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House and Senate Move Forward with Appropriations, But Final Bills Not Expected Until after Mid-Terms

Both the House and Senate are voting on fiscal year (FY) 2019 appropriations bills, and may bring their respective Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development (THUD) bills to the floor for a vote this month. Final passage of FY 2019 spending legislation is not expected until after November’s mid-term elections, however, with Congress likely to pass a short-term Continuing Resolution to fund the government once the current fiscal year ends on September 30. Depending on the election outcome, spending bill negotiations could wrap up during the lame-duck session at the end of the year or go into the next Congress. For more information on funding levels in the House and Senate FY 2019 bills, see Enterprise’s budget and appropriations chart.

Fiscal Year 2019 | Housing and Community Development | Budget Request and Appropriations Chart (PDF)

HUD Secretary Carson Testifies in Oversight Hearing, Ranking Member Waters Introduces Fair Housing Bill

HUD Secretary Ben Carson testified before the House Committee on Financial Services during a hearing to examine the agency and its level of success in implementing and overseeing federal housing policy. Much of the hearing was spent discussing the Administration’s proposed funding cuts to the agency and Secretary Carson’s proposals to increase rents and impose work requirements on recipients of HUD funding. Members of the committee questioned Secretary Carson about why he was committed to pursuing these proposals, noting that nearly 470,000 people with extremely low incomes would be affected by them and that there is a broader affordable housing crisis nationwide. Other topics of discussion included HUD’s efforts to remediate mold and lead-based paint hazards in federally-assisted housing, modernizing the Federal Housing Administration’s (FHA) outdated technology, Secretary Carson’s plans to release a final rule easing certain restrictions on using FHA insurance, and the need for comprehensive housing disaster recovery efforts.

Lawmakers also expressed concerns over Secretary Carson’s efforts to limit fair housing protections, most notably the agency’s decision to suspend key elements of the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule. Ranking Member Maxine Waters (D-CA-43) recently introduced a bill to combat these efforts, the Restoring Fair Housing Protections Eliminated by HUD Act (H.R. 6220). The bill would reinstate the Local Government Assessment Tool, which assists jurisdictions with complying with the AFFH Rule but which HUD suspended earlier this year; require HUD to codify language referring to “inclusive and sustainable communities free from discrimination” in HUD’s mission statement; and would reissue a Federal Register notice regarding a proposal to require owners and operators of HUD-funded homeless shelters to inform individuals of their rights under HUD’s “Equal Access in Accordance with an Individual’s Gender Identity in Community Planning and Development Programs” rule.

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.

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.

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

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!


House and Senate Move Forward with Appropriations, But Final Bills Not Expected Until after Mid-Terms

Both the House and Senate are voting on fiscal year (FY) 2019 appropriations bills, and may bring their respective Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development (THUD) bills to the floor for a vote this month. Final passage of FY 2019 spending legislation is not expected until after November’s mid-term elections, however, with Congress likely to pass a short-term Continuing Resolution to fund the government once the current fiscal year ends on September 30. Depending on the election outcome, spending bill negotiations could wrap up during the lame-duck session at the end of the year or go into the next Congress. For more information on funding levels in the House and Senate FY 2019 bills, see Enterprise’s budget and appropriations chart.

Fiscal Year 2019 | Housing and Community Development | Budget Request and Appropriations Chart (PDF)

HUD Secretary Carson Testifies in Oversight Hearing, Ranking Member Waters Introduces Fair Housing Bill

HUD Secretary Ben Carson testified before the House Committee on Financial Services during a hearing to examine the agency and its level of success in implementing and overseeing federal housing policy. Much of the hearing was spent discussing the Administration’s proposed funding cuts to the agency and Secretary Carson’s proposals to increase rents and impose work requirements on recipients of HUD funding. Members of the committee questioned Secretary Carson about why he was committed to pursuing these proposals, noting that nearly 470,000 people with extremely low incomes would be affected by them and that there is a broader affordable housing crisis nationwide. Other topics of discussion included HUD’s efforts to remediate mold and lead-based paint hazards in federally-assisted housing, modernizing the Federal Housing Administration’s (FHA) outdated technology, Secretary Carson’s plans to release a final rule easing certain restrictions on using FHA insurance, and the need for comprehensive housing disaster recovery efforts.

Lawmakers also expressed concerns over Secretary Carson’s efforts to limit fair housing protections, most notably the agency’s decision to suspend key elements of the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule. Ranking Member Maxine Waters (D-CA-43) recently introduced a bill to combat these efforts, the Restoring Fair Housing Protections Eliminated by HUD Act (H.R. 6220). The bill would reinstate the Local Government Assessment Tool, which assists jurisdictions with complying with the AFFH Rule but which HUD suspended earlier this year; require HUD to codify language referring to “inclusive and sustainable communities free from discrimination” in HUD’s mission statement; and would reissue a Federal Register notice regarding a proposal to require owners and operators of HUD-funded homeless shelters to inform individuals of their rights under HUD’s “Equal Access in Accordance with an Individual’s Gender Identity in Community Planning and Development Programs” rule.

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.

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.

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

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.