04/20/2015
IN THIS ISSUE:

CLPHA's Todman To Congress: Public-Private Links Are Key In Affordable Housing

Adrianne Todman, Executive Director of the District of Columbia Housing Authority (DCHA) and CLPHA Vice-President and the lead-off witness at an April 16th House Financial Services subcommittee hearing on the private sector's role in affordable housing, stated with unmistakable clarity that public housing executives have embraced working with private partners, and innovative approaches, to provide housing for low and moderate income renters.

But she also told Congress that CLPHA members and their private partners were encountering difficulties mainly due to their deals getting tangled in bureaucratic snags within HUD.

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CLPHA Issues Housing-Education Action Agenda

Many participants in CLPHA's Affordable Housing and Education Summit earlier this year, and the later symposium, left those inspiring sessions with a strong sense of urgency about taking the next steps necessary to achieve the goal of greater cooperation between housing and education systems to better serve low-income students. CLPHA just issued its action agenda aimed at providing a roadmap for the work ahead.

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Urban Institute Highlights CLPHA Members

CLPHA is excited to announce the publication of three Urban Institute case studies and synthesis paper that highlight the work being done by our members to align housing and education systems to improve life outcomes for the low-income children they serve.

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This Just In: Supreme Court Refuses To Hear HUD Competive Bids Appeal

We just learned that the Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear HUD's appeal of a lower court ruling that forces the agency to use a competitive bidding process in choosing partners to administer Section 8 housing programs. In coming days, CLPHA will provide more information on what the high court's refusal to hear HUD's appeal means in practical terms. Stay tuned.

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HUD Admin Fee Study Raises CLPHA Concerns

CLPHA has major concerns following HUD's recently released findings from its study of administrative fees for the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program. Among our concerns: if the formula had actually been in place during the time period of HUD's study, it would have disadvantaged large housing authorities.   

CLPHA believes the study will likely have significant impact on future appropriations for administrative fees and on the allocation of those funds. For that reason, CLPHA will keep following the twists and turns of this process closely on behalf of our members. 

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HUD Releases Project-Based Voucher Guidance

On April 1, HUD released Notice PIH 2015-05 (HA), “Project-Based Voucher (PBV) Guidance.” The Notice covers three topics: PBV reporting requirements for the Family Report (form HUD-50058 or 50058 MTW) and the Voucher Management System (VMS); new notification requirements under 24 CFR 983.6(d), including the calculation of the 20 percent limit on project-basing, and requirements for using PBVs in PHA-owned units. HUD intends to issue a more in-depth guidebook related to the entire PBV program during FY2015.

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HACEP Closes Nation's Largest RAD Deal

A major milestone was reached in the evolution of HUD’s Rental Assistance Demonstration program when the Housing Authority of the City of El Paso recently announced that it and its private industry partners completed the largest RAD deal in the nation. That will allow the first phase of HACEP’s project to rehabilitate its properties to move forward.

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NYCHA Launches Largest Public Housing Energy Efficiency Project

A major energy efficiency initiative that could potentially produce significant utility cost savings for the New York City Housing Authority was unveiled earlier this month at an event featuring HUD Secretary Julián Castro, Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYCHA chair and CLPHA board member Shola Olatoye.

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