04/16/2014
IN THIS ISSUE:

House Passes FY15 Ryan Budget on Partisan Vote

On April 10, the House passed the FY15 budget resolution, House Concurrent Resolution 96 (H.Con.Res. 96), known as “the Ryan budget” and attributed to principal author Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), chairman of the House Committee on the Budget. In a highly partisan 219-205 vote, with 219 Republicans voting yea, and 12 Republicans joined by 193 Democrats voting nay, the resolution now advances to the Senate, where it is not expected to receive further consideration. Although the resolution is a specific outline of the direction a Republican-controlled Congress would take, it will have little effect on the FY15 appropriations process as discretionary spending caps for FY15 were agreed upon last December under the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013.

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House, Senate Hold Hearings on FY15 HUD Budget and Oversight

On April 2, both the House and Senate THUD Appropriations Subcommittees held separate hearings on the HUD FY15 budget request and oversight and reform of HUD’s rental housing programs. The sole witness at both hearings, HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan focused his testimony at the Senate hearing on the Administration’s three goals for the FY15 budget: 1) strengthening the nation’s housing market; 2) meeting the need for quality, affordable rental homes; and, 3) using housing as a platform for improving quality of life. His testimony at the House hearing gave an overview of the budget request and then focused on proposed rental assistance initiatives, such as the expansion of the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD).

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Senate Approves Minimum 9 and 4 Percent Housing Credit Rates

On April 3, the Senate Finance Committee approved the Expiring Provisions Improvement Reform and Efficiency (EXPIRE) Act of 2014, which would extend dozens of expired and expiring tax provisions. Included is an extension of the minimum 9% Housing Credit rate and enactment of a minimum 4% Housing Credit rate, both for allocations made before January 1, 2016. The inclusion of both of these minimum credit rates represents a major victory for the ACTION Campaign, of which CLPHA is a Steering Committee member.

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Staffing Transitions at CLPHA

There have been two staffing changes at CLPHA over the past month. We are delighted to welcome back Deputy Director Deb Gross, who has been on loan to the HUD PIH Office for the past three years as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy, Programs and Legislative Initiatives. CLPHA also bid farewell to Legislative and Policy Analyst Theresa Finney Dumais. She will be greatly missed by CLPHA staff and members alike, and we congratulate Theresa on her new position as Senior Professional Staff (minority) on the House Financial Services Committee.

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CLPHA Announces New Board Members

CLPHA is pleased to announce the election of three new members to our Board of Directors: Maria Maio, Executive Director of the Jersey City Housing Authority; Michael Merchant, CEO of the Chicago Housing Authority; and Shola Olatoye, Chair and CEO of the New York City Housing Authority. The Board welcomes their proven leadership, experience in affordable housing, and commitment to creating opportunities for low-income families.

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A Focus on Systems Alignment at CLPHA’s Spring Meeting in Washington, DC

CLPHA’s Spring Membership Meeting on March 27-28 brought together the membership in Washington, DC for two days of speakers, panel discussions, and updates from our nation’s capital. Among the topics presented were progress and prospects for the Rental Assistance Demonstration, collaboration between housing and education providers to support homeless youth, and creating educational opportunity through housing choice.

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CLPHA Member News

Seattle Housing Authority’s Yesler Terrace Redevelopment is spurring and complementing broader neighborhood revitalization. California housing authorities’ work to improve educational opportunities for children was highlighted by EdSource. 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 Akron, Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Cuyahoga, Fresno, Houston, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, New York, Oakland, Sacramento, San Diego, Seattle, and Vancouver.

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