12/04/2013
IN THIS ISSUE:

CLPHA Survey Shows Decreased HAP Reserves Forecasting Cuts to Voucher Holders

CLPHA recently conducted a survey of its members in order to shed additional light on the current and future impacts to the HCV Program as a result of the recent budget cuts and sequestration. Seventy percent of members responded to the survey, representing approximately 513,000 vouchers across most major metropolitan areas in the country and 24 percent of the national HCV stock. According to survey results, the main impact of recent budget cuts and sequestration has been the shelving of vouchers by housing authorities, which will only become more widespread under a full-year CR. The vast majority of respondents also have one month or less of reserves remaining. More housing authorities will be faced with the difficult decision to terminate vouchers under a full-year CR. 

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CLPHA Releases White Papers on FY14 Budget and Funding History

CLPHA recently published two papers focused on funding for the Public Housing and Housing Choice Voucher Programs: FY14 HUD Appropriations – The Balance of the Year, and Public Housing and Housing Choice Voucher Funding History. The papers illustrate the critical need for Congress to eliminate sequestration and enact categorical appropriations bills for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2014.

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CLPHA Releases 2013 Publication, Housing Authorities: Essential Partners in Ending Homelessness

On November 22, CLPHA released our 2013 report, Housing Authorities: Essential Partners in Ending Homelessness. Housing authorities have always assisted households previously experiencing or at risk of homelessness through housing subsidies that enable extremely low-income households to afford their homes. Increasingly, housing authorities are also bringing their subsidies into partnerships with the homeless services system, leading to more targeted efforts to address homelessness. CLPHA members know from experience that when local systems work together, outcomes for families and individuals living in poverty improve. As demonstrated by the work in this publication, housing authorities are truly essential partners in ending homelessness.

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USICH Releases PHA Guidebook to Ending Homelessness

On November 14, the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) released a new guidebook that housing authorities can use as a resource as they embark on such efforts. The guidebook covers ways to get involved with local planning about the strategic use of resources, different types of partnerships that can help housing authorities leverage their resources and implement effective programs, and policy changes that housing authorities can make to increase access to housing by persons experiencing homelessness. As is also the case with CSH’s PHA Toolkit, many of the examples used in the USICH guidebook to illustrate successful programs, policies, and partnerships come from CLPHA members.

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CLPHA's Response to Brookings Paper on HCV Program Administration

At the end of September, the Brookings Institution released a paper by Bruce Katz and Margery Austin Turner that revives a proposal the authors first made over a decade ago: to replace the “balkanized” system of Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program administration by housing authorities with a regional approach, managed by an organization chosen by competitive bid. However, Katz and Turner offer no evidence that their envisioned reform would increase efficiency or produce savings. They have wrongly identified the challenges of HCV administration as tied to the administrators, rather than to the rules and regulations that complicate and constrain program operations.

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A Focus on Neighborhood Revitalization at CLPHA's Fall Meeting in San Antonio

CLPHA's Fall Executive Directors Meeting on November 13-15 brought together the membership in San Antonio, TX for a tour, discussions, and presentations that focused on neighborhood revitalization and the importance of partnerships, particularly in the face of ongoing budgetary challenges. Among the topics presented were San Antonio's trifecta of federal place-based grants, local collaborations to address homelessness, HAI Group's Accreditation Initiative, and the linking of health care and housing strategies.

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CLPHA Member News

In the City of Los Angeles, Google awarded a $25,000 grant to Kids Progress, Inc., the housing authority's non-profit, to provide digital literacy training to public housing residents. Across the country, CLPHA members are leveraging scarce resources through strategic partnerships and implementing innovative programs in order to strengthen neighborhoods and improve lives. Find out about these efforts and the latest news from CLPHA members in Bridgeport, Durham, El Paso, Fresno, King County, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, New York, San Diego, and Washington, DC.

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