A joint notice issued by HUD’s Offices of Public and Indian Housing (PIH) and Community Planning and Development (CPD) urges public housing agencies (PHAs) and state and local grant recipients to forge partnerships with public and private agencies to promote HUD-assisted resident connections to health care, education, employment, and other social services. Notice PIH-2011-51/CPD 2011-09 cites Goal 3 of HUD’s Strategic Plan 2010-2015, which views housing as a platform for improving the quality of life for HUD-assisted residents. The Notice states that evidence shows stable housing can be a highly effective base from which a household can connect to needed services.
While the Notice does not intend to break new policy ground or clarify existing policy, in one area it does. Regarding the public housing Operating Fund add-on of $25 per occupied unit for resident participation activities, the Notice clarifies that a ten-year-old Notice, PIH 2001-3, remains in effect. This is good news for public housing residents and advocates because it provides interim instructions that augment the Part 964 regulations regarding the distribution and use of the Operating Funds for resident participation activities.
The value of the Notice for advocates is that it provides a 20-page compendium of brief descriptions of various non-housing federal programs that might be useful in working with HUD-assisted residents. For instance, it mentions the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Atlas, which provides county-level information regarding topics such as access to grocery stores, food insecurity, food assistance, and prices. Another example is the U.S. Department of Labor’s One-Stop Career System locator and Workforce Investment Board locator.
Among suggested strategies for partnership development, the Notice includes “Enhanced Resident Participation,” describing a variety of HUD-specific requirements.
The Notice also has a variety of sample Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) and Interagency Agreements (IAAs) outlining the nature of collaboration when partnerships are created.
Notice PIH-2011-51/CPD 2011-09, is at http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/public_indian_housing/publications/notices.