09/27/2013
IN THIS ISSUE:

Continuing Resolution Update

On September 20, the House passed a continuing resolution (CR) that would keep the government running at current, post-sequestration FY13 funding levels through December 15. It also included an amendment that would defund the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or “Obamacare”). The bill went to the Senate, which passed an amendment from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) to change the CR’s end date to November 15 as well as strip the language defunding Obamacare. The Senate passed the amendment and on September 27, sending it back to the House with just over three days to take action before a potential government shutdown. The House will hold weekend sessions so lawmakers can take action on the bill.

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Section 8 Recipient Writes of Desperation

“I am one of the majority of the participants in the Section 8 housing program—the elderly and disabled. The minority are hardworking people who have low-paying jobs. But we stand together as one. We are all intimate with real pain and suffering. And with the budget cuts to the Section 8 program, that is even more so.” In a powerful letter carried by the San Jose Mercury News on September 20, Liz Bowen responds to callous comments that followed one of several articles detailing the impacts of budget cuts and sequestration on the poor in Silicon Valley.

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CLPHA and R&C Submit Comments on AFFH Proposed Rule

On September 17, CLPHA and Reno & Cavanaugh submitted joint comments on HUD's Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing proposed rule. We applaud HUD’s advocacy of and guidance on fair housing. However, we are concerned that the proposed rule sends mixed messages about how housing authorities’ current operations comply with their obligations to affirmatively further fair housing; offers inadequate protections to housing authorities that strive to meet their obligations; and imposes an unfunded mandate on housing authorities that are already suffering from severe budget cuts to their current operations.

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Affordable Care Act Update

With the opening of the Health Insurance Marketplace on October 1, useful resources on implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) include an October 9 call with HUD on the enrollment process for the uninsured as well as CLPHA’s Ten Ways that Housing Authorities Can Promote New Health Insurance Opportunities. Housing authorities that have been spreading the word about new health insurance opportunities are eligible to become Champions for Coverage, which is an Administration recognition of their effort. 

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CLPHA to Honor Renée Glover at Fall Meeting

At our Fall Meeting in San Antonio, CLPHA will recognize Renée Glover for her commitment and contributions to the field of affordable housing, as well as her service on CLPHA’s Board of Directors. Earlier this month, Ms. Glover stepped down after nearly two decades at the helm of the Atlanta Housing Authority (AHA).

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PHA Sustainability Network Briefing Call: Better Buildings Challenge

On Wednesday, October 2 at 2 PM EDT, CLPHA, along with our partners from the PHA Sustainability Network, will host a briefing call during which HUD will present on how housing authorities can participate, and benefit from, the Better Buildings Challenge. This initiative calls on U.S. companies, universities, school districts, multifamily organizations, and state and local government to take the Challenge and commit to reduce the energy used across their building portfolios by 20 percent or more over 10 years.

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CLPHA Member News

In the face of dwindling resources and continued budget uncertainty, CLPHA members pressed on with their work to strengthen neighborhoods and improve lives. New York City  generated the largest bond proceeds ever for public housing authority capital funds ($732 million). The community policing partnership between the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles and the LAPD received attention for reducing crime and increasing trust. Find out about these activities and the latest news from CLPHA members Chicago, El Paso, Jersey City, King County, Los Angeles, New York, and Yonkers.

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