NCSHA PRESENTS TESTIMONY AT U.S. SENATE HEARING EXAMINING SOLUTIONS TO AMERICA’S AFFORDABLE HOUSING CRISIS

WASHINGTON, DC – (RealEstateRama) — National Council of State Housing Agencies (NCSHA) President Grant S. Whitaker testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance during an August 1 hearing on “America’s Affordable Housing Crisis: Challenges and Solutions.” Whitaker addressed the nation’s critical need for affordable housing and the roles the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (Housing Credit) and tax-exempt private activity Housing Bonds (Housing Bonds) play in responding to that need.

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During his testimony, Whitaker, who is president and chief executive officer of the Utah Housing Corporation, urged the Committee to seize the opportunity of tax reform to strengthen the Housing Credit and Bonds, extend their reach to hard-to-serve populations and places, and streamline and modernize their program rules.

To achieve this, Whitaker urged the Committee to pass legislation introduced earlier this year by Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT), saying, “Senator Cantwell and Chairman Hatch’s Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act, S. 548, is essential to addressing the crisis. The lynchpin provision of this legislation would expand the Housing Credit authority each state receives by 50 percent over five years. This cap increase would allow states to make meaningful progress towards meeting the housing needs of their low-income residents.”

Whitaker cautioned the Committee to consider the potential impact of tax code changes on the Housing Credit and Housing Bonds to prevent any unintended negative effects.

A transcript of Whitaker’s testimony and the video of the hearing can be accessed at www.finance.senate.gov/hearings/americas-affordable-housing-crisis-challenges-and-solutions.

About the National Council of State Housing Agencies 
NCSHA is a nonprofit, nonpartisan association that advocates on behalf of state Housing Finance Agencies (HFAs) before Congress and the Administration for affordable housing resources. NCSHA represents state HFAs and the HFAs of the District of Columbia, New York City, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. NCSHA’s membership also includes more than 300 affordable housing industry partners. Learn more at ncsha.org.

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The National Council of State Housing Agencies (NCSHA) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization created by the nation's state Housing Finance Agencies (HFAs) more than 40 years ago to coordinate and leverage their federal advocacy efforts for affordable housing. What began as a small group of executive directors meeting annually has grown into a powerful national association and advocate for HFAs and affordable housing in Washington.

NCSHA represents its members in Washington before Congress, the Administration, and the several federal agencies concerned with housing, including the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Department of Agriculture, and the Treasury, and with other advocates for affordable housing.

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Phone: 202-624-7710

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