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.
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.
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.
From The Columbian:
The Washington State Housing Finance Commission approved $14.9 million in financing for two low-income housing projects in Vancouver. They were among 10 projects approved statewide, half of which went through the 2019 Low-Income Housing Tax Credit competition.
From The News Tribune:
More students in Tacoma are graduating high school, but graduating college is another story.
Fewer students enrolled and completed college last year than in previous years, according to a new report released by Graduate Tacoma, a community movement with the Foundation for Tacoma Students.
From Crain’s Cleveland Business:
The Cleveland Foundation is among 10 nationwide winners of an award recognizing innovative partnerships between foundations and government "that have been critical in transforming communities and improving the quality of life for low- and moderate-income residents across the country," according to a news release.
The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP)’s new report, “Child Care and Housing: Big Expenses With Too Little Help Available,” discusses the chronic underfunding of child care and housing assistance programs, which are fundamental to supporting low-income children’s health and development, parental employment, and other positive life outcomes.
Two teams of researchers have proposed ambitious policy solutions that would cut childhood poverty in America by 40 – 50 percent over current levels. CLPHA is pleased to feature their work during the opening plenary session of CLPHA’s Housing is Summit on Thursday, May 16.