09/12/2013
IN THIS ISSUE:

Congress Returns to Work; House Introduces CR for First Part of FY14

After a six-week recess, Congress returned on September 9 to challenging and urgent issues, including how to handle FY14 appropriations and the debt ceiling. On September 11, House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY) announced the introduction of a continuing resolution (CR) for the first part of FY14. Congress needs to pass a CR by September 30 in order to avoid a government shutdown at the start of the new fiscal year on October 1. Chairman Rogers asserted that the House-proposed CR, which would extend funding for the government until December 15, “is free of controversial riders, maintains current funding levels, and does not seek to change existing federal policies.”

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CLPHA, NHT, NCSHA to Hold Congressional Briefing on Affordable Multifamily Development

CLPHA, the National Housing Trust, and the National Council of State Housing Agencies are hosting a briefing for congressional staff at 10 AM on Friday, September 13: “Affordable Multifamily Housing Development 101.” Speakers, including CLPHA Vice President Adrianne Todman, will cover issues such as financing the development of affordable rental housing through state and federal resources, using the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit to create affordable rental and homeownership opportunities, and operating and preserving affordable rental housing through HUD’s rental assistance programs. 

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OMB Sequestration Update Report Calls for Replacing Sequestration

OMB's updated sequestration report, submitted to the White House on August 20, explains that both House and Senate 302(b) levels for their 12 appropriations bills are in breach of current law. While adhering to the overall BCA cap level, the House allocations include approximately $47.9 billion more funding for defense than is permitted, shifting the brunt of the cuts to the nondefense discretionary side of the budget. The Senate divides funding equally between defense and nondefense but exceeds overall BCA caps by $54.1 billion in defense spending and $34.3 billion in nondefense discretionary spending. Both House and Senate spending bills would trigger a sequestration of budgetary resources to eliminate the breach, unless other proposals to achieve savings are adopted. The report supports the funding levels in the Senate Budget Resolution and the 2014 Budget, which include proposals to realize savings while maintaining adequate funding levels for discretionary programs.

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CLPHA Fall Meeting in San Antonio: Nov. 13-15

The Fall Executive Directors Meeting will be held November 13-15, 2013 in San Antonio, TX. Hosted by the San Antonio Housing Authority (SAHA), this event will feature two and a half days of speakers and panel discussions focused on neighborhood revitalization. Hear about pressing issues in public and assisted housing. Find out how SAHA’s collaborative efforts have led to residents working with public agencies and area businesses in order to reimagine the future for their communities and the resulting opportunities. Network and share solutions with your peers. View meeting information and register online through the CLPHA website. Please note that access requires member log-in.

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CLPHA Member News

In late August and early September, CLPHA members continued their work to redevelop old public housing into vibrant, mixed-income communities; to improve health and education outcomes by connecting residents with services and resources; and to protect vulnerable populations. Find out about their activities and the latest news from CLPHA members in El Paso, Fresno, King County, Long Branch, Los Angeles, Milwuakee, San Antonio, San Bernardino, Seattle, Tacoma, and Trenton.

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