01/15/2013
IN THIS ISSUE:

Registration Now Open for CLPHA Spring Meeting, March 14-15

The Spring Executive Directors Meeting will be held March 14-15, 2013 at The Madison Hotel in Washington, DC. Join us in the nation's capital for speakers, roundtables, and discussions addressing the next four years in public housing policy. Online registration is now open, and an email notice with meeting and registration details will be sent to members shortly.

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Twelve Percent Drop in Veterans’ Homelessness Attributed to HUD-VASH

The US Interagency Council on Homelessness has released a Report to Congress on Homeless Veterans assessing the progress of the HUD-VASH program and of efforts to address veteran homelessness in rural communities and on Native American reservations. The report reviews strategic investments to help end veteran homelessness by 2015, concluding that HUD-VASH is a key tool and that expansion of the program has helped reduce veteran homelessness.

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113th Congressional Committees Taking Shape

The new 113th Congress, which convened January 3, is still settling in. New members are learning where the restrooms are, old members who have moved offices are learning to find out the shortest distance between here and there, and the committees are beginning to take shape. Most recent information on the housing authorization and appropriations committees are as follows.

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HUD Publishes Methodology for MTW Baseline Compliance Assessment

Housing authorities with Moving-to-Work (MTW) flexibility to combine their Section 8 and Section 9 funds into a single MTW block grant are statutorily required “to assist substantially the same total number of eligible low-income families as would have been served had the amounts [of funding] not been combined.” Notice PIH 2013-2 introduces a numerical indicator that HUD will now use to make annual determinations of compliance for all MTW agencies.

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CLPHA Welcomes New Members for 2013

CLPHA welcomes as new members in 2013 the Bayonne Housing Authority and, as part of a Southern New Jersey consortium, the Buena, Glassboro, Millville, Pleasantville, Vineland, and Wildwood Housing Authorities. We look forward to working with our new and returning members on continued efforts to secure the funding and sound policies needed to solve local housing challenges and create communities of opportunity.

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CLPHA Member News

From establishing Virginia's first public housing-based health care center, to providing a housing incentive to reduce neighborhood gun violence, to building a 4,212-panel solar array on six acres of brownfield, CLPHA members are making news—and improving lives—in their communities. Read about the latest activities in Atlanta, Boston, Buffalo, Chester, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cuyahoga, Fresno, Long Branch, Lucas, Millville, Milwaukee, New Haven, New York, Norfolk, Philadelphia, San Diego, Seattle, Trenton, and the Virgin Islands.

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