07/10/2014
IN THIS ISSUE:

Senate Confirmations Approved, Appropriations Stall

On July 9, San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro was confirmed by the full U.S. Senate to be the next Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  Mayor Castro was nominated to fill the vacancy caused by current outgoing Secretary Shaun Donovan.  He is expected to be sworn in as HUD Secretary before the end of July.  On July 10, current HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan was confirmedby the full U.S. Senate to be the next Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Secretary Donovan’s transition to OMB Director is also expected to be completed before the end of July. In appropriations action, S. 2438, the Senate version of the HUD funding bill, was bundled and made part of the “minibus” bill H.R. 4660. The H.R. 4660 minibus subsequently passed through a series of procedural motions and votes on the Senate floor on June 17.  However, it stalled on the Senate floor. 

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A Focus on the Power of Partnerships at CLPHA's Summer Meeting

CLPHA's Summer Meeting, on June 18-20, brought the membership together in sunny Los Angeles, CA for a tour, discussions, and presentations that focused on partnering for collective impact on the local level. We are thankful to our hosts at the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles, whose leadership and staff organized a meeting that proved to be engaging, informative, and uplifting. View the full meeting agenda, and follow the links below for summaries of the presentations and links to related materials.

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Flat Rent Update

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development recently published FAQs providing additional guidance on the implementation of PIH 2014-12. The FAQs address concerns related to compliance with the June 1 deadline, the time frame for phasing in flat rent increases, rent requirements within mixed-finance projects, and other implementation issues. CLPHA continues to monitor the challenges faced by members in implementing the interim guidance, and we ask that your concerns on this issue be directed to CLPHA Deputy Director Deb Gross.

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Office of Inspector General Makes Recommendations about HUD-VASH Implementation

On June 18, the HUD Office of Inspector General (OIG) released an Audit Report on HUD’s Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing Program. The audit concluded that HUD adequately implemented and monitored the HUD-VASH program, but that changes are needed to improve HUD-VASH lease rates. With members echoing the OIG's concerns, CLPHA is working with other HUD-VASH stakeholders to advocate for program improvements.

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Study Shows Residents of HUD-Assisted Housing in Poor Health

A new study, “Picture of Housing and Health: Medicare and Medicaid Use Among Older Adults in HUD-Assisted Housing,” has successfully linked administrative data from the U.S. Departments of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Health and Human Services (HHS). The resulting dataset confirmed that HUD-assisted residents in the study’s twelve geographic areas were sicker and more costly to Medicare and Medicaid than their peers living in non-subsidized housing in the community.

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Partnership with the Child Welfare System to Support Families In Need

Recently, HUD and HHS sent a letter noting that children facing housing instability, homelessness, and poverty are more likely to be involved in the child welfare system and stressing the importance of providing them with the safe and stable housing they need to succeed. To that end, the letter urges close collaboration between federal agencies, housing authorities, multifamily housing owners, continuums of care, and child welfare agencies. It recognizes that families are more likely to remain housed if they have targeted services paired with appropriate housing and identifies the Family Unification Program (FUP) as an example of such pairing. CLPHA knows that FUP is an important resource for families and youth who are in need of assistance, but also realizes that the program could use some revision and improvements.

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Changes at CLPHA

CLPHA congratulates Communications & Media Manager Ari Romney on the recent birth of her son, Nicholas Alexander Patron Romney. Ari is now on maternity leave, but we look forward to her return in late September. CLPHA also bids farewell to Special Projects Director Carmen Brick. She will be greatly missed by CLPHA staff and members alike, and we congratulate Carmen on her pursuit of a PhD at the University of California, Berkeley. CLPHA is hiring to staff the Education Initiative and our systems alignment effort, and inquiries about the available position should be directed to Deputy Director Deb Gross.

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Upcoming Events of Interest

Below are some upcoming events of interest for CLPHA members.

July

August

September

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