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.
On May 3, 2017 the U.S. House of Representatives approved the $1.1 trillion omnibus appropriations bill—HR 244, the “Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017,” which funds the federal government for fiscal year 2017 (FY17). The U.S. Senate followed up the House action on May 4 and passed the legislation. The President signed the bill shortly after.
The Healthy Corner Store Initiative (HCSI), a new pilot program developed by San Antonio-area partners, will offer food vouchers redeemable for healthy food at corner stores in San Antonio’s District 3. HCSI will make these vouchers available to San Antonio Housing Authority residents through events and site visits.
Leading smart cities industry publication Smart Cities Dive published an article about the Chicago Housing Authority’s (CHA) innovative partnership with Chicago Public Libraries (CPL) to co-locate CPL libraries within CHA communities.
In an article in GOVERNING, "The Unintended Consequences of Smoke-Free Public Housing," Robert Wood Johnson Foundation program officers Emmy Ganos and Matthew Pierce cite the Housing Authority of Cook County's (HACC) 2015 smoke-free policy rollout as an example of a successful implementation strategy that did not lead to smoking violation-based evictions.
Fresno news station KSEE24 ran a story about the Fresno Housing Authority’s (FHA) positive impact on the education and school performance of their child residents.
Washington State lawmakers requested $2.55M from the state’s capital budget to help fund the Yakima Housing Authority’s proposed $17M conversion of a former Marine Corps Reserve armory into housing with supportive services for homeless veterans.