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 Curbed Seattle:
Back in June, Seattle officially launched the “ORCA Opportunity” program with free bus passes for Seattle public high schoolers and some Seattle Colleges students. This year, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan announced in her State of the City address Tuesday, the program will be expanded to some of the lowest-income Seattle residents living in Seattle Housing Authority (SHA) properties.
From the Los Angeles Times:
Ben Carson, the U.S. secretary of Housing and Urban Development, went to Watts on Wednesday to announce a $3.7-million grant for a new job center at Nickerson Gardens, the biggest public housing development west of the Mississippi.
Smart Business Magazine featured Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority Chief Executive Officer and CLPHA Board Vice President
From 89.7 WKSU:
Akron students who live in subsidized housing will be able to access the internet when they're at home under a new initiative.
The Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority has partnered with Sprint to offer WiFi to residents.
Sprint will provide 235 hotspots for AMHA, according to community relations manager Joan Davidson. She said they will specifically target public school children of all ages who have access to Chromebooks.
CLPHA’s Education Working Group is hosting a roundtable-style conference call to discuss last month’s webinar, Addressing School Attendance with PHAs, which featured representatives from the King County Housing Authority (KCHA) and the national non-profit Attendance Works who presented on tools for addressing chronic absenteeism among residents.
Riverstone Apartments in Federal Way is the latest addition to the King County Housing Authority’s (KCHA) workforce housing portfolio.
The attractive 308-unit complex sits across the street from the Star Lake Park and Ride, which in 2024 will be converted to the South 272nd Street Link Light Rail station. It is conveniently located close to grocery shopping, parks, and the Woodmont Library.
The acquisition expands KCHA’s efforts to preserve or develop affordable housing in regional growth corridors with mass transit.