02/13/2015
IN THIS ISSUE:

The HUD FY16 Budget Proposal: CLPHA Analysis and Views

The Administration released its FY16 budget proposal on February 2 with an overall request that would exceed by $74 billion the restrictive level of spending imposed by the Budget Control Act under sequestration four years ago. The HUD budget proposal at $49.3 billion is $4 billion above the enacted FY15 level.

Once again, HUD promises to offer legislative reforms to core rental assistance programs and to bolster “cross-cutting programs” such as RAD and the Choice Neighborhood Initiative. Investments in these programs are critical not only to preserve and increase quality affordable housing in a cost-effective manner but also to improve the education, employment, and health outcomes of families served by the nation’s housing authorities. Read CLPHA’s analysis and views.

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House and Senate Finalize the Subcommittees

The dust has settled, organizational meetings have decided, and the House and Senate have finalized their subcommittee assignments. Read on for subcommittee assignments of interest to CLPHA members and affordable housing stakeholders.

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Housing Trust Fund Interim Rule Published

On January 30, HUD issued an Interim Rule for the Housing Trust Fund (HTF) program, effective on March 31. CLPHA is pleased that our advocacy was taken into consideration in the interim rule, which states that HUD “agrees that there is a role for the HTF in public housing.” It allows the use of HTF funds for construction of new units under the Choice and LIHTC programs and for the rehabilitation of existing units under the RAD, Choice, and LIHTC programs.

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Industry Groups Continue to Raise Concerns with HUD over Inspection Reviews

On February 9, CLPHA and its industry partners continued discussions with the HUD REAC staff regarding their efforts to address their Congressional mandate to “move to a consistent inspection standard across housing assistance programs.” HUD will send an “interim document” to Congress in the near future on the Housing Quality Standards (HQS) quality control inspection reviews being conducted for the Department by CGI Federal, and expects to produce a final report at the end of April. CLPHA remains concerned about the implementation of the inspection reviews, as well as whether the information provided to Congress will include sufficient context to prevent misinterpretation of the findings. HUD also provided an update on their vision for developing a UPCS-V protocol that would ultimately replace HQS. 

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Leaders and Stakeholders Invited – Affordable Housing & Education Symposium: March 11 in Washington

Growing evidence shows that housing matters to education in a myriad of ways. Both the housing and education sectors are increasingly aware that ensuring every child has decent, safe, and affordable housing with access to quality educational opportunities will improve their life outcomes. CLPHA members, as well as leaders and stakeholders in the affordable housing and education fields, are invited to a half-day Affordable Housing & Education Symposium on March 11 in Washington, DC that will include synthesis, discussions, and action items on collaborative approaches to help housing authorities and their partners better engage in this work.

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Applying Lessons from Urban Institute’s Multi-Generation HOST Model

The Urban Institute’s Housing Opportunity and Services Together (HOST) Demonstration seeks to increase the knowledge base on effective place-based, multi-generation service models for vulnerable residents of public and mixed income developments. A growing number of housing authorities across the country are joining the HOST Network, and on February 4, Urban held a webinar for CLPHA members on available resources for applying the HOST model and lessons to participants’ own work.

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CLPHA Welcomes Wilmington, NC as New Member in 2015

CLPHA welcomes the Wilmington Housing Authority (WHA) as a new member in 2015. The agency, led by CEO Katrina Redmon, serves residents of New Hanover County, North Carolina. We look forward to working with our new and returning members on continued efforts to secure the funding and sound policies needed to solve local housing challenges and create communities of opportunity.

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CLPHA Spring Meeting: March 12-13 in Washington, DC

Register now for CLPHA’s Spring Membership Meeting, which will be held March 12-13 at the Washington Court Hotel in Washington, DC. Join us in the nation’s capital for speakers, roundtables, and discussions addressing pressing issues for public and assisted housing. In addition to considering the challenges and opportunities under a new Congress, we will continue our focus on improving life outcomes for low-income families by better aligning and integrating systems. Today is the deadline for

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Industry Mourns Loss of Affordable Housing Leader John Johnson

CLPHA was saddened to learn of the passing of John Johnson, former Executive Director of the Oklahoma City Housing Authority and long-time CLPHA member. Prior to retiring in 2012, John was very active in the industry, including serving as PHADA president. John was committed to serving his community and respected across the country as a leader. He was always a kind and thoughtful presence, who will be greatly missed both by those with whom he worked as well as those he served over his decades in affordable housing. CLPHA staff and members extend our condolences to the Johnson family.

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