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Testimony, Comments, Correspondence

State Housing Finance Agency Federal Policy Priorities in Response to COVID-19

On April 7, NCSHA released a memo to interested parties describing state housing finance agency (HFA) federal policy priorities related to the economic impact on the housing market and housing needs caused by COVID-19. The memo details the top priority areas for NCSHA focus, including proposals related to single-family servicer liquidity, single-family loan program liquidity, multifamily property and servicer liquidity, housing bond liquidity, housing recovery resources, and regulatory clarity and relief for state HFA program administrators.

NCSHA Letter to House and Senate Leadership on HFA Priorities for Coronavirus Response

On April 7, NCSHA sent this letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY), and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) outlining the steps Congress should take following passage of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to support affordable housing efforts. The letter includes recommendations for further statutory action, as well as requests for congressional support of NCSHA proposals to the Federal Reserve, U.S. Department of the Treasury, and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development related to implementation of provisions in the CARES Act.

NCSHA Letter to HUD on Emergency HOME, HTF, and ESG Program Measures Due to COVID-19 Pandemic

On March 30, 2020, NCSHA sent this letter to the Acting Assistant Secretary of Community Planning and Development, on behalf of its state housing finance agency members, urging the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to take immediate action to help Community Planning and Development program grantees address the extreme housing needs in their communities resulting from the pandemic.

NCSHA Letter to FHFA Director on COVID-19-Related Liquidity Needs of State HFA Seller-Servicers of MBS

This letter from NCSHA to Federal Housing Finance Agency Director Mark Calabria describes the urgent COVID-19-related liquidity needs of state housing finance agency (HFA) seller-servicers of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac mortgage-backed securities and asks him to take immediate steps to help those HFAs to ensure they can continue to assist home buyers and homeowners throughout the country. 

NCSHA Submits Letter to Ginnie Mae on COVID-19 Servicing Concerns

On March 25, 2020, NCSHA sent this letter to Ginnie Mae urging it to help state housing finance agency (HFA) issuers of Ginnie Mae securities meet their pressing liquidity needs due to COVID‐19. The letter describes the servicing and liquidity concerns of HFA issuers and recommends Ginnie Mae provide relief to them. It also explains that, while NCSHA supports industry-wide efforts to provide liquidity to servicers, the mission and structure of state HFAs demand a more targeted approach.

NCSHA Summary of Coronavirus Relief Legislation

The U.S. Senate passed unanimously on March 25, 2020, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, after reaching agreement among Democratic, Republican, and White House negotiators. The House is expected to pass the bill on March 27. This memorandum summarizes the housing-specific provisions in the bill, including supplemental appropriations for HUD and other housing programs, increased liquidity for state and local municipal bond issuers, and forbearance for homeowners and multifamily properties.

NCSHA Letter to IRS, Treasury on Emergency Housing Credit Program Measures Due to COVID-19 Pandemic

NCSHA sent this letter calling on the Internal Revenue Service and U.S. Department of the Treasury to take immediate steps to ease Housing Credit deadlines and provide other needed program accommodations due to social distancing during the COVIED-19 pandemic.

NCSHA Submits Letter in Response to HUD Tribal Letter on DPA

On February 14, HUD published a letter by the General Deputy Assistant Secretary for Housing sent to Tribal Leaders. The letter, issued in accordance with HUD’s Government-to-Government Tribal Consultation Policy, requested feedback on regulatory changes HUD has been planning to implement for some time on the usage of down payment assistance (DPA) in conjunction with FHA single-family mortgage insurance.

ACTION Recommendations to Congress for Immediate Housing Credit Accommodations Related to COVID-19

The ACTION Campaign, which NCSHA co-chairs, released this statement calling on Congress to take immediate action to postpone certain Housing Credit deadlines to prevent developments from losing their tax credits due to the impact of COVID-19.  The statement also urges Congress to establish a 4 percent minimum rate for bond-financed developments, as action by the Federal Reserve to reduce interest rates has driven the 4 percent credit rate to a historical low.