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Return on Investment from PHADA Membership

(L–R): The Advocate newsletter; PHADA’s court filing on the operating reserves offset; PHADA leadership meeting with Secretary Ben Carson at HUD Headquarters; Cash Management Issue Brief; our new mobile-friendly website.

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, 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.

Download a PDF copy of the “ROI from PHADA Membership” factsheet.

PHADA’s notable accomplishments and work include:

  • Helped secure increases in FY 19 domestic spending, which translated into more funding for the capital, operating, and voucher accounts, including admin fees. This boosted RAD rents approximately $40–$50 per unit/month.
  • Secured RAD improvements including an increase in the overall unit cap to 455,000, while proposing more favorable RAD contracts like those of private multifamily owners.
  • 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 related suit now underway that includes more than $200 million in potential damages.
  • Led the opposition to HUD’s unfair and illegal changes to the Annual Contributions Contract (ACC). PHADA was the first to write HUD and Congress about this matter and is prepared for another Court challenge, if necessary.
  • Worked to ensure that the Assessment of Fair Housing (AFH) tool is workable before HUD implements any new requirements. The Department has since recognized valid concerns PHADA identified, and delayed much of the AFH for the foreseeable future.
  • Provided extensive commentary to Congress on changes needed in pending Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) legislation.

 

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

  • 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.
  • 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 tens of thousands of additional low-income households.
  • Got HUD to accept PHADA’s call to conduct several listening sessions and additional dialogue with housing professionals on potential changes to the physical inspections protocol.
  • 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.
  • Participated in a Section 30 convening for HUD’s effort to improve participation in the Public Housing Mortgage Program. In addition to providing extensive comments, PHADA strongly advocated for the release of the Declaration of Trust as an alternative.
  • Led industry efforts to oppose HUD’s ill-advised “cash management” scheme. PHADA produced an informative video and detailed Issue Brief outlining its serious concerns.
  • 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.
  • Convinced HUD to delay a harmful FSS evaluation system, which would have reduced FSS funding for many HAs. PHADA has continued efforts with Congress to improve HUD’s flawed system before it can be implemented.
  • Organized a national listening session with HUD and PHADA members for the Secretary’s initiative to improve landlord participation in the voucher program.
  • 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, 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 included streamlined inspections and environmental reviews, improved consortia flexibility, and potential income-generating energy conservation measures. PHADA has provided formal comments on these provisions as HUD solicits input.

 

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.