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Washington Report

The Washington Report offers NCSHA members a weekly update on the latest affordable housing developments in Washington, as well as NCSHA activities and HFA initiatives and innovations. To learn more about NCSHA, membership, or upcoming events, please contact us. We welcome media inquiries; please contact Lisa BowmanDirector, Marketing and Communications.

NCSHA Washington Report | March 27, 2020

Congress’ historic, admirable, and necessary work this week to inject $6.5 trillion or more into the U.S. economy is widely labeled “economic stimulus,” but a few Politico reporters argue...

NCSHA Washington Report | March 20, 2020

The unprecedented global COVID-19 pandemic that has become an unprecedented national emergency may ultimately affect affordable housing needs and systems in more profound ways than the financial...

NCSHA Washington Report | March 6, 2020

Groundbreakings for new affordable housing are all about optimism and future possibilities. One in Northwest Washington, DC, today triggered a wider range of emotions, because the development of...

NCSHA Washington Report | February 28, 2020

Economists of all ideological stripes have tended to favor policies aimed at people over those that target places. This may be changing, as the geography of prosperity in America has become...

NCSHA Washington Report | February 21, 2020

An important, if underappreciated, function of Congress is using its committees as venues for exploring emerging issues on which federal action may, or may not, be warranted. A good example...

NCSHA Washington Report | February 14, 2020

In the years after World War II, an average of one in five Americans moved every year. Last November, the Census Bureau reported the share had fallen below 10 percent for the first time,...

NCSHA Washington Report | February 7, 2020

When we left our spin through state HFA history at the end of the 1960s, the innovation of a few states seemed poised to sweep the country. In fact, 18 more states created HFAs between 1968 and...

NCSHA Washington Report | January 31, 2020

When President Trump established the White House Council on Eliminating Barriers to Affordable Housing Development by executive order last summer, we recalled that the dozen or so similar...

NCSHA Washington Report | January 24, 2020

The laser focus of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s powerful regulator, the Federal Housing Finance Agency, on moving the companies out of federal conservatorship continues to put pressure on the...

NCSHA Washington Report | January 10, 2020

One of the more positive trends of the 2010s that should accelerate in the years ahead is the interest of major health care industry players in pitching in on the housing affordability...