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7.25.19

From the New  Haven Independent:

Montreal Johnson spoke of “HOPE” Wednesday. She meant it as an acronym meaning “hope opens peoples eyes.”

Johnson lives at the housing authority’s Rockview development in the West Rock neighborhood. As president of the Tenant Representiave Council (TRC) there, she has been working with the authority on plans for phase II of rebuilding the complex — and joined officials at a groundbreaking ceremony for the mixed-use project.

7.25.19

From the District of Columbia Housing Authority's (DCHA) website: 

The D.C. Housing Authority has released a sweeping proposal to remove about a quarter of its public housing stock from federal ownership and demolish or gut ten apartment buildings.

7.25.19

From the Jamaica Plain Gazette:

Mayor Martin J. Walsh this week announced the launch of the 2019 Boston Summer Eats Program, expanding access to healthy meals by providing free and nutritious meals to youth ages 18 and under at more than 100 locations throughout the city.

7.25.19

From the Charlestown Patriot-Bridge:

Boston Housing Authority (BHA) Administrator Bill McGonagle announced this week he will retire – or in his terms, ‘transition’ – from his longtime post at the BHA, and he will do so with absolute confidence that the massive Bunker Hill redevelopment will move forward without him at the helm.

“I’m not using the word retirement,” he joked on Tuesday, after announcing on Monday his departure from the agency after 40 years.

7.25.19

From the Akron Beacon Journal:

A new group of 40 community leaders from across the business, government and nonprofit sectors has been selected to become Leadership Akron’s Signature Class 36, the organization announced in a news release.

Classes spend a full day each month focused on a facet of the community, building connections with other decision-makers along the way to graduation from the yearlong program.

Members of the new class and their associated community entities:

7.25.19

In an article for Next City produced by FUSE Corps, a national nonprofit that aims to help urban communities thrive through partnerships with local governments, author Erin O’Donnell spotlights two CLPHA member PHAs’ successful programs that enable residents to become more financially self-reliant and less dependent

7.25.19

In “Austin Goes All in with RADAffordable Housing Finance’s Donna Kimura covers the Housing Authority of the City of Austin’s (HACA) progress in converting its 1,839 public housing units to project-based rental assistance through the RAD program. Now 80 percent complete after three years, HACA is on track to complete its portfolio conversion in the next year and a half.

7.25.19
In the latest issue of Bitterroot, an online weekly magazine covering the politics, culture, economy, and environment of the Western U.S., Editor-in-Chief Jake Bullinger highlights programs at CLPHA member PHAs Tacoma Housing Authority (THA) and Denver Housing Authority (DHA) that address housing instability and improve residents’ life outcomes through impactful
7.11.19

From Multi-Housing News:

The Cambridge Housing Authority has obtained $82 million in financing for the renovation of Millers River Apartments, an affordable housing community that serves low-income households in Cambridge, Mass. MassHousing closed on the loan through the agency’s conduit loan program.

7.11.19

From the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles's (HACLA) press release:

7.11.19

From Statesman:

A new $70 million investment to turn a 452-unit Southeast Austin apartment complex into affordable housing is the latest effort by Austin's housing authority to expand its real estate footprint, those associated with the deal say.

The Community Development Trust, a national group that provides capital for affordable housing projects, announced that it is helping the Austin Housing Authority buy the Asher Apartments complex, southeast of Interstate 35 and Slaughter Lane.

7.11.19

From WECT 6:

A ground breaking celebration will be held next week for Dawson Lofts, a new affordable apartment building in Wilmington.

The Wilmington Housing Authority has started building a three-story apartment building that will hold a dozen single-bedroom units and a dozen two-bedroom units.

7.11.19

From The News Tribune:

Tacoma’s WorkForce Central and community partners are set to deliver on improving some local household budgets in the next few years through a $1.75 million grant.

The Economic Security for All grant draws funding from the governor’s Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act statewide fund.

The project is designed to help a significant number of residents in a particular ZIP code climb out of poverty in a span of just under three years.

7.11.19

From the Housing Authority of the County of San Bernardino's (HACSB) press release:

7.11.19

From Multi-Housing News:

Sixteen Manhattan public housing properties will be the latest developments to get much-needed repairs as part of the New York City Housing Authority’s Permanent Affordability Commitment Together (PACT) program. The improvements, that will impact more than 2,900 residents, will include new bathrooms, kitchens and flooring in apartments as well as replacements of heating systems and full elevator rehabs.

7.11.19

From FOX 9:

More than a dozen families who have recently experienced homelessness now have a new place to call home.

Tuesday, the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority celebrated the grand opening of Minnehaha Townhomes. The 16 units are the first public housing the city has built since 2010.

City leaders say the two and three-bedroom options are located close to the light rail and Minnehaha Park and are available for families who were previously in homeless shelters.

7.11.19

From the New Haven Independent:

The fine red pile of bricks that was once the Ivy Street School might once again help homeless families get back on their feet thanks to a new experiment. If people in New Haven pitch in.

7.11.19

From the New Haven Independent:

Yaleija Jackson recently had a bad experience with a dentist. When he pulled her tooth, it hurt. A lot.

That has only increased her career aspiration to be a dentist, and a good one. The quest begins with her entering Howard University in the fall majoring in health sciences.

Yaleija shared her story Tuesday afternoon at the Housing Authority of New Haven’s (HANH) 360 Orange St. headquarters.

7.11.19

From UrbanMilwaukee:

The National Center for Housing Management (NCHM), a national non-profit organization, has announced a $100,000 grant in support of the Save the Soldiers Home project on the grounds of the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center overlooking Miller Park. When completed, the project will restore six historic buildings, some dating back to the 1860s, and create 101 supportive housing units for veterans and their families who are either homeless or at risk of being homeless.

7.11.19

From LOCAL 12/WKRC-TV:

Upgrades are coming to the region’s largest affordable housing provider. Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority or CMHA says it’s starting to address more than $190 million in much-needed improvements. This will impact the lives of families in our spotlight on childhood poverty a Cincinnati Crisis.

Julian Williams showed us around his new place. “Not everything is where it needs to be. Yeah a great many things that are still packed,” Williams said.

7.11.19

From the Kitsap Sun:

Bremerton officials are looking to take advantage of a new state law that allows cities to levy a sales tax to fund affordable housing efforts.

The law, passed this year, allows cities and counties to implement a local sales tax to fund affordable housing projects. The local sales tax is credited against the state sales tax collected from that area – meaning residents won’t experience an increase in costs.

7.11.19

From KTVA:

Gov. Mike Dunleavy has eliminated the state's senior benefits program, one of 182 line item budget vetoes he made to the state's operating budget last week. But organizations with federal funding, like the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation, are still offering assistance for older Alaskans. 

7.11.19

On Thursday, June 27, Gene Bell retired from the Asheville Housing Authority (AHA). Bell worked at AHA for 25 years, including the last 12 years as its CEO, and plans to continue to work part-time on the housing authority’s Lee Walker Heights redevelopment project.

7.11.19

After a 40-year career at the Boston Housing Authority (BHA), Bill McGonagle is set to retire at the end of July.

7.11.19

After 36 years as a trusted community leader in the core areas of housing, community development, and economic development, the Community Development Commission/Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles (CDC/HACoLA) has rebranded as the Los Angeles County Development Authority (LACDA).

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