Testimony, Comments, Correspondence
NCSHA Letter to Senate Banking Committee Leadership in Support of Pam Patenaude to be HUD Deputy Secretary
The National Council of State Housing Agencies (NCSHA) is pleased to express our strong support for the nomination of Pamela Hughes Patenaude to serve as Deputy Secretary of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). We commend President Trump for this outstanding choice. We ask the Committee to approve and the full Senate to confirm quickly Patenaude’s appointment, so she can get to work immediately with HUD Secretary Carson on the many serious affordable housing challenges our country confronts.
NCSHA submitted a statement to the House Ways and Means Committee in response to its hearing on how tax reform will grow our economy and create jobs.
The A Call To Invest in Our Neighborhoods (ACTION) Campaign, representing over 2,000 national, state, and local organizations and businesses, urges the Ways and Means Committee to expand and strengthen the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (Housing Credit), and to protect multifamily Housing Bonds, as part of any tax reform effort to grow our economy and create jobs.
The National Council of State Housing Agencies (NCSHA) appreciates the opportunity to comment on the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) proposed rule expanding the use of small area fair market rents (SAFMR) in certain metropolitan areas to replace HUD’s existing 50th percentile fair market rent (FMR) policy.
NCSHA commended HUD for adopting many of the recommendations NCSHA made in our comments on the first iteration of the state assessment tool. These changes make the tool more responsive to state level implementation needs, clarify to some extent what is expected of states, and reduce some of the burden on state agencies.
Housing Industry Sign-on Letter to Senate on HR 3700, The Housing Opportunities through Modernization Act
The undersigned organizations, which include a broad cross-section of stakeholders in the housing affordability realm, urge Senate passage of “The Housing Opportunities through Modernization Act” (H.R. 3700), without delay and without additions to this bill that makes commonsense reforms to federal housing policy.
While we support the goals articulated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) AFFH regulations, we are deeply concerned that the state tool, which states must use to conduct the Assessment of Fair Housing (AFH) under AFFH, imposes unreasonable requirements on states that go well beyond what is necessary to achieve meaningful fair housing planning.
On behalf of the state Housing Finance Agencies (HFAs) we represent, the National Council of State Housing Agencies (NCSHA) thanks you for the opportunity to comment on the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s (FHFA) proposed Enterprise Duty to Serve Underserved Markets Rule (the “Duty to Serve rule”).
Leaders from both sides of the aisle, including President Obama and House Speaker Ryan, recognize that persistent poverty is both destructive to families and a barrier to our nation’s economic growth. We need affirmative policy solutions to prevent people from falling through the cracks if we are to expand opportunity and improve our economic well-being.