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Public housing agencies (PHAs) have struggled heroically to maintain the country’s 1.1 million public housing units, but the backlog of capital needs has grown to $26 billion, and there is little hope today that federal resources will rise to meet it. Congress authorized the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) in 2012 to meet this funding challenge.
Public housing occupies a unique and essential place on the affordable housing spectrum. It is home to about 2.2 million lowincome families, seniors and people with disabilities. A multibillion dollar asset, public housing authorities’ (PHAs) spending on operations and capital improvements also generates significant economic activity.
Small Area Fair Market Rents (SAFMR) were first conceived as a demonstration program to test the policy in five cities around the country over a five-year period.
Administrative Fees are payments from HUD to housing authorities for their administration of the HCV program. Much like the Operating Subsidy for public housing, administrative fees support PHA staff to help low-income families find and move into affordable housing. Administrative fees also cover the administrative costs of providing critical supportive services that help the most vulnerable low-income families move towards self-sufficiency. The ongoing administrative fee is paid by HUD to PHAs each month, and is based on the number of housing units a PHA currently has under contract.
The Council of Large Public Housing Authorities (CLPHA) is a national non-profit organization that works to preserve and improve public and affordable housing through advocacy, research, policy analysis and public education. Our membership of more than seventy large public housing authorities (“PHAs”) own and manage nearly half 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.