Housing & Development

Housing & Development
The White House

President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate Leonard Wolfson to the Department of...

If confirmed, Leonard Wolfson of Connecticut will serve as Assistant Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Mr. Wolfson has served as Associate Vice President of Legislative Affairs for the Mortgage Bankers Association, where he helped the real estate finance industry recover from the financial crisis by advocating for a return to safe and sustainable lending.
HUD AND CENSUS BUREAU REPORT

HUD AND CENSUS BUREAU REPORT RESIDENTIAL CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITY IN AUGUST 2017

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 September 2017. Building Permits: Privately owned housing units authorized by building permits in September were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,215,000.

Enhancements to Green Lease Leaders Raise the Building Efficiency Bar

Green Lease Leaders introduces new recognition criteria, website, and helpful resources to better shine a spotlight on innovative landlords and tenants who incorporate efficiency and sustainability into their leases and corporate best practices.
NAHB

Hurricanes Push Down Housing Production in September

 Nationwide housing starts fell 4.7 percent in September to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.13 million units, according to newly released data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Commerce Department. Nationwide single-family production fell 4.6 percent to 829,000 units due to a 15.3 percent decline in the hurricane-ravaged South. All other regions posted gains in the single-family sector, and nationwide single-family permits increased 2.4 percent
Appraisal Institute

Don’t Like Your Home’s Appraisal? Here’s What You Can Do

If consumers are unhappy with the appraisal of a home they’re buying or selling, they have options available to them, the president of the nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers said today.
USGBC

GBCI Announces 2017 LEED Fellows

Green Business Certification, Inc. (GBCI) has announced its 2017 class of LEED Fellows, an annual recognition of outstanding LEED professionals. This year’s 23 LEED Fellows exemplify a diverse array of achievements and contributions to the green building community and LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, the world’s most widely used green building rating system.
NACWA

NACWA, White House Officials Discuss Infrastructure Package

NACWA held a private meeting with senior White House officials on October 12 to discuss the contours of the Administration’s planned infrastructure package, including opportunities for public clean water utilities.  This followed a broader water sector meeting, hosted by the White House on October 10, in which a number of NACWA utility members participated.
NAHB

Builder Confidence Rises Four Points in October

Builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes rose four points to a level of 68 in October on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI). This was the highest reading since May.
Habitat

Habitat for Humanity to aid more than 6,000 families in Texas, Florida and Puerto...

Habitat for Humanity is commencing the long-term phase of its Habitat Hammers Backhurricane recovery initiative, pledging to help more than 6,000 families across regions impacted by hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.
NeighborWorks America

NeighborWorks America trains community leaders and honors local heroes

On Oct. 13, NeighborWorks America presented six individuals with its annual Dorothy Richardson Award for Resident Leadership. The award recognizes outstanding contributions by community leaders. The recognition occurred during the NeighborWorks Community Leadership Institute, which strengthens the skills of residents and provides seed grants to help them execute action plans when they return home.
ABC National

ABC CEO Mike Bellaman Appointed to Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion for all Americans

Michael D. Bellaman, president and CEO of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), has been appointed by U.S. Department of Labor Secretary R. Alexander Acosta  to the Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion, created by President Trump’s June 15 Executive Order 13801.

DHS And Partners Convene First Election Infrastructure Coordinating Council

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) joined the Election Assistance Commission (EAC), the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS), and state and local election officials from around the country today to convene the first Government Coordinating Council (GCC) for the Election Infrastructure Subsector. Today’s meeting is part of the department’s ongoing work with state and local officials as we build trusted relationships to help keep the nation’s election systems secure.
Natural Resources

Onshore Energy Bill Draws Praise as Subcommitte Continues Broad Overhaul of Federal Lands Energy...

The Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources heard testimony on a discussion draft of the “Opportunities for the Nation and States to Harness Onshore Resources Act” or “ONSHORE Act.” The bill allows states with established regulatory programs to seek primacy for the implementation of federal permitting responsibilities for oil and gas development on federal lands
NAHB

NAHB Announces Finalists for Apartment and Condo Awards

Adaptive reuse, plentiful amenities and sustainable and green building practices were some of the trademarks found in this year’s finalists for the 2017 Multifamily Pillars of the Industry Awards, which honor superior achievement in apartment and condominium development, design, marketing and management and are sponsored by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).
Natural Resources

Panel: Bipartisan Bills Enhance ESA Protections, Boost Hydropower Reliability

The Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans held a legislative hearing on H.R. 3144 (Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-WA) and H.R. 3916 (Rep. Ken Calvert, R-CA), the “Federally Integrated Species Health Act” or “FISH Act,” bills to improve the recovery of Endangered Species Act (ESA) listed fish while providing certainty for water and power users.
NAHB

Statement from NAHB First Vice Chairman Randy Noel on President Trump’s Executive Order on...

Randy Noel, first vice chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a home builder and developer from LaPlace, La., attended today’s White House signing ceremony and issued the following statement regarding President Trump’s executive order on health care
Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton

Norton Pushes for Federal Financial Incentives for Localities like D.C. that Use Local Dollars...

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), ranking member of the House Highways and Transit Subcommittee, yesterday at a subcommittee hearing on building a 21st century infrastructure asked key stakeholders about increasing incentives for state and local governments, such as the District of Columbia, that move ahead on infrastructure projects without always waiting for full federal transportation and infrastructure funding.
Ginnie Mae

VA, Ginnie Mae Create Task Force to Address Mortgage Refinancing Issues

The Government National Mortgage Association (Ginnie Mae) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announce the formation of the “Joint Ginnie Mae – VA Refinance Loan Task Force.”
Ginnie Mae

Ginnie Mae Issues Guidance for Disaster Pass-Through Assistance and Delinquency Ratio Exemptions for Qualifying...

Ginnie Mae issued an All Participants Memorandum (APM) – APM 17-04 to Single-Family Issuers providing updates and further guidance on the availability of optional, special assistance for Hurricanes Harvey, Irma or Maria including associated eligibility requirements and the application process.
NeighborWorks America

NeighborWorks lending efforts get boost from more than $18 million in CDFI funds

Twenty-five NeighborWorks organizations around the country have received more than $18 million as part of grants from the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) program. Combined with grants from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Corp. (dba NeighborWorks America), local governments, foundations and the private sector, the funds will allow these small- and medium-sized nonprofit businesses to continue to provide affordable loan products and services to low- and moderate-income borrowers.
NCRC

40 years later, CRA remains a powerful tool to ensure banks do business with...

I grew up in Boston in the 1960’s, in public housing, across the street from a full-service bank branch. The bank was critical to the neighborhood until bank executives in downtown-Boston decided to discriminate against poor and working-class whites and racial minorities. Known as “redlining,” banks condemned whole neighborhoods and refused to make loans to people who lived there regardless of their credit worthiness
VA

VA, Ginnie Mae Create Task Force to Address Mortgage Refinancing Issue

The Government National Mortgage Association (Ginnie Mae) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced the formation of the Joint Ginnie Mae – VA Refinance Loan Task Force.
Financial Services Committee

Chairman Hensarling Delivers Opening Statement at Hearing on HUD

Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) delivered the following opening statement at today’s hearing with Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson: Today we welcome the 17th Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Dr. Ben Carson for his first appearance before our committee
ConsensusDocs

ConsensusDocs Publishes New O&M Agreement

Today, ConsensusDocs is announcing the release of a new industry standard agreement for operations and maintenance. The ConsensusDocs 910 Standard Operations and Maintenance (O&M) Agreement is the first agreement that ConsensusDocs has published that focuses on construction work services that take place after substantial completion.
ULI

Real Estate Economists Expect Continued Moderate Growth for the Commercial Real Estate Industry Through...

The U.S. commercial real estate industry is, in general, expected to experience moderated growth through much of 2019, according to a new three-year economic forecast from the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Center for Capital Markets and Real Estate.
ABC National

ABC Hails Lower Small Business Rates in Tax Reform Framework

Michael D. Bellaman, president and CEO of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), issued the following statement in response to President Trump’s speech on tax reform in Harrisburg, Pa.
SEIA

SEIA Joins Settlement to Resolve Oncor Rate Case

Following is a statement from Sean Gallagher, vice president of state affairs for the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), on the unanimous settlement approved today to resolve Oncor Electric Delivery Company’s 2017 rate case
Energy and Natural Resources Committee

Energy and Natural Resources Committee Developing Western Water and Drought Legislation

The Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water and Power Chairman Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., last week held a bipartisan roundtable to discuss opportunities to reduce federal red tape for aquifer recharge when it does not impact other water users, fully respects state primacy on groundwater, and complies with state water law.
Speaker Paul Ryan

Statement on Clean Power Plan Repeal

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) issued the following statement following the Trump administration's announcement to repeal the Clean Power Plan: “Repealing the Clean Power Plan is the right move for the economy and for the rule of law.
NAHB

Statement from NAHB Chairman Granger MacDonald on EPA Chief’s Repeal of the Clean Power...

Granger MacDonald, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a home builder and developer from Kerrville, Texas, today issued the following statement regarding Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt’s proposal to begin the process to roll back the Clean Power Plan rule

Popular Government & Nonprofit Press Releases

ABC National

ABC CEO Mike Bellaman Appointed to Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion...

Michael D. Bellaman, president and CEO of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), has been appointed by U.S. Department of Labor Secretary R. Alexander Acosta  to the Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion, created by President Trump’s June 15 Executive Order 13801.

Recent Government & Nonprofit Press Releases

The White House

President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate Leonard Wolfson to...

If confirmed, Leonard Wolfson of Connecticut will serve as Assistant Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Mr. Wolfson has served as Associate Vice President of Legislative Affairs for the Mortgage Bankers Association, where he helped the real estate finance industry recover from the financial crisis by advocating for a return to safe and sustainable lending.