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For more than 75 years, the nonprofit National Housing Conference (NHC) has been the United Voice for Housing. A membership drawn from every industry segment forms the foundation for NHC’s broad, nonpartisan advocacy for national policies and legislation that promote suitable housing in a safe, decent environment.

NHC's research affiliate, the Center for Housing Policy, specializes in developing solutions through research. In partnership with NHC and its members, the Center works to broaden understanding of the nation’s housing challenges and to examine the impact of policies and programs developed to address these needs.

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National Housing Conference announces new policy director

The National Housing Conference (NHC) announced today that Tristan Bréaux officially joined NHC as its new policy director. Bréaux brings to NHC 10 years of policy and legislative experience. Most recently, he served as a deputy chief of staff and district director for Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.).
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NHC submits comments to Treasury on Opportunity Zones implementation

The National Housing Conference (NHC) submitted comments today on Opportunity Zones (OZ) to the U.S. Department of the Treasury. NHC believes that to be eligible for the tax incentive, any tax-deferred investments targeted specifically at distressed communities should avoid the elimination of affordable housing leading to displacement of current residents.
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NHC statement on the Trump administration’s housing finance reform proposal

The National Housing Conference is encouraged that the Trump administration’s proposal, “Reform Federal Role in Mortgage Finance” is addressing a critical issue affecting the American Home.
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NHC lauds Senate’s rejection of Trump budget cuts

The National Housing Conference strongly supports the U.S. Senate’s rejection of a procedural vote to consider President Donald Trump’s $15 billion budget rescission package by a vote of 48-50. “The Senate vote was an important stand against a deeply flawed budget policy that would harm affordable housing efforts at a time when they are needed most,” said David M. Dworkin, president and CEO of the National Housing Conference.

White House rescissions package puts critical housing, community development programs at risk

The Office of Management and Budget has requested $15.4 billion in cuts from resources already allocated to federal agencies in a rescissions package sent to Congress today. Included in the request is a cut of over $257 million in housing and community development funds, including HUD’s Public Housing Capital Fund, Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions and Capital Magnet Funds, and USDA’s Rental Assistance and Community Facilities programs
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Omnibus spending bill the most important housing legislation in years

NHC’s president and CEO David M. Dworkin says that the omnibus FY 2018 funding bill released tonight “is the most important housing legislation in many years. Public-private partnerships like LIHTC and the CDFI Fund have a proven track record of success, and subsidy programs like HOME and CDBG are critical components of any public-private investment partnership. These increases will result in hundreds of thousands of desperately needed affordable housing units being built by American workers throughout the country. The American Home is the foundation of everything it means to be a great nation, and these federal investments are the keystone of that foundation.”
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National Housing Conference sign-on letter to Senate leadership supports confirmation of Brian Montgomery for...

The National Housing Conference (NHC) sent a letter signed by 44 organizations Friday to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) expressing enthusiastic support for confirmation of Brian D. Montgomery as Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) assistant secretary for housing and Federal Housing Administration (FHA) commissioner.

National Housing Conference Statement on State of the Union

President Trump has called for “our New American Moment,” declaring that “there has never been a better time to start living the American dream.” But there is no American dream without the American Home.

Duty to Serve can expand the reach of affordable housing

The National Housing Conference welcomes the final Underserved Markets Plans released by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac today as the next step in the Duty to Serve process. The enterprises make more specific commitments to loan purchases and investments in year one than were in the May drafts. We should see immediate impacts from these plans in 2018 to help private capital reach rural areas, preserve affordable housing and improve manufactured housing.

Tax bill provisions would harm affordable housing and economic revitalization efforts

Elements of the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” released yesterday by the House Ways and Means Committee would greatly harm affordable housing, economic revitalization and community development efforts nationwide. The National Housing Conference’s diverse membership of housing stakeholders opposes the elimination of proven tools like private activity mortgage revenue bonds and the New Markets Tax Credit, and supports improvement and expansion of the long-successful Low Income Housing Tax Credit

NHC encourages states to use energy efficiency in affordable housing to meet federal goals

With the federal Clean Power Plan rule coming soon, states will have to begin planning for how to meet federal requirements to reduce carbon emissions. Housing should play a role in those plans because the built environment offers ways to not only reduce pollution but also reduce energy costs, improve health and make housing more affordable. The National Housing Conference (NHC) urges states and housing stakeholders to ensure that energy efficiency in affordable housing becomes a part of every state’s plan.

Changing veteran population requires resources tailored to meet their full range of housing needs

One size does not fit all when it comes to housing and supportive services for America’s veterans. A new report released today by the National Housing Conference’s Center for Housing Policy details how the changing veteran population  requires changes in the housing options and supportive services made available to them after they return to civilian life

Final fair housing rule will help build stronger communities

The National Housing Conference welcomes The Department of Housing and Urban Development’s announcement today of a final rule implementing the Fair Housing Act’s requirement to affirmatively further fair housing. The guidance in the rule and the tools it provides to states and localities will help communities nationwide find ways to create affordable housing opportunities for all. When people of all backgrounds can live near where they work, study and build their lives, we all prosper

New case studies show promising ways affordable housing can improve health and decrease health...

Better living environments promote better health, and partnerships between housing and health care practitioners could mean improved outcomes for low-income individuals and families. Three new case studies released today by the National Housing Conference’s Center for Housing Policy highlight promising examples of how housing and health collaborations can improve the overall health and wellbeing of low-income individuals and families, while decreasing environmental hazards, emergency room visits, and overall health care costs

NHC urges Congress to solve homelessness with proven solutions, not unfunded mandates

Homelessness in America is a profound demonstration of our country’s failure to ensure safe, decent and affordable housing for all. Whether the people experiencing homelessness are adults or children, whether they are doubled up or living on the streets, public policy should address their needs. Only in recent years has public policy to end homelessness begun to show consistent results through a carefully targeted use of a housing first model.

NHC to Congress: Short-term housing cuts mean long-term consequences

On June 23, the Senate Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations subcommittee reported out an FY 2016 THUD funding bill that demonstrates how budget caps are forcing short-term cuts with long-term consequences. While NHC understands the budget constraints facing the subcommittee, the cuts to vital housing investments in this bill are deep and damaging.  We call on Congress to forge a bipartisan compromise on spending that would allow essential long-term investments in housing and many other areas of need.

New report shows no safe level of child homelessness

The younger and longer a child experiences homelessness, the greater the cumulative toll of negative health outcomes, which can have lifelong effects on the child, the family and the community. This is the key finding from a research brief out today from Children’s HealthWatch and the Center for Housing Policy at the National Housing Conference, “Compounding Stress: The Timing and Duration Effects of Homelessness on Children’s Health.”

Affordable Care Act and Medicaid reforms could mean new funding and partnerships for affordable...

Recent changes to Medicaid and implementation of the Affordable Care Act mean more support for the social and preventive health needs of low-income individuals. A new report released today by NHC’s Center for Housing Policy,Affordable Housing’s Place in Medicaid Reform: Opportunities Created by the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid Reform, examines the ways health care changes created by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and earlier Medicaid reforms have created the potential for affordable housing providers to collaborate with health care providers, insurers and other institutions to support the wellbeing of low-income and vulnerable individuals and families.

Access to stable, affordable housing has positive impacts on mental and physical health

Safe, affordable homes aren’t stocked at your local pharmacy, but a new review of the research shows the vital role of an affordable home in our health. The Impacts of Affordable Housing on Health: A Research Summary, released today by NHC’s Center for Housing Policy, shows that affordable housing is an important social determinant of health and can be key to improving health and wellbeing of children, adults and older adults

Appropriations subcommittee hearing discusses HUD programs and questions costs

On March 24, HUD Secretary Julian Castro testified a second time before the House Appropriations Transportation and Housing and Urban Development subcommittee on the president’s FY 2016 HUD budget request.

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WolfNet Helps Customers Set A Real Estate Property Alert “Speed Record”

WolfNet®, the real estate industry’s most trusted MLS data standardization provider and leading innovator of IDX solutions and website services, announced the launch of its new data loader dubbed “PropertyPipeline” to significantly increase its data refresh speed that will benefit more than 250,000 real estate agents

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Appraisal Institute Opposes Bills Raising Thresholds for SBA Loans

Citing significant risks to taxpayers, the Appraisal Institute on Monday urged the U.S. House of Representatives to turn back legislation that would virtually eliminate appraisal requirements for the Small Business Administration’s two largest loan programs. Votes on two related bills are expected today in the full House