At the core of CLPHA’s June
23-25 meeting in
From the tour of the ambitious Union Station redevelopment plan to a panel on tackling homelessness, it is clear that housing authorities are successfully reaching out to new public and private partners and taking a larger view of their role as community developers.The discussion and presentations were future oriented, focusing on the new opportunities for and achievements by PHAs. As CLPHA president Michael Kelly put it, "there is a tsunami of social change taking place through public housing."
process, and reviewed the steps she takes with clients in developing green plans. She highlighted various tools that measure sustainability, including the LEED scorecards, Green Compass, and Energy Star. She said that while these tools should not necessarily determine which strategies to implement, they are a great starting point for measuring energy use and setting priorities.
She closed with a story about how
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The administration’s commitment to working across silos was on display during Thursday’s final panel. Regional representatives from HUD, EPA, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and the Federal Highway Administration talked about the implications of the HUD-DOT-EPA “Partnership for Sustainable Communities.”
Cindy Cody, Sustainability Coordinator, EPA, opened the discussion saying “the gap has been closed. One year ago, I didn’t know where the HUD office was. Now we are meeting every week.” She said EPA had been added to the partnership to address water infrastructure, and the agency leadership was working hard to make sure the interagency partnership is integrated at all levels.Read More >
Patrick Coyle, Director of the Colorado Department of Local Affairs' Housing Division, opened Friday's meeting. The former executive director of Denver's Road Home, he talked about the importance of changing the image of public housing. He said in Colorado they were also working to change the concept of the "worthy" and "unworthy" poor. "We have to acknowledge that people aren't perfect." He also said that "ending homelessness is not a matter of resources, but of priorities."The panel that followed, moderated by Denver's Road Home Executive Director Amber Callender, focused on the innovative strategies and partnerships being used by the
Denver's Road Home is the result of an innovative partnership between
The conversion of public housing was at the forefront of the three-day CLPHA meeting, and was the topic of many conversations. Near the end of the final day, Barbara Sard, Senior Advisor to Secretary Donovan on Rental Assistance, shared the latest thinking at HUD about the Preservation, Enhancement, and Transformation of Rental Assistance Act of 2010 (PETRA).She described Secretary Donovan’s vision for successful rental assistance programs as preserving the existing stock, making the stock sustainable for the future, and making the programs work better for residents and HUD. She emphasized that while preservation was a key component of the Secretary’s vision, it is but one component. Read More >
Delton Nichols, Deputy Director of the Real Estate Assessment Center (REAC), and Dominique Blom, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Housing Investment, were the final speakers.
Mr. Nichols reported on efforts underway to improve operations under the direction of David Vargas, newly appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary of REAC. He noted that since coming to REAC, Vargas has taken a pro-active approach towards assessment of all operations, especially as PHAS 3 is implemented, conforming PHAS with asset management.Read More >