Conference Materials

  • If you are tracking your website’s analytics (and you should be!), you have probably noticed that more and more of your visitors are accessing your site using a mobile device or app. Do you know what your site looks like on a smartphone or tablet? Does it help or hinder your visitor? Explore the benefits of mobile technology and learn how to create an effective mobile strategy.

  • Visual storytelling is a powerful marketing tool. Whether through photos, infographics, or story frames, imagery often elicits a strong and powerful audience response. Determine the best ways to tell your story visually to boost your marketing efforts.

    Federal Regulations and Notices

    Fact Sheets and Policy Briefs


    • To provide tax relief for major disaster areas declared in 2012 and 2013 and for other purposes.

    • The bill extends for two years the $250 above-the-line tax deduction for teachers and other school professionals for expenses paid or incurred for books, supplies (other than non-athletic supplies for courses of instruction in health or physical education), computer equipment (including related software and service), other equipment, and supplementary materials used by the educator in the classroom. A two year extension of this provision is estimated to cost $430 million over 10 years.

      Advocacy Materials

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        The 2015 NCSHA Congressional Handout is available for download here. This effective tool may be used when speaking to members of Congress, state officials, and business partners alike. Filled with recent statistics and compelling graphics, this informational brochure may be used to share with your constituents the important work that HFAs do and why they do it.

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        The National Council of State Housing Agencies (NCSHA) is a national nonprofit, nonpartisan organization created by the nation’s state Housing Finance Agencies (HFAs) to advance through advocacy and education their efforts to provide affordable housing to those who need it. NCSHA’s priorities, adopted annually by its Board of Directors after consultation with all state HFAs, set the agenda for NCSHA’s advocacy before Congress, the Administration, and the federal agencies concerned with housing, including HUD, USDA, and the Treasury, as well as its business activities.

        NCSHA Testimony, Comments, and Correspondence

        • In over 20 years of existence, the HOME program has successfully produced more than 1.1 million affordable homes, in addition to making homes affordable for hundreds of thousands of families with direct rental assistance. Despite HOME’s success and the growing need for affordable housing, the HOME program has been severely cut in recent years – 44 percent since FY 2011 --and is at a record-low funding level of just $900 million in FY 2015. HOME has already weathered disproportionate cuts within the THUD spending bill, and we fear that further reductions would significantly reduce its capacity to meet affordable housing needs at a time when housing markets and the broader economy continue to struggle, and the need for affordable housing continues to grow.

        • HFAs have a unique perspective on federal housing and community development programs. As state entities, they understand their local needs and are able to design programs tailored to those needs that prioritize the most pressing challenges throughout their states.

          HUD programs are a crucial component of state efforts to address the affordable housing and housing-related needs of their residents and communities. These programs help families and individuals transform their lives by creating quality and sustainable living environments that lift families out of poverty and desperate situations; help children stay healthy and thrive in school; support seniors, people with special needs, and veterans; and house persons experiencing homelessness. They contribute to community revitalization by supporting good jobs, fostering business growth, building vital infrastructure, and promoting transportation solutions.