MA: CHAPA Conference report/Citizens' Housing & Planning

Tom Boland (
Tue, 23 Feb 1999 22:16:08 -0800 (PST)

From: "Jeff Lubell" <>
To: "Housing/Welfare List Serve" <>
Subject: CHAPA Conference
Date: 23 Feb 1999 18:14:00 -0500
Organization: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

On February 11, over 400 housing providers, human services
agency staff, and others attended a statewide Massachusetts
conference titled: "Adjusting to Welfare Reform: How Can
Housing and Human Services Providers Work Together?"  The
event was organized by the Citizens' Housing and Planning
Association (CHAPA) ( and had more
than 30 sponsors.

The initial panel focused on key issues facing families
subject to time limits, work requirements, the family cap,
etc.  The second panel focused on what housing providers
have done (or could do) to help increase employment among
their tenants.  Following lunch speakers on partnering, the
afternoon was spent in regional networking.  Initial reports
on the conference are very positive!

Conference packets are available for $10.00 from CHAPA at
(617) 742-0820.  For information about the conference planning,
contact Cindy Rowe at the same number or e-mail Aaron
Gornstein (

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Included within the CHAPA conference packet was a
bibliography of materials germane to the intersection of
low-income housing policy and welfare reform.  With CHAPA's
permission we have reproduced this bibliography below.  (For
those attending the CHAPA conference, note that this
bibliography has a few additional web links.)

Another valuable bibliography on materials related to the
housing-welfare reform intersection may be found at:

We expect that some readers will identify additional
materials or links that should be added to these
bibliographies.  If you do, please drop us a note at:  We will organize the additions into a
single list and distribute a supplementary bibliography.
(To minimize e-mail traffic on the list-serve, please do not
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Prepared by Citizens' Housing and Planning Association
(CHAPA), January 1999


Bratt, Rachel G. and Langley C. Keyes. 1997.  "New
Perspectives on Self-Sufficiency: Strategies Of Nonprofit
Housing Organizations." Medford, MA: Department of Urban and
Environmental Policy, Tufts University.  A study that
details how nonprofit, housing organizations promote
self-sufficiency for their residents.  A summary of this
study can be found in the Housing Policy Debate (vol. 6, no.

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. 1998.
"Welfare-to-Work Housing Vouchers: An  Innovative Approach
to Welfare Reform. Washington DC."  This memo describes the
Welfare-to-Work program as outlined by Congress.  The
program provides 50,000 Section 8 vouchers to families who
begin the transition from welfare to work.

Children's Defense Fund. 1998.  "Welfare to What?: Early
Findings on Family Hardship and Well-Being, Washington,
D.C."  Compiling data from over 30 state and local studies,
this report presents a current profile of the impact of
welfare-to-work programs, demonstrating how and why 71
percent of recipients who find jobs, earn below the
three-person poverty level ($250 per week).

Connell, Terrence L. and Deborah Devin, Les Rubin. 1998.
"Welfare Reform: What it Could Mean to Local Housing
Authorities." (Excerpt from "Welfare Reform: and Housing: A
Preliminary Forecast," HUD).  Journal of Housing and
Community Development. 5, 6: p. 34(9).  A look at potential
outcomes of welfare reform and welfare-to-work programs on
local housing authorities in terms of rent revenues and
administrative workload.

Currie, Janet and Aaron S. Yelowitz. 1998.  "Public Housing
and Labor Supply. Working Paper #8."  Los Angeles:
University of California, Los Angeles and NBER, Joint Center
for Poverty Research.  This paper explores the relationship
between housing and economic behavior during welfare reform
by looking at the programs offered by public housing
authorities and the affects of these programs on the work
behavior of their recipients.

Kingsley, G. Thomas. 1997.  "Federal Housing Assistance and
Welfare Reform: Unchartered Territory."  # A-19 in Series
"New Federalism: Issues and Options for States." Washington,
D.C.: The Urban Institute.  Providing an early analysis,
this study examines the impact and future interaction of
welfare reform and housing.

Lubell, Jeff and Barbara Sard. 1998.  "Proposed Legislation
Would Divert Subsidies From the Working Poor and Weaken
Welfare Reform Efforts."  Washington, D.C.: Center on Budget
and Policy Priorities.  This paper gives an overview of the
proposed housing legislation and its potential impact on
subsidized housing, welfare reform and low-income families.

National Low Income Housing Coalition.1998.  "Out of Reach:
Rental Housing at What Cost?"  Washington, DC.  A national
study that analyzes the growing financial problems that
renters face in today's private rental market.

Ong, Paul. 1998. "Subsidized Housing and Work among Welfare
Recipients." Housing Debate Policy. 9, 4: p.757(20). The
analysis of results from a survey in California that
examines connections between government subsidized housing
and the amount of hours worked by female recipients of
public assistance.

Sard, Barbara and Jeff Lubell. 1998.  "How the Statutory
Changes Made by the Quality Housing and Work Responsibility
Act of 1998 May Affect Welfare Reform Efforts."  Washington,
D.C.: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.  This paper
investigates the potential impact of the new housing bill
(Quality Housing and Work Responsibility Act of 1998, QHWRA)
on welfare reform efforts.

Sard, Barbara and Jennifer Daskal. 1998.  "Housing:
Employment Preferences and Welfare Reform."  Washington, DC:
Center for Law and Social Policy.  A discussion of the
implications of public policy that designates Section 8
vouchers only to working families, disregarding the needs of
families that may be homeless or victims of domestic abuse
who do not qualify because of their work status.

Sard, Barbara and Jennifer Daskal. 1998.  "Housing and
Welfare Reform: Some Background Information."  Washington
DC: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.  This report
describes the changing relationships and intersections
between welfare reform and housing with an emphasis on the
potential opportunities and risks.

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. 1998.
"Rental Housing Assistance - The Crisis Continues."
Washington, D.C.  HUD's 1998 annual report that    focuses
on the current housing crisis that involves 5.3 million
families and their need for housing assistance.

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. 1998.
"Welfare Reform Impacts on the Public Housing Program: A
Preliminary Forecast."  Washington, DC: Office of Policy
Development and Research.  An early forecast of welfare
reform's impact on public housing authorities and their

U.S. General Accounting Office (GAO/RCED-98-148). 1998.
"Welfare Reform: Changes Will Further Shape the Roles of
Housing Agencies and HUD."  Washington, DC. GAO explores the
anticipated impact of welfare reform on public housing
authorities and their tenants, while examining HUD's future
role and responsibility.

U.S. General Accounting Office (GAO/RCED-99-14). 1998.
"Welfare Reform: Effect on HUD's Housing Subsidies is
Difficult to Estimate."  Washington, DC.  An examination of
different studies that have been completed to date that
predict welfare reform's impact on subsidized housing.


1998 Advocates Resource Book - Housing and Welfare Reform,
National Low Income Housing Coalition.

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Publications
Library.  (  To
join the Center's new housing/welfare listserve, send an
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Housing, University of Colorado - Denver, Graduate School of
Public Affairs.

Welfare Information Network.  A Clearinghouse for
Information, Policy Analysis and Technical Assistance on
Welfare Reform (

Welfare Reform, Department of Health and Human Services,
Administration for Children & Families.

Welfare Reform, National Governor's Association, Center for
Best Practices.

Welfare Reform, Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Welfare Reform Clearinghouse, National Association of

Welfare Reform and Public and Assisted Housing, Public
Housing Authorities Directors Association (PHADA).

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