Housing & Development

Housing & Development

Hundreds of Organizations Call on Congress to Pass Disaster Recovery Legislation

More than 340 national, state, and local members of the Disaster Housing Recovery Coalition (DHRC) issued a letter to Congress urging the immediate passage of a robust disaster relief bill that includes basic safeguards and housing resources to help low income seniors, people with disabilities, families with children, veterans, people experiencing homelessness, and other vulnerable populations recover and rebuild after the 2017 hurricanes and wildfires

Department of Energy Announces $35 Million for Emerging Research Projects to Address Manufacturing Challenges

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced up to $35 million for 24 projects to support early-stage, innovative technologies and solutions in advanced manufacturing. These projects were selected under an Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Advanced Manufacturing Office funding opportunity, focused on advanced materials, advanced processes, and modeling and analysis tools for materials and manufacturing.
Center for American Progress

New Polling Shows Large Majorities of Americans Oppose Congressional Republicans’ So-Called ‘Welfare Reform’

Large majorities of Americans across demographic and partisan lines overwhelmingly reject congressional proposals to cut Medicaid, nutrition assistance, affordable housing, and other programs essential for helping provide basic living standards for low-income families, according to new polling from the Center for American Progress and GBA Strategies.

Draft Bill Includes Provisions that Would Increase Rent & Impose Work Requirements on Millions...

The Trump administration is seeking to impose work requirements and rent increases on millions of low income families who receive federal housing assistance, according to draft legislation authored by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The proposal would leave even more low income people—including seniors, people with disabilities, veterans, children, and other vulnerable populations—without a stable home, making it harder for them to climb the economic ladder to achieve financial security and live with dignity

Housing Market Makes Modest Gains Even as Permits Slip

Overall housing and economic activity in metro markets across the nation remained on a gradual, upward trend in the fourth quarter of 2017 even as permit activity remained a stubbornly lagging indicator, according to the National Association of Home Builders/First American Leading Markets Index (LMI) released today.

Rose Center Advising Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney on Advancing a Shared Vision for Shockoe...

The Rose Center for Public Leadership, jointly operated by the National League of Cities (NLC) and the Urban Land Institute (ULI), is working this week with Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney to advise the city on synthesizing and implementing a shared vision for Shockoe Bottom.


Construction spending increased for a fifth consecutive month in December as private residential and nonresidential investment for the year topped 2016 totals, while declining infrastructure spending dragged down public-sector outlays, according to an analysis of new government data by the Associated General Contractors of America.

Alleged Perpetrator of Ski Slope Investment Scheme Agrees to Pay Back Investor Money, Surrender...

The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced that the Miami-based businessman behind an alleged scheme involving investments in a Vermont-based ski resort has agreed to pay back more than $81 million of investor money that he used illegally.

Energy Efficiency Leaders To Gather For EE Global Forum In Copenhagen

The Alliance to Save Energy will convene the 11th annual Energy Efficiency Global Forum (EE Global) – the premier international energy efficiency conference – in Copenhagen May 21-22, 2018, the organization announced Friday.

The National Fair Housing Alliance Condemns the Trump Administration’s Decision to Strip Fair Lending...

Shanna L. Smith, President and CEO of the National Fair Housing Alliance, issued the following statement concerning the Trump Administration’s decision to remove enforcement powers from the CFPB’s Office of Fair Lending.

Senate Housing Finance Proposal Threatens Access, Affordability, and Market Stability

This week, a leaked version of a housing finance proposal from U.S. Senators Bob Corker (TN) and Mark Warner (VA) emerged that would severely harm America’s housing market. Today, several civil rights and affordable housing groups issued a statement on the proposal’s negative impact on access, affordability, and market stability.

Alliance Responds To Administration’s Potential Cuts To Energy Efficiency Programs

The Alliance to Save Energy released the following statement from President Kateri Callahan in response to media reports that the Trump administration has drafted budget documents that would propose cutting the Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy by 72 percent for FY 2019


Industry Employment is Most Since August 2008 As Unemployment Rate Falls Sharply; Association Officials Say New Infrastructure Measure Will Help Industry Continue to Expand and Attract New Workers

55+ Housing Market Ends Fourth Quarter on Record High

Builder confidence in the single-family 55+ housing market remained strong in the fourth quarter of 2017 with a reading of 71, up 12 points from the previous quarter, according to the National Association of Home Builders' (NAHB) 55+ Housing Market Index (HMI) released today. This is the highest reading since the inception of the index in 2008

2-Year Delay of WOTUS Rule a Much-Needed Step, NAHB Says

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) applauds today’s announcement by the Environmental Protection Agency mandating a two-year delay of the Obama-era “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) Rule. “This delay gives the agency more time to work with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and replace the rule with new definitions that provide needed clarity and narrow federal authority,”

Business Real Estate Press Releases

Kamran Charmsaz

Kamran Charmsaz Becomes Shareholder of KTGY Architecture + Planning

International award-winning firm KTGY Architecture + Planning is pleased to announce the addition of Kamran Charmsaz, CSI, CCCA, LEED AP, as a shareholder. Charmsaz, formerly an associate principal with KTGY, was also named a principal. Charmsaz is based in the firm’s Tysons, Virginia office and joins other KTGY Tysons shareholders: Rohit Anand, AIA, NCARB, principal; and Smita Anand, AIA, principal

Recent Gov & Nonprofit Real Estate Press Releases


Mortgage Applications Decrease in Latest MBA Weekly Survey

Mortgage applications decreased 4.1 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending February 9, 2018. The Market Composite Index, a measure of mortgage loan application volume, decreased 4.1 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from one week earlier.