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How housing authorities are communicating with low income households amid coronavirus

By on March 23rd, 2020

Tagged As: Coronavirus, Editorials

In normal times, it could be hard for an applicant, participant or an interested party to call and speak with a live person at a Public Housing Agency (PHA). Whether it’s by way of being transferred to the appropriate staffer, or carefully navigating an automated phone system, reaching a live person immediately was not always … Continue reading How housing authorities are communicating with low income households amid coronavirus


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HUD’s New Initiative for Self-Sufficiency

By on March 9th, 2018

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On December 7th, 2017, HUD Secretary Ben Carson announced a new initiative called EnVision Centers. The goal of the EnVision Center initiative is to bring together programs and services for HUD assisted families to become self-sufficient and no longer need government assisted housing. When talking about the reason for the EnVision Center Demonstration initiative, Carson claims … Continue reading HUD’s New Initiative for Self-Sufficiency


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How the Government Shutdown Affected Public Housing Authorities

By on January 22nd, 2018

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The federal government shutdown over the weekend caused many US federal offices to be closed today. However, the shutdown did not affect most participants the housing programs offered by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). At the local level, Public Housing Authorities (PHAs) should have been open and doing business as usual. … Continue reading How the Government Shutdown Affected Public Housing Authorities


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Section 8 Small Area Fair Market Rents Give Renters Opportunity

By on October 10th, 2017

Tagged As: Editorials

As a former Housing Choice Voucher caseworker, I’ve seen instances where families were awarded Housing Choice Vouchers (Section 8), but could not use them to rent in middle-class neighborhoods where schools are better, grocery stores are closer and the streets are safer for their children. Only on a few occasions do I recall seeing families … Continue reading Section 8 Small Area Fair Market Rents Give Renters Opportunity