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UPDATE: Congress Unveils Short-Term Stopgap Spending Bill
Bill funds the federal government through the end of next April. Congress must pass it by the end of the week to avert a government shutdown… Read more.
Democrats Push Government Toward Shutdown
Democrats are pushing the government to the brink of a shutdown, with coal country Senate Democrats leading a strategy to oppose a GOP spending bill if their demands aren’t met for a longer extension of expiring health care benefits for coal miners… Read more.
House Appropriations Committee Passes FY17 THUD Spending Bill
The House Committee on Appropriations approved its FY17 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD) spending bill by a voice vote on May 24. As we reported last week, the bill would… Read more.
Congress Considers Making Co-op Fee Deductible *
On March 3rd, Representatives Eshoo (D-CA) and Representative Thompson (D-CA) introduced the Helping Our Middle-Income Earners (HOME) Act, H. R. 4696. This bill allows for an income tax deduction (up to $5,000) for homeowner association (including housing cooperatives) assessments and fees. The bill would allow homeowners in community associations – condominiums, housing cooperatives and homeowners associations – who earn $115,000 or less in annual income, to deduct up to $5,000 of their association/co-op fees and assessments from their federal tax liability.
*Please note: Unfortunately, HR 4696 has only a 3% likelihood of passage in the current Congress. NAHC will monitor HR 4696 for possible developments.
Anna Eshoo bill proposes tax relief for homeowners: People who pay association fees could get tax break
Homeowners who live in condominiums or other communities required to pay association fees could get some tax relief under a bill introduced Thursday by U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto. Read more.
First THUD Appropriations Hearing Held, Second Hearing Scheduled
On March 1, HUD Secretary Julián Castro testified on the agency’s FY17 budget request before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD). Read more.
FEMA Disaster Relief for Housing Cooperatives
Rep. Israel’s FEMA Disaster Relief for Housing Cooperatives legislation was introduced on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015. The bill number is HR 3863. Summary: To amend the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act to provide assistance for common interest communities, condominiums, and housing cooperatives damaged by a major disaster, and for other purposes.
HOUSING COOPERATIVE CALL TO ACTION
FEMA Needs to Change: We Can Make It Happen
Calling on ALL Housing Cooperatives
Please contact your Representative today and ask him/her to co-sponsor Congressman Israel’s bill to provide Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) disaster assistance for the common areas of housing cooperatives. Rep. Israel plans to introduce this legislation on Thursday morning, October 26. Your Representative could be listed as an original co-sponsor if he or she acts quickly. Please contact your Member of Congress today.
It’s easy, simply write a short e-mail about your cooperative (include your location and/or number of units in your cooperative) and then ask him/her to co-sponsor the FEMA Disaster Relief for cooperative legislation that Rep. Israel plans to introduce on Thursday morning.
The proposed legislation:
- Adds definitions for common interest community, condominium, and housing cooperative into the Stafford Act;
- Lists condominium and housing cooperative associations as entities eligible to apply for assistance through the Individual and Households Program (IHP), and lists common interest communities as private nonprofit facilities in order to access FEMA assistance;
- Eliminates the current cap on IHP only for condo and coop associations and calls for a new cap to be determined by the rule-making process.
Ask all the members of your cooperative to send e-mails, too.
LET YOUR COOPERATIVE VOICES BE HEARD!
Flood Insurance – A condominium association can purchase coverage on a building, which includes all the units within the building and the improvements within the units, up to $250,000 times the number of units within the residential building. Housing cooperative personal property coverage is limited to $100,000 per building. We need the same home owner protection!
Veterans Affairs (VA)
VA Loan Guarantees for Housing Cooperatives
Congressional action is needed to include housing cooperatives in the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) Home Mortgage Loan Guaranty program to allow veterans to use this VA benefit to purchase shares in a housing cooperative. Rep. Maloney (D-NY) has introduced bills in the past and plans to do so again this November. NAHC seeks support from veteran organizations as well as co-sponsors for this legislation. If you are a veteran, please help us gain support from veteran organizations. Everyone should ask their congressional representatives to consider co-sponsoring this VA legislative issue.
Requires the Administrator of the Small Business Administration to establish a loan program under which, for at least one year, a small business, homeowner, or renter that was located within a declared major disaster area during Superstorm Sandy in 2012 may apply for a loan to: (1) repair, rehabilitate, or replace property damaged or destroyed because of the storm; or (2) assist a small business that suffered substantial economic injury because of it.
Jul 13, 2015 — Passed House
Sponsor: Rep. Nydia Velázquez [D-NY7]
Last Action: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.
Explanation: This bill passed in the House on July 13, 2015 and goes to the Senate next for consideration.
Amateur Radio Party
Amateur Radio Parity
Legislative efforts in the previous Congress attempted to invalidate private land use restrictions and covenants that ban amateur (HAM) radio broadcasting or place restrictions on the installation of radio towers and antennas used in HAM radio broadcasts. For any restrictions to survive the pre-emption, the restrictions may only protect the “legitimate” interests of the restricting party; otherwise the restrictions are not valid. NAHC is opposed to this legislation because this overrides the ability of the Board of a Cooperative to decide policy for its community.
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