Return on Investment from PHADA Membership
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, a biweekly subscription to the association’s 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; 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.
Some of PHADA’s notable accomplishments and work include:
- Helped secure increases in FY 18 domestic spending, which translated into significant increases in the capital, operating, and voucher accounts, and helps make RAD rents more workable.
- Organized and oversaw successful litigation against HUD regarding its offset of HA operating reserves. This resulted in the payment of $136 million in damages to date, with a second related suit now underway that includes more than $200 million in potential damages.
- 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 tens of thousands of additional low-income households.
- Took a leadership role to prevent harmful changes in the operating fund formula. Through detailed analysis and advocacy, the association prevented HUD from moving forward with a new methodology that would have reduced funding for many HAs.
- Worked to ensure that the Assessment of Fair Housing (AFH) tool is more workable before HUD implements new requirements. HUD has since recognized valid concerns PHADA has identified and delayed much of the AFH for the foreseeable future.
- Analyzed, critiqued and recommended changes, which 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.
- Pressed HUD to publish information on operating reserves, which demonstrated that billions in reserves that HAs need to cover future costs are already encumbered. This better ensures the funds are protected from a possible recapture or offset, and illustrates the need for increased operating funds.
- Led industry efforts on HUD’s plan to replace Housing Quality Standards with a new unworkable inspection protocol (UPCS-V). Following discussions with PHADA, HUD agreed to consider a reasoned approach to a regular evaluation of the UPCS-V demonstration as it progresses to ensure that outcomes are valid and objective.
- Collaborated with Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) to help secure a major MTW expansion. PHADA also worked with the original sponsors of the Tenant Income Verification Relief Act. That law allows HAs to conduct triennial recertifications in certain instances.
- Suggested a moratorium on all new HUD rules and reporting requirements including the Department’s costly and time-consuming Physical Needs Assessment (PNA). PHADA helped secure passage of legislation that prevents appropriated funds from being used by HUD to require or enforce the PNA.
- Helped secure improvements to RAD including an increase in the overall unit cap to 455,000. PHADA also worked with Congress for large increases in the Operating and Capital Funds, which will result in more feasible RAD rents, and also pushed for better RAD contracts with more favorable terms such as those given to private PBRA owners.
- Supported the ACTION Campaign and advocated for significant changes to enhance the Low Income Housing Tax Credit. Among other improvements, new provisions include a 12.5 percent increase in the 9 percent tax credit allocation.
- Advocated successfully for small agency relief as part of a larger bill that was enacted. Provisions include streamlined inspections and environmental reviews, improved consortia flexibility, and potential income-generating energy conservation measures.
- Helped advance passage of the Family Self-Sufficiency Act. The new law will allow participating HAs to combine their public housing and voucher FSS programs, broaden the services that can be provided to participants, and extend the program to tenants who live in privately-owned properties backed by project-based rental assistance.
PHADA continues to vigorously pursue housing authority funding needs, RAD improvements, and deregulation.
Among many other things, PHADA will also continue to work on your behalf to:
SUGGEST new ways to control costs and increase HA revenues, such as higher minimum rents (with hardship provisions) and make other changes in the ways utilities and rents are calculated (see www.phada.org/pdf/PreservingPublicHousingBooklet.pdf);
SUBMIT detailed comments on proposed rules that may pose legal and administrative challenges for housing authorities. PHADA has filed extensive comments on AFH Tools, HUD’s HCV Administrative Fee Study, proposed FMRs and Small Area FMRs, RFIFs, non-smoking regulation, consortia rule, triennial recertifications, Section 3, VAWA, demolition-disposition rules;
OPPOSE HUD’s backtracking on asset management and the “refederalization” of central office cost center, providing feedback and suggestions to make sure rules are fair and workable;
ELIMINATE or scale back harmful proposed changes that would establish an unfair FSS evaluation system, and a revised Annual Contributions Contract (ACC) that contains many objectionable provisions; and
HELP members develop comments to HUD and Congress. For example, PHADA has provided detailed templates for members to use in communications on HUD’s Assessment of Fair Housing Tool, voucher fungibility proposal, proposed HCV admin fee formula changes, and the lead-based paint rule.
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.