12/17/2010
IN THIS ISSUE:

Industry Leaders Meet with Secretary Donovan to Plan for 2011

Industry leaders met with HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan this week, following a joint request for such a discussion from CLPHA, PHADA and NAHRO.  The request noted the Department's efforts to improve, streamline and adequately fund public housing programs. Pointing out that much of this past success has been dependent on support from Congress, the leaders expressed the belief that efforts could be more successful through strengthened communications and a broader and strategic alignment between HUD and industry efforts.


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CLPHA Calls on HUD to Include PHAs in Housing Trust Fund Rules

CLPHA comments on the HUD proposed Housing Trust Fund rule urge the department to include public housing development and rehabilitation as an explicit eligible use of the Fund. The comments also ask that HUD include public housing authorities as eligible recipients.

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CLPHA Presents on Innovations in Public Housing at Greenbuild 2010

CLPHA Executive Director Sunia Zaterman was a panelist in November on Greenbuild's first ever public housing panel “Public Housing Authorities as Sustainable Building Innovators”. Greenbuild is the U.S. Green Building Council’s annual event, which this year drew more than 27,000 participants.
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HUD Hosts Final Meeting On Design of PNA Tool

Earlier this month, HUD hosted the fourth and final meeting on the design of a tool to be used by PHAs to upload project-level Physical Needs Assessment (PNA) data to HUD. The meeting was well attended by housing authority staff, industry representatives and HUD staff.


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House Financial Services Committee Announces Subcommittee Chairs

Incoming Chairman Spencer Bachus (R-AL) of the House Financial Services Committee has announced his subcommittee leadership team for the 112th Congress.  According to his press release, he “plans to modify subcommittee jurisdictions to promote a more efficient and balanced work-load for committee members.”

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Long Discussed Study on Administrative Fees Getting Started

HUD's Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Administrative Fee Study is getting underway.  The overall objective of the study, which is being carried out by Abt Associates, is to determine how much it costs public housing authorities to run efficient HCV programs. CLPHA is participating in one of two panels of researchers, housing authority staff and industry group representatives that are advising Abt  on how to appropriately design and execute the study. 

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Member News

Following HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan's keynote speech at the Homes for All Conference in St. Paul last month, St. Paul Housing Authority Executive Director Jon Gutzmann joined the Secretary, Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) and Chip Halbach, Minnesota Housing Partnership director, to discuss legislative proposals for public housing  preservation. (Rep. Ellison has since introduced the Rental Housing Revitalization Act.) Watch the panel here and read his remarks here. Rep. Ellison has since introduced

City of Los Angeles Housing Authority Executive Director Rudolf Montiel was interviewed by CNN this week, as part of a news report following the closing of the last Cabrini Green building in Chicago. 

Congratulations to Adrianne Todman, who has been named Executive Director of the District of Columbia. Housing Authority, following a national search that drew more than 130 applicants. She was appointed Interim Executive Director in October 2009.

La Shelle Dozier, Executive Director of the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency, has been named Business Woman of the Year by the Sacramento chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women.

Rick Gentry, Executive Director of the San Diego Housing Commission, sums up the agency's impressive accomplishments in a San Diego Union-Tribune opinion piece titled "A Housing Agency that Works."


 

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CLPHA Continues to Build on Work with Corporation for Supportive Housing

CLPHA continues to work with the Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH)  to support housing authorities' work to incorporate services into their housing programs through special programs such as Veteran Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) vouchers and the Family Unification Program. 

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Census Bureau Releases American Community Survey Data

The U.S. Census Bureau this week released the first-ever 5-year American Community Survey (ACS) estimates, a goal they say the agency has been working toward for close to 20 years. According to the U.S. Census blog, data cover  670,000 different geographical units, including  census blocks, school districts, congressional districts, and state legislative districts. They describe it as "probably the largest release of statistical estimates on one day in our history."

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