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SEIA

New Bill Aims to Give Calif. Businesses, Schools and Nonprofits More Access to Solar...

The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) commended legislation filed in the California Legislature on Friday that would make it easier for businesses, schools, nonprofits and municipalities to access solar energy. In turn, this will help generate thousands of new jobs and millions of dollars of investment in the state.

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Agrees To Uphold Rule Ensuring Access To...

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently agreed to abandon its attempt to delay a federal rule designed to provide greater housing opportunities for low-income renters.  A federal court entered judgment in favor of plaintiffs represented by a coalition of civil rights organizations who filed suit against HUD last year.
NAHB

Housing Production Makes Healthy Gains to Start New Year

A surge in multifamily production pushed overall housing starts up 9.7 percent in January to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.33 million units after an upwardly revised December reading, according to newly released data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Commerce Department
Financial Services Committee

Hensarling Demands Watt Explain GSE Payments

House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) sent a letter to Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) Director Mel Watt on Friday demanding an explanation for his decision to continue payments to the Housing Trust Fund and Capital Magnet Fund (the Funds) in the wake of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s (GSEs) latest infusion of taxpayer funds from Treasury.
Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton

Norton to Introduce Bill to Protect LGBT and Reproductive Rights in D.C. from Anti-Home-Rule...

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today announced that, as part of her fight to protect the District of Columbia’s right to self-government, as well as LGBT and reproductive rights in D.C., she would introduce a bill to end the unique applicability of the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 (RFRA) to the District. RFRA, which provides more protection for religious exercise than the First Amendment, applies to the federal government, D.C. government and the territorial governments, but not state governments.
Center for American Progress

Trump Is Failing to Implement Existing Policies to Address Infrastructure Permitting Concerns, CAP Analysis...

The Trump administration is ignoring existing tools to improve the infrastructure permitting process and instead is attacking the nation’s bedrock environmental laws, according to a new analysis from the Center for American Progress.
Energy and Natural Resources Committee

Cantwell Introduces New Comprehensive Energy Legislation

This week, Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), unveiled several bills to be considered for, comprehensive energy legislation. Specifically, Sen. Cantwell’s bills address enhancing cybersecurity in the energy sector, modernizing and securing the grid, expanding our energy workforce, and accelerating the transition to cost-saving smart buildings.
MBA

MBA Statement on Flawed Reveal News Analysis on Mortgage Lending

The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) today released the following statement on the flawed Reveal News analysis on mortgage lending: "There is no place in our society for discriminatory lending practices and MBA and its members continue to support policies that ensure fair and equal access to mortgage credit regardless of race or ethnicity.
MBA

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.
NLIHC

NLIHC Commends FHFA for Continuing Contributions to the National Housing Trust Fund

NLIHC commends the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s (FHFA’s) decision to continue Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s (the enterprises’) contributions to the national Housing Trust Fund (HTF), the first new federal housing resource in a generation that exclusively serves the lowest income seniors, people with disabilities, families with children, and people experiencing and at risk of homelessness
ASE

50×50 Commission Lays Out Challenges, Opportunities In Reducing Transportation Energy Use

The Alliance 50x50 Commission on U.S. Transportation Sector Efficiency (“50x50 Commission”) published a foundational white paper Wednesday outlining the challenges to reduce energy use in transportation and the transformation occurring through increased use of alternative fuels, advanced vehicle technologies, automation and shared mobility that can lead to significant reductions in energy use.
MBA

MBA Applauds House Passage of H.R. 3978, the TRID Improvement Act

David H. Stevens, CMB, President and CEO of the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), released the following statement praising the House passage of H.R. 3978, the TRID Improvement Act, and, in particular, the inclusion of the language from two individual bills - H.R. 2948 and the previously free-standing H.R. 3978
DCHFA

District Agencies Announce Progress to Transform Parkway Overlook Community

Several District Government agencies have closed a financing deal that will preserve 220 affordable housing units in the long vacant Parkway Overlook Apartments in the Ward 8 neighborhood of Congress Heights. The project—which will consist mostly of family-sized units—will also provide workforce development training to residents and energy savings through the installation of solar panels.
Center for Biological Diversity

Trump’s Draft Budget Slashes Renewable Energy, Efficiency Funding

President Trump’s draft budget released today proposes to slash funding for the Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) program by $1.3 billion, a 65 percent cut from the 2017 budget. Trump’s budget serves as a starting point for congressional negotiations as well as a blueprint for the administration’s priorities.
MBA

January New Home Purchase Mortgage Applications Increased 18.4 Percent Year over Year

The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) Builder Application Survey (BAS) data for January 2018 shows mortgage applications for new home purchases increased 18.4 percent compared to January 2017. Compared to December 2017, applications increased by 34 percent. This change does not include any adjustment for typical seasonal patterns.

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

SEIA

New Bill Aims to Give Calif. Businesses, Schools and Nonprofits More...

The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) commended legislation filed in the California Legislature on Friday that would make it easier for businesses, schools, nonprofits and municipalities to access solar energy. In turn, this will help generate thousands of new jobs and millions of dollars of investment in the state.