01/29/2013
IN THIS ISSUE:

CLPHA Meets with HUD Officials for RAD Debriefing

At a recent debriefing with CLPHA staff, senior HUD officials presented a more detailed analysis of the initial RAD awards announced in late December. HUD’s RAD team was pleased with the initial participation level in the demonstration and believes it will be a good sample for testing the feasibility of subsidy conversion. They noted that the initial awards reflect a geographic diversity, a range of financing sources, and a multitude of local objectives. With their analyses having shown tens of thousands of units that would be ideal for a RAD conversion, HUD officials requested CLPHA’s feedback on strategies to realize these conversions.

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CLPHA Partners with Rocky Mountain Institute on Superefficient Housing Challenge

CLPHA is one of several organizations partnering with the Rocky Mountain Institute for its Superefficient Housing Challenge—a new building competition for affordable, energy-efficient housing. Rotating between U.S. regions, each competition will be hosted by an affordable housing organization, and the Denver Housing Authority (DHA) will hosting the inaugural 2013-2014 competition. Approximately 20 teams of architecture, engineering, and construction students will compete to have their design plans built. The designs will be judged on healthfulness, cost, and energy-efficiency; and local contractors will build the five winning design plans on urban infill plots donated by DHA.

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HUD Provides Guidance on Excluded Income Verification

HUD has released its second Notice within a week’s time that intends to reduce administrative burdens, PIH 2013-4, “Guidance on Verification of Excluded Income.” The Notice distinguishes two types of excluded income: fully excluded and partially included. The Notice clarifies that housing authorities are not required to verify fully excluded income in accordance with the HUD-prescribed verification hierarchy, document in the tenant file why third party verification was not available, nor report the income on form HUD-50058.

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HUD Publishes Notice Giving Temporary Compliance Assistance to Housing Authorities

On January 22, HUD published PIH 2013-03, to establish temporary guidelines for housing authorities administering public housing and Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) programs. The Notice is intended to “facilitate the ability of PHAs to continue, without interruption and with minimal burden, the delivery of rental assistance to eligible families in their communities” as a result of the current period of decreased resources. The Notice outlines four temporary provisions given to housing authorities until March 31, 2014.

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CLPHA Welcomes Hoboken, Durham, and Marin as Members in 2013

CLPHA extends a welcome to new member Hoboken Housing Authority and its Executive Director, Carmelo Garcia. We also welcome back the Durham Housing Authority, led by CEO Dallas Parks, and a new agency but familiar face in the form of Marin Housing and its Executive Director Lewis Jordan.

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Register Online for CLPHA's 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 and partnerships. View this information and/or register online through the CLPHA website. Please note that access requires member log-in. 

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CLPHA Member News

From providing extra shelter beds during unusually cold periods, to bringing renewed Congressional attention to neighborhood revitalization, to working with local agencies and environmental groups on the remediation of brownfields for affordable housing development, CLPHA members are making news—and improving lives—in their communities. Read about the latest activities in Boston, Chicago, Denver, New Haven, New York, Portland, San Diego, and Seattle.

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