03/28/2011
IN THIS ISSUE:

Secretary Donovan, Rep. Ellison, Speak at CLPHA Meeting

Secretary Donovan and Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) spoke at CLPHA's Spring Meeting, discussing the challenges and opportunities for public housing and its partners.

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David Gilmore's View from New Orleans

David Gilmore, Administrative Receiver for the Housing Authority of New Orleans (HANO), prefaced his remarks about HANO with a note that the work he does to revive troubled agencies is not altogether different from the work done by CLPHA members at their own PHAs.

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Panels on Financing, Communications

Thursday afternoon panels focused first on the development landscape for housing authorities, and then on the local and national communication challenges they face.

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HUD Roundtable

HUD’s Milan Ozdinec, Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Public Housing and Voucher Programs, Dominique Blom, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Housing Investments, and David Vargas, Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Real Estate Assessment Center, joined CLPHA members on Friday morning for an update on work in progress within HUD and what will be in focus in coming months. Carissa Riddle, the new Director of the Housing Voucher Financial Management Center, also shared her perspective.

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House and Senate Appropriations Staff Discuss 2011 and 2012 Budgets

CLPHA meeting ends with discussion on FY2011 and FY2012 budgets with Meaghan McCarthy, Professional Staff for the Senate Appropriations Committee, and Joseph Carlile, Professional Staff for the House Appropriations Committee.

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Neighborhoods of Choice and Opportunity: Lessons from the HOPE VI Experience and Research

On Wednesday, March 16th, CLPHA and HUD’s Office for Policy Development and Research (PD&R) cosponsored a symposium on research on HOPE VI redevelopment efforts. Participants were welcomed by Assistant Secretary for PD&R Raphael Bostic, who said his office was "thrilled" to be approached by CLPHA with the idea for the event. He said this type of event has been missing and is sorely needed, as people ask “where’s the data?”. Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing Sandra Henriquez provided an overview of HUD’s vision for the Choice Neighborhoods program. She said it was based on lessons from HOPE VI, in particular how to integrate the multiple challenges of improving the lives of residents and creating neighborhood assets with positive impacts for neighborhoods.

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CLPHA Letter to House Financial Services Committee

Read CLPHA's letter to House Financial Services Committee Chairman Spencer Bachus in response to the  “Views and Estimates of the Committee on Financial Services on Matters to be Set Forth in the Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year 2012”.

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SEVRA and Choice Neighborhoods Initiative Redux

During CLPHA’s Spring Meeting March 17th-18th, two bills of significant interest to CLPHA members were re-introduced in Congress.  On the Senate side, Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Housing, Transportation and Community Development Subcommittee of the full Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, introduced S. 624, the “Choice Neighborhoods Initiative Act of 2011”.  Senator Menendez last introduced this bill in December during the waning days of the last Congress. 

On the House side, Representative Maxine Waters (D-CA), a senior member of the Insurance, Housing and Community Opportunity Subcommittee of the full Financial Services Committee, introduced H.R. 1209, the “Section 8 Voucher Reform Act of 2011”. 

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Member News

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