Government Affairs

Your safety net for your business and the industry at large is engagement in public policy activities.

Government Affairs

Your safety net for your business and the industry at large is engagement in public policy activities. At the federal level, we partner with NMHC to advocate for a supportive legislative and regulatory climate to protect your business. At the state and local levels, we analyze legislation, conduct research and provide resources to help build your and your fellow members' strength and influence.

Recent News

Budget Winners and Losers in the $55B House THUD Bill - The House Appropriations Committee has passed the more than $55 billion FY 2016 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD) funding bill. The bill falls $1.5 billion short of what HUD has said it needs to maintain current programs.

House Rejects Bid to Cut Core Military Housing Benefit - The House has passed the annual “National Defense Authorization Act,” rejecting a Department of Defense proposal to cut back the Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH). A cut to the BAH could jeopardize the continued success of the privatized military housing program.

Coalition Gives Rural Rental Housing Budget a Push - Lawmakers are considering a range of FY 2016 budget bills for Federal Government agencies and departments. In addition to HUD funding, a top industry priority is the budget for multifamily rental assistance programs at the Department of Agriculture’s Rural Housing Service.

Coalition Suggest Improvements to Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act – Letter focuses on changes to “Greater Energy Efficiency in Building Codes” section.

Industry Submits Comments on MAP Guide - Letters ask that potential impacts of certain requirements be considered when updating the Multifamily Accelerated Processing Guide. NAA Letter   NAA/NMHC Letter

Industry Weighs-In on New Floodplain Management Standard – NAA/NMHC submit comments on the new Federal Flood Risk Management Standard that directly challenge the impact of the Executive Order on the private real estate market.

FHFA to Keep Apartment Capital Flowing – The Federal Housing Finance Agency is revising and expanding the definition of the affordable apartment housing loans that are excluded from the $30 billion multifamily lending caps imposed on both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The excluded loans will provide more lending capacity to the apartment housing market through 2015.

Senators Work to Make Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Stick – Legislation has been introduced in the Senate to make the flat 9 percent Low-Income Housing Tax Credit permanent. The program leverages federal dollars with private investment to help finance affordable housing projects nationwide.

Policy Resources:

Apartment Industry's 2015 Policy Agenda - NAA and NMHC's top priorities for Capitol Hill in 2015 include reforming the nation's tax code and fixing the housing finance system. View our complete list of legislative and regulatory issues.

Webinar:

New E-Verify Webinar Available On-Demand – USCIS now offers a webinar for employers about E-Verify and Form I-9, E-Verify enrollment, how to run a case and more.

Apartment Industry News:

For the latest in apartment industry policy and advocacy news, read the Apartment Advocate, NAA Government Affairs' flagship publication.