11/07/2014
IN THIS ISSUE:

HUD Secretary Headlines CLPHA’s Fall Meeting

CLPHA members were honored to hear from HUD Secretary Castro on the first day of our Fall Meeting, on October 23-24, which focused on partnering to improve residents’ lives and community outcome. The meeting brought the membership together in Washington, DC for discussions and presentations that addressed education collaborations, rent reform initiatives, and social investment, among other topics. View the full meeting agenda, summaries, and presentations.

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Senate Schedules Confirmation Hearing for PIH Assistant Secretary Nominee

The Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee has scheduled a hearing on the nomination of Lourdes Castro Ramírez to be HUD Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing (PIH). The hearing will be held on November 13 at 11 AM in room 538 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building. CLPHA strongly supports President Obama’s nomination of Castro Ramírez, President and CEO of the San Antonio Housing Authority, who draws on a wealth of experience in affordable housing and community development, demonstrated leadership in forging strategic partnerships and executing innovative initiatives, and above all an unwavering commitment to improving the lives of low-income families.

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RAD Update – Case Studies and Evaluation to Date

A set of case studies published by HUD on September 24 shows how owners of HUD-assisted properties in Cambridge, MA; Ilion, NY; Lexington, NC; and Broward County, FL are preserving access to long-term affordable housing through innovative RAD conversions. These are but a few examples of work across the country to move public housing units onto a more stable funding platform and leverage private and public funding to make much-needed repairs to the chronically underfunded public housing stock.

As detailed in Status of HUD’s Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) Evaluation and Results to Date, published by HUD’s Office of Policy Development & Research on September 30, housing authorities are securing an average of $19 in other funding for every $1 of public housing funds used in RAD transactions. Awarded projects propose to use $189 million in public housing funds and $3.7 billion in non-HUD funds. Through August 2014, 57 RAD projects covering 5,052 of the approximately 60,000 public housing units approved for conversion have ‘closed.’

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CLPHA President Weighs in on Discussion of Accessing Opportunity through the HCV Program

CLPHA President and Executive Director of the King County Housing Authority, Stephen Norman, recently provided a practitioner’s perspective in the latest discussion in the NYU Furman Center’s series The Dream Revisited, “a slow debate on the causes and consequences of racial and economic segregation in neighborhoods and schools.” Neighborhoods, Opportunities, and the Housing Choice Voucher Program, the eighth discussion in this series, looks at the ways in which the Housing Choice Voucher program can improve social, educational, and economic opportunities for voucher recipients. From experience at the local level, Norman offers a complex, nuanced view of the challenges and potential solutions to increasing housing choice and opportunity.

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Campaign for Grade-Level Reading Highlights Work of Housing Authorities

In addition to participating in a panel discussion at CLPHA’s Fall Meeting, the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading recently featured several CLPHA members in a “Housing Series Special Edition” publication focused on “Housing Authorities Stepping Up for Children.” The Campaign is a collaborative national effort to ensure that many more children from low-income families succeed in school and graduate prepared for college, a career, and active citizenship.

Housing authorities serve more than one million children from birth to age eight. As such, they can play a big role in helping these youngsters achieve grade-level reading proficiency by the end of third grade, which is a key predictor of high school graduation. The housing authorities of the City of Los Angeles, Fresno, Oakland, and Tacoma have joined the Campaign, and their work to improve grade-level reading in their communities was highlighted in the publication and detailed on the Campaign’s website.

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CLPHA Announces New Board Members

CLPHA is pleased to announce the election of two new members to our Board of Directors: La Shelle Dozier, Executive Director of the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency; and Richard C. Gentry, President and CEO of the San Diego Housing Commission. The Board welcomes their proven leadership, experience in affordable housing, and commitment to creating opportunities for low-income families.

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