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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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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
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.
The continuing economic recovery has improved housing affordability slightly for low- and moderate-income working households, but housing costs continue to increase for renters, according to a new report released today by the Center for Housing Policy at the National Housing Conference
WASHINGTON, D.C. - January 28, 2015 - (RealEstateRama) -- The National Housing Conference applauds President Obama's choice to highlight housing issues in his speeches leading up to the State of the Union address and in connecting to those same themes in the address itself. Getting housing policy right is essential to keeping our economy on a path of recovery coming out of the great recession and to ensuring that all in America can achieve a brighter future