A diverse group of affordable housing leaders, including National Housing Conference President and Chief Executive Officer David Dworkin, met with National Economic Council Director Brian Deese, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Marcia Fudge, and Federal Housing Finance Agency Director Sandra Thompson, and Senior Advisor to the President Gene Sperling today to discuss legislative, administrative, private sector, and state and local actions to address housing supply and affordability challenges across the country.
Statement of David M. Dworkin, President and CEO of the National Housing Conference on FOMC announcement
Today’s announcement by the Federal Reserve Board’s Federal Open Market Committee to increase interest rates by an additional 75 basis points will drive up the cost of housing and may fail to adequately reduce inflation. Housing supply deficits, made worse by increased interest rates, are likely to blunt the anti-inflationary impact of the Fed’s rate hike as the housing supply continues to shrink, offsetting the impact of interest rate-driven reductions in demand.
The Consumer Price Index report released today showed that despite falling fuel costs, rising housing costs continue to keep inflation at historically high levels. Inflation is not under control and housing is the major reason why.
“Housing price ‘deceleration’ provides little comfort to first-time homebuyers and renters struggling to find affordable housing,” said David M. Dworkin, president and CEO of the National Housing Conference. “Shaving a few points off a growth rate for housing costs that is still in the double digits is not going to address our housing affordability crisis.”
Statement of David M. Dworkin President and CEO, National Housing Conference on President Biden Student Loan Announcement
Today President Biden announced his plan to deliver student loan forgiveness for those who make less than $125,000. The three-part plan targets debt relief of up to $20,000 for Pell Grant recipients and up to $10,000 for non-Pell Grant recipients. “This is one of the most consequential housing policies made in this generation. Student loan debt burden is a major impediment to first time homebuyer, and will have implications for millennials, Gen Z, low- and moderate-income borrowers, and people of color” said NHC president and CEO, David Dworkin.
Today, The National Housing Conference (NHC), welcomed Whitney Sarkodie to their team as the Marketing and Communications Associate.
Statement of David M. Dworkin, President and CEO of the National Housing Conference, on the Federal Reserve’s Rate Hike: “Higher mortgage rates are not a sustainable way to reduce shelter costs”
Higher rates will do nothing to address the key driver of inflation in the housing sector: the persistent, long-term shortage of housing supply. As Chairman Powell noted in his comments, while the number of unfinished homes is high, the inventory of finished homes is still ‘incredibly low, historically low.’
“NHC has been committed to building a Board of Governors that represents all of the people we serve,” said David M. Dworkin, NHC President and CEO. “We look forward to working with this incredibly talented and experienced group of leaders to realize our vision of an America where everyone is able to live in a quality, affordable home in a thriving community.”
Statement of David M. Dworkin, President and CEO of the National Housing Conference, on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s Equitable Housing Finance Plans
A key determinant of whether the Enterprises will be able to meet their responsibilities under FHFA’s Equitable Housing Finance Framework will be the extent to which they invest capital and personnel in their plans. Both Enterprises have lost significant intellectual capital and experience in this space in recent years.