07/12/2011
IN THIS ISSUE:

Public Housing Capital Needs Study Confirms Funding Levels Too Low To Address Long-Term Capital Need

On June 24th, HUD released the 2010 Public Housing Capital Needs Study. In general, the study shows that since the last capital needs study in 1998, federal appropriations have been too low to make significant progress at reducing the backlog of capital needs. The study also shows that ongoing accrual costs have increased by about 15 percent. These findings reinforce CLPHA’s call for additional capital investment in public housing through increased appropriations levels and new approaches to leverage private capital.

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Section 8 Savings Act Hearing

On June 23rd, CLPHA testified before the House Financial Services’ Subcommittee on Insurance, Housing, and Community Opportunity hearing entitled “Legislative Proposals to Reform the Housing Choice Voucher Program.” Given the deficit reduction efforts of Congress, the subcommittee looked for insight into possible ways to streamline the Housing Choice (Section 8) voucher program, in an attempt to save money by increasing efficiency.

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HUD Hosts Meeting Seeking Feedback on Operating Reserve Offset Implementation

On June 13th, HUD hosted a meeting with representatives from CLPHA, NAHRO and PHADA to provide an update on their 2012 proposal to offset operating reserves and to seek industry feedback on implementing their offset plan. Assistant Secretary Sandra Henriquez opened the meeting expressing her concern that Congress was no longer asking about the $1 billion offset, but they were now asking, “how much more” they could take.

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CLPHA Members Meet in Portland

CLPHA’s Summer Executive Directors Meeting began with a tour of three Home Forward (previously known as Housing Authority of Portland) developments and ended with a session on how HHS and HUD are working together to align federal resources to support deinstitutionalizing non-elderly people with disabilities. In between were sessions on the progress Portland is making with its 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness, a report on the New York City Housing Authority's first-ever senior resident survey, and how authorities are finding innovative ways to link vouchers with services. Members heard from several local leaders, including Nick Fish, Portland Housing Commissioner; Deborah Kafoury, Commissioner, Multnomah County; and Margaret Van Vliet, Director, City of Portland Housing Bureau;

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One Year Anniversary of Opening Doors

On June 22, the US Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) held a stakeholder conference call to mark the one-year anniversary of the release of Opening Doors: Federal Strategic Plan to End Homelessness. The call was hosted by the USICH Chair, Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, who spoke, along with Special Assistant to the President for Urban Affairs Derek Douglas. They talked about the past year’s unprecedented collaboration among federal agencies and among all levels of government with private, non-profit, and faith-based organizations, recognizing that “collaboration is hard work.” 

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HUD Encourages Discretion with Ex-Offenders

HUD has sent a letter to PHA Executive Directors, dated June 17 and signed by Secretary Donovan and Assistant Secretary Henriquez, encouraging housing authorities “to allow ex-offenders to rejoin their families in the Public Housing or Housing Choice Voucher programs, when appropriate.”

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Summer Meeting Sponsors

CLPHA thanks the sponsors of its Summer Executive Directors Meeting: Johnson Controls, CGI Federal, Wells Fargo, Enterprise Community Partners and The Gordian Group.

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Member News

News from Milwaukee, New York, Providence and more

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