17-20 March 2013, Washington DC, USA
A delegation from INTA represented by Pedro Ortiz, Rémi Feredj, Christine Lor and Michel Sudarskis, attended and addressed NAHRO Legislative conference 2013.
Here below a synthesis of the meeting:
Public housing was established by the US Housing Act of 1937 to provide safe, decent rental housing for low income families, the elderly and persons with disabilities.
Public housing comes in all sizes and types from single family houses scattered through a neighbourhood to high-rise apartments. Across the country, nearly 3,300 Public Housing Authorities (PHAs) own and operate about 1.2 million public housing units. This resource is a critical component of our national infrastructure, ensuring that the most vulnerable members of our communities have a safe and affordable place to live. Tenants are required to contribute one-third of their income to rent and the federal government provides funding through the Public Housing operating and Capital Funds to help PHAs meet the full costs of operating and maintaining their properties. However, as the portfolio continues to age, federal fundings have severely diminished, creating a large backlog of unmet capital needs.
NAHRO'S 2013 PRIORITIES FOR PUBLIC HOUSING
- Fully fund the operating costs and annual capital accrual needs of public housing and position PHAs to make meaningful progress toward addressing the backlog of unmet modernisation needs;
- Unlock the value of public housing assets by providing PHAs with a variety of tools to leverage and invest in the preservation of their properties;
- Increase PHA's flexibility to use available resources for their highest priority needs, regardless of funding source;
- Improve tools designed to allow PHAs to steward their portfolios as true asset managers, including HUD's demolition and disposition regulations;
- Establish protected capital reserve accounts to allow PHAs to responsably plan for future needs;
- Continue to seek dedicated resources for the revitalisation of severely distressed public housing properties;
- Reauthorise and expand the Moving to Work (MTW) demonstration in a manner that protects existing MTW agreements while provising new MTW agencies with flexibility and the ability to innovat;
- Enhance incentives for energy efficiency upgrades.
Public housing Facts
> 60% of PH households are elderly and /or disabled and live on a fixed income;
> PH families have an average income of approximately $13,000/year;
> More than 40% of PH families include children;
> On average, PH residents pay more than 300$ a month in rent and utilities;
> The average lenght of stay for non elderly / non-disabled households is approximately 4 years.
NAHRO International Committee