CLPHA, PHADA Release 2012 Public Housing and Section 8 Funding Needs

The Council of Large Public Housing Authorities (CLPHA), and the Public Housing Authorities Directors Association (PHADA) today released their calculations of funding necessary for the preservation and improvement of public housing and the Housing Choice Voucher program.

Where estimates are not formula driven, they are principally based upon need, but this year the request gives special consideration to the current deficit-reduction and drastic budget-cutting environment.  

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Industry Responds to ABC's Misleading Report

It is a common media recipe: take a few examples of egregious behavior by people paid with public funds, toss in some out-of-context quotes and statistics, use the mix to accuse an entire industry of corruption, and quickly move on. 

Public housing, always an easy target, was the subject of this type of attack recently in a joint report from ABC Nightline and the Center for Public Integrity.  Public Housing, Private Frustration conflates examples from a handful of the nation's 3,100 housing agencies to paint a misleading picture of a community rife with problems.

Media reports that fairly criticize a program – pointing out failures as well as successes, and suggesting solutions – are always welcome. This type of hit job is not.

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HUD Issues Proposed Capital Fund Rule

On February 7, HUD issued a proposed rule for the Public Housing Capital Fund program. The rule essentially conforms HUD regulations affecting public housing capital activities with the program structure authorized by the Quality Housing and Work Responsibility Act of 1998 (QHWRA). Regulations implementing various parts of QHWRA, such as the Capital Fund formula, had been promulgated in the intervening years. However, until now there has not been a comprehensive rewrite of those rules and HUD has relied in some cases on the pre-existing regulations.

The Proposed Rule combines and reorganizes several existing regulations into a revised 24 CFR Part 905. These include 24 Part 941 (Public Housing Development, including Mixed-Finance), Part 968 (Comprehensive Grant Program, CIAP, and the Vacancy Reduction Program), and Part 969 (continued operation as low-income housing). The existing regulatory sections would be repealed.

Substantively, much of the rule is simply a restatement of the existing regulations, conformed to current law, as described above. However, there are some notable exceptions that are particularly important to the industry.

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HUD Issues Latest Worst Case Housing Needs Report

The foreclosure crisis and recession contributed to a sharp increase in worst case housing needs in 2009. That is the finding from a recent HUD report to Congress, which found that 41% of very low income renters had worst case needs. (Worst case needs are defined as households receiving no government assistance that are paying more than half their income in rent and/or living in severely inadequate conditions; the vast majority of cases in 2009 were households spending more than half their income on rent.) Read More >

Development of HCV Administrative Fee Study Proceeds

Last month, CLPHA received a detailed Research Design, Data Collection, and Analysis Plan (RDDCAP) from Abt Associates for the reconnaissance phase of the HCV administrative fee study.  (CLPHA is one of the participants on a panel advising Abt on the study design and implementation.)

At a February 9 meeting for the panel, Abt researchers began by reviewing the sampling methodology and describing how the sampling universe and selected participants (and their backups) parallel the total pool of HCV programs. The pool from which participants and their backups will be drawn will represent both the sampling universe and the total HCV program with regard to general characteristics such as region, program size, whether the agency operates public housing or special purpose vouchers, and administrative fee rate. Once the final sample has been selected, Abt will provide more detailed descriptive comparisons on participants, including dimensions such as tightness of the housing market, resident characteristics, and urban/suburban/rural jurisdiction.

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Member News

News from Portland, Chicago, Provide and Norfolk and a welcome to new members.

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