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McMorris Rodgers Statement on FAA Reauthorization Act

House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) released the following statement after the House passed the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 (H.R. 302), sponsored by Chair of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Bill Shuster
Habitat

Delta and Habitat for Humanity build 10th and 11th home funded by onboard recycling...

Delta employees recently worked alongside two Atlanta families to put the final coat of paint on the 10th and 11th Habitat for Humanity homes funded by the airline’s Inflight Recycling Program.

Latest white paper presents expert insight, data, best practices and action items to achieve...

Closing the 23.3% gender pay gap in commercial real estate will not only advance women, but also benefit business and strengthen the industry, according to CREW Network’s latest industry research white paper. Achieving Pay Parity in Commercial Real Estate presents expert insight
NLCHP

Maria Foscarinis: Public Charge Rule Will Destabilize Immigrant Families

Maria Foscarinis, executive director of the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty, issued the following statement in response to the proposed public charge rule
Mayor Muriel Bowser

Mayor Bowser Cuts the Ribbon on the Ward 4 Short-Term Family Housing Program, Marking...

Mayor Bowser cut the ribbon on The Kennedy, the short-term family housing program in Ward 4, marking another step forward in delivering on her promise to close and replace DC General Family Shelter with dignified, service-enriched programs across all eight wards. The Kennedy is the first of three short-term family housing programs opening this fall.
GSA

GSA, HUD Partner In Centers of Excellence Initiative

The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today announced they are teaming up for a discovery sprint as part of GSA’s Centers of Excellence (CoE) initiative.
NAHB

Statement from NAHB Chairman Randy Noel on Sen. Warren’s Housing Bill

Randy Noel, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a custom home builder from LaPlace, La., issued the following statement on the American Housing and Economic Mobility Act, legislation introduced today by Sen. Elizabeth Warren
NAHB

New Home Sales Rise 3.5 Percent in August Even as Affordability Concerns Persist

Sales of newly built, single-family homes rose 3.5 percent in August to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 629,000 units after downwardly revised June and July reports, according to newly released data by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau.
Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton

Norton Gets Her Provisions to Combat Airplane Noise and Other Priorities in FAA Reauthorization...

With aircraft noise rising here in the District of Columbia and around the country, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), co-chair of the Quiet Skies Caucus and a senior Member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s Aviation Subcommittee, today announced she has gotten several of her provisions to help address airplane noise and other priorities included in the final House-Senate negotiated Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization bill.
Financial Services Committee

Committee Examines Serious Allegations of Misconduct at Illinois Housing Authority

The Housing and Insurance Subcommittee met today to examine the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) oversight of the Alexander County Housing Authority located in Cairo, Illinois.
NeighborWorks America

NeighborWorks America at Home survey: Renting can be a barrier to homeownership

When it comes to renting versus buying a home, people across the country express their dissatisfaction: Only 44 percent say homes are affordable for first-time buyers and almost two-thirds agree high rent is making it impossible to save for a future house, according to the annual NeighborWorks America at Home survey.
Off-Campus Housing

3 Things to Consider When Choosing Off-Campus Housing

Have you finally decided to move out of the dorms this semester? Depending on your personal situation and finances, you might consider luxury apartments in Bellevue if you plan to go to school in the greater Seattle area. Or, if you are going to school in Denver, a great option to consider is COLAB: student apts for rent in Denver in off campus student housing because of the modern conveniences, great amenities, and location in downtown Denver.
Appraisal Institute

Appraisal Institute Opposes Bills Raising Thresholds for SBA Loans

Citing significant risks to taxpayers, the Appraisal Institute on Monday urged the U.S. House of Representatives to turn back legislation that would virtually eliminate appraisal requirements for the Small Business Administration’s two largest loan programs. Votes on two related bills are expected today in the full House
U. S. Rep. Gregory Meeks

Government-supported Race Discrimination Suppressing Black Homeownership

Despite the fact that the Fair Housing Act was passed by Congress more than 50 years ago, evidence now reveals that government-supported racial discrimination in home buying remains rampant across the U.S. - yet, with little legislative remedy or recourse.
DOE

Department of Energy Announces Investment to Improve Resilience and Reliability of the Nation’s Energy...

The U.S. the Department of Energy (DOE) released a $5.8 million funding opportunity announcement (FOA) to support the research and development (R&D) of advanced tools and controls that will improve the resilience and reliability of the nation’s power grid. Under this FOA, DOE’s Office of Electricity (OE) Transmission Reliability Program will seek applications that explore the use of big data
DOI

Assistant Secretary Sweeney Announces $74.2 Million in Funding for Design-Build Contracts for Two New...

Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Tara Mac Lean Sweeney announced the Blackwater Community School, located within the Gila River Indian Community in Coolidge, Ariz., will receive $30.1 million dollars, and the Quileute Tribe will receive $44.1 million dollars for the Quileute Tribal School located on Quileute reservation in La Push, Wash., to award design-build contracts for new school buildings. In 2016, Indian Affairs selected both schools as two of 10 schools for replacement through the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) replacement school construction process.
Mayor Muriel Bowser

Mayor Bowser to Break Ground on Capitol Vista, Delivering 3rd Affordable Housing Project in...

On Tuesday, September 25, at 12 pm, Mayor Bowser will break ground on Capitol Vista, a 104-unit affordable housing community in the amenity-rich Mount Vernon Triangle neighborhood in Ward 6. This groundbreaking follows recent affordable housing announcements by Mayor Bowser in the Mount Vernon Triangle neighborhood, which include the grand opening of Plaza West, a 223-unit affordable housing community for seniors

Senator Warren Introduces a Visionary Housing Bill

Tomorrow, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) will introduce an ambitious proposal – the “American Housing and Economic Mobility Act of 2018” – to help end housing poverty and homelessness in America. The bill directly addresses the underlying cause of the affordable housing crisis – the severe shortage of affordable rental homes for people with the lowest incomes – through a robust investment in the national Housing Trust Fund (HTF).
Mayor Muriel Bowser

Bowser Administration Kicks Off #RootstoRoofs Housing Week with Tiny Home Unveiling

The Bowser Administration kicked off #RootstoRoofs Housing Week by unveiling two tiny homes in the Deanwood neighborhood of Ward 7. The tiny homes, which are part of a demonstration project, were designed and built in partnership with the DC Students Construction Trades Foundation and students in the Academy of Construction and Design at IDEA Public Charter School in Northeast DC.
ABC National

Contractors Remain Upbeat in Q2, According to ABC’s Latest Construction Confidence Index

Construction contractors remained confident during the second quarter of 2018, according to the latest Construction Confidence Index released today by Associated Builders and Contractors. More than three in four construction firms expect that sales will continue to rise over the next six months

Business Real Estate Press Releases

TriangleCenter

CBRE’s Philip D. Voorhees and NRP-West Team Complete Sale of Triangle...

CBRE Executive Vice President Philip D. Voorhees announced today that the National Retail Partners-West (NRP-West) completed the sale of Triangle Center in Longview, Washington, a community center, 98 percent leased to high performing, national and regional credit tenants including Winco Foods (not a part), Ross Dress for Less, Bed Bath & Beyond, Michaels, Petco, Rite Aid, Ace Hardware, Ulta Beauty, Big 5, Office Depot along with Five Guys, Great Clips, GameStop and others.

Recent Gov & Nonprofit Real Estate Press Releases

NYU Furman Center

NYU Furman Center and Abt Associates Launch Tool to Tackle High...

The NYU Furman Center and Abt Associates launched LocalHousingSolutions.org, an online, interactive tool to help communities develop local strategies that promote housing affordability. A growing number of communities across the country are struggling with problems tied to high housing costs, including rising homelessness, fear of displacement among longtime residents, and growing numbers of households unable to afford their rents or mortgages.