• February 23, 2016

    The 2016 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.

  • February 19, 2016

    In December, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) released its proposed “Duty to Serve” rule for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. This rule requires Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to support housing opportunities for lower income families in three underserved segments of the housing finance market: manufactured housing, affordable housing preservation, and homeownership opportunities in rural areas.

  • February 16, 2016

    NCSHA's 2016 Priorities Briefing PowerPoint

  • February 01, 2016

    The undersigned organizations, which include a broad cross-section of stakeholders in the housing affordability realm, urge House passage of “The Housing Opportunities through Modernization Act” (H.R. 3700), without addition of divisive measures that would undermine the broad consensus behind these commonsense reforms. Our nation faces tremendous housing needs. This legislation is an important step forward to address a number of important items which have enjoyed broad consensus over the years. There is more to be done to address housing and community development needs, but H.R. 3700 represents solid progress in the right direction. If enacted, this bipartisan bill would build on the effectiveness of federal rental assistance while achieving some modest savings.

  • November 04, 2015

    The undersigned members of the Campaign for Housing and Community Development Funding (CHCDF) are writing in response to your call for submissions to modernize the delivery of federal housing assistance, as requested on the 50th anniversary of the creation of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). While we welcome new ideas to fight poverty and address our nation’s housing affordability crisis, we believe that we must also recognize the many innovative, effective and efficient HUD programs that are already delivering on their promise.

  • November 04, 2015

    The THUD allocation uniquely promotes the well-being of our communities by providing essential capital and program funding that enables public and private partners to build critical transportation infrastructure, spur economic development in communities, and help more than five million seniors, people with disabilities, and other families afford stable and safe housing. The THUD allocation should be a top priority.

  • November 04, 2015

    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.

  • November 04, 2015

    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.

  • September 04, 2015

    On behalf of the State Housing Finance Agencies (HFAs) it represents, the National
    Council of State Housing Agencies (NCSHA) appreciates the opportunity to comment on the
    Federal Housing Administration’s (FHA) July 6 proposed rule that would establish a maximum
    timeline according to which mortgagees would have to file an insurance claim with FHA in order
    to receive insurance on a failed loan. We strongly urge HUD to reconsider this proposal.

  • September 04, 2015

    As successful as the Housing Credit has been at attracting private capital into affordable housing, additional sources of soft financing are oftentimes used to supplement Housing Credit equity; most notably to finance properties in high cost areas and to make units available to the lowest income populations, including housing for special needs populations, such as homeless veterans. HOME funds are one of the top sources of this critically needed gap financing.