05/10/2013
IN THIS ISSUE:

Housing Authorities Lead the Response to the 'Quiet Crisis'

The Bipartisan Policy Center’s Housing Commission recently released recommendations for meeting our country’s housing challenges in its report, Housing America’s Future: New Directions for National Policy. CLPHA staff plan to respond to the recommendations that will most affect housing authorities. In this first response, Research and Policy Analyst Leah Staub addresses the growing need for housing and services that allow seniors to age in place. Projections that the number of Americans aged 65 and older will more than double between 2010 and 2040, growing to more than 90 million by 2060, twenty percent of whom will be older than 85—necessitate major changes in the way we operate as a nation, particularly in terms of housing. This “quiet crisis” is not only a matter of addressing our elders’ fundamental needs, but also a matter of public cost.

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Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez Introduces New Public Housing Legislation

On April 23, Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez (D-NY) introduced three bills focused on the public housing program: the Safely Sheltering Victims Act of 2013, the Public Housing Disaster Preparedness Act of 2013, and the Raising Employment in Affordable Communities and Homes (REACH) Act of 2013. Co-sponsors on all three bills are Representatives Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), Charles Rangel (D-NY), and Jose Serrano (D-NY). The bills have been referred to the House Committee on Financial Services, and no further action has been taken at this time.

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'ReThink: Why Housing Matters' Launches Next Week

ReThink, HAI Group's national public awareness campaign, will launch on Thursday, May 16. A recent study conducted for HAI showed that, while an overwhelming majority of Americans believe U.S. citizens deserve a safe and decent place to live, most do not support public housing in their own neighborhoods. At the same time, demand for assisted housing has increased, but economic and federal budget conditions for this resource have decreased, making it even less attainable. ReThink aims to inform and change perceptions surrounding public housing in order to galvanize support for the funding and resources needed to maintain and grow this vital resource..

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Housing Authorities Save Money and Energy with EDF Climate Corps

This summer, participants in the Environmental Defense Fund’s (EDF) innovative summer fellowship program, EDF Climate Corps, will help five CLPHA members to develop a customized, actionable energy investment plan designed to to solve local energy problems and cut expenditures. EDF Climate Corps places specially-trained fellows in public housing authorities as well as companies, cities and universities as dedicated energy problem solvers. Over the past three years, seven EDF Climate Corps fellows identified energy efficiency and conservation opportunities at four housing authorities that could save $94 million annually in energy and operational costs and avoid over 225 metric tons of carbon emissions.

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The HUD FY14 Budget Proposal: CLPHA Analysis and Views

The Administration released its budget proposal for fiscal year 2014 (FY14), on April 10, about two months later than usual. The budget for HUD requests modest increases over FY13 for several programs of importance to CLPHA members and promises to offer future affordable housing and rental assistance reform legislation to foster and promote affordable housing preservation, simplification, administrative streamlining, cost-effectiveness and other priorities. Read the full report for CLPHA’s review and analysis of proposed funding for the Operating and Capital Funds, Housing Choice Voucher Program, Rental Assistance Demonstration Program, and more.

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NCHH Webinar on Partnering with Hospital Community Benefit Programs

On May 29, the National Center on Healthy Housing is hosting a Webinar titled, "Community Benefit, Community Building, and Sustainability: Emerging Opportunities to Work with Hospital Partners." Vondie Woodbury, Director of Community Benefit for Trinity Health, will present on opportunities to partner with hospital community benefit programs in improving neighborhoods and supporting healthy housing.

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CLPHA Member News

From increasing public housing stock and moving ahead with neighborhood redevelopment, to helping teens prepare for college, to partnering with local service providers to offer permanent housing for homeless individuals and families with disabilities, CLPHA members are making news—and improving lives—in their communities. Read about the latest activities in Chicago, Cuyahoga County, DC, Durham, El Paso, Long Branch, Los Angeles, Marin, Milwaukee, New York, Philadelphia, Richmond, San Antonio, and San Diego.

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Register Online for CLPHA's Summer Meeting, June 13-14

The Summer Executive Directors Meeting will be held June 13-14, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Join us in the nation's capital for speakers, roundtables, and discussions addressing pressing issues for public and assisted housing.

View this information and/or register online through the CLPHA website. Please note that access requires member log-in.

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