HUD.”

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Transition Priorities for a New Adminstration

The Council of Large Public Housing Authorities is pleased to present its Transition Priorities for a New Administration. On behalf of the public housing authorities that we represent, we look forward to working with HUD and the new administration in our continued efforts to foster creativity and produce better outcomes for families and communities.

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HUD Issues End of Administration Rules: HOTMA, AFFH, Lead-Based Paint and Broadband

Proposed Rule: HOTMA 2016 Implementation of Various Section 8 Voucher Provisions

On January 18, 2017, HUD published a proposed rule regarding the implementation of the Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act of 2016 (HOTMA). Several of the statutory amendments made by HOTMA affect the Project-Based Voucher (PBV) program or the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program. The notice seeks additional public input on both the implementing requirements and future changes to these programs.

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Senator Schumer Announces Senate Democratic Committee Memberships for the 115th Congress

Senate Democratic Leader-elect Charles E. Schumer (NY) has announced the Senate Democratic committee memberships for the 115th Congress. All memberships have been ratified by the Senate Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee and are subject to ratification by the full Democratic Caucus when the 115th Congress convenes in January.

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HOTMA Bill Headed to the President's Desk for Signature

After a flood of emails, letters and calls from a broad-based coalition of national, state and local groups/organizations, and after the stunning House-vote of 427-0, the U.S. Senate fast-tracked HR 3700 Housing Opportunity through Modernization Act (HOTMA), bypassing the regular order process of hearings and markups, and passing the bill by unanimous consent on July14.

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House Appropriations Committee Passes FY17 THUD Spending Bill

FY17 THUD Spending Bill Also Passes on Senate Floor

On May 24, the House Appropriations Committee (“the Committee”) on a voice vote passed the fiscal year 2017 (FY17) appropriations bill for the Departments of Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD), readying the $58.19 billion discretionary spending bill for floor action. The bill includes a total of $38.7 billion for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) , an increase of $384 million above the fiscal year 2016 enacted level and $953 million below the Administration’s budget request.

THUD subcommittee chairman Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) said, “This bill provides for our nation's transportation and housing needs, while making tough choices to protect hard-earned taxpayer dollars. It recognizes the need to house the most vulnerable and get critical infrastructure back on track. Most importantly, it will ensure the safety of our infrastructure and improve the quality of our public housing programs.” Diaz-Balart in thanking committee members and staff for their hard work to fashion a “bipartisan nature” spending measure made particular mention of subcommittee ranking member, David Price (D-NC), “for his hard work and dedication to the issues.”

CLPHA is aware that, behind-the-scenes, Price was particularly instrumental in preventing the Choice Neighborhoods Initiative from being drastically cut. Through his strong support, he was able to limit the reduction to only $25 million below the FY16 enacted level, and CLPHA is deeply appreciative of his efforts. Price was one of the strongest advocates in Congress for the HOPE VI program, and has continued that strong support with CNI.

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CLPHA’s Affordable Housing & Education Summit Continues to Strengthen Partnerships

With 120 attendees working to engage new ideas and develop innovative practices to better connect housing and education systems, CLPHA’s second annual Affordable Housing & Education Summit was an enormous success. Part of CLPHA’s ongoing commitment to the Systems Alignment initiative, the Summit shared the progress CLPHA has achieved since last year’s Summit, covered new ground and explored strategies that will streamline the ways housing and education experts work together and allow us to improve outcomes for housing residents and kids in school. The Summit was sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, as well as Google Fiber, and the broader initiative is generously supported by the Gates Foundation and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. 
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House Majority Leader Introduces MTW Bill

On April 29, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) introduced HR 5137, the “Moving to Work Reformation and Expansion Act of 2016.” McCarthy, a former member of the Financial Services Committee, was joined by 17 co-sponsors on the bipartisan bill (16 Republicans, 1 Democrat).

HR 5137 would re-designate Moving to Work (MTW) as a permanent program, removing all references to it as a demonstration.  The bill modifies the statutory purpose of the program to promote 1) economic independence for residents, centered around employment opportunities; 2) flexibility and cost-effectiveness by allowing housing authorities to design and implement various approaches to providing and administering housing assistance with the aim of reducing costs to achieve greater cost-effectiveness in federal expenditures; and 3) housing choice for low-income families.
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CLPHA Review of Senate FY17 HUD Funding Bill

The Senate Appropriations Committee approved S. 2844, on a recorded vote of 30-0, the fiscal year 2017 (FY17) Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD) appropriations bill on April 21.

While the public housing and related programs fared better than expected when compared to FY16, nonetheless, most of the Senate proposed funding levels are still below CLPHA and industry recommended levels. CLPHA also advocated raising the Rental Assistance Demonstration cap, and we are pleased to note that the Senate is increasing the cap to 250,000 units.

The Senate is expected to take up the THUD spending bill sometime during the week of May 9th after returning from a week-long recess.

Read on for a brief review of policies and programs of interest to CLPHA members in the Senate bill and insight into Senate intent from the Committee Report, accompanied by CLPHA’s updated funding chart.

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HUD Publishes Two Notices Related to MTW Expansion

On April 26, 2016 HUD published its Notice of “Establishment for the Moving to Work Research Federal Advisory Committee.” This is the second of two Notices HUD has released on MTW expansion. The first Notice, which was released on April 4, is a “Request for Specific Policy Proposals and Methods of Research and Evaluation for MTW Demonstration Expansion,” and includes a 30 day comment period, which would have ended on May 4. As a result of CLPHA’s intervention, the comment period has been extended two weeks to May 18. CLPHA will submit comments and we urge you to do the same on topics you think merit further research. Full Text >

Housing Reform Bill Passes House in Stunning 427-0 Vote

On February 2, the U.S. House of Representatives debated, amended and passed HR 3700, the “Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act of 2015” (HOTMA), an amalgamation of housing legislation from previously proposed, introduced or House-passed-but-never-enacted housing bills along with new provisions that reflect current policy directions.

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"Evicted" shows the dark side of the U.S.' affordable-housing failings

Evictions are among the worst setbacks that strike already vulnerable individuals and families. And yet they have become stunningly commonplace in many American neighborhoods.

For all their frequency, however, it has taken the recent work of Harvard University sociologist Matthew Desmond, and his new book “Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City” to focus the nation’s attention on the eviction epidemic plaguing low-income communities.

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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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