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Housing authority to pilot supportive housing geared toward young adults (Lucas Metropolitan Housing Authority)

3.5.20

From the Toledo Blade:

A modest two-story house with sand-colored siding and dark green shutters will soon be home to three young men who are either aging out of foster care or exiting the Lucas County Juvenile Justice Center.

It’s the first of what Lucas Metropolitan Housing Authority President and CEO Demetria Simpson and juvenile court Judge Denise Navarre Cubbon hope will be many rental homes geared toward helping young adults find their footing as they navigate living independently for the first time.

A quarter of Cuyahoga County homes have no internet access -- why that matters and how it’s changing (Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority)

3.5.20

From Cleveland.com:

Students fail assignments because they lack a home computer. Veterans have trouble making doctor’s appointments. Residents who need help paying utility bills can’t access their accounts online.

Digital exclusion poses a daunting, isolating problem that includes a lack of access to affordable internet networks and hardware; lack of skills to navigate, consume, and produce content in the digital sphere; and lack of access to troubleshooting support when devices break.

Vacant Hospitals Help Address Ills Of Limited Affordable Senior Housing (Chicago Housing Authority)

3.5.20

From Forbes:

Once, these edifices were the bulwarks against illness. Today, they're part of the cure for the malaise afflicting housing availability. Nationwide, vacant hospitals, mental institutions and sanitariums are being recast as newly-opened apartment buildings. In communities from Los Angeles to New York City, and from Charlottesville, Va. and Washington, D.C. to Denver, the doors of shuttered healing centers are swinging back open to admit residents. 

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Research Roundup – New Reports of Interest to CLPHA Members

3.4.20

Jobs Plus Implementation: This HUD report focuses on the implementation experiences of eight Jobs Plus grantees, and how those PHAs and their partners have structured case management and employment services, providing some insight on best practices for PHAs. The report also covers implementation and recommendations for the earned income disregard as well as strategies for supporting work.

Elm City Communities President Named to State Board of Education

2.20.20

Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont has named CLPHA Board Member and Elm City Communities President Karen DuBois-Walton as one of four new members of Connecticut’s State Board of Education. The board establishes academic standards and sets policy for the state’s school districts, including preschool, elementary and secondary education, special education, vocational education, adult education, and regional technical high schools. Under the leadership of Dr.

New apartments ready to help Tacoma students in need of affordable housing (Tacoma Housing Authority)

2.19.20

From The News Tribune:

Koz Development last year announced it was opening up its Koz on Market to help students find affordable housing.

This year, a second Koz property is launching another program to help more students struggling with finding a place in Tacoma they can afford.

Compass Health Celebrates Groundbreaking of Phase One of Broadway Campus Redevelopment in Downtown Everett (Housing Authority of Snohomish County)

2.19.20

From Yahoo! Finance:

Today, Washington State Governor Jay Inslee, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell of Washington, U.S. Representative Rick Larsen, Everett Mayor Cassie Franklin and other luminaries gathered to celebrate the groundbreaking of the first phase of Compass Health’s Broadway Campus Redevelopment, a state-of-the-art regional center designed to bring together a full continuum of behavioral healthcare, primary healthcare and permanent supportive housing services in downtown Everett.

St. Paul Public Schools To Offer $300 Monthly Rent Supplement To Families In Need (Saint Paul Public Housing Agency)

2.19.20

From CBS Minnesota:

The City of St. Paul and St. Paul Public Schools announced the launch of a ‘Families First Housing Pilot’ on Tuesday. The program will give a $300 monthly rent supplement and housing support services to eligible families in the St. Paul school district for up to three years.

Housing Authority Bridges Digital Divide (Elm City Communities)

2.19.20

From the New Haven Independent:

Over 100 public-housing tenants are receiving two years of free internet service and free tablets in return for a promise — to attend classes on how to use them to improve their lives.

That transaction unfolded Wednesday evening at an event at the Cornell Scott Hill Health Center outpost in West Rock at 122 Wilmot Rd.

When 'access' is a trap: CLPHA highlights the potential perils of for-profit colleges

2.13.20

Can we protect public housing families from predatory for-profit colleges?

With used car-salesman like tactics, predatory for-profit college recruiters have pressured low-income students to enroll in courses and take out student loans without telling the whole story about the true cost of fees or future employment prospects. The end result? Crippling debt and unemployment for students already struggling to make ends meet. What’s worse? Some recruiters are aggressively marketing their for-profit programs to public housing residents.

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