05/02/2011
IN THIS ISSUE:

Industry Groups Write HUD on Operating Reserves

CLPHA and industry partners NAHRO and PHADA have written HUD requesting reconsideration of the recent directive limiting the use of operating reserves for modernization and the plan to use those reserves to offset $1 billion in operating funds in the FY2012 budget. Read More >

CLPHA Comments on Interim PHAS Rule

CLPHA has submitted its comments on the HUD interim Public Housing Assessment System (PHAS) rule, which went into effect for PHAs with FYE of March 31, 2011 and thereafter. Similar to the August 2008 proposed rule, this rule seeks to conform PHAS to asset management. In general, the interim rule is an improvement over the proposed rule... Read More >

HUD Requesting Small FMR Demonstration Participants

On April 20, HUD released a Final Notice announcing the Small Area Fair Market Rent (FMR) Demonstration project and requesting participation in the demonstration from metropolitan public housing authorities. The Notice contains responses to comments on the original demonstration... Read More >

Joint Center Report Emphasizes Importance of Rental Housing

Last week, the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies (JCHS) released the report “America’s Rental Housing: Meeting Challenges, Building on Opportunities.” The report finds that even before the current recession started, long-term increases in rents and utility costs were ... Read More >

Assisted Housing Reduces Worst Case Housing Needs

Following up on their annual Worst-Case Needs report, which documents the number of unassisted, very low-income, renter households who pay more than half of their income for rent and utilities or who live in severely inadequate conditions... Read More >

Supportive Housing Meeting: PHAs Making the Service Connection

On April 28th,  the Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH) and 14 Midwest PHAs met for   a regional public housing authorities and supportive housing Forum "Strengthening Partnerships and Expanding Opportunities..The forum focused on three themes... Read More >

MTW Conference Highlights Innovation and Questions about Assessment

Program and financial staff from fifteen of the thirty-five PHAs with Moving to Work (MTW) authority gathered in Oakland on April 21-22 for their annual West Coast MTW Agencies Conference. CLPHA Research & Policy Analyst Leah Staub joined them to hear more about the innovations being implemented at the agencies... Read More >

Member News

CLPHA members receiving positive media attention, awards. Read More >

New Tools to Teach Green Practices to Residents

Instead of the regular monthly conference call for the PHA Sustainability Network, members were invited to an Enterprise Green Communities webinar introducing two new tools to engage and educate residents... Read More >

HUD Briefs Industry Groups on Transforming how HUD does Business: ''Delivering Together''

On April 19th, HUD held a briefing for the public housing industry groups on the preliminary recommendations from its Delivering Together (DT) initiative. Funded through HUD’s Transformation Initiative,  the overall objective of DT is to make HUD“…a more responsive, customer-centered Read More >