Home Housing & Development
The 2017 Stars of Energy Efficiency awards, honoring the top energy efficiency innovators, will be presented to American Water, the Chevrolet Bolt EV, Itron, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Schneider Electric and 7-Eleven, the Alliance to Save Energy (Alliance) announced today. The awards will be conferred before nearly 400 leaders from industry, government and the non-profit sectors at the 25th annual Evening with the Stars of Energy Efficiency Awards Dinner on September 14 in Washington, D.C.
Thousands of advocates, organizations, and elected officials in more than 30 cities across the country will join the Our Homes, Our Voices National Housing Week of Action, July 22 to 29, led by the Campaign for Housing and Community Development Funding (CHCDF), to call for increased federal investments in affordable housing and community development.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 10 recently honored four Pacific Northwest communities for excellence in providing safe drinking water to the public by using the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund program. The communities of Stevens County (Mission Ridge), WA, and Ashland, Baker City and Garibaldi, OR received this recognition after being nominated by their respective states.
The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) today reached an agreement with leaders of the House Financial Services Committee to craft a viable, long-term flood insurance reauthorization bill that will keep the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) fiscally sound and enable home builders to provide safe and affordable housing to consumers.
The National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) Remodeling Market Index (RMI) posted a reading of 55 in the second quarter of 2017, down three points from the first quarter of 2017. For 17 consecutive quarters, the RMI has been at or above 50, which indicates that more remodelers report market activity is higher (compared to the prior quarter) than report it is lower. The overall RMI averages ratings of current remodeling activity with indicators of future remodeling activity.
To assist low-income households in the U.S. with rising water and wastewater rates, seven leading water associations issued a guide that assesses the feasibility of rate-funded customer assistance programs (CAPs) in each state.
WSSC commissioners today approved two construction contracts totaling $7 million to improve drinking water infrastructure in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties. These contracts underscore WSSC’s clean water mission by replacing aging water mains in the Beltsville area of Prince George’s County and installing a new elevated water storage tank in the Clarksburg area of Montgomery County.
The District of Columbia Housing Finance Agency (DCHFA) takes its multifamily financing process completely online with the launch of the new Multi-Family Lending Application. “We developed this application to make it easier for developers to do business with the Agency to increase the production of affordable housing in the District of Columbia,” stated Todd A. Lee, Executive Director of DCHFA, “This is the first in a series of innovations in affordable housing finance that the Agency will deliver over the next 12 months.
U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry today announced $40 million in Department of Energy awards for the establishment of four DOE Bioenergy Research Centers (BRCs), which will provide the scientific breakthroughs for a new generation of sustainable, cost-effective bioproducts and bioenergy.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is inviting Maine Water Company in Biddeford, Maine to apply for a Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) loan
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Census Bureau jointly announced the following new residential construction statistics for June 2017.
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today announced that veteran construction safety expert Stephen M. Wiltshire has joined its 70-person staff as director of safety.
The U.S. Department of the Interior and the National Park Service announced today $13.3 million through the Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership (ORLP) program to assist 22 cities in 17 states with projects to plan, build, and enhance parks and other outdoor recreation facilities in underserved communities.
U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today chaired a hearing held by the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources to examine the status of U.S. and North American energy and resource security. The hearing examined everything from the significant benefits that have resulted from the elimination of the domestic ban on crude oil exports in December 2015 to the need to maintain U.S. nuclear leadership and improve our waning mineral security.
King County qualifies for $129 million from innovative EPA infrastructure loan for Georgetown wet...
Washington’s King County is one of only 12 communities nationwide selected for the first round of funding under a new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency loan aimed at helping spark investment in critical infrastructure projects across the country.
All four indexes of the National Multifamily Housing Council’s (NMHC) July Quarterly Survey of Apartment Market Conditions remained slightly below the breakeven level of 50, the fourth consecutive quarter indicating softening conditions. The Market Tightness (43), Sales Volume (47), Equity Financing (46), and Debt Financing (47) Indexes all improved from April, but still hovered just below 50
Nationwide housing starts rose 8.3 percent in June to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.22 million units, according to newly released data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Commerce Department. Single-family production increased 6.3 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 849,000 units from a below-trend May reading of 799,000, while multifamily starts rose 13.3 percent to 366,000. Single-family production was at its second-highest rate this year.
365 Connect Introduces Twenty-First Century Solution to Affordable Housing Industry with Release of Comprehensive...
365 Connect, a leading provider of award-winning marketing, leasing, and resident technology platforms for the multifamily housing industry, announced today the release of a comprehensive industry study on the utilization of resident services in affordable housing. The study, Affordable Multifamily Rental Housing Resident Services - Twenty-First-Century Solutions, brings into focus the future of delivering services through web-based platforms.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded $3,042,000 to the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ) to implement and enforce the requirements of the Safe Drinking Water Act. The award was made under the Public Water System Supervision program and will go toward NCDEQ’s oversight of the 5,677 public water systems serving approximately nine million people.
Builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes slipped two points in July to a level of 64 from a downwardly revised June reading on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI). It is the lowest reading since November 2016
NATIONAL FOUNDATION FOR CREDIT COUNSELING AND FRAMEWORK PARTNERSHIP MERGES INNOVATIVE HOMEBUYER EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY AND...
The National Foundation for Credit Counseling® (NFCC®) represents the largest network of non-profit HUD-approved counseling agencies, providing a broad range of counseling and education services to support the needs of current and potential homeowners. Since first becoming a HUD-approved Intermediary more than two decades ago, the NFCC has continued to evolve the channels and methods through which it supports sustainable home ownership.
The Alliance to Save Energy released the following statement from President Kateri Callahan regarding a House Appropriations bill report to be taken up Tuesday that would slash the budget for the ENERGY STAR program by approximately 40 percent
The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) has awarded 27 new contracts to small businesses for its Phase II Building Maintenance and Operations (BMO) Best-in-Class (BIC) strategic sourcing solution. This multiple award solution gives government agencies a more streamlined process for acquiring facility maintenance and operations services, including electrical maintenance, janitorial, landscaping, fire alarm and suppression system maintenance, commissioning and more
In an effort to prevent and effectively end homelessness, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is making $2 billion available to support thousands of local homeless assistance programs nationwide. Funded through the Continuum of Care (CoC) Homeless Assistance Program, HUD’s funding notice continues to encourage local applicants to use a Housing First approach to help individuals and families move quickly into permanent housing
EPA has given a grade of "B" for water quality in the Charles River during 2016. This is a slight reduction from the "B+" grade awarded for water quality in the Charles during 2015.
During several award ceremonies across the country in July, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will honor exemplary facilities, employees and civilian providers working to address Veteran homelessness.
The Teamsters Union denounced the House Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (T-HUD) Appropriations Subcommittee’s attack on highway safety and infrastructure investment during its mark-up of the 2018 funding proposal. While eliminating important funding for infrastructure improvement, the subcommittee compromised the very highway safety programs the bill funds by inserting provisions that would increase driver fatigue, if enacted
The Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held an oversight hearing on federal offshore oil and gas development on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). Panel members discussed the benefits of expanding access to the Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, Pacific and Alaska for coastal communities, job creation nationally, and increased revenues for both states and the U.S. Treasury.
The National Institute of Building Sciences Building Seismic Safety Council (BSSC) will host a special webinar to address the newest ground motion requirements of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)/Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) standard, ASCE 7-16: Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures. Sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the free webinar, “New Site-Specific Ground Motion Requirements of ASCE 7-16,” is scheduled for Friday, July 28, 2017, from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm ET (11:00 am to 12:00 pm PT).
Coalition to Save Local Businesses Executive Director Michael Layman released the below statement on today’s House Education and the Workforce full committee hearing exploring the impact of the NLRB’s expanded joint employer standard