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  • July 10, 2017

    HFAs have a strong history of working with the GSEs to create affordable multifamily and single-family housing opportunities. NCSHA is pleased that both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have proposed in their Underserved Market Plans to build on these partnerships and collaborate with HFAs in their efforts to support underserved communities and markets. Several HFAs have already started to engage with the GSEs on initiatives to help the GSEs reach their Duty to Serve objectives.

  • March 20, 2017

    Key Congressional Committee Rosters for NCSHA in the 115th Congress.

  • December 12, 2016

    The National Council of State Housing Agencies (NCSHA) is a national nonprofit, nonpartisan organization created by the nation’s state Housing Finance Agencies (HFAs) to advance through advocacy and education their efforts to provide affordable housing to those who need it. NCSHA’s priorities, adopted annually by its Board of Directors after consultation with all state HFAs, set the agenda for NCSHA’s advocacy before Congress, the Administration, and the federal agencies concerned with housing, including HUD, USDA, and the Treasury, as well as its business activities.

  • June 8, 2016

    Our organizations are writing to share our view that comprehensive reform to the secondary housing finance system must come through Congress. We believe that the current state of conservatorship has provided stability, but policymakers and stakeholders need to continue to work together on the important efforts to advance housing finance reform through a legislative solution. Absent reform, we run the risk of continuing to kick the can down the road without ensuring ongoing access to mortgage credit for millions of future homeowners. Policymakers need to continue to focus on the paramount objective of fixing the structural flaws that led to the breakdown of the housing finance system -- the only outcome that will protect taxpayers, preserve access to credit, and ensure a stable housing finance system.

  • June 2, 2016

    We take this opportunity to express our concerns with your agencies' policy of requiring Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae ("the GSEs") to operate without adequate capital. We appreciated Director Watt's recent remarks at the Bipartisan Policy Center focusing on the very serious risks to the GSEs' operations, and by extension to the overall housing finance market, if they are required to completely eliminate their capital buffers. We hope that these concerns will lead you to reassess this course of action.

  • May 16, 2016

    One telling indicator of the state of the nation’s housing is the drop in the homeownership rate to just 64.5 percent last year, erasing nearly all of the increase in the previous two decades. The number of homeowners fell for the eighth straight year, signaling persistently weak demand in this key market segment. And the trend does not appear to be abating, with the national homeownership rate down to 63.7 percent in the first quarter of 2015.

  • May 16, 2016

    The decade-long surge in rental demand is unprecedented. In mid-2015, 43 million families and individuals lived in rental housing, up nearly 9 million from 2005—the largest gain in any 10-year period on record. In addition, the share of all US households that rent rose from 31 percent to 37 percent, its highest level since the mid-1960s.

  • March 24, 2016

    NCSHA commends FHFA for all of its efforts under the leadership of Director Watt to encourage the Government-Sponsored Enterprises (GSEs) to do more to support responsible affordable housing lending. We are especially pleased that FHFA has produced in this proposed rule such a strong and comprehensive strategy for increasing Fannie Mae’s and Freddie Mac’s responses to the housing needs of underserved markets and populations. We thank FHFA for including within this rule several provisions designed to support key HFA programs, most notably the Housing Credit and Housing Bonds. We offer the following thoughts in response to the rule’s proposals and questions.

  • February 26, 2016

    The Senate Banking and House Financial Services Committees are the committees of jurisdiction over all HUD programs, including the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) and Section 8. The committees also oversee the housing Government-Sponsored Enterprises (GSEs), including Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Ginnie Mae, and the Federal Home Loan Banks (FHLBs).

  • February 26, 2016

    Support a strong secondary market system with a duty to support affordable housing opportunities in all places at all times and which engages HFAs as preferred affordable housing partners in meeting the needs of low- and moderate-income families.