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Return on Investment from PHADA Membership

PHADA continues to conduct effective policy analysis and advocate vigorously to HUD and Congress on behalf of its 1,900 members. The association has provided members with extensive information and material including Position Papers and Issue Briefs, as well as timely conferences and webinars. Above are recent photos of PHADA’s leadership with HUD Secretary Marcia L. Fudge (center) and Deputy Secretary Adrianne Todman (right).


PHADA membership yields an exceptional “return on investment” (ROI) that is measured in both tangible and intangible benefits. This ROI makes PHADA membership one of the most cost-effective decisions you can make for you and your HA.

In addition to the association’s advocacy work related to COVID-19, the federal budget, legislation, regulations, and other related work, some of the other benefits of PHADA membership include: unlimited access to the PHADA website with in-depth coverage of today’s Current Issues, a biweekly subscription to the industry-leading analytical newsletter, the Advocate, which includes insights and advocacy from our policy analysts on important legislative and regulatory matters; topic-specific email alerts, Issue Briefs and Position Papers, in addition to breaking news notices; essential and timely professional development programs; and discounts on PHADA conference registrations and publications.

 

Our Covid Relief Work

Since the beginning of the pandemic, PHADA has been working diligently to advocate for and support members.

In late 2020 and early 2021, PHADA offered many recommendations to the Biden transition team on increased funding, COVID-related emergency relief including waiver extensions, billions of dollars in capital funding in an infrastructure package, and a major voucher program expansion.

Below are examples of the many ways we have communicated the industry’s needs to Congress and HUD, while providing critical information – from email alerts and social media updates – to housing authorities.

  • Called on Congress to provide immediate emergency operating and capital funding, additional HCV administrative fees, HAP funds, and Section 8 project-based funding, which were ultimately provided under the CARES Act with nearly $3 billion for these programs.
  • Argued vigorously and successfully in early 2021 for HUD to defer official scoring under PHAS and SEMAP because so many factors (i.e., rising TARs, declining rental revenue) are out of the control of HAs during the pandemic. With scoring set to return in 2022, PHADA is continuing to press HUD that scores should be deferred again.
  • Successfully advocated for a series of waivers to help HAs manage their agencies during the pandemic, including: suspension of REAC physical inspections, including NSPIRE sample inspections; waiving requirements for HQS and UPCS annual inspections to be completed at least once every 12 months and allowing for any pending periodic inspections to be postponed indefinitely; lifting requirements for completing annual and interim recertifications within a specific timeframe; extending deadlines for any and all other submissions, including competitive grant applications, grant or other reports, and annual plans.
  • Conducted numerous complimentary webinars for all members and even nonmembers. The webinars focused on innovative practices HA might employ, various waivers available, CARES Act reporting rules, and other relevant information.
  • Created the CARES Act Quick-Guide for Public Housing agencies to provide a condensed easy reference to the waivers and authorities provided by HUD and Congress through the CARES Act.

 

Budget, Legislation and Regulatory Efforts

PHADA continues to vigorously pursue housing authority funding needs, RAD improvements, and deregulation.

  • Helped secure increases in FY 21 capital and operating funding and all Section 8 accounts.
  • Conducted analysis and advocated for support of $70 billion for the Capital Fund backlog nationwide, a figure now cited by numerous legislators in housing plans and legislation. This figure is included in the Housing is Infrastructure Act of 2021 and was attributed to PHADA’s analysis by the House Financial Services Committee.
  • Led the opposition to HUD’s unfair and illegal changes to the Annual Contributions Contract (ACC). Congress recently enacted a law developed by PHADA that prevents HUD from initiating its harmful changes.
  • Led almost 900 HAs in two successful lawsuits against the federal government for its illegal operating reserves recapture. The government has already paid $136 million in damages in the PHADA-initiated litigation with about $130 million more to HAs now due.
  • Provided members with a suggested template of comments on the Biden Administration’s proposed Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) and Disparate Impact rules. PHADA’s common sense suggestions stressed more streamlined compliance for HAs while still adhering to the core objectives of the Fair Housing Act.
  • Collaborated with Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) to secure a major Moving to Work (MTW) expansion. PHADA also worked with the original sponsors of the Tenant Income Verification Relief Act that allows HAs to conduct triennial recertifications in certain instances.
  • Submitted comments to HUD on numerous regulations including Family Self Sufficiency, Fair Market Rents, the Credit Reporting Act, HOTMA, Section 3 and non-citizen rules, as well as on proposed information collections for Section 3 and PBV programs. Many of PHADA’s positions were subsequently adopted in the HUD regulations and information collections, streamlining reporting.
  • Offered numerous recommendations to REAC on its NSPIRE inspections rule. PHADA continues to advocate that the new inspections system be truly objective and that HAs not be accountable for tenant caused damages. In addition, HUD should ensure the rule does not score HAs on measures outside of their control such as water quality.
  • Analyzed, critiqued, and recommended changes that led to improved Fair Market Rents, Small Area Fair Market Rents, and voucher HAP contract renewal funding inflation factors (RFIF) in a significant number of geographical areas. This work also influenced HUD to seek academic studies on better methodologies of establishing these rents.
  • Following three years of advocacy and leadership by PHADA, Congress continues to include language in annual appropriations bills that prohibits HUD from making funding awards for Family Self Sufficiency coordinators based on a flawed Performance Measurement System.
  • Supported the ACTION Campaign and advocated for significant changes to enhance the Low Income Housing Tax Credit. Recent provisions include a 12.5 percent increase in the 9 percent tax credit allocation and a permanent hard 4 percent for private activity bonds.

 

Other Accomplishments

PHADA’s other notable accomplishments and work include:

  • Advocated as the only industry group to formally protest and write HUD when it dropped the MTW work requirement cohort. The association believes that this MTW flexibility would permit HAs to further innovate and better incentivize work and self-sufficiency, while expanding the knowledge base on what program and policy elements are effective, or ineffective at achieving the goals of the demonstration.
  • Developed a complimentary biweekly “Must Reads” electronic publication for members. The material provides the major current news stories of the day of interest to HAs and their staffs.
  • Extended availability of PHADA’s electronic communications to all staff at member agencies to share important legislative and regulatory information from Washington with a broader group of HA professionals.
  • Created an online resource library for members to access presentations from PHADA conferences on a variety of important topics.
  • Presented updates from Washington, DC, to state and regional associations on legislative, budgetary, and regulatory matters affecting HAs.

 

Join PHADA and make your interests heard!

If you value pertinent industry information, expert analysis, and the opportunity to be connected with industry thought leaders, then please consider a PHADA membership. Our online membership application is available here. With the additional support and involvement of your agency, we can be even more effective representing the industry’s interests in Washington.