03/14/2014
IN THIS ISSUE:

The HUD FY15 Budget Proposal: CLPHA Analysis and Views

The Administration released its FY15 budget proposal, on March 4, about one month later than usual. The budget for HUD requests small increases over FY14 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. Investments in these programs are critical not only to keep roofs over the heads of low-income families but also to improve their education, employment, and health outcomes. The availability of affordable housing positively impacts life outcomes, and as a result, significantly reduces costs within other systems. Read CLPHA’s analysis and views.

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CLPHA Releases 2015 Public Housing and Section 8 Funding Needs

On February 28, CLPHA released calculations of funding necessary for the preservation and improvement of Public Housing and the Housing Choice Voucher Programs, through which CLPHA members provide housing for more than one million low-income people, including families with children, seniors, and persons with disabilities. Investments in this  federally assisted housing are critical not only to keep roofs over the heads of low-income families but also to improve their education, employment, and health outcomes. The availability of affordable housing positively impacts life outcomes, and as a result, significantly reduces costs within other systems. Read More >

Implications of the Camp Tax Plan for Housing Credits

On February 26, House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) unveiled his long-awaited, comprehensive tax reform discussion draft, the Tax Reform Act of 2014. The draft preserves the 9 percent (with floating rate) Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (Housing Credit), even while eliminating dozens of corporate tax expenditures, but it also proposes a number of modifications to the Housing Credit that are very concerning to the affordable housing industry, including eliminating the 4 percent Housing Credit, extending the credit period from 10 to 15 years and eliminating private activity bonds. The ACTION Campaign, of which CLPHA is a Steering Committee member, has provided a statement and a useful overview.

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HUD Study Finds Housing Authorities Willing and Able Partners in Addressing Homelessness

On February 18, HUD released the Study of PHAs’ Efforts to Serve People Experiencing Homelessness, which summarizes the results of a broad survey of housing authorities across the country to determine their current level and types of participation in efforts to end homelessness, the factors that contribute to participation, and the barriers they face to serving people experiencing homelessness. This study bears out on a broader scale CLPHA’s findings that housing authorities are leaders and keen participants in efforts to address and prevent homelessness, as highlighted in CLPHA’s recent publication, Housing Authorities: Essential Partners in Ending Homelessness.

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CLPHA Member News

Elm City Communities in New Haven has hired a senior administrator to focus on closing the achievement gap for children in families served by the housing authority. In Durham, the health partnership between North Carolina Central University nursing students and public housing residents is generating benefits on both sides. 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 Durham, Los Angeles, New Haven, Norfolk, San Buenaventura, San Diego, and Yonkers.

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