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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.

Washington Report | January 11, 2019

The National Association of REALTORS© this week called attention to “tangible harm to potential buyers, the real estate market, and economic growth.” The Federal Housing...

Washington Report | January 4, 2019

While the partial federal government shutdown casts a growing shadow of uncertainty over the first days of the 116th Congress, we begin the new year focused on advancing the federal policy...

Washington Report | December 21, 2018

Months before the Federal Reserve Bank’s decision this week to raise interest rates, most everyone in affordable housing finance and development was already grappling with impacts of more...

Washington Report | December 14, 2018

The Executive Order on Opportunity Zones (OZs) President Trump signed this week establishes this still-evolving program as a top-tier priority for the Administration: the enormous energy and...

Washington Report | December 7, 2018

At this week’s NCSHA Board of Directors Meeting and Executive Directors Forum in Washington, DC, political strategist Bruce Mehlman described our “age of disruption” in politics (the U.S....

Washington Report | November 30, 2018

The first housing advocates were probably 19th century public health professionals in Europe and America alarmed by shoddy construction and appalling living conditions in both countries’...

Washington Report | November 16, 2018

On November 16, 2017, the House of Representatives approved its version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R.1), which would have crippled the ability of states and local communities to finance...

Washington Report | November 2, 2018

The news this week that the “self-driving” car company Waymo was granted the first permit in California to begin driverless testing on public roads was another small step towards a total...

Washington Report | October 26, 2018

We’ve come to understand the nation’s central affordable housing challenge as essentially too much demand and not enough supply, which is driving rents and prices out of reach for millions. Yet...

Washington Report | October 12, 2018

Amidst all the discouraging data and troubling trends regarding the housing affordability crisis, there are, in fact, reasons to feel some measure of optimism. Nobody should be naïve about the...