• 1 The Capitol Gateway HOPE VI mixed-use, mixed-income community, Washington, D.C.
  • 3 Seattle's High Point Public housing is built around parks for children and a community garden.
  • 3 Two of Cuyahoga Housing Authority's seven green roofs, LakeView Terrace, Cleveland
  • 3 Tremont Pointe, a HOPE VI development and the first multi-family green project in Ohio.
  • 3 Walsh Construction, the Pomegranate Center and the Salishan Community of Tacoma, Washington came together to create a courtyard and park. Photo by Eugene Shibayama.
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CLPHA 2018 Meeting Dates

View CLPHA's 2018 meeting dates here.

Membership Spotlight: Vancouver Housing Authority

Vancouver Housing Authority Creates and Transforms Affordable Housing with New “Game-Changer” City Fund

A strong partnership with local government and a wave of popular support from area residents are bolstering several of the Vancouver Housing Authority’s (VHA) newest projects for homeless and low-income families. Meriwether Place, which opened in August and includes 30 units with 23 dedicated to permanent supportive housing for formerly-homeless individuals experiencing mental health issues, and Caples Terrace, a 28-unit community for youths experiencing homelessness or aging out of foster care slated to open next summer, were both developed with awards from the City of Vancouver’s new Affordable Housing Fund.

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CLPHA Membership Stands Ready to Help PHAs & Residents in Aftermath of Hurricane Florence

Statement from CLPHA Executive Director Sunia Zaterman

WASHINGTON (September 21, 2018) – In support of housing authorities and residents impacted by Hurricane Florence, Sunia Zaterman, Executive Director of the Council of Large Public Housing Authorities, issued the following statement:

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Joint CLPHA, RAD Collaborative Statement in Recognition of 100,000th RAD Conversion Milestone

HUD’s Rental Assistance Demonstration Program is a Proven Means of Securing the Future of the Nation’s Public Housing Stock

September 19, 2018 – Today, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson and Federal Housing Commissioner Brian Montgomery joined the Housing Authority of the City of Austin, its development partners Atlantic | Pacific Communities and Madhouse Development Services, and the Austin community to celebrate the groundbreaking of HACA’s most recent redevelopment of one of its public housing properties, Goodrich Place, which also represents the 100,000th public housing unit being converted through HUD’s Rental Assistance Demonstration program.

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Membership Spotlight: Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh (HACP)

Pittsburgh’s low-income families and public housing residents with nontraditional work schedules have an innovative new childcare option, thanks to the Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh (HACP) and its partners. HACP joined with ABK Learning & Development Center and Duquesne University to bring a childcare facility to HACP’s Bedford Dwellings community that not only addresses the complex childcare needs that low-income workers face, but also integrates crucial early childhood learning strategies to prepare their young residents for school.

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Senate Bills Introduced to Provide Rent Relief & Establish Bipartisan Affordable Housing Task Force

Sponsored by Senator Todd Young (R-IN), and co-sponsored by Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Dean Heller (R-NV), Marco Rubio (R-FL), along with Senators Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Chris Coons (D-DE), Doug Jones (D-AL), Tim Kaine (D-VA), and Angus King (I-ME), S. 3231, the “Task Force on the Impact of the Affordable Housing Crisis Act,” was introduced in the U.S. Senate last week to better understand and respond to America’s affordable housing crisis by creating a bipartisan affordable housing task force. 

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CLPHA Vice President Testifies on Health Hazards in Public Housing Before House Subcommittee

Jeffery K. Patterson, CEO of the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority of Cleveland, Ohio, and Vice President of the CLPHA Board of Directors, appeared on behalf of CLPHA before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services’ Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance for a hearing entitled “Oversight of the Federal Government’s Approach to Lead-Based Paint and Mold Remediation in Public and Subsidized Housing.”

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CLPHA Opposes Administration Proposal to Increase Rent Burden on Lowest-Income Residents

The Council of Large Public Housing Authorities (CLPHA) strongly opposes the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) recently announced proposal to increase rent burdens on low-income residents residing in public housing and assisted housing.

The core of HUD’s rent reform proposal is to shift the burden of chronic  federal underfunding of assisted housing  to low-income residents who can least afford it. While there are advantages to a proposal that simplifies rent calculations and reduces administrative burdens for public housing authorities (PHAs), this proposal requires that PHAs raise rents in order to benefit from common sense rent simplification. Even with the benefit of housing assistance, many public housing residents are already spending more than 30% of their income on rent. A 2017 HUD study reported that the average Housing Choice Voucher recipient had a rent burden of 37% in 2015. Nationally, we represent PHAs serving residents in the most expensive housing markets in the country, where voucher holders are especially likely to have to incur high rent burdens to gain access to higher opportunity neighborhoods of their choice.

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CLPHA’s Housing Is Summit Welcomes Over 260 Attendees for 4th Annual Cross-Sector Event

Over 260 attendees participated in CLPHA’s Housing Is Summit on May 3-4, 2018. The event formerly known as the Affordable Housing & Education Summit introduced a health track for the first time this year. Representatives from the housing, education, health, academic, government, and foundation sectors led sessions, shared expertise, asked questions, made connections, and learned from peers on how to improve life outcomes for low-income and homeless individuals across the United States. CLPHA members in particular continue to show how they lead cross-sector efforts with education and health entities, and we were pleased to highlight our members’ innovative efforts while also furthering our work at the national level.

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Membership Spotlight: Housing Authority of Salt Lake City (HASLC)

HASLC and Partners Provide Housing and Job Training to Homeless Individuals

HASLC, one of CLPHA’s newest members, is demonstrating how building partnerships to connect housing, workforce, education, and transportation systems can improve lives in their community and offer pathways to stable employment and affordable housing.

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Trump’s Infrastructure Plan Shifts Burden to States and Localities; Provides No Help to Housing

Following remarks made during the State of the Union address, President Trump released his Administration’s infrastructure plan in mid-February.

According to the proposed White House plan, the federal government will provide $200 billion in funding for the nation’s roads, bridges, rail, ports, and waterways, stimulating an additional $1.3 trillion in infrastructure spending through private sector and state/local investment. The central assumption of the proposal is that infrastructure investment can and should be shifted away from the federal government, instead placing the burden on states, localities, and the private sector. The Administration has not commented on how states and localities will raise these funds.

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Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies Releases Biennial Report on Today’s Rental Market

 On December 14, Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies released its 2017 America’s Rental Housing report. CLPHA staff attended the event, which also featured key note remarks from HUD Deputy Secretary Pam Patenaude and U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell of Washington.

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Abt/PAHRC Report Confirms MTW Agencies Outperform Non-MTW Agencies Across Key Measures

A new evaluation report from Abt Associates and PAHRC finds that Moving to Work (MTW) agencies are serving more families; improving residents’ quality of life and economic mobility; and preserving more public housing than comparable non-MTW housing agencies.

The report, Testing Performance Measures for the MTW Program, is the second phase of a two-part Abt study, commission by PAHRC/HAI Group. In December 2014, Abt /PARHC released the Innovations in Moving to Work Demonstration, which documents through cases studies a wide range of innovative practices being completed at MTW agencies.

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SAFMR Demonstration Presents Mixed Findings

HUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research has published an Interim Report of the Small Area Fair Market Rent (SAFMR) Demonstration. The demonstration aims to assess how payment standards based on smaller geographic areas affect factors like PHA administrative costs, rents and tenant contributions, and voucher-holder’s access to higher-opportunity areas. Results from Phase 1 of the demonstration present mixed findings from the five PHA test sites, which include the Chattanooga Housing Authority (TN), the Housing Authority of Cook County (IL), the Housing Authority of the City of Laredo (TX), the Housing Authority of the City of Long Beach (CA), and the Town of Mamaroneck Housing Authority (NY).

SAFMRs May Increase Access to Opportunity ZIP Codes
While SAFMRs increased the pool of units potentially available to HCV holders in high-rent ZIP codes and reduced the pool of units in low-rent ZIP codes, this unit shift is highly varied across test sites. For example, the net loss of units with rents below the applicable FMR exceeded 10 percent in Long Beach, while Mamaroneck experienced no change.

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Current Issues
Building Opportunity:
Improving Life Outcomes Through Housing

At the heart of every housing authority’s mission is improving the lives of the families and individuals they serve. For many housing authorities, this means coordinating with the education, workforce development, health care, transportation, and social services systems on the local level to provide supports and opportunities to residents.

Yet, innovative practice on the local level has not led to the broad-scale change that is needed to lift more than 43 million Americans out of poverty. Thus, CLPHA and its members have committed to work with interested practitioners, researchers, and policymakers to reshape the way that the housing system works with other systems at the federal level.

This effort, called “Building Opportunity” for short, will create that systems change by:

  • Developing knowledge about local level challenges to partnering with other systems
  •  Sharing successful practices and solutions to challenges with practitioners across sectors and
  •  Promoting the implementation of policies that align systems to federal policymakers.
Local practitioners across sectors already know from experience that when systems work together, outcomes for families and individuals living in poverty are improved. Learn more about how housing authorities are working with other systems and how to be part of Building Opportunity.

ReThink: Why Housing Matters

CLPHA is proud to be a part of HAI Group's ReThink initiative, a national public awareness campaign encouraging people to reconsider their perceptions about public housing and realize the benefits it offers individuals and the greater community.

Visit www.ReThinkHousing.org to learn more, and join the campaign on Facebook and Twitter.

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