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Secretary Carson Testifies Before Senate Subcommittee on FY19 HUD Budget Request

The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee for Transportation and Housing and Urban Development held a FY19 budget hearing on April 18. HUD Secretary Ben Carson testified, defending his proposal to slash his department’s funding levels. Chair Susan Collins (R-ME) noted early in the hearing that the president’s budget “includes several proposals that were rejected as part of the FY 2018 deliberations, and I anticipate that many of those same program eliminations will once again be rejected.” Other members of the committee, including Ranking Member Jack Reed (D-RI), echoed that sentiment, noting the importance in his home state of programs like Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), which the administration proposes eliminating.

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.

Representative Jordan Introduces Bill to Consolidate and Gut Federal Housing Programs

Representative Jim Jordan (R-OH), a cofounder of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, introduced a bill that would consolidate nearly all federal affordable housing programs into state block grants and dramatically reduce their funding over the next ten years. The “Welfare Reform and Upward Mobility Act” (H.R. 5360) would prohibit Congress from funding means-tested housing programs beginning in 2017.

Read More.

FY17 Budget Chart

For selected department of housing and urban development (HUD) and USDA Housing and Community Development Programs..

View Chart.

Straight Talk for Seniors®: Congress Cuts Funding for Two Senior Programs

This week, Congress is expected to approve a final fiscal year 2017 (FY17) appropriations bill that will keep the government funded through Sept. 30—but with significant cuts to two critical programs for seniors.

Read more.

Congress Nears Deadline to Pass FY 17 Appropriations

When Congress returns to Washington from spring recess THIS WEEK, members will have only four full legislative days before the current continuing resolution (CR) – which is funding the federal government at fiscal year (FY) 16 levels – runs out. In order to continue funding the government after April 28, Congress must either pass a full-year CR for the remainder of FY 17 or a “cromnibus” bill in which some committees receive new FY 17 appropriations while others remain funded through a CR at FY 16 levels. There is strong bipartisan support for passing the completed FY 17 Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development (THUD) appropriations bill as part of a cromnibus package. But controversial proposals to provide funding for a border wall and block federal grants for sanctuary cities could be added to the spending bill, which have the potential to derail negotiations and result in a full-year CR for all agencies or potentially a government shutdown. If Congress fails to pass the completed FY 17 THUD appropriations and enacts a full-year CR without any adjustments known as “anomalies,” approximately 290,000 households would be at risk of losing their housing due to shortfalls in funding for Housing Choice Vouchers and Project-Based Rental Assistance.

If Congress completes FY17 appropriations this week, work will then begin on the FY 18 budget resolution and appropriations bills. The White House released its skinny budget request for FY18 spending in mid-March, which called for a $6.2 billion cut to HUD funding by eliminating multiple grant programs, including the Community Development Block Grant, HOME Investment Partnership, Section 4 Capacity Building and Choice Neighborhoods programs. These cuts would be harmful to families and communities at a time when the demand for affordable homes increasingly outweighs the supply.

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

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) ActH. 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.

Read more.

 


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!


Secretary Carson Testifies Before Senate Subcommittee on FY19 HUD Budget Request

The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee for Transportation and Housing and Urban Development held a FY19 budget hearing on April 18. HUD Secretary Ben Carson testified, defending his proposal to slash his department’s funding levels. Chair Susan Collins (R-ME) noted early in the hearing that the president’s budget “includes several proposals that were rejected as part of the FY 2018 deliberations, and I anticipate that many of those same program eliminations will once again be rejected.” Other members of the committee, including Ranking Member Jack Reed (D-RI), echoed that sentiment, noting the importance in his home state of programs like Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), which the administration proposes eliminating.

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.

Representative Jordan Introduces Bill to Consolidate and Gut Federal Housing Programs

Representative Jim Jordan (R-OH), a cofounder of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, introduced a bill that would consolidate nearly all federal affordable housing programs into state block grants and dramatically reduce their funding over the next ten years. The “Welfare Reform and Upward Mobility Act” (H.R. 5360) would prohibit Congress from funding means-tested housing programs beginning in 2017.

Read More.

FY17 Budget Chart

For selected department of housing and urban development (HUD) and USDA Housing and Community Development Programs..

View Chart.

Straight Talk for Seniors®: Congress Cuts Funding for Two Senior Programs

This week, Congress is expected to approve a final fiscal year 2017 (FY17) appropriations bill that will keep the government funded through Sept. 30—but with significant cuts to two critical programs for seniors.

Read more.

Congress Nears Deadline to Pass FY 17 Appropriations

When Congress returns to Washington from spring recess THIS WEEK, members will have only four full legislative days before the current continuing resolution (CR) – which is funding the federal government at fiscal year (FY) 16 levels – runs out. In order to continue funding the government after April 28, Congress must either pass a full-year CR for the remainder of FY 17 or a “cromnibus” bill in which some committees receive new FY 17 appropriations while others remain funded through a CR at FY 16 levels. There is strong bipartisan support for passing the completed FY 17 Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development (THUD) appropriations bill as part of a cromnibus package. But controversial proposals to provide funding for a border wall and block federal grants for sanctuary cities could be added to the spending bill, which have the potential to derail negotiations and result in a full-year CR for all agencies or potentially a government shutdown. If Congress fails to pass the completed FY 17 THUD appropriations and enacts a full-year CR without any adjustments known as “anomalies,” approximately 290,000 households would be at risk of losing their housing due to shortfalls in funding for Housing Choice Vouchers and Project-Based Rental Assistance.

If Congress completes FY17 appropriations this week, work will then begin on the FY 18 budget resolution and appropriations bills. The White House released its skinny budget request for FY18 spending in mid-March, which called for a $6.2 billion cut to HUD funding by eliminating multiple grant programs, including the Community Development Block Grant, HOME Investment Partnership, Section 4 Capacity Building and Choice Neighborhoods programs. These cuts would be harmful to families and communities at a time when the demand for affordable homes increasingly outweighs the supply.

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

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) ActH. 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.

Read more.

 


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.