Congratulations to the six CLPHA members who received 2022 All-America City (AAC) Awards!
This year, the AAC Award, given by The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading (CGLR) and the National Civic League (NCL), recognizes communities that are committed to improving the prospects for early school success and equitable learning recovery for the hundreds of thousands of children whose families are served by the nation’s public housing agencies and affordable housing organizations. CLPHA is proud that our longstanding partnership with CGLR helped to make housing and housing authorities a focus for this year's awards.
CGLR and NCL recently announced the awards at a virtual ceremony during GLR Week 2022, CGLR’s annual conference. Of the ten winning communities across the nation, six communities’ awards involved CLPHA member housing authorities:
- Barberton, OH (Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority)
- Los Angeles, CA (Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles)
- Louisville, KY (Louisville Metro Housing Authority)
- New Haven, CT (Elm City Communities)
- Sacramento, CA (Sacramento Redevelopment & Housing Agency)
- San Antonio, TX (San Antonio Housing Authority)
Community presentations included pre-recorded videos, virtual skits, and heartfelt stories to bring their projects and communities to life. Community efforts highlighted by the finalists emphasized work around one or more of the following areas of focus:
- Digital equity
- Relational supports
- Afterschool, summer and out-of-school learning opportunities
- Transforming non-school places and spaces into learning-rich environments
- Promoting school readiness, regular attendance and summer learning
- Parents succeeding as essential partners in assuring the healthy development and early school success of their children
- Parents succeeding in their own journey toward sustainable self-sufficiency.
CLPHA congratulates our members and their civic partners on this prestigious honor!
CLPHA’s Housing Is Initiative works to elevate the importance of housing-education partnerships that support children’s literacy and education outcomes, and our PHA members have demonstrated an enduring commitment to improving literacy and school readiness for their residents. Through our close collaboration with CGLR, CLPHA was heavily involved in the marketing of this year’s AAC Award opportunity and the recruitment of our members and their cities to apply for this honor.
CLPHA also recognized the AAC Award finalists at our Housing Is Summit, held May 18-19 in Washington, D.C. The Day 2 Summit plenary “Improving Literacy Through Cross-Sector Efforts” featured CGLR, AAC Award Finalist the Housing Authority of Kansas City, MO, and nonprofit Turn the Page KC discussing how a housing authority and local partner are working together to improve literacy outcomes and education skills attainment for low-income children in the Kansas City area.