Federal Regulations and Notices

Fact Sheets and Policy Briefs

Legislation

  • 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

      • As the House Committee on Appropriations considers the Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations bill, we urge you to reconsider its devastating cuts to the HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) and the attempt to offset these cuts by transferring all funding from the Housing Trust Fund (HTF), effectively eliminating HTF—a yet-to-be fully realized but critical tool to address the growing affordable housing crisis in this country. Not only should Congress not further reduce HOME resources, but it should restore at least some of the funding cut from the program in recent years.

      • On May 1, 2015, NCSHA submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) providing feedback on USDA's March 5, 2015 proposed rule (RHS-15-SFH-0004-0001) establishing a definition of “qualified mortgage” (QM) that will apply to single-family loans insured through USDA’s Single Family Housing Guaranteed Loan Program (SFHGLP).