CLPHA produces annual reports highlighting the work of our members and focusing on the ways in which housing authorities are strengthening neighborhoods and improving lives. These publications enable the sharing of innovations and best practices among CLPHA members while informing a broader audience of the tremendous work that housing authorities are doing in their communities.

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Health Starts at Home: A National Snapshot of Public Housing Authorities' Health Partnerships

Housing and health systems need to work together. Public housing authorities (PHAs) are significant providers of housing to those in need, offering the health sector scale and expertise. Little was known about how PHAs worked with the health sector writ large. With a national survey, CLPHA's Housing Is Initiative, in partnership with Public and Affordable Housing Research Corporation (PAHRC), found that PHAs across the country are engaged in a wide range of partnerships with different health organizations that address various target populations and health priorities. Barriers to housing-health collaboration, such as funding and staffing capacity, can be overcome with cross-system partnerships that seek to address these needs. (2018)

Up and Down the I-5 Corridor: How Housing Authorities in the Pacific-Northwest Created a Regional Collaboration to Further Housing-Education Efforts

To help share some of the ground-breaking work happening around housing and education intersections in the Pacific Northwest, the Council of Large Public Housing Authorities’ Housing Is Initiative conducted 24 interviews with housing authorities and their partners like school district staff, principals, city council members, superintendents, and nonprofit organizations. This report uses text and video to illustrate the importance of cross-sector work, the elements of successful partnerships, and what can be achieved with regional collaboration.

How Housing is Advancing Educational Outcomes: The Scope of Educational Services Offered by Public Housing Agencies

To better understand how the housing and education sectors are working together to more holistically serve families and promote cross-sector collaboration, Housing Is partnered with the Public and Affordable Housing Research Corporation (PAHRC) to study the educational activities offered by and the partnerships of housing agencies across the United States. Systematically identifying these efforts helps build a knowledge base about aligning systems and engaging in cross-sector collaboration to add to the field of study, as well as provide ideas for next steps and continued research. (2017)

Two-Generation Strategies in Public Housing: Promoting Success for the Whole Family

Two-generation, or dual-generation, initiatives leverage strategies that impact both children and parents so that households may achieve whole-family success. With support from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, this publication features the two-generation strategies of the Durham Housing Authority and the San Antonio Housing Authority to improve the economic, health, social, and educational outcomes of their residents. The publication also offers a range of best practices in promoting two-generation strategies. (2017)
Cover Image: Housing Authorities Confront the Nation's Quiet Crisis Facing Seniors

Aging in Place: Housing Authorities Confront the Nation's Quiet Crisis Facing Seniors

In a nation with a large and growing older population and a shortage of affordable, senior-friendly rental units, housing authorities are tackling what has been called a quiet crisis. As they work to help older Americans stay independent, housing authorities have used innovative approaches and partnerships. The pieces in this publication illustrate some of the strategies by housing authorities are using as they take on a daunting challenge. (2014-2015)
Bringing Education Home

Bringing Education Home:
Housing Authorities and Learning Initiatives

Education is essential to transcending poverty and achieving economic mobility. Across the country, housing authorities are leveraging the housing assistance they provide to improve residents’ educational outcomes and equip individuals with the knowledge, skills, and confidence needed to succeed in life. Many agencies have programs addressing needs along the entire learning continuum while others target a subset of age groups, and most are aligning with and adding value to local approaches. By further establishing themselves as a platform for educational success, housing authorities are bringing education home. (2012)
The Vital Link

The Vital Link:
Connecting Housing and Services

Sometimes a home is not enough. Housing authorities are helping families climb the economic ladder, housing homeless veterans, developing ways to allow seniors to age in place, and allowing people with physical and mental disabilities to live independently in their own communities. In the process, they are finding new ways to coordinate with federal agencies and other partners, breaking down silos that can be roadblocks to services. Housing authorities are truly the vital link. (2011)
Local Challenges. Innovative Solutions.

Public Housing Authorities:
Local Challenges. Innovative Solutions.

Over the last two decades, affordable housing policy has shifted to place-based strategies designed to repair the fabric of neighborhoods, reduce the concentration of poverty, and improve residents’ lives. HOPE VI (and now the Choice Neighborhood Initiative) offers a proven recipe through which housing authorities are revitalizing neighborhoods, preserving affordable housing, and building healthy, service-enriched environments. Housing authorities continue to develop innovative solutions to local challenges. (2010)