05/31/2013
IN THIS ISSUE:

Housing Authorities 'Keeping Up Drumbeat' on Sequestration Impacts

At NDD United's recent town hall meeting on sequestration issues, keynote speaker Bob Greenstein, Director and Founder of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, noted that impending cuts to defense spending could provide an opportunity to reverse sequestration in the coming years. If and when that time comes, nondefense discretionary programs such as affordable housing programs must ensure they are at the top of the list considered for sequestration reversal by “keeping up the drumbeat” of stories of how sequestration and the budget caps are seriously hurting low income individuals in communities all across the country. Housing authorities are doing just that, and CLPHA is working on an interactive map of media coverage and public statements about the impacts of sequestration on housing authorities and those they serve.

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Smoke-Free Public Housing: The Debate Continues

The number of housing authorities with some version of a smoke-free policy has tripled to approximately 350 since 2009 when HUD issued PIH Notice 2009-21, outlining the health effects of breathing secondhand smoke and arguing that housing authorities should adopt smoke-free policies to protect non-smoking residents’ health and to decrease property maintenance costs. A recently published CDC study on the cost-savings of smoke-free policies in subsidized housing is likely to generate even more interest by policymakers, researchers, and practitioners.
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Administration Budget Proposals on LIHTC

On May 14, CLPHA staff participated in a stakeholder conference call with senior staff from HUD, Treasury, and USDA regarding the proposals included in the Administration’s budget that address the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC). Speakers emphasized the degree of collaboration between HUD, USDA, Treasury, and the Domestic Policy Council, as all sought to find an efficient and effective way to support housing for low-income households.

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2013 Housing Choice Voucher Funding Implementation

On May 23, HUD released PIH 2013-12, which implements the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program funding provisions of the “Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013” (PL 113-6). The amounts appropriated by the Act are reduced by sequestration and by an additional across-the-board rescission of 0.2 percent, with the exception of VASH, which is subject only to the across-the-board rescission. The notice details the procedures by which funding obligation allocations were determined. It was supplemented by an explanatory webcast on May 28.

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The Congressional Caucus on Homelessness Holds Homelessness Briefing

On May 22, the Congressional Caucus on Homelessness, co-chaired by Representatives Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) and Alcee Hastings (D-FL), held a briefing entitled “Homelessness in America: Experiences & Solutions in the 113th Congress.” Speakers included Rep. Johnson and Sarah Bolton, Senior Policy and Budget Advisor for Senate Appropriations Subcommittee Chairwoman for Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) Patty Murray (D-WA). Panelists included Carmela DeCandia, Director of the National Center on Family Homelessness; Devin Johnson, high school student in Prince George’s County; Brian Carome, Executive Director of Street Sense; and Maria Foscarinis, Founder & Executive Director of the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty.

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CLPHA Launches 'Practitioner's Corner' Online Feature to Facilitate Member Information Sharing

On May 24, CLPHA launched a new feature on its website to help foster communication between members at the staff level. From time to time, CLPHA receives information requests from members who want to learn about the financial and management operations of other large housing authorities. The new website feature, “Practitioner’s Corner,” allows members to post these information requests to the entire CLPHA membership, which will allow for more information sharing and quicker responses. We hope that this feature will create communities of practice that will be able to share solutions to the challenges that housing authorities face today. Read More >

Upcoming Panel Discussion on Collaboration Between Housing Nonprofits and Local Government

On Monday, June 3, the Urban Institute's Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center will hold a panel discussion entitled, "Opportunity in Times of Austerity: Collaboration Between Housing Nonprofits and Local Government." Moderated by Stephen Seidel, Senior Director of Global Program Design and Implementation at Habitat for Humanity International, the panel will discuss the findings from an Urban Institute report on the tools that Habitat affiliates and similar nonprofits need to build strong, sustainable collaborations to meet communities’ post-recession challenges.

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CLPHA Member News

From revitalizing downtown areas, to providing a comprehensive senior housing complex for low-income adults, to helping teens prepare for college, to reducing homelessness for families with children through partnerships and rapid rehousing strategies, CLPHA members are making news—and improving lives—in their communities. Read about the latest activities in Cincinnati, El Paso, Fresno, Hoboken, Houston, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, New York, Philadelphia, Portland, San Antonio, San Bernardino, San Diego, Tacoma, and Trenton.

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Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) News

Last week, the HUD launched an updated RAD website. The RAD website has a number of new features including a page just for residents, topical and project Spotlights (this week featuring a RAD project in Salisbury, NC), and information on the plans for RAD in the proposed 2014 budget. The site also includes a program update on RAD’s First and Second Components.

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HUD Publishes FY13 Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grants NOFA

On May 31, HUD announced that the FY2013 NOFA for Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grants has been posted to the Grants.gov website. View the press release announcing the NOFA. Applications are due on Tuesday, September 10, 2013. The NOFA makes available approximately $109 million for Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grants. Individual grant awards may be for up to a maximum of $30,000,000. 

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