Housing & Development

Housing & Development
Mayor Muriel Bowser

Mayor Bowser to Break Ground, Cut Ribbon On More Than 100 Affordable Housing Units

On Friday, June 23, Mayor Muriel Bowser will break ground on a newly renovated 19-unit affordable housing apartment building at 4000 Kansas Avenue, NW, in Ward 4. The Mayor will also celebrate the renovation of the historic Phyllis Wheatley YWCA in Ward 6, a modernized facility with 84 units of affordable housing for households at or below 30 percent of the area median income (AMI).
Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton

Norton Releases Letters from Public Water Utilities Opposing D.C. Wipes Rider, Citing Significant Harms...

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today released letters from the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA), which represents water utilities across the country, and DC Water expressing their strong opposition to efforts to block the District of Columbia’s new law regulating the labeling of personal hygiene products, particularly wet wipes, as safe to flush.
Energy and Natural Resources Committee

Cantwell, Colleagues To Trump: Act On Russian Cyber Intrusions To U.S. Energy Infrastructure

Ranking Member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) and Senate Colleagues sent a letter to President Trump urging the Department of Energy to conduct an analysis of Russian capabilities with respect to cyber attacks on U.S. energy infrastructure.
BOMA

BOMA 360 PERFORMANCE PROGRAM WELCOMES SECOND QUARTER DESIGNEES

The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International conferred the BOMA 360 Performance Program® designation upon properties across the U.S. in the second quarter, with a particularly strong showing in the Atlanta and Boston markets.
EPA

EPA Proposes Further Cleanup of Lead-Contaminated Residential Properties in West Deptford, N.J.

he U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed an expansion in a cleanup plan to continue removing lead-contaminated soil from a residential development previously owned and built by the Tempo Development Group in West Deptford, (Thorofare), N.J. EPA added the Tempo development to the Matteo & Sons, Inc. Superfund site in October of 2016 after finding that residential properties on nearby Birchly Court, Woodlane Drive, Oakmont Court and Crown Point Road were impacted by lead contamination from the disposal of crushed battery casings.
NIBS

International Code Council to Be Top Sponsor for Building Innovation 2018

The International Code Council (ICC) has renewed its commitment to serve as the Conference Sponsor for Building Innovation 2018: The National Institute of Building Sciences Sixth Annual Conference and Expo. To be held January 8-11, 2018, at the Mandarin Oriental in Washington, D.C., Building Innovation 2018 will unite representatives from across the industry to discuss strategies and seek solutions to Sustain, Strengthen, Secure.
EPA

EPA Provides Environmental Programs in N.Y. with $5.7 Million to Improve Water Quality

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation a Performance Partnership grant of $5.7 million to administer water quality programs.
Natural Resources

Rep. LaHood Introduces “Community Reclaimers” Bill to Expedite Abandoned Mine Land Cleanup

Rep. Darin LaHood (R-IL) introduced H.R. 2937, the “Community Reclamation Partnerships Act.” This bill authorizes partnerships between states and non-governmental entities for the purposes of expanding abandoned mine reclamation projects.
Natural Resources

House Passes Bipartisan Bill to Improve Electricity Reliability and Vegetation Management

The House passed H.R. 1873, the “Electricity Reliability and Forest Protection Act,” by a bipartisan vote of 300-118. Introduced by Reps. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) and Kurt Schrader (D-OR), the bipartisan bill provides streamlined processes for the removal of hazardous vegetative overgrowth within or adjacent to electricity infrastructure on federal lands.
Natural Resources

House Passes “One Stop-Shop” Permitting Bill to Expand Water Storage Infrastructure

The House passed H.R. 1654, the “Water Supply Permitting Coordination Act,” by a bipartisan vote of 233-180. Introduced by Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA), the bill creates a “one-stop-shop” permitting process through the Bureau of Reclamation for new or expanded surface storage facilities. It streamlines agency permit requirements that sometimes impose unnecessary costs and burdens on entities seeking to construct new water storage infrastructure.

New Hanover County Planning and Land Use Director Announces Retirement

Chris O’Keefe, who has been New Hanover County’s Planning Director for 11 years and a valuable county employee for 27 years, will be retiring at the end of July. “This is a big loss for the county,” said County Manager Chris Coudriet. “Chris O’Keefe has been an effective voice in our community for responsible development, planning for connectivity, and environmental stewardship. His knowledge and expertise will be missed, but this is an excellent opportunity for Chris and his career.”
Habitat

Nine out of 10 Americans and Canadians call for affordable housing solutions

A majority of Americans and Canadians have made it clear: we are not paying enough attention to affordable housing needs and solutions, according to Habitat for Humanity’s Affordable Housing Survey. With critical housing shortages across both countries, cost remains a top barrier preventing families from accessing decent homes with an affordable mortgage
NCHV

DOL-VETS Announces $43.3 Million in HVRP Grant Awards

Today, the Department of Labor announced the award of $43.3 million in Homeless Veterans' Reintegration Program grants. The grants will help an estimated 21,000 veterans successfully reintegrate into the competitive workforce. The grants will fund a variety of services to assist homeless veterans in their return to the labor force including occupational, classroom, and on-the-job training, as well as job search and placement assistance.
The White House

Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Meeting with Cybersecurity and Energy Sector Representatives

President Donald J. Trump met with Mayor Rudy Giuliani, General Keith Alexander, Thomas P. Bossert, and energy sector leaders today to address energy sector resilience and cybersecurity. President Trump thanked the participants in the meeting for their efforts and underscored the importance of a continuing public and private partnership to effectively combat threats against the energy sector, particularly the power grid. In the meeting, the leaders discussed unique challenges the sector faces and strategic initiatives, both underway and proposed, to address the evolution of malicious cyber activity.
USDOJ

Middleman Pleads Guilty in Foreign Bribery and Fraud Scheme Involving Potential $800 Million International...

Defendant Double-Crossed His Clients and Stole a $500,000 Bribe Intended to Influence a South Korean Company’s Sale of the Landmark 72 Building in Hanoi, Vietnam. The middleman in a foreign bribery scheme pleaded guilty today to wire fraud and money laundering charges for his role in a scheme to bribe a foreign official in the Middle East to land a real estate deal, and to defrauding his co-schemers.
Financial Services Committee

Committee Completes Markup of Bills to Reauthorize and Reform National Flood Insurance Program

The House Financial Services Committee met today to complete deliberation of and pass several measures to reform and reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), which is set to expire on September, 30, 2017.

DHCD Extends Comment Period to July 14th for Draft Guidelines for Calculating 40B General...

The Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) has extended the deadline for submitting comments on Draft Guidelines(link is external) for calculating the 40B general land area minimum until July 14, 2017.
SEIA

U.S. Renewable Energy Groups Share a Vision of the 21st Century Power Grid

Eight national business groups representing the diverse spectrum of renewable energy technologies (wind, solar, geothermal, biomass, hydro, biogas and waste-to-energy) today released a first-of-its-kind joint statement outlining a positive vision for the future of America’s power grid.
HUD - U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

HUD REPORT CALLS FOR GREATER ACTION TO REDUCE INJURIES TO SENIORS IN THE HOME

Approximately one-third of adults age 65 years or older fall in their home, resulting in injury, long-term disability and premature institutionalization. By 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates the cost related to these kinds of injuries to be nearly $60 billion a year. In an effort to reduce and prevent falls and their associated costs, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today released a wide-ranging report recommending a more holistic approach to seniors aging-in-place and their health needs
NAHRO

NAHRO Statement on the Harvard JCHS State of the Nation’s Housing 2017

The Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies released its State of the Nation’s Housing 2017 report. NAHRO is proud to be a sponsor of this vital annual publication, a must-read for affordable housing and community development practitioners.
DCHFA

DCHFA Partners with Jubi lee Housing to Preserve and Expand Affordable Housing in Columbia...

The District of Columbia Housing Finance Agency (DCHFA) is investing in affordable housing in Columbia Heights for the second time this spring with the issuance of $15,840,000 in bond financing for the rehabilitation and construction of the Maycroft Apartments (1474 Columbia Road N.W.

Building Capacity to Fight Corruption and Impunity

This afternoon, delegates from the United States, Mexico, Central America and other international partners discussed the key to ensuring security in the region: strong judicial systems that prosecute crime thus deterring illegal behavior. The U.S. commended regional governments' fight against corruption at all levels of society, which demonstrates a commitment to governance, transparency, and strong institutions
AGC

FORTY-TWO STATES ADD CONSTRUCTION JOBS BETWEEN MAY 2016 & 2017 BUT 25 STATES AND...

Forty-two states added construction jobs between May 2016 and May 2017 amid growing demand for construction services, while 25 states and the District of Columbia lost construction jobs between April and May as firms struggle to find enough workers, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America of Labor Department data released today. Association officials said workforce shortages appear to be impacting construction employment in parts of the country.
ASE

Alliance Board Adds Members Of Congress, Tech Leaders

The Alliance to Save Energy’s Board of Directors elected seven new members, including members of Congress and business leaders in the technology and manufacturing sectors, to help lead the organization’s work to advance energy efficiency in the United States
HUD - U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

HUD AND CENSUS BUREAU ANNOUNCE NEW RESIDENTIAL CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITY IN MAY

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 May 2017
NIBS

Institute Issues Recommendations to the 45th President

Established by the U.S. Congress in 1974, the National Institute of Building Sciences has, from its beginnings, served as an authoritative source of information on building science and technology. More than four decades since its founding, this non-profit, non-governmental organization still brings the public and private sectors together to find solutions to make buildings better, safer, more economical places to live, work, play and learn.

South Mountain Freeway workers beat the heat with water, rest and shade

Cases of chilled bottled water, protective lightweight clothing, sun visors and shaded tent areas, coupled with mandatory training on dealing with extreme heat, are just some of the ways crews building the Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway are prepared for temperatures forecast to surge beyond 110.

Isakson Highlights Choice, Appeals Reforms as Critical VA Priorities

U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, called on the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to focus its upcoming fiscal year 2018 budget on enhancing the Choice Program and addressing the backlog of appeals.
SEIA

Solar Industry Expects Loss of 88,000 Jobs in U.S. Next Year if Government Rules...

The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), the national trade association for the solar industry, said today that an estimated 88,000 jobs, about one-third of the current American solar workforce, would be lost if Suniva gets trade protections proposed in its petition with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC)
NAHB

Multifamily Decline Brings Overall Housing Starts Down 5.5 Percent in May

Led by a decline in multifamily production, nationwide housing starts fell 5.5 percent in May to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.09 million units, according to newly released data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Commerce Department. Multifamily starts fell 9.7 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 289,000 units while single-family production edged down 3.9 percent to 794,000.

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Natural Resources

House Passes “One Stop-Shop” Permitting Bill to Expand Water Storage Infrastructure

The House passed H.R. 1654, the “Water Supply Permitting Coordination Act,” by a bipartisan vote of 233-180. Introduced by Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA), the bill creates a “one-stop-shop” permitting process through the Bureau of Reclamation for new or expanded surface storage facilities. It streamlines agency permit requirements that sometimes impose unnecessary costs and burdens on entities seeking to construct new water storage infrastructure.

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Mayor Muriel Bowser

Mayor Bowser to Break Ground, Cut Ribbon On More Than 100...

On Friday, June 23, Mayor Muriel Bowser will break ground on a newly renovated 19-unit affordable housing apartment building at 4000 Kansas Avenue, NW, in Ward 4. The Mayor will also celebrate the renovation of the historic Phyllis Wheatley YWCA in Ward 6, a modernized facility with 84 units of affordable housing for households at or below 30 percent of the area median income (AMI).