Return on Investment from PHADA Membership
PHADA continues to conduct effective policy analysis and advocate vigorously on behalf of its 1,900 members. The association has provided its members with extensive information and material on AFH Tools, the MTW expansion, the ACC, HUD’s HCV Administrative Fee Study, the non-smoking regulation, consortia rule, triennial recertifications, Section 3, and new demolition-disposition rules. Additionally, PHADA’s staff has also addressed numerous state, regional, and affiliated industry conferences, promoting the association’s legislative agenda and providing much-needed information to industry practitioners.
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 housing authority.
Some of the many 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 top 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.
PHADA represents your voice, uniquely and forcefully, advocating before Congress and HUD.
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PHADA’s notable accomplishments and work include:
- 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.
- Worked to ensure that the Assessment of Fair Housing (AFH) tool is workable before HUD implements any new requirements. The Department has recognized PHADA’s valid concerns and issued a less burdensome proposal.
- Helped secure increases in FY 20 capital funding and all Section 8 accounts including funds for RAD, HAs, and HCV admin fees.
- Organized and oversaw successful litigation against HUD regarding its illegal offset of operating reserves. This resulted in the payment of $136 million in damages to date, with a second pending suit that includes more than $100 million in potential damages.
- Following two years of advocacy and leadership by PHADA, Congress adopted language that prohibits HUD from making funding awards for Family Self Sufficiency coordinators based on a flawed Performance Measurement System, which favors immediate employment over longer-term education.
PHADA continues to vigorously pursue housing authority funding needs, RAD improvements, and deregulation.
- Conducted analysis and advocated for support of $70 billion for the Capital Fund backlog nationwide, a figure cited by numerous legislators in housing plans and legislation.
- Advised HUD in meetings and sessions on a number of existing and/or proposed programs and initiatives, including NSPIRE, Streamlined Voluntary Conversion, PHA Insolvency, Section 30, Opportunity Zones, Shared Housing, Voucher Utilization, and Family Self-Sufficiency.
- Represented member voices and advanced PHADA’s presence and relevancy through contributions on key legislation, including carbon monoxide detectors, fire suppression systems, radon, tenant protections, and performance-based contract administrators, and through advice and expertise to national media outlets.
- Suggested a moratorium on all new HUD rules and reporting requirements, including the Department’s costly and time-consuming Physical Needs Assessment (PNA). For the last several years, PHADA has helped secure passage of legislation that prevents appropriated funds from being used by HUD to require or enforce the PNA.
- Fought HUD’s plan to prevent HAs, RAD agencies and private owners seeking money damages in litigation against the Department.
- Pressed HUD to publish information on operating reserves, which demonstrated that billions in reserves HAs need to cover future costs are already encumbered. This helped ensure that the funds are protected from a possible recapture or offset, as well as illustrated the need for increased operating funds.
- Developed and pushed for legislation that would allow HAs to use of a portion of Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) reserves to supplement admin fees so they can lease up more units to additional low-income households.
- Took a leadership role to prevent detrimental changes in the operating fund formula. PHADA provided detailed analysis and advocacy that stopped HUD from proceeding with a new methodology that would have reduced funding for many HAs.
- 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.
- Collaborated with Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) to secure a major 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.
- Supported the ACTION Campaign and advocated for significant changes to enhance the Low Income Housing Tax Credit. Among other improvements, recent provisions include a 12.5 percent increase in the 9 percent tax credit allocation.
- Advocated successfully for small agency relief that included streamlined inspections and environmental reviews, improved consortia flexibility, and potential income-generating energy conservation measures.
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.