• June 08, 2017

    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.

  • June 02, 2017

    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.

  • May 18, 2017

    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.

  • February 13, 2017

    On February 10, NCSHA submitted comments to Treasury and IRS in response to Notice 2016-77 regarding whether Treasury and IRS should issue guidance clarifying the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (Housing Credit) statute’s required preference for projects located in a Qualified Census Tract (QCT) that are subject to a concerted community revitalization plan. NCSHA argued that further guidance from Treasury and IRS on concerted community revitalization plans is unnecessary, and that state allocating agencies—not Treasury or IRS—should set their own definitions of or criteria for concerted community revitalization plans for purposes of the statutory preference.

  • January 06, 2017

    On behalf of the state Housing Finance Agencies (HFAs) it represents, the National Council of State Housing Agencies (NCSHA) welcomes the opportunity to comment on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) July 29 proposed rule titled Amendments to Federal Mortgage Disclosure Requirements Under the Truth in Lending Act (CFPB-2016-0038).

  • November 29, 2016

    While we strongly support the goals articulated in the SAFMR proposed rule, including expanding housing choice and access to high-opportunity neighborhoods for voucher holders, we are concerned that implementation of SAFMRs as envisioned in the proposed rule may have unintended consequences that could negatively impact some voucher holders, particularly those in high-cost metropolitan areas with low vacancy rates, and create problems for developments that rely on rental assistance from Project-Based Vouchers (PBV). We also are concerned that HUD may be underestimating the administrative burden public housing authorities (PHA), including state HFAs, will incur if required to implement SAFMRs.

  • October 27, 2016

    NCSHA commended HUD for adopting many of the recommendations NCSHA made in our comments on the first iteration of the state assessment tool.

    NCSHA still believes the AFH process will remain unreasonably time- and cost-burdensome unless HUD makes further modifications to the tool.

  • August 08, 2016

    Congress has delegated responsibility for administering the Housing Credit to the states, recognizing that each state is better able than the federal government to address the low-income housing needs unique to its citizens. This delegation of authority to the states to administer a major federal tax program is unique and unprecedented. In making it, Congress recognized the value of decentralized decision making concerning each state's low-income housing needs, but also imposed a uniform set of procedures each state must follow in determining the developments to which they allocate Housing Credits.

  • June 23, 2016

    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.

  • June 08, 2016

    Our organizations are writing to share our view that comprehensive reform to the secondary housing finance system must come through Congress. We believe that the current state of conservatorship has provided stability, but policymakers and stakeholders need to continue to work together on the important efforts to advance housing finance reform through a legislative solution. Absent reform, we run the risk of continuing to kick the can down the road without ensuring ongoing access to mortgage credit for millions of future homeowners. Policymakers need to continue to focus on the paramount objective of fixing the structural flaws that led to the breakdown of the housing finance system -- the only outcome that will protect taxpayers, preserve access to credit, and ensure a stable housing finance system.