Housing & Development

Housing & Development

NAHB Urges Administration to Come to Lumber Agreement as Storm Rebuilding Process Begins

Granger MacDonald, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a home builder and developer from Kerrville, Texas, issued the following statement on Hurricane Harvey and its potential effects on lumber prices as Gulf Coast residents prepare to rebuild after the catastrophic storm.

NAHB Calls on Administration to Protect Consumers Against Price Gouging as Communities Rebuild

Granger MacDonald, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a home builder and developer from Kerrville, Texas, issued the following statement on the need for fairly priced building materials as the people of Texas and Louisiana look to rebuild their communities following the devastation of Hurricane Harvey.

DHCD Announces Supportive Housing NOFA

On August 29, 2017, the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) released a supportive housing Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the National Housing Trust Fund (HTF) and other DHCD funding sources.
HUD - U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development


U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson made the following statement regarding tax reform. "One of the most important actions we can take to grow our economy and help families get ahead is to fix our broken tax code.

Baker-Polito Administration Awards $2.2 Million for Community Scale Housing Initiative

The Baker-Polito Administration awarded the inaugural $2.2 million round of Community Scale Housing Initiative awards for the development and construction of 36 new affordable rental housing units in Arlington, Norwell, and West Tisbury.

SEIA Announces New Model Contract to Simplify Development and Open Investment Capital

The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) released today a new model contract to pave the way for more development of solar in the commercial and industrial (C&I) sector. The model power purchase agreement (PPA) for commercial customers was developed by SEIA’s C&I Working Group and vetted by some of the top law firms, development entities and financiers in the U.S.


Seventy percent of construction firms report they are having a hard time filling hourly craft positions that represent the bulk of the construction workforce, according to the results of an industry-wide survey released today by Autodesk and the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials said that many firms are changing the way they operate, recruit and compensate, but cautioned that chronic labor shortages could have significant economic impacts absent greater investments in career and technical education
Appraisal Institute

Appraisal Institute Accepts CEO’s Resignation

The Board of Directors of the nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers accepted the resignation of Chief Executive Officer Frederick H. Grubbe, MBA, CAE, on Thursday after more than 10 years of service.

Officials to Release New Data Showing the Severity of Construction Worker Shortages Nationwide and...

On Tuesday, August 29 at 1 p.m. EDT, the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) will release new data showing the severity of construction worker shortages nationwide and by region and state* during a media conference call at 1-888-585-9008 (passcode/room number 351-734-823).
HUD - U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development


In an effort to address emergency, safety and security needs and fight crime at public housing properties, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today awarded $5 million to 25 local agencies in 15 states.
HUD - U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development


U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson today announced HUD will speed federal disaster assistance to the State of Texas and provide support to homeowners and low-income renters forced from their homes due to Hurricane Harvey. To date, President Trump issued a disaster declaration for the following counties (more counties may be added as more disaster data becomes available)
Mercy Housing


Mercy Housing Lakefront announced today that it will begin accepting applications on September 5, 2017 for River Station Senior Apartments, a 70-unit affordable housing development in Kankakee designed for low-to-moderate-income seniors. Part of a broad community revitalization strategy in a key area of downtown Kankakee, the project is a collaboration between Mercy Housing Lakefront, the Kankakee County Housing Authority (KCHA), Presence St. Mary’s Hospital and the City of Kankakee.

NREL, Swiss Scientists Power Past Solar Efficiency Records

Collaboration between researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the Swiss Center for Electronics and Microtechnology (CSEM), and the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) shows the high potential of silicon-based multijunction solar cells.

Nissan donates $1 million to Habitat for Humanity, renews partnership

Nissan North America today announced the continuation of its long-standing partnership with Habitat for Humanity with a $1 million donation. Nissan has contributed more than $15 million to Habitat nationally since the partnership began in 2005, when Nissan donated 50 trucks and mobilized employees to assist in homebuilding following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in the Gulf Coast region.
Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton

To Make Congress Confront the Nation’s Affordable Housing Crisis, Norton Files Amendment to Increase...

Faced with the almost-disappearance of affordable housing in the District of Columbia and across the nation, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) filed an amendment to the fiscal year 2018 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations (THUD) bill to increase the funding for Section 8 tenant-based vouchers by 1 percent, or $187 million, which would translate into approximately 21,000 new housing vouchers. Recipients use the vouchers to reduce their rents in private apartments.

EPAs Grant of $2,536,800 to South Carolina will Support Efforts to Improve and Protect...

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) has received a $2,536,800 EPA grant to reduce nonpoint source pollution as well as achieve and maintain beneficial use of water. The grant is part of EPA's 2017 Nonpoint Source Implementation Grant Program.

Apartment and Condominium Market Bounces Back to Trend in Second Quarter

The Multifamily Production Index (MPI), released today by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), posted a gain of eight points to 56 in the second quarter. The MPI measures builder and developer sentiment about current conditions in the apartment and condominium market on a scale of 0 to 100. The index and all of its components are scaled so that a number above 50 indicates that more respondents report conditions are improving than report conditions are getting worse.
Appraisal Institute

Jeff Sherman Elected 2018 Appraisal Institute Vice President

Jefferson L. Sherman, MAI, AI-GRS, of Highland Heights, Ohio, was elected 2018 vice president of the nations largest professional association of real estate appraisers Thursday by its Board of Directors in Chicago.
Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton

Norton Files Amendment to Prevent States from Engaging in Racial Profiling

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) filed an amendment to the fiscal year 2018 Transportation, Housing And Urban Development Appropriations bill to prohibit states that receive federal transportation funding from engaging in unconstitutional profiling based on physical characteristics.

HPTF Financing Helps Preserve Affordable Housing Units in Shepherd Park

The DC Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) closed a loan agreement totaling more than $3.1 million that will help preserve 21 affordable housing units in Ward 4 for a tenant association invoking its purchase rights through the Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act (TOPA). The funding was made available through the Housing Production Trust Fund (HPTF).

NREL Updates Baseline Cost and Performance Data for Electricity Generation Technologies

The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has released the 2017 Annual Technology Baseline (ATB), updating a key source of reliable electricity generation technology cost and performance data used to support and inform electric sector analysis in the United States. Now in its third year, the ATB documents technology-specific information on a broad spectrum of electricity generation technologies, including wind, solar, geothermal, hydropower, biomass, coal, natural gas, and nuclear.

NREL Analysis Identifies Where Commercial Customers Might Benefit from Battery Energy Storage

Commercial electricity customers who are subject to high demand charges may be able to reduce overall costs by using battery energy storage to manage demand, according to research by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

Solar Energy a Critical Component of Diverse and Evolving Electricity Grid

Following is a statement from Abigail Ross Hopper, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), regarding the “Staff Report on Electric Markets and Reliability” released today by the Department of Energy (DOE)

Webinar Looks at Capturing Energy Performance in Commercial Building Mortgages

When it comes to the buying and selling of commercial real estate—a multi-step process that involves high stakes and numerous stakeholders—the energy performance of buildings is not usually top of mind. An upcoming webinar by the National Institute of Building Sciences Council on Finance, Insurance and Real Estate (CFIRE) could bring the topic into higher focus.

New Home Sales Pull Back in July After Strong Spring Buying Season

Sales of newly built, single-family homes in July fell 9.4 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 571,000 units from an upwardly revised June reading, according to newly released data by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau. This was the lowest sales reading since December 2016. Meanwhile, year-to-date, new home sales are 9.2 percent above their level over the same period last year.
Energy and Natural Resources Committee

Department of Energy awards $1.9 Million Grant to The City of Seattle Department of...

Ranking Member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) applauded the Department of Energy’s (DOE) announcement that the City of Seattle Department of Transportation will receive a $1.9 million grant to accelerate the use of electric vehicles (EVs) in Seattle.
New Residential Sales


The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Census Bureau today jointly announced the following new residential sales statistics for July 2017

DHCD to Hold Information Sessions on Upcoming Rental Competitions

The Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) will be holding multiple rental funding competitions during the next six to seven months. As described on DHCD's website (link is external), it intends to host a mini-competition for highly-ready family production projects in October 2017. In addition, DHCD is almost ready to release a NOFA for Housing Trust Fund (HTF) supportive housing projects, with full applications likely due in November 2017.

EPA Announces Innovative Mussel Research to Address Water Quality Issues

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a new project today to develop innovative methods to improve our understanding of the distribution of freshwater mussels. EPA will partner with the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection in this effort

Institute to Host Representative Hearing on Healthcare Facility Person-Centered Care

The nation’s healthcare environment is changing and facilities need to keep pace—particularly with the growth in a senior population in need of care. The design, construction and operation of healthcare facilities must respond to these needs and provide the environment necessary for effective delivery of quality, person-centered care.

Popular Government & Nonprofit Press Releases


Builder Confidence Drops Three Points As Hurricanes Add Uncertainty

Builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes fell three points to a level of 64 in September from a downwardly revised August reading of 67 on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI).

Recent Government & Nonprofit Press Releases


Secretary Zinke Announces $94.3 Million to States for Parks and Outdoor...

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke today announced that $94.3 million will be distributed for outdoor recreation and conservation projects to the 50 states, U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), which is funded through offshore oil and gas leasing. These funds are awarded through federal matching grants that leverage public and private investment in America’s state and local public parks.