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NCSHA Washington Report | April 16, 2021

On Monday, President Biden pledged efforts to “close persistent racial gaps in wages, housing, credit, lending opportunities, and access to higher education — gaps that, if closed, would add...

NCSHA Washington Report | April 9, 2021

“Seven months into the school year, millions of low-income families are still waiting for billions of dollars in federal food aid that was supposed to compensate them for school meals that were...

NCSHA Washington Report | April 2, 2021

Thomas Edsall recently summarized the state of play in the “intense dispute among strategists, scholars, and pollsters” about whether there is “a viable center… [that can] be mobilized to...

NCSHA Washington Report | March 19, 2021

Housing issues are higher on Congress’ agenda than they have been in years, and state HFAs plan to be in the center of intensive federal legislative policymaking on them over the next several...

NCSHA Washington Report | March 12, 2021

Historians and economists — and maybe your grandkids, whatever their line of work — will reckon with the federal government’s response to this pandemic year for many, hopefully healthier,...

NCSHA Washington Report | March 5, 2021

A brutal paradox of the pandemic is that some of the most financially stressed real estate assets — home to many of the most financially stressed Americans — may be increasingly attractive...

NCSHA Washington Report | February 26, 2021

One of the most important new federal affordable housing initiatives in a generation, the $25 billion Emergency Rental Assistance program, is starting to get urgently needed help to low-income...

NCSHA Washington Report | February 19, 2021

Economics reporter Conor Dougherty finds a grim “bipartisan agreement” at the heart of the housing supply shortfall: “Blue cities full of people who say they want a more equitable society...

NCSHA Washington Report | February 5, 2021

Some of the housing heroes of this pandemic who are closest to it — the counselors, resident advocates, community organizers, and more than a few landlords — have been saying since the outset...

NCSHA Washington Report | January 29, 2021

The most noteworthy part of President Biden’s executive order this week on redressing housing discrimination in America was not its directive to HUD to examine the Trump Administration’s fair...

NCSHA Washington Report | January 22, 2021

There are two reasons why low-income homeowners need emergency relief in addition to more mortgage forbearance, which FHFA and FHA recently extended through the end of February and March,...

NCSHA Washington Report | January 15, 2021

The Treasury Department apparently is about to decide how much documentation millions of desperate low-income renters will have to show states and cities to be eligible for aid under the new...