Putting Public Housing on the Map

Working in close partnership with CLPHA, NAHRO, and PHADA, the Housing Authority Insurance (HAI) Group has developed an innovative mapping tool. It allows users to paint a comprehensive picture of where public and assisted housing is located, along with nearby amenities, and neighborhood economic and demographic data.


Properties are displayed on a searchable Google map, with corresponding information on occupancy rate, housing type, and rents. The tool also includes multiple demographic and economic development overlays that provide information on unemployment, median income, population, age distributions, and potential retail opportunity. The information can be broken down by state, county, or census tract.  Users can also search for and measure distances to schools, grocery stores, and transportation options. 

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Measuring and Implementing Resident Mobility

One of the three major principles behind HUD’s Preservation, Enhancement and Transformation of Rental Assistance (PETRA) is a commitment to resident mobility. At a stakeholder meeting last week, the department outlined its plans to make mobility a workable option for PHAs and residents.

Making Resident Choice Work

HUD believes strongly that residents should not have to choose between housing and other life options, such as jobs and education.  But the department acknowledges that there is little data about mobility: which residents choose to move, why they move, and moving outcomes. For example, PHAs now offer a wide range of housing mobility programs, but there has been little research as to which programs might be most useful and cost-effective.  Read More >

Milwaukee by the Numbers

The Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee’s (HACM) annual meeting this week focused on the measurable benefits of the authority’s construction, employment, and social service programs.

 “Our efforts range from providing safe, affordable housing for families, the elderly and disabled to building neighborhoods where they can thrive - an opportunity that all Milwaukeeans should have,” said Secretary-Executive Director Tony Pérez. 

The meeting highlighted results from a range of programs, including the HOPE VI Highland Gardens revitalization, the HACM Education Initiative, along with the impact federal stimulus funds have had on jobs and construction sites.

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King County Completes Major Redevelopment of Birch Creek

Kent Mayor Suzette Cooke, Rep. Dave Reichert and King County Executive Dow Constantine last week joined Stephen Norman, King County Housing Authority (KCHA) Executive Director, to celebrate the completion of Birch Creek.  The former Springwood Apartments, 38 dingy, densely-packed, barracks-style buildings that were functionally obsolete, has been completely transformed. 

Building exteriors have been redesigned and faded vinyl siding replaced with modern materials and architecture.  Varied building facades and roofs incorporate texture and color into the distinct and attractive building designs.

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San Antonio Hosts Secretary, Cuts Ribbons

The San Antonio Housing Authority (SAHA)  was busy last week. Monday, HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan, U.S. Rep. Ciro Rodriguez and state Rep. Joe Farias toured Lewis Chatham Apartments, where $6.42 million in Recovery Act funds are being used for energy efficiency improvements. Speaking at the apartments, Donovan said that "in communities like San Antonio, the recovery act is still going strong." 

Wednesday, State Representatives Roland Guiterrez and Jose Menendez joined SAHA representatives and partners Capital One Bank and the NRP Group to celebrate the grand opening of San Juan Square II. The formerly distressed development is now a thriving, family-friendly community that incorporates a number of green features.

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San Bernardino Renovates, Adds Services

The Housing Authority of the County of San Bernardino’s (HACSB) is living up to its slogan -- Building Communities, Changing Lives -- at its Medical Center apartment complex.  “We are using a two-prong approach to transform this community,” said Susan Benner, HACSB’s Executive Director. “We are doing construction rehab work and improving  services to help residents be self-sufficient.”

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Member Notes

The Miami-Dade Public Housing Agency (MDPHA) is hosting a new basketball camp this summer for boys and girls ages 7 to 17 living in MDPHA housing. The camps are being held in partnership with the Boozer’s Buddies Foundation, McCormack Baron Salazar, and Urban Strategies...The Jersey City Housing Authority (JCHA)  recently celebrated the grand opening of two senior developments: Ocean Pointe East and West. A HOPE VI development, the buildings replace distressed 1940’s era  housing.

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