02/15/2013
IN THIS ISSUE:

Administration “A-Team” Testifies on the Projected Impact of Sequestration

On February 14, the full Senate Appropriations Committee heard testimony from an all-star Administration panel on the impacts of sequestration. The overwhelming sentiment from all of the witnesses was loud and clear: rigid, across-the-board spending cuts would have devastating impacts felt far and wide, from housing programs to education to homeland security, and threaten our economic stability. Ahead of the hearing, CLPHA, PHADA, and NAHRO jointly sent a letter to Congressional leaders on February 13 expressing our serious concerns with the consequences that sequestration would have on public housing and related programs. 

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PNA Rule and GPNA Tool Updates

On February 6, approximately 30 housing authorities attended a training session at HUD for the Green Physical Needs Assessment Tool, which housing authorities will be required to use under the Physical Needs Assessment Rule. It is likely that the proposed rule will be finalized during June of 2013, meaning that housing authorities with a March 31 fiscal year end will be the first cohort to submit completed physical needs assessments (PNAs) to HUD. Assuming that the publication of the final rule takes place in June 2013, the first due date for PNA submission will be December 1, 2013 because PNAs are due 120 days before a housing authority’s fiscal year end.

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CLPHA Represents Affordable Housing Providers at Summit on Green Building & Human Health

CLPHA joined leaders in environmental sustainability, green building, and public health at the U.S. Green Building Council’s “Summit on Green Building & Human Health,” which took place on January 29 and 30. The two-day discussion focused on green and healthy housing as a social justice issue, and workshops covered topics such as health disparities related to the inequitable distribution of healthy housing in the United States, promoting green building as a key mechanism to creating healthy housing, and building a knowledge base about the connection between green building and positive health outcomes. CLPHA was one of the few organizations representing affordable housing providers at the conference, but many attendees were interested in learning more about the green building by housing authorities.

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Healthy Homes Work Group unveils 'Advancing Healthy Housing - A Strategy for Action'

On February 4, the federal interagency Healthy Homes Work Group unveiled Advancing Healthy Housing – A Strategy for Action, a new initiative to encourage and support federal agencies' efforts to reduce health and safety hazards in American homes. The initiative’s goals are: (1) establish health homes recommendations, (2) encourage adoption of the healthy homes recommendations, (3) create and support training and workforce development to address health hazards in housing, (4) educate the public about healthy homes, and (5) support research that informs and advances healthy housing in a cost-effective manner.

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HUD Notice Provides Information on Radon Dangers

HUD recently released PIH Notice 2013-06 – Radon Information for PIH Programs. The notice provides information on the dangers of radon. HUD is in the process of examining ways that radon testing and mitigation may be incorporated into HUD-assisted housing program requirements. CLPHA encourages its members to contact state officials to determine what radon testing and mitigation services may be available at the local level.

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Deadline Extended: Hotel Reservations for CLPHA's Spring Meeting

The deadline for securing group rates at The Madison has been extended to Thursday, February 21. Rooms can be booked at the discount rate for the nights of March 12-14. Those wishing to make reservations for nights on either side of the block dates should contact CLPHA so that we can speak to the hotel on your behalf. Please note that there are only five rooms left at the group rate for March 12.

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CLPHA Member News

From opening a culinary-training center that functions as a community cafe, to providing continuing education workshops for property owners serving voucher holders, to involving residents and local school students in the production of a large mural, CLPHA members are making news—and improving lives—in their communities. Read about the latest activities in Bridgeport, Charlotte, Chicago, Houston, King County, New Haven, New York, Portland, Richmond, San Francisco, and Seattle.

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