Housing Is Initiative

CLPHA’s Housing Is Initiative helps build a future where systems work together to improve life outcomes for low-income people.

Housing Is helps broaden and deepen efforts to align housing, education, and health organizations to produce positive long-term outcomes for those experiencing poverty. Collaboration across systems and sectors—through shared goals, focused resources, and coordinated efforts—strengthens our collective ability to serve the needs of low-income individuals and families effectively and efficiently.

Public housing offers many low-income children, families, and seniors critical stability, but fragmented service delivery systems and siloed policymaking often fail to address social determinants of low-income individuals and families holistically. This often results in stagnant effectiveness and costly inefficiencies.

CLPHA leads the affordable housing industry as a convener of partners across sectors who are committed to aligning different systems and developing interdisciplinary programs to address a variety of essential needs in communities across the country. From promoting data sharing and shared accountability to encouraging cross-sector training and evidence-based interventions, our work fosters improved, sustained alignment and collaboration.

Our Work
Housing Is Education:

CLPHA’s Housing Is Initiative recognizes the key role public housing authorities can play in a variety of educational efforts benefiting both low-income children and adults. Research has shown that housing stability has a significant impact on children’s school performance and long-term outcomes, such as graduation rates and post-secondary activities. Housing authorities are actively exploring how they can align with and add value to local approaches that aim to improve educational outcomes.

 

Learn more about our education initiatives. 

 

Housing Is Health:

Public housing residents are not only economically disenfranchised, but also experience higher rates of chronic conditions and diagnoses such as heart disease, diabetes, asthma, and anxiety/depression. PHAs and their health partners can improve low-income people’s health and wellbeing by enhancing built environments, providing preventative health resources, and increasing access to healthcare services.

 

Learn more about our health initiatives.

Partner with Us

If you and your organization would like to learn how to join CLPHA in their cross-system efforts, please reach out to us at housingis@clpha.org, and join the Housing Is Clearinghouse at housingis.org.

Special Thanks

The Housing Is Initiative is thankful to our foundation partners who make this cross-system work possible. 

Click here to learn more about our funders.

Hot Topics

The Trump Administration released its full  fiscal year 2020 (FY20) budget proposal on March 18, 2019, and the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies (THUD) released their FY20 funding bill on May 22, 2019. On June 25, 2019, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 277-194 to approve a $383 billion spending package of five appropriations bills, including funding for the departments of Transportation, Housing and Urban...

On February 14, by a vote of 83 to 16, the U.S Senate passed a bipartisan appropriations package to fund nine departments and other agencies, including the U.S Department of Housing Urban Development, through September 2019. The spending deal passed the U.S. House of Representatives later that evening by a vote of 320 to 128. President Trump signed the appropriations bill into law on February 15.

The final version of the deal keeps intact the conference agreement for the FY19...

Public housing plays a critical role in our nation's infrastructure, providing families with a stable home and helping them gain access to other services, including education and health.

Housing Is-Related News
8.8.19

A new public health funding opportunity from the Public Health National Center for Innovations (PHNCI) and the Center for Sharing Public Health Services (CSPHS) could help support public housing authorities that are building and sustaining cross-sector health partnerships.

8.8.19

From TrentonDaily:

The African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey (AACCNJ) in partnership with Bristol Myers Squibb, Change Church and the Trenton Housing Authority is pleased to launch a comprehensive Saturday Academy, STEM education program titled NJ-Kids4Coding. STEM instructors will partner to teach, and test up-to 60 students on coding applications and ways to apply their new talents in today’s workplace. The Saturday sessions began on July 13th and will conclude on August 17th.

8.8.19

From the Milwaukee Independent:

The Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee (HACM) welcomed nearly 300 people to its annual meeting on July 17, to celebrate the “ripples of hope” created throughout its 75 years of providing high quality, affordable housing options, and supportive services to Milwaukee families, seniors, disabled adults, and veterans.

8.8.19

From KFOX14:

 A local property association is running a backpack and school supply drive.

The greater El Paso Association of Realtors held

The backpack and school supply drive was held at the Housing Authority of the city of El Paso at 5300 E. Paisano Drive, near the roundabout of Paisano and Alameda Avenue.

El Pasoans are donating school supplies to students in need.

8.8.19

The National Housing Conference (NHC) has released its latest report, “Promising Health and Housing Collaborations," which discuss learnings from three innovative health care and housing partnerships.

8.8.19

HUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R) recently published its fiscal years 2017 and 2018 Biennial Report. According to PD&R, the goal of their report is to inform those who use the data and research PD&R produces about who PD&R is, what PD&R does, and some input about how PD&R functions.

Learn more about the Housing Is Initiative at housingis.org

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