Congressional Issues

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Senate Committee Approves Robust Funding for Affordable Housing in FY19

The Senate Appropriations Committee voted June 7 to approve a draft FY19 spending bill that provides robust funding for affordable housing and community development programs at HUD. The strong Senate bill is the direct result of the efforts by housing advocates across the nation and congressional champions Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) and Jack Reed (D-RI). The bill will now head to the Senate floor. See NLIHC’s updated budget chart.

Read more.

Disaster Relief for Housing Cooperatives

In the wake of Superstorm Sandy, our housing cooperatives realized that the common areas (hallways, roof, laundry rooms, etc.)  of their housing cooperatives, as well as condominiums and homeowners associations, were not eligible for FEMA Disaster Relief grants.  Only the inside of units are currently eligible for these grants.

To remedy this inequity, Congressman Mark Sanford (R-SC)  introduced HR 3238 on July 13, 2017. This bill would allow these homeowners to be eligible for FEMA grants for their common areas and thus treat them the same as all other homeowners.  Representatives Nadler (D-NY), Zeldin (R-NY), King (R-NY), and Engel (D-NY) are co-sponsors of HR 3238.

Attached is a letter of support for HR 3238 from the National Association of Housing Cooperatives and the Community Associations Institute.  To date, the National League of Cities, the National Cooperative Bank, the National Cooperative Business Association, and the National Leased Housing Association  have signed on to the letter.

We are hoping that others will consider adding their organization’s names in support of HR 3238. Please consider having your association and other organizations, including debris removal, sign on to our letter of support.

H.R.1684 – Disaster Assistance Support for Communities and Homeowners Act of 2017

H.R. 1684 was introduced by Representative Nadler (D-NY) on March 22, 2017. This legislation directs the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to provide assistance to housing cooperatives, condominiums and other homeowners associations, regarding the process to become eligible for disaster assistance.  In the wake of Superstorm Sandy, Rep. Nadler has been a strong supporter of efforts to obtain disaster assistance relief for our housing cooperatives. H.R. 1684 was assigned to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management.

H.R.1684 – Disaster Assistance Support for Communities and Homeowners Act of 2017

 


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.

 

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Congressional Issues

Contact the United States Congress

Click here to view the list of Congressional Members by state.

*Identify Your Senators and Representatives in the U.S. Congress.
*Click the name of the elected official you want to contact. This will take you to their website.
*Look for the “Contact” link on the website, and click on it to find a web form to send your message. Send your message!

Let Your Cooperative Voice be heard by the Members of Congress that represent you!


Senate Committee Approves Robust Funding for Affordable Housing in FY19

The Senate Appropriations Committee voted June 7 to approve a draft FY19 spending bill that provides robust funding for affordable housing and community development programs at HUD. The strong Senate bill is the direct result of the efforts by housing advocates across the nation and congressional champions Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) and Jack Reed (D-RI). The bill will now head to the Senate floor. See NLIHC’s updated budget chart.

Read more.

Disaster Relief for Housing Cooperatives

In the wake of Superstorm Sandy, our housing cooperatives realized that the common areas (hallways, roof, laundry rooms, etc.)  of their housing cooperatives, as well as condominiums and homeowners associations, were not eligible for FEMA Disaster Relief grants.  Only the inside of units are currently eligible for these grants.

To remedy this inequity, Congressman Mark Sanford (R-SC)  introduced HR 3238 on July 13, 2017. This bill would allow these homeowners to be eligible for FEMA grants for their common areas and thus treat them the same as all other homeowners.  Representatives Nadler (D-NY), Zeldin (R-NY), King (R-NY), and Engel (D-NY) are co-sponsors of HR 3238.

Attached is a letter of support for HR 3238 from the National Association of Housing Cooperatives and the Community Associations Institute.  To date, the National League of Cities, the National Cooperative Bank, the National Cooperative Business Association, and the National Leased Housing Association  have signed on to the letter.

We are hoping that others will consider adding their organization’s names in support of HR 3238. Please consider having your association and other organizations, including debris removal, sign on to our letter of support.

H.R.1684 – Disaster Assistance Support for Communities and Homeowners Act of 2017

H.R. 1684 was introduced by Representative Nadler (D-NY) on March 22, 2017. This legislation directs the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to provide assistance to housing cooperatives, condominiums and other homeowners associations, regarding the process to become eligible for disaster assistance.  In the wake of Superstorm Sandy, Rep. Nadler has been a strong supporter of efforts to obtain disaster assistance relief for our housing cooperatives. H.R. 1684 was assigned to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management.

H.R.1684 – Disaster Assistance Support for Communities and Homeowners Act of 2017

 


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.