12/17/2009
IN THIS ISSUE:

Final Passage of HUD’s FY2010 Budget in Sunday Session

In a seemingly round-the-clock effort to finish major pending legislation, the Senate on Sunday, December 13, followed House action and approved the FY2010 T-HUD conference report--HR 3288, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2010 by a 57-35 vote.

The conference report includes six of the seven remaining appropriations bills (all except Defense) that were combined into one omnibus funding measure (HRept 111-366). The FY2010 T-HUD bill reflects significant increases over HUD’s 2009 funding levels while demonstrating strong Congressional commitment to protecting and preserving public housing and Section 8.

Highlights from the conference report for CLPHA members include:

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Asset Management Bill Introduced in the Senate

Senator Herb Kohl (D-WI) and Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME) have introduced S. 2836, the Asset Management Improvement Act of 2009; the bill mirrors H.R. 3521, introduced in 2007 by Rep. Albio Sires (D-NJ). That bill was considered in 2008, but tabled because of controversial Second Amendment language.

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When Housing Alone Isn’t Enough

A number of agencies -- MTW and non-MTW -- have been using project-based vouchers as a tool to create supportive housing opportunities.

But hard-to-house households need more than shelter. Read how some MTW agencies are using their flexibility to combine forces with local service providers to serve the hard-to-house, and transition them to permanent housing.

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Chicago Housing Authority Wins Smart Growth Award

The Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) has won one of four 2009 National Smart
Growth Achievement Awards from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for Parkside of Old Town, a HOPE VI development. CHA, FitzGerald Associates
Architects, and Holsten Real Estate Development Corporation jointly received the award.

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Cambridge Work Force Forum Draws Packed Crowds

A statewide forum on Public Schools and Public Housing, featuring the Cambridge Housing Authority’s (CHA) ‘Work Force Program’, drew twice as many participants as expected. More than 200 people, including representatives from school districts, housing authorities, non-profits, foundations, legislative staff, and government agencies showed up to hear how public schools and public housing together can make a significant difference in students’ lives. The emphasis was on how the CHA program, and Brookline Public Schools ‘Steps to Success Program’, were able to create comprehensive approaches that cross traditional institutional boundaries and achieve impressive results. Both programs saw more than 90% of their students graduating from college.

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Renee Glover’s Work Recognized

Atlanta Housing Authority President and CEO Renee Glover recently received two prestigious awards. She was one of five Affordable Housing Hall of Fame 2009 inductees, and she received the 2009 Urban Innovator Award from the Manhattan Institute Center for Civic Innovation.

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HUD Releases Additional Guidance on the Protecting Tenants in Foreclosure Act

On December 15, HUD released Notice PIH 2009-52, the additional guidance on the Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act promised in PIH 2009-17. HUD plans on revising applicable forms as soon as possible, but notes that in the interim, PHAs must provide notice to the landlord and tenant that the terms of the HAP contract incorporate the changes in law. It also outlines steps that PHAs must take in the case of a unit under HAP contract in foreclosure.

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About the CLPHA Report

CLPHA Report is published biweekly when Congress is in session. CLPHA is a national nonprofit organization representing the largest public housing authorities in the nation. Committed to sustainable public housing, it provides a forum for developing and promoting innovative and effective approaches in housing development and management. CLPHA develops and analyzes policies that impact the public housing community, researches key trends, and advocates for legislative and regulatory reforms that promote the continued transformation of public housing.

Sunia Zaterman
Executive Director

Deb Gross
Deputy Director

Gerard Holder
Legislative Director

Patricia Lewis
Communications Director

Trena Mainor
Operations Director

Todd Thomas
Housing Research and Policy Analyst

Leah Staub
Housing Research and Policy Analyst

Todd Jean Pierre
CLPHA Research Fellow

Joan Rhones
Receptionist/Administrative Assistant Read More >