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
3.10.21
From WAVY News Norfolk: There was a continuous flow of people heading into the community building in the Calvert Square neighborhood of Norfolk Sunday. All of them were waiting patiently to get their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine. “It feels good to get the first one out the way,” said Norfolk resident, Jerry Broadnax. Dr. Cynthia Romero, the Director of the M...
3.10.21
From the Yakima Herald: Construction of the Chuck Austin Place — a veterans housing project and service hub in Yakima — is on track for summer completion. Apartments have been built and work continues to transform an old armory into additional housing and a center where medical, dental, behavioral health and other services will be provided. In all, 41 units will be built.
3.10.21
From the Boston Herald: The city’s mobile vaccination site has begun putting shots in arms, starting with 100 vaccines at a Boston public housing project for seniors in Roxbury. “This is the beginning of a mobile effort that the city’s going to roll out to bring vaccines to people’s homes, to where people live,” Boston Health Chief Marty Martinez told reporters outside the Martin...
3.10.21
From ABC 6 Columbus: 18-year-old, Ka’Marr Smith has traveled a tough road. After the death of his mother, he bounced around between family members. Smith found himself getting into trouble and acting out, which lead him down an even darker path. ... A professor then pointed Smith in the direction of the Columbus Scholar House for Former Foster Youth.
3.10.21
From Cleveland.com: Charter communications is teaming up with the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority partner to bring high-speed internet to residents living in 19 of its properties in the effort to stop the digital divide. On Feb. 22., Charter communications announced the partnership with CMHA, where thousands of residents will be provided with high-speed broadband internet...
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.

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