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Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) got major wins for the District of Columbia topped by maintaining the record $40 million for the D.C. Tuition Assistance Grant Program (DCTAG) in the fiscal year 2018 omnibus appropriations bill last night. Norton fiercely negotiated to maintain $40 million for DCTAG, a historic increase she has now secured for three years in a row, overcoming only $30 million in the House, Senate and White House’s fiscal year 2018 D.C. appropriations proposals.
The Alliance to Save Energy released the following statement from Vice President of Government Affairs & Communications Ben Evans in response to the omnibus spending bill released Wednesday for the remainder of FY 2018. The bill maintains or increases funding for energy efficiency programs in the Energy Department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and maintains level funding for the ENERGY STAR program based at EPA.
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) recently released its 2018 Safety Performance Report to further the construction industry’s understanding of how to make jobsites safer through its Safety Performance Evaluation Process (STEP).
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today announced that it has awarded National Diversity Excellence Awards to six member companies. Representatives from each company received the award on March 21 at ABC’s 28th annual Excellence in Construction® Awards during ABC Convention 2018 in Long Beach, Calif.
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.”
The National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) awarded its Trailblazer Award to Right to Counsel NYC Coalition (RTCNYC Coalition) for outstanding efforts in organizing low income renters in support of the civil right to an attorney for renters in New York City facing eviction. NLIHC also awarded the Renter Organizing Award to Metropolitan St. Louis Equal Housing and Opportunity Commission (EHOC) and Empower Missouri for advocating to successfully pass legislation in St. Louis restricting “self-help” or “lock-out” evictions.
Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) questioned Secretary of Energy Rick Perry on the President’s Fiscal Year 2019 budget request. Senator Cantwell expressed concerns that drastic cuts to the Department of Energy’s (DOE) budget will harm our ability to defend critical energy infrastructure, make progress at nuclear cleanup sites, and grow the U.S. clean energy economy.
Social media has become increasingly important to businesses as a marketing and sales tool, however with the plethora of social media sites now available businesses may have a hard time keeping up or even knowing where to start. In Social Media Marketing for Your Business, the latest title released by BuilderBooks, the publishing arm of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), builders and residential construction professionals will learn a long-term approach to building and maintaining an effective marketing strategy with social media as a main component
Leading National Organizations in Education, Civil Rights, Healthcare and More Join in a Campaign...
A diverse range of organizations from various sectors announced a new campaign today to increase affordable housing for America’s most vulnerable communities. The Opportunity Starts at Home campaign launched today at the National Low Income Housing Coalition’s (NLIHC’s) Housing Policy Forum in Washington, DC.
Strengthening tenants’ rights can reduce housing instability and prevent homelessness, according to a new report released today by the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty. Protect Tenants, Prevent Homelessness details the relationships between renters’ rights, evictions, and homelessness, highlighting issues lowincome renters face and providing recommendations for improving housing security among vulnerable populations.
A federal jury on Thursday convicted a Dallas man of six counts related to a mortgage fraud scheme, announced U.S. Attorney Erin Nealy Cox of the Northern District of Texas. This investigation was led by the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) Criminal Investigation and the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s Office of Inspector General; U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) assisted
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) and the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) yesterday signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate on improving occupational safety and health at construction workplaces throughout the United States.
Shanna L. Smith will be retiring from her role as President and CEO of the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) on March 30, 2018. Ms. Smith was the first hire and established NFHA’s office in Washington, DC, in 1990 after NFHA’s incorporation in 1988. She has been dedicated to NFHA’s work for the past 30 years as a founding member and the organization’s first executive officer.
The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) today released the new edition of its preeminent report on the residential building code systems in 18 hurricane-prone states. The 2018 edition of Rating the States follows a disastrous year of storms in 2017, and is well timed to inform discussion and action to improve building strength as communities repair or replace homes damaged by hurricanes last year.
Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, has asked the inspectors general of the Departments of Housing and Urban Development, Agriculture, Veterans Affairs, and Treasury to identify duplication in federal housing assistance programs.