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.

Housing Is-Related News
2.10.21
From KSAT San Antonio:  Vinsen Faris, CEO of Meals on Wheels San Antonio, says he’s already started getting calls from seniors grateful for the chance to get their COVID-19 shots without leaving home. “This is one of the first in the nation to actually knock on the doors, get inside the house and do the inoculation there in the home,” Faris said.
2.10.21
From Technical.ly:  Mayor Brandon Scott and the Baltimore City of Information and Technology (BCIT) partnered with ewaste recycling org PCs for People to donate more than 900 laptops to residents of Baltimore. With the partnership, which was detailed Tuesday, city government is teaming with a digital inclusion nonprofit to get computer equipment to low-income families in the city...
2.10.21
From Cambridge Day: A campaign to bring Covid-19 vaccine to tenants in public housing developments for the elderly and disabled has begun to show results. On Thursday the Cambridge Public Health Department will vaccinate residents of Manning Apartments in their 205-unit building in Central Square. On Friday, tenants at the 297-unit Miller’s River Apartments in East Cambridge will get the...
2.9.21
Grants will help PHA residents with immediate and locally defined needs exacerbated by COVID-19 
1.28.21
CLPHA has bittersweet news to share – Steve Lucas, our health research and policy manager, has accepted a presidential appointment to the Biden-Harris Administration to serve as the Special Assistant to HUD’s Assistant Secretary of Public & Indian Housing. Steve’s last day at CLPHA will be Friday, January 29.
1.28.21
From the District of Columbia Housing Authority's website: The District of Columbia Housing Authority staff is partnering with D.C. Department of Health and community health partners to vaccinate senior citizens living in DCHA properties beginning this week.
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.

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