CLPHA supports the nation’s largest and most innovative housing authorities by advocating for the resources and policies they need to solve local housing challenges and create communities of opportunity. We frequently champion our members' issues, needs, and successes on the Hill, at HUD, and in the media. In these arenas CLPHA also advocates for legislation and policies that help our members, and the public and affordable housing industry as a whole, strengthen neighborhoods and improve lives.
Click below for links to congressional testimonies, statements for the record, action alerts, comments to HUD and other federal agencies, and the latest information about CLPHA's multi-pronged housing advocacy.
Yesterday, CLPHA and counsel Reno & Cavanaugh submitted public comments in opposition to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) proposed rulemaking titled “Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds” (83 FR 51114) (the “Notice”). The Notice proposes to expand the basis upon which a non-citizen seeking adjustments to their residency or visa status are likely to become a “public charge.”
On August 16, HUD published a new notice, Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing: Streamlining and Enhancements (the “Streamlining Notice”), soliciting public comments on amendments to the Affirmatively Further Fair Housing (AFFH) regulations. HUD had previously published its final AFFH rule in 2015, but implementation of the rule and its various assessment tools has since been suspended. HUD is now interested in making amendments to the existing AFFH regulations, as the previous requirements were found by the agency to be ineffective and overly prescriptive.
In December 2017, HUD released a Notice announcing a new program for public housing authorities: the EnVision Centers Demonstration. The demonstration, which will include approximately 10 communities, is designed to test the effectiveness of collaborative efforts across governments, nonprofits, industries, and the housing sector in four core areas: economic empowerment, educational advancement, health and wellness, and character and leadership.
On January 10, 2018 CLPHA submitted comments to HUD on the notice of suspension for Small Area Fair Market Rent (SAFMR) designations.