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National Housing Conference lauds release of $376 million in affordable housing funds

The National Housing Conference (NHC) commends acting director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency Joseph Otting on releasing over $376 million for affordable housing through the Capital Magnet Fund and Housing Trust Fund. “This is a big deal,” said NHC President and CEO David Dworkin. “Twice OMB and the White House have tried to zero out these essential programs, which are both effective and cost taxpayers nothing,” Dworkin said, adding, “Moving forward with these much-needed programs is the right thing to do.”

New report examines supply-driven affordable housing crisis for nation’s workers

The National Housing Conference (NHC) will conduct a press conference at 8:00 a.m. on April 16, 2019 at the National Press Club to release its 2018 Paycheck to Paycheck annual report and database. The latest report explores affordability challenges of workers in five job categories in the construction industry and our online Paycheck to Paycheck database. The database currently highlights the costs of renting and homeownership for workers in 81 occupations in 203 metro areas nationwide and will be updated to 259 metro areas. Data on three-bedroom rentals and lower down payments will also be added to the database.

NHC urges Acting Director Otting to continue making allocations to the Capital Magnet Fund (CMF) and the national Housing Trust Fund (HTF)

The National Housing Conference (NHC) and its diverse coalition of members submitted a letter  to urge continued allocations to the Capital Magnet Fund (CMF) and the national Housing Trust Fund (HTF) in fiscal year 2019 and beyond. Some of the signatories include Atlanta Neighborhood Development Partnership, Capital Magnet Fund Coalition, Central Bank of Kansas City, Cinnaire, and the Coalition of Community Development to name a few.  

National Housing Conference statement on Chairman Crapo’s housing finance plan

The National Housing Conference (NHC) supports Senate Banking Committee chairman Mike Crapo’s objectives to “establish stronger levels of taxpayer protection, preserve the 30-year fixed rate mortgage and promote access to affordable housing,” said David M. Dworkin, president and CEO of the National Housing Conference.

NHC urges communication between property managers and residents as shutdown continues

As the federal government partial shutdown continues to drag on, multifamily housing owners across the country are feeling its impact and consumers are increasingly concerned that this unprecedented crisis of governing could literally impact their ability to remain in their homes. While the National Housing Conference (NHC) is not aware of anyone who has lost their home as a result of the shutdown yet, anxiety is high and multifamily property managers and owners are under increasing pressure as their reserves shrink. If the shutdown continues into February, the situation will deteriorate due to non-payments to owners of federally subsidized properties, as was noted in a comprehensive legal analysis written by the National Housing Law Project (NHLP) staff.

NHC’s statement on the continued impact of the shutdown on housing

As the partial government shutdown crawls into its fourth week, anxiety among those housed with money from the unfunded Department of Housing and Urban Development continues to rise. “This crisis is completely unnecessary and irresponsible,” said David M. Dworkin, NHC president and CEO. Dworkin cautioned that “no one is currently at risk of losing their home due to the government shutdown,” adding that “affordable housing advocates need to be careful to provide vitally needed facts to our constituents and avoid unnecessarily stoking the fears of innocent low-income people, especially the thousands of senior citizens and people with disabilities living in Section 202 and 811 units.”

NHC’s statement on HUD leadership changes

“Pam Patenaude has been a dynamic and effective deputy secretary, which is one of the most important housing positions in any administration,” said NHC President and CEO David M. Dworkin. “She has been a passionate advocate for relief efforts in Puerto Rico, and a key voice on behalf of housing within the Trump administration.”

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