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September 2021

Why It’s Time to Unlock America’s Single-Family Green Mortgage Market

September 22 @ 2:00 pm EDT

In the face of an intensifying climate crisis, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are uniquely positioned to promote sustainable, resilient housing across the country. The Enterprises have already created several programs to accelerate production of green multifamily projects, and now the Federal Housing Finance Agency has the opportunity to expand that success to the single-family market. NHC partnered with the Rocky Mountain Institute to host a webinar exploring the policies and programs that will ensure existing and new housing can…

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Leveraging the Tax Code to Address Affordable Housing Supply

September 2

To increase affordable housing supply, we need to use all the policy tools available to us to address the multi-faceted issue that is affordable housing production and preservation. Several programs administered through the tax code have proven to be some of the nation’s most effective tools in facilitating investments in affordable housing. With several tax credit proposals in Congress— the Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act, Neighborhood Homes Investment Act, and the DASH Act—this webinar, moderated by Linda Mandolini of Eden…

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July 2021

How it Works: Financing and Servicing of Motel and Hotel Conversions (Part II)

July 21

In our recent webinar, It Works: Converting Motels and Hotels into Affordable Housing, our panelists shared what is happening at the state level. The National Housing Conference hosted a second event that took a deeper dive into local initiatives for successful hotel/motel conversions at the county and city level. This webinar focused on collaborations between developers and service providers, innovative financing approaches, as well as several successful conversion projects.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hW5ozlcbpbY Speakers Julia Welle Ayres is a housing development and…

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June 2021

Briefing on Affordable Homeownership and Infrastructure

June 28

As Congress begins work on legislation to improve the U.S. infrastructure, it is crucial that affordable homeownership be included. Homeownership is a key building block for stable, vital neighborhoods as well for the wealth, education, and health of individual families. There is no investment alternative that is as beneficial as homeownership for building assets, and, as new research is beginning to demonstrate, investments in homeownership improve housing affordability. Homeownership offers families stable housing costs because mortgage payments on fixed-rate loans…

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It Works: Converting Motels and Hotels into Affordable Housing

June 17

The pandemic has created an opportunity for many government agencies and private businesses to try new ideas to address the national shortage of affordable housing. One such welcomed policy opportunity has been a conversion strategy to create more units of deeply affordable housing. While many states and localities have leased space in hotels/motels to provide shelter for people experiencing homelessness during the pandemic, several states are finding opportunities to acquire and convert some of these spaces into permanent housing, using…

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November 2020

Housing Finance Agencies’ Role in Addressing Affordable Housing Challenges

November 20, 2020

State housing finance agencies (HFAs) have been at the center of the affordable housing financing system for more than 50 years. In 2019 alone, HFAs provided nearly $32 billion in financing for 161,000 mortgage loans to borrowers with an average income of roughly $56,000 and over $10 billion in financing for the development and rehabilitation of more than 150,000 rental units, according to the National Council of State Housing Agencies (NCSHA). NCHSA recently recognized 16 state HFAs for their initiatives…

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October 2020

National Advisory Council Meeting

October 20, 2020

NHC was pleased to have Federal Reserve Board Governor Lael Brainard join us for our National Advisory Council meeting earlier today. Governor Brainard discussed the Federal Reserve Board’s plans following the release of its September Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to modernize the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA). "The core purpose of CRA remains as important as ever, especially given the national conversation we are having about racial equity in our society and the disproportionate impact that COVID-19 is having on (low-and-moderate…

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September 2020

Health and Housing Webinar: Creating positive outcomes during COVID-19

September 30, 2020

Research has proven that housing plays a significant role in influencing health outcomes in communities across the U.S. With the continued health risk posed by COVID-19, partnerships, communication, and coordination between health and housing service providers has never been more important to keep individuals healthy and stably housed. The National Housing Conference (NHC) examined the increasingly significant interplay between health and housing with experts from each sector. On Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, NHC welcomed Dr. Regina M. Benjamin, who previously…

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July 2020

ELAH Webinar: Advocating for racial equity in housing and community development

July 21, 2020

On July 21, Adiyah Ali of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, Noerena Limón of the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals and Antoine Thompson of the National Association of Real Estate Brokers presented on advocacy strategies and solutions to achieve racial equity in housing and community development for our Emerging Leaders in Affordable Housing (ELAH) webinar. If you are interested in learning more about ELAH, click here. If you are an NHC member and would like to access webinar…

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May 2020

COVID-19 and HUD’s role in assisting borrowers, renters, lenders and property owners

May 1, 2020

Government support to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on our country’s housing system continues to be critical as more and more Americans face financial insecurity. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) have taken steps to address COVID-19, including mandating the halt of all foreclosures and evictions of single family homeowners with FHA-insured mortgages, requiring FHA Multifamily program participants to cease evictions of tenants for non-payment of rent for 120 days, and rolling…

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