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
7.28.21
From CBS 2 Pittsburgh: Former Steelers’ Super Bowl champion Jerome Bettis is hoping to “WOW” Pittsburgh with a brand new project. His foundation, “The Bus Stops Here” is teaming up with the housing authority and Stem Coding Lab for the “WiFi On Wheels” cyber bus. It’s a mobile computer lab with 10-15 laptops, internet access, and a flat-screen monitor for remote learning...
7.28.21
From Spectrum News 1: While more people are becoming digitally connected, there is still a notable digital divide between younger and older Americans. This is why the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority is working to connect seniors to the internet through a digital learning class. One participant in this class was Oscar Lawrence. Lawrence learned the basics...
7.28.21
From the Baltimore Sun: The more than 3,000 residents in Baltimore’s largest public housing complex will be offered leftover produce and training in urban farming under a deal allowing the Cherry Hill Urban Community Garden to remain on Housing Authority of Baltimore City property through the end of the year. Housing Authority President and CEO Janet Abrahams said the agency’s six-...
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 May 28, 2021, the Biden Administration released its full fiscal year 2022 Budget Proposal (FY22) for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. On July 16, the House Appropriations Committee approved the fiscal year 2022 Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD) funding bill on a 33-24 vote. The full Committee approved the FY22 THUD funding bill without any significant amendments to HUD programs. 

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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