06/05/2012
IN THIS ISSUE:

HUD Proposes to Set Limits on All PHA Executive Compensation Despite Salary Survey Results

In a surprising announcement and unprecedented action, on June 5 HUD released salary survey results for housing authority executive compensation showing that 97% of PHA executives earn less than $155,500 in total cash compensation and also announced a far-reaching policy to cap and regulate the compensation of every housing authority executive director in the country, despite the survey findings.

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CLPHA Meets with HUD PIH Assistant Secretary about PHAS Concerns

On May 29 CLPHA, PHADA, and NAHRO staff met with HUD’s Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing Sandra Henriquez, Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Real Estate Assessment Center (REAC) David Vargas, and other PIH team members to discuss the industry’s concerns about the Public Housing Assessment System (PHAS).  This meeting came on the heels of an earlier meeting that the industry groups recently had with REAC staff to express our concerns with the interim rule and press for immediate resolution to some major issues affecting recent scores.

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Second Convening on Housing Authorities and Homelessness

On May 23, HUD and the US Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) convened representatives of housing authorities (HAs) and Continuums of Care (CoCs) from the eastern half of the U.S. for a second forum on “Opening Doors: Expanding PHA Opportunities to House Persons Experiencing Homelessness.” The first convening, for the western side of the country, was held in Los Angeles in February. Once again, the program aimed to highlight best practices from communities that have been successful in working across HUD silos and to spark conversations that would help create more opportunities to provide housing and services targeted to persons experiencing homelessness.

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CLPHA Submits Comments on Revisions to MTW Attachment B

HUD has been in the process of revising MTW Form 50900 (Attachment B) for over a year. In response to the third and most recent comment period on the draft form, on May 21, CLPHA submitted comments expressing concern about the proposed reporting requirements.  CLPHA commented that the proposed changes do not strike a needed balance between reporting useful data and the local decision-making and flexibility allowed to MTW agencies.

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CLPHA Submits Comments on Changes to HCV Portability Process

On May 29, CLPHA submitted comments on HUD’s proposed rule to change several provisions of the HCV portability process. While CLPHA supports the “streamlining” goals of the proposed rule and agrees that portability billing arrangements present administrative burdens that need to be minimized, CLPHA does not believe that the proposals included in this rule would actually result in streamlining or significantly reduced portability billing.

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Final Rule Shifts SEMAP Lease-Up Indicator to Calendar Year Basis

On May 31, HUD published a final rule amending the regulations for the Section Eight Management Assessment Program (SEMAP) to reflect that assessment of the leasing indicator will be based on a calendar year basis, rather than a fiscal year basis. In doing so, HUD aligned the SEMAP indicator with the process for measuring voucher management system leasing and cost data and reduced the inefficiency resulting from two processes based on different periods of measurement.

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CLPHA Welcomes New Communications/Media Manager

We are pleased to welcome Ari Romney, who joins CLPHA as the Communications/Media Manager. She previously oversaw alumni programs and communications for Exeter and Lincoln Colleges at the University of Oxford, where she managed both traditional and new media vehicles.

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CLPHA Member News

News from Baltimore, Denver, San Bernardino, and Newark.

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