CLPHA Report

November 13, 2017

CLPHA Member News & Notes

Artist's rendering of the Chicago Housing Authority's future John Pennycuff Memorial Apartments, the housing authority's second affordable housing community intended for LGBTQ residents.
The Denver Housing Authority is building a solar panel garden to power low-income families' homes. The ten-acre solar garden, located in a remote site outside of Denver, will generate 2 megawatts of energy and cover 500 to 700 homes. 

The Tacoma Housing Authority purchased a site in Tacoma's West End for $6 million. The housing authority hopes to build 300 to 500 housing units on the property. 

The Chicago Housing Authority's (CHA) annual coat drive Operation Warm gave away nearly 9,000 coats to local children in need.

CHA is also preparing to break ground on the John Pennycuff Memorial Apartments at Roberto Castillo Plaza (pictured), an 88-unit affordable housing complex geared towards serving LGBTQ Chicagoans in need. Pennycuff will be CHA's second development intended for LGBTQ residents. 

In partnership with developer Ryan Companies, Inc., the Austin Affordable Housing Corporation, the Housing Authority of the City of Austin's nonprofit housing affiliate, completed two new affordable housing communities. The Reserve at Springdale and Urban Oaks will together house nearly 500 low-income families. 

As of October 31 the Fairfax County Redevelopment & Housing Authority (FCRHA) has converted its entire affordable housing portfolio (1,060 units) to project-based vouchers under the RAD program.

The St. Paul Public Housing Agency is celebrating the 35th anniversary of its Congregate Housing Services Program (CHSP), a program serving over 100 residents that works to prevent the unnecessary institutionalization of frail elderly persons and people with disabilities. The agency will hold an event in celebration of the CHSP on November 15.

The King County Housing Authority (KCHA) has purchased Friendly Village, a mobile home park for senior citizens. KCHA's acquisition of the property (instead of it being sold to private developers) will ensure that the elderly residents living at the 224-lot community will not be displaced and that Friendly Village's affordable housing will be preserved. 

The Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh completed construction of 37 affordable homes and the Teenie Harris Community Center, named for famous Pittsburgh photographer Charles "Teenie" Harris. 

Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh announced a multi-department initiative to exterminate pests in Housing Authority of Baltimore City (HABC)  units. The program, Healthy Elimination of All Pests Longterm (HEAL), will involve collaboration between HABC, and the city's public works and health departments. 

The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) partnered with KaBOOM! to build a new playground at NYCHA's Pomonok Houses community.

Home Forward and its partners project^ and The Framework Project were awarded $6 million to develop the first earthquake-resilient high-rise building in the U.S. made from wood. This funding grant for the 60-unit affordable housing development came from the Portland Housing Bureau's Fast Starts program. 

The San Antonio Housing Authority (SAHA) unveiled its plans for the redevelopment of Alazan Courts, a SAHA community built in 1940 that the housing authority hopes  to rebuild with a $30 million Choice Neighborhoods Initiative grant.
CLPHA's previous newsletter dated October 27, 2017 incorrectly stated that Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority was beginning the final phase of the Poindexter Village development. The Poindexter Village development belongs to the Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority. CLPHA regrets the error.

CLPHA Appeals to Congress to Preserve Private Activity Bonds
Senate Retains Housing Credit and Housing Bonds in Tax Reform Proposal

With the release of the House Republicans tax reform proposal HR 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, on November 2, CLPHA and other affordable housing providers were jolted by the House proposal to eliminate the tax exemption for private activity bonds (PABs), including multifamily housing bonds (housing bonds), which are responsible for approximately half of Low Income Housing Tax Credit (housing credit) production annually. Consequently, CLPHA and other stakeholders mounted an aggressive effort to preserve and retain the tax exemption for PABs, Historic Tax Credits and New Markets Tax Credits in both the House and Senate.

One week later on November 9, the Senate majority released their tax reform proposal. While we are pleased the Senate proposal retains both housing bonds and housing credits, CLPHA and stakeholders such as the ACTION Campaign—whose Steering Committee CLPHA sits—will continue to educate and press Congress to preserve these important housing production instruments. CLPHA applauds and thanks its members who communicated the importance of these tax exemptions to Congress.

To underscore our position, CLPHA sent letters to the Senate Finance Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee, the respective tax-writing committees in Congress, whose chairmen and ranking members will probably serve as floor managers for their respective bills and conference committee leaders for any eventual, final legislation. CLPHA specifically asked Congress to:

  • Preserve the tax exemption of Private Activity Bonds to support the production and preservation of affordable housing
  • Make changes to the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit to strengthen the program by including S. 548, the Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act in the tax reform bill, and offset the impact of a lower corporate rate on the value of the tax credit
  • Maintain the Historic Tax Credit and the New Markets Tax Credit

CLPHA looks forward to continuing to work with Congress on these issues as they work their way through the tax reform process.


Hurricane Update:
Senators Move to Increase Disaster-Related Funding for Housing and Infrastructure

Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) introduced S. 2006 on November 2, a bill to authorize additional funding for public housing capital and operating funds and the Housing Choice Voucher program. Under the bill, the “Disaster Displacement Act of 2017,” the HUD Secretary, upon request from a public housing authority, can provide additional funding for housing authorities in a Presidentially-declared major disaster area, which would include Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. In a statement released by Senator Nelson, he noted that “tens of thousands of evacuees in Florida are struggling to find affordable place to live” and the legislation will “help make more affordable housing in the communities that need it the most.”

Additionally, on November 3, 28 Democratic Senators sent a letter to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) making recommendations for a third supplemental bill for disaster recovery following hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, as well as wildfires in several western states. The letter includes requests specifically related to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, as well a broad spectrum of issues including housing, economic development, transportation and infrastructure, health and human services, education, and labor.

CLPHA 2018 Meeting Dates

Mark your calendars with CLPHA's 2018 meeting dates:

Spring Membership Meeting - Washington, D.C.
March 22-23 at The Madison Washington, D.C., a Hilton Hotel

Summer Membership Meeting - Chicago, IL
Dates & Location TBD

Fall Membership Meeting - Washington, D.C.
October 18-19 at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill Hotel

You can also find CLPHA's meeting dates on our website.
CLPHA Welcomes Andrew Lofton to its Board of Directors

CLPHA is pleased to welcome Seattle Housing Authority (SHA) Executive Director Andrew Lofton to its Board of Directors.

Prior to his promotion to Executive Director in 2012, Mr. Lofton was the Deputy Executive Director of Finance and Administration at SHA for more than eight years. He has also worked closely with representatives of HUD regarding the oversight of SHA’s Moving to Work (MTW) agreement, regulatory reform, and funding issues. During Mr. Lofton’s more than 40 years of public service, his many leadership positions have included Chief of Departmental Operations for City of Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels; Deputy Superintendent for Customer Service with Seattle City Light; Deputy Chief of Staff for City of Seattle Mayor Norm Rice; and Budget Director for the City of Seattle. 

CLPHA looks forward to working with Mr. Lofton to serve our members and further our mission of preserving and improving public and affordable housing. 

CMHA Residents Share How Cleveland Connects Has Improved Their Lives

In Spring 2016 the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA) launched Cleveland Connects, a local version of the nationwide ConnectHome initiative, to help CMHA residents bridge the digital divide. The program's mission is to increase affordable access to broadband internet, electronic devices, digital literacy programs, and technical training.

CMHA has released a short video featuring individuals who have benefited from the Cleveland Connects program and CMHA CEO and CLPHA board member Jeffery Patterson discussing how the initiative has improved CMHA residents' lives. 

To view the video, click here.

CLPHA is Hiring
a Research and Policy Analyst!

CLPHA is looking for an experienced Research and Policy Analyst who will cover the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program, as well as the transition of public housing to Section 8 platforms including the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program, and also include a cross-section of other public housing policy and programs. Candidates must be comfortable working in a small-staff environment that encourages the interplay of ideas, be highly team-oriented, and have the ability to take initiative and work independently.

As CLPHA looks to the future of public housing, we are particularly interested in candidates who are forward-thinking and willing to engage with and help develop innovative new frameworks and ideas for providing affordable housing to the nation’s low-income and most vulnerable populations.

To view the full job posting, click here

If you or anyone you know is interested in applying, please email a resume and cover letter to The deadline for applications is November 17, 2017.


Join a Nov. 16 Webinar on the FY18 Budget Outlook for Affordable Housing Programs

CLPHA and other leaders of the Campaign for Housing and Community Development Funding (CHCDF) invite you to join advocates from across the country to learn about the current status and outlook for the FY18 budget process, and how advocates can effectively communicate with policymakers and the public about the need for increased federal investments in proven affordable housing and community development programs. The webinar will be held on November 16 at 2:30 pm ET.

Elayne Weiss, National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) senior policy analyst, will moderate the event.
Speakers include:
  • Doug Rice, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
  • Linda Couch, LeadingAge
  • Joey Lindstrom, NLIHC
With more households struggling to make ends meet, we cannot afford funding cuts to the very programs that sustain our communities and help families thrive.


Register Today!

Senate Resolution Establishes
National Month for Renters

On October 31, the Senate unanimously approved a resolution introduced by Senators Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and sponsored by the Make Room Campaign to name both September 2017 and 2018 the "National Month for Renters." S. Res. 312 "details the severity of America’s rental affordability crisis and calls for a national response involving all levels of government, the private sector, and the philanthropic community." 

To learn more about S. Res. 312 and the National Month for Renters, click here

Engage With Us on Twitter!

Have you followed @CLPHA and @Housing_Is on Twitter yet? CLPHA's twitter feed is a great resource to learn about CLPHA's work on behalf of our members, some of the latest news in the affordable housing industry, and our members' initiatives and achievements. At @Housing_Is, you can follow our Housing Is initiative's work towards strengthening the connections between housing, education, and health. If you have affordable housing and/or intersectional news and information to share, engage with us on our Twitter feeds and use the hashtag #HousingIs!

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