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
Housing Is-Related News
12.13.18

A recent story by NPR highlights the New York City Housing Authority’s (NYCHA)Food Business Pathways program, a free, ten-week training program offering NYCHA residents guidance in starting food businesses. Since the program’s inception in 2019, 271 NYCHA residents have graduated, and 82 percent of graduates have registered their food businesses.

12.13.18

The Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee (HACM) and partner Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corp. (WWBIC) held a graduation ceremony for graduates of HACM’s Make Your Money Talk program, a financial literacy initiative that teaches HACM residents about budgeting, improving credit scores, and personal finances.

12.13.18

Durham Housing Authority (DHA) CEO Anthony Scott co-authored an op-ed in The Durham Herald-Sunabout how linking Durham's new light-rail project to affordable housing development is integral to DHA’s goal of increasing the city’s affordable housing stock via the RAD program.

12.13.18

CLPHA is excited to share that registration is now open for the 2019 annual Housing Is Summit, May 16-17, 2019, in Washington, D.C.

You are invited to join practitioners, researchers, and policymakers from the affordable housing, education, and healthcare sectors for this engaging two-day event.

 

Learn More & Register!

12.13.18

In her December 11 article for Youth Today, reporter Stell Simonton looks at some of the innovative educational support programs offered at public housing authorities across the country.

Learn more about the Housing Is Initiative at housingis.org

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