07/17/2012
IN THIS ISSUE:

CLPHA Submits Comments on PHAS Capital Fund Interim Scoring Notice

On July 11, CLPHA submitted comments on the Public Housing Assessment System (PHAS) Capital Fund Interim Scoring Notice, which provides a restoration of five points for occupancy under the Capital Fund subsystem for fiscal years ending in 2011.  While CLPHA appreciates HUD’s response to the industry’s serious concern about penalizing housing authorities for occupancy issues under the Capital Fund subsystem, this is just a small and temporary step in working toward a more comprehensive solution to myriad challenges currently in PHAS. 

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CLPHA Submits Comments on PBV Rule

On July 16, CLPHA submitted two sets of joint comments to HUD on proposed changes to project-based voucher regulations.  As previously reported, on May 15, the Federal Register published a proposed rule, “The Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 (HERA): Changes to the Section 8 Tenant-Based Voucher and Section 8 Project-Based Voucher Programs.”  This proposed rule seeks to establish, in regulation, the HERA reforms made as discussed in a November 24, 2008 notice and also to make other related regulatory changes, particularly to the project-based voucher program.

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Industry Letter to HUD on PBCA Process

On July 13, CLPHA, PHADA, and NAHRO sent a letter to HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan expressing concern that the competition to procure Performance-Based Contract Administrators (PBCA) is not an open and fair opportunity for all qualified applicants, particularly public housing authorities.  The letter argues that the PBCA Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) included features that, taken together, artificially limit the number and type of applicants vying for contracts.

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HUD Releases Preliminary Operating Fund PIC Unit Status Report through June 2012

As part of the CY 2013 Operating Subsidy process, HUD will use PIC data to pre-populate the HUD form 52723 Section 2, Categorization of Unit Months.  In previous program years (CY 2011 and CY 2012), the form was pre-populated with editable unit months data.  However, unlike past years, the unit status/months fields in the CY 2013 HUD-52723 Section 2 forms will be locked and not editable by housing authorities.

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Scholarships for the National Affordable Green Homes & Sustainable Communities Summit

Scholarships are available for the National Affordable Green Homes & Sustainable Communities Summit at Greenbuild, which will be held in San Francisco on November 13-14, 2012. Housing authority staff are encouraged to apply.

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CLPHA Member News

News from Denver, Fresno, Houston, King County, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, New York, San Francisco, and several members in New Jersey.

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