05/15/2015
IN THIS ISSUE:

House Appropriations Committee Readies FY16 HUD Funding Bill for Floor Action

On May 13, the full House Appropriations Committee approved the FY16 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD) funding bill on a partisan vote of 30 yeas (Republicans) to 21 nays (Democrats) readying it for House floor consideration.

According to Chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY), the bill provides $55.27 billion for “our nation’s transportation agencies and for housing options for our nation’s most vulnerable citizens. This total is $1.5 billion above last year’s level, but in real dollars—given the reduced offsets caused largely by a decline in FHA receipts—this bill represents only a $25 million increase above the FY15 level. While adhering to tough levels, this bill makes the best possible choices within these tight budget constraints.”

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Charlotte HA Receives $2.2 Million HUD Grant for Jobs Program

(Editor's Note: Charlotte Housing Authority was one of nine housing authorities to receive Jobs-Plus Pilot Program grants that HUD Secretary Julián Castro announced in early April. In a special item to the CLPHA newsletter, CHA provides more details about the grant.)

The Charlotte Housing Authority is the recipient of a $2.2 million federal grant that supports the city’s participation in HUD’s Jobs-Plus Pilot Program. The program was developed to increase employment among public housing residents through job training and placement. CHA was  recognized for its proven track record in this area and will use the grant to expand its 27-year-old Family Self-Sufficiency program.

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Public Housing and Summer Meals Webinar

When school lets out, free and reduced-price school meals are no longer available to students from low-income families and they are at risk of going hungry or being malnourished.

Fortunately, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Summer Food Service Program (a.k.a. summer meals program) provides children in low-income areas free summer meals when school is out.  Public housing sites are a great place to serve summer meals. Join a webinar on Thursday, June 4, 2015 from 2 pm to 3pm ET to learn how your housing authority can help feed kids in your community this summer. CLPHA member, the Chicago Housing Authority, will be one of the presenters.

Please register. For more information, contact Abra Lyons-Warren.

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