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
10.31.19
From ABC 7 Chicago: Thousands of children in Chicago now have new winter coats, just in time for the upcoming cold months. The Chicago Housing Authority held its 12th annual "Operation Warm Coat" at the UIC Forum on Saturday. Operation Warm, a national nonprofit, donated 7,500 coats for children living in public housing. Free flu shots were also available at the event.
10.31.19
From the Chicago Defender: As National Digital Inclusion Week gets underway, the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) announced it has been selected as a 2019 ConnectHomeUSA Cohort that allows public housing authorities to access high-quality internet and other resources aimed at closing the digital divide. CHA’s participation in the cohort builds on the agency’s existing efforts to...
10.30.19
On November 21 at 12PM ET, CLPHA will co-host a webinar with the Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH) on FUP vouchers.
10.10.19
From The News Tribune: In the next three years, the Tacoma Housing Authority is dedicating $10.5 million to expand its Education Project, which seeks to not only house homeless families but bolster student success in schools.
10.10.19
From the San Diego Housing Commission's press release: Today’s grand opening of 42 apartments at Pacifica at Playa del Sol (Pacifica) celebrated the addition of new housing opportunities for families who need an affordable place to live and, for some, access to services for family members with developmental disabilities.
10.10.19
From Affordable Housing Finance: Forty-three people who were homeless have moved into The Beacon, a new supportive housing community in downtown San Diego. The new development is the latest project from nonprofit Wakeland Housing and Development Corp.

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