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.

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.

Hot Topics

On February 10, 2020,  the Trump Administration released its fiscal year 2021 Budget Proposal, which includes a $41.3 billion request for the Department of Housing and Urban Development, a 15 percent reduction from enacted FY 2020. 

The Trump Administration released its full  fiscal year 2020 (FY20) budget proposal on March 18, 2019, and the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies (THUD) released their FY20 funding bill on May 22, 2019. On June 25, 2019, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 277-194 to approve a $383 billion spending package of five appropriations bills, including funding for the departments of Transportation, Housing and Urban...

Public housing plays a critical role in our nation's infrastructure, providing families with a stable home and helping them gain access to other services, including education and health.

Housing Is-Related News
2.13.20
Can we protect public housing families from predatory for-profit colleges? With used car-salesman like tactics, predatory for-profit college recruiters have pressured low-income students to enroll in courses and take out student loans without telling the whole story about the true cost of fees or future employment prospects. The end result? Crippling debt and...
2.6.20
Last week, CLPHA was invited to present at a half-day symposium on health and housing hosted by the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities in Washington, D.C.
2.5.20
CLPHA Executive Director Sunia Zaterman spoke to YouthToday about U.S. Senator Patty Murray’s (D-WA) Affordable Housing for Educational Achievement Demonstration (AHEAD) Act, which would encourage public housing authorities and school districts to work together to address child and family homelessness through a federal grant program.
2.5.20
CLPHA is pleased to announce part of our education webinar series is now open to the general public! Please join CLPHA and the director of FAIL STATE on Tuesday, February 11, 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET for a webinar and presentation on predatory for-profit institutions.
2.5.20
On Wednesday, February 25 at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT, CLPHA will co-host a Mainstream Voucher webinar with CSH to explore promising and best practices PHAs employ to achieve success in leasing up and supporting residents long-term in partnership with disability service providers. Click here to register for the webinar.
2.5.20
Article from the Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority:

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