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.

Housing Is-Related News
1.12.22
From NJ.com: Jersey City residents living in Housing Authority buildings will be able to purchase high-speed internet access at deeply discounted prices and even get it for free, city officials announced Tuesday. The city is partnering with Andrena, a New Jersey-based internet provider, in its latest initiative to expand broadband internet access to public housing complexes, Mayor...
1.12.22
From Next City: Last May, construction kicked off on a Seattle housing project designed specifically for multigenerational working families — a population that’s been vastly overlooked in the construction boom of the past decade.
1.12.22
From KOCO 5 News: There are many Oklahomans like Sherry Crandell who need a helping hand to fill in those nutritional gaps. "When I don't have the money, and I come here, and I get to shop and pick out whatever I want, nothing goes to waste," Crandell said. She told KOCO 5 she's grateful for the Food Connection program at McGuire Plaza, and she's not the only one.
1.12.22
From the Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority's press release: The Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA) announced today a $10,000 donation to the Open Shelter to help support the nonprofit’s move from St. John’s Church in Columbus to a new, 10,000-square-foot facility at 1037 Parsons Ave.
1.12.22
From My Edmonds News: The Edmonds School Board of Directors, at its Dec. 14 business meeting, unanimously approved a resolution to declare approximately 2.2 acres of property adjacent to Cedar Valley Community School as surplus and then lease it to Housing Hope, which will develop affordable housing on the site.
1.6.22
Wednesday, January 19, 2:00 p.m. ET  Join us for the first of a four-part webinar series co-hosted by CLPHA and the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading. Webinar Description
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

On August 24, the House voted on a party line vote of 220 - 212 to approve an historic $3.5 trillion budget resolution. It included $339 billion targeted to housing investments, which represents $7 billion more than the Senate authorized committee level.  The budget resolution is only a framework and does not include details about how the authorization will be appropriated. On October 18, the Senate Appropriations Committee released the remaining nine fiscal year 2022...

On December 27, 2020 President Trump signed a spending package that includes FY21 funding for HUD programs and additional COVID-19 relief. 

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...

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