Council of Large Public Housing Authorities Awarded Grant from the Center for Disaster Philanthropy to Better Protect Vulnerable Populations During COVID-19

Date Published: 
November 20th, 2020
Media Contact:
David Greer, CLPHA
 (202) 550-1381
For Immediate Release
November 20, 2020
Washington, D.C. (November 20, 2020) – The Council of Large Public Housing Authorities (CLPHA) announced today that it received a grant from the Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP) COVID-19 Response Fund. The grant will support a cohort of 10 members of CLPHA and prioritize technical assistance for its 70 public housing authority members.
“Public housing authorities serve residents who are among the highest risk groups for COVID-19: seniors, people of color experiencing health difficulties and individuals with multiple comorbidities,” said Sunia Zaterman, executive director of the Council of Large Public Housing Authorities. “The Center for Disaster Philanthropy understands that public housing authorities are one of the most effective ways to reach those most at risk for COVID-19. On behalf of CLPHA and our members, we thank the Center for Disaster Philanthropy for helping public housing authorities continue to provide essential services to protect the most vulnerable during this pandemic.”
“We are so impressed with the work CLPHA has already been doing to support their PHA member organizations across the country. CDP funding will allow them to continue and expand this work,” said Sally Ray, director of special initiatives at CDP. “With this grant, CDP is able to directly address the needs of a population that has been most disproportionately affected by this virus, allowing for a more equitable recovery from the pandemic.
The pandemic has steered public housing authorities into meeting public health, education, employment, and basic urgent needs in a whole new way. The grants in the cohort of 10 CLPHA members will help with immediate and locally -defined needs exacerbated by COVID-19, such as meal delivery to seniors with limitations, purchasing daily need supplies and supporting virtual outreach in the areas of health, education and employment.
The CDP grant will also allow CLPHA to provide technical assistance to its entire 70 members to help public housing authorities better respond to public health crises like COVID-19.
CLPHA will begin accepting applications from member public housing authorities to be one of the 10 members in the cohort immediately, and expects to award the cohort grants by the start of the 2021.


About the Council of Large Public Housing Authorities
The Council of Large Public Housing Authorities is a national non-profit organization that works to preserve and improve public and affordable housing through advocacy, research, policy analysis and public education. CLPHA’s 70 members represent virtually every major metropolitan area in the country. Together they manage 40 percent of the nation’s public housing program; administer more than a quarter of the Housing Choice Voucher program; and operate a wide array of other housing programs. Learn more at and on Twitter @CLPHA .


About CLPHA’s Housing Is Initiative
The Housing Is Initiative, led by the Council of Large Public Housing Authorities, helps build a future where sectors work together to improve life outcomes. Housing stability is a critical first step to improve life outcomes for low-income children, families, and seniors; CLPHA’s Housing Is Initiative is based on the premise that sectors can better meet needs when they work together. Housing Is establishes, broadens, and deepens efforts to align affordable housing, education, and health systems to produce positive, long-term results. Learn more at and on Twitter @housing_is.


About The Center for Disaster Philanthropy

The Center for Disaster Philanthropy’s mission is to leverage the power of philanthropy to mobilize a full range of resources that strengthen the ability of communities to withstand disasters and recover equitably when they occur. CDP manages domestic and international Disaster Funds on behalf of corporations, foundations and individuals through targeted, holistic and localized grantmaking. For more information, visit:, call (202) 464-2018 or tweet us @funds4disaster.

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