06/03/2014
IN THIS ISSUE:

RAD Cap Lifted in FY15 Senate THUD Appropriations Bill

On June 3, the Senate Appropriations THUD Subcommittee passed their version of the FY15 funding bill, which provides THUD with $54.4 billion in discretionary budget authority. In addition to outlining the amounts for each account,t he bill authorizes housing authorities to create replacement reserves to better plan and save for capital project. While details have not yet been released, the committee summary indicates the bill includes a provision that would lift the authorized unit cap on the RAD program from 60,000 to 185,000 units. This represents a significant victory for CLPHA and other stakeholders, who have advocated for expanding the cap in order to accommodate the more than 180,000 units in application. The full Senate Appropriations Committee is expected to markup the FY15 THUD funding bill on Thursday, June 8.

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House Appropriations Committee Passes FY15 HUD Funding Bill

On May 21, the THUD funding bill was passed in committee, the fourth of 12 subcommittee bills to be marked up by the full House Appropriations Committee for FY15. The committee adopted only three amendments to the previous subcommittee-passed bill (see 5/8/2014 CLPHA Report). Committee members from the Democratic minority offered a series of amendments to restore or increase funding for a variety of HUD programs, but were defeated on straight party-line votes in almost every instance.

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Service Coordinators for Seniors Stretched Thin as Residents Age in Place

The work of service coordinators is foundational to helping enable elderly residents to age in place. With this understanding, CLPHA organized a focus group call on May 21 for housing authority service coordinators who work with senior public housing residents. Participants discussed what service coordination looks like on the ground, the service needs prevalent among senior residents, how service coordinators are building partnerships to meet those needs, and the obstacles they face. With service coordinators already overwhelmed by demand for their assistance, they recognize the need for urgent and important conversations about this growing population and their increasing needs as seniors in public housing age in place.

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Housing Authorities and Schools Partnering to Support Homeless Children

On May 27, CLPHA, the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY), and the National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE) cohosted a webinar, Partnering with Schools to Support Homeless Children and Youth. This webinar featured promising practices in initiating and sustaining partnerships between housing authorities and school districts in order to address the housing and education needs of families and unaccompanied youth, and showcased a partnership between the Housing Authority of the County of San Bernardino and the San Bernardino City Unified School District, called “No Child Left Unsheltered.” Read More >

Education Week Features Housing Authority and Afterschool Partnership

Education Week, a major publication in the education sector, recently featured the webinar, Housing Authorities & Afterschool: Ideal Community Partners, on its Time & Learning blog. This webinar showcased a partnership between the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles and the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Monica that provides high-quality afterschool programming at Mar Vistas Garden, Los Angeles’s largest public housing community. As noted in the 5/8/2014 CLPHA Report, Every Hour Counts also featured this event. Organized by the Afterschool Alliance and CLPHA, the webinar was the first in a series to promote opportunities for improved afterschool program access and quality in public housing communities.

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CLPHA Launches Education Working Group for Members

CLPHA recently launched an Education Working Group for members. This member-driven group had its inaugural planning call on May 16 during which approximately 20 housing authorities described their education-related initiatives and formalized the group’s purpose, “to create a forum for CLPHA members to share housing authority best practices for improving educational outcomes.” The group will be hosting a series of bimonthly webinars to share best practices and is creating an online space to share materials documenting local initiatives as well as resources available to support housing authority education work.

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Y-PLAN Summit Showcases Youth Scholars’ Urban Planning and Policymaking Projects

CLPHA attended the 2014 Y-PLAN National Summit on May 18-19 and acted as a civic reviewer for the presentations offered by this year’s youth scholars. Y-PLAN is a project of the University of California Berkeley’s Center for Cities + Schools, which engages youth in urban planning and policymaking to provide them with meaningful career development and civic engagement opportunities. Youth from across the country developed policy recommendations for governmental clients related to a range of community challenges, and several projects contributed to Choice Neighborhood Initiatives. Among the Summit speakers was HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan.

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