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.
Washington State’s Department of Commerce awarded $3 million to the Vancouver Housing Authority for its Tenny Creek Assisted Living project, a future 40-unit community for individuals experiencing chronic mental illness.
The Seattle Times published a story about the positive impact of the Edward Thomas House, a respite care facility housed within the Seattle Housing Authority’s Jefferson Terrace community.
The Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA) and Top Dawg Entertainment hosted their 5th Annual Holiday Concert and Toy Drive at HACLA’s Nickerson Gardens community. Artists from Top Dawg’s label including Kendrick Lamar, SchoolBoy Q, and SZA performed for over 7,000 attendees who received free admission by bringing unwrapped toys for the toy drive.
The District of Columbia Housing Authority (DCHA) held its Home for the Holidays event for veterans in the VASH program and new homeowners who purchased homes with help from their Housing Choice Vouchers. Attendees listened to inspiring guest speakers who have received stable housing with help from DCHA, enjoyed holiday treats, and went home with gift cards.
In partnership with A Wider Circle, District of Columbia Housing Authority (DCHA) held its fifteenth annual Gift of Love celebration, providing 7,500 children with holiday gifts including clothes, toys, and books. The all-day party was DCHA’s largest Gift of Love event ever.
The Cleveland Foundation will partnerwith the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA) and CHN Housing Partners to help bridge the digital divide for CMHA residents. The Foundation will provide marketing, education, advocacy, and awareness of its digital inclusion initiative to CMHA. According to the Foundation, 50 percent of CMHA residents live in “digital equity high-need areas.”