House Panel Seeks Deep Cuts in FY12 Funding Proposal

“Facing record-high deficits, this year, more than ever, we must make the hard budget decisions to help rein in spending,” House Appropriations Committee Chairman Harold Rogers (R-KY) declared as he unveiled the spending limits each appropriations subcommittee is slated to receive.  The spending levels are based on last month’s  House-passed budget resolution and include over $47 billion in cuts to non-defense programs.  Of the 12 appropriations subcommittees, only the Defense subcommittee would see a rise in its spending limit. 

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Issue Brief on Operating Reserves

As CLPHA has previously reported, HUD's FY2012 budget request proposes a $1 billion offset in the operating fund using "excess reserves" held by housing authorities. CLPHA has analyzed the administration's documents and surveyed its members to better understand how reserves are calculated and how they are used. This issue brief explains operating reserves, raises questions about HUD's proposal in detail, and provides details on the survey of CLPHA members.

Issue briefs on administrative fees in the voucher program and the public housing capital fund are available here.

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Media Hit on Housing Programs is Off Target

Whether by choice or chance, a recent Washington Post article highlights how easy it is to taint an entire portfolio of federal programs by highlighting problems at one.

The paper began a series May 15 on problems in HUD’s HOME program. The article details examples of poor decision making and a lack of accountability at what it describes as “the federal government’s largest housing construction program for the poor.”  

Now, aside from the people who actually administer federal housing programs, who would doubt for a moment they are reading an indictment of public housing?

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Member News

  • The Kansas City Housing Authority has opened its first “grandfamilies” building; it is one of only a handful of its kind in the nation.

  • The Alaska Housing Finance Corp. is getting ready to break ground on its first-ever mixed income development.

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Housing Authorities Plan Father's Day Activities

On the Saturday of Fathers’ Day Weekend, June 18, PHAs nationwide will host special events for fathers and their children, in collaboration with local partners. This Fathers’ Day 2011 initiative was inspired by a program that the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) launched last summer and has continued monthly. According to HUD, the events have two purposes: to strengthen the bonds between fathers and their children, and to make education, health care, and employment resources available to the fathers that may lead to economic self-sufficiency.

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