Apartment Industry Response to the State of the Union

Contact: Carole Roper, NAA at 703-797-0616 or Jim Lapides, NMHC at 202-974-2360

WASHINGTON, Jan. 29, 2014 — Statement from the National Multifamily Housing Council (NMHC) and National Apartment Association (NAA) by Cindy Chetti, NMHC Senior Vice President of Government Affairs:

“We applaud President Obama for highlighting housing finance reform, immigration and tax reform in his State of the Union address. The apartment industry and our 35 million residents are a robust, $1.1 trillion economic engine that supports 25 million jobs. These issues directly affect our ability to provide homes to millions of Americans, including student housing, seniors housing, affordable housing and military housing. 

“We applaud the President’s support of housing in his speech, but would remind him that housing preferences are changing and a growing number of American households are choosing to rent for lifestyle and financial reasons. The number of renter households grew by almost five million from 2007 to 2012, with this trend continuing over the next decade.

“For that reason, housing finance reform must avoid a “one-size-fits-all” approach. The multifamily market uses commercial mortgage debt products, and imposing single family reforms would jeopardize our ability to meet the nation’s need for millions of new rental homes over the next decade.

“We also encourage the President and Congress to enact pro-growth tax reform that encompasses the individual and corporate side of the tax system. Comprehensive reform should promote economic growth and investment in rental housing without unfairly burdening apartment owners and renters relative to other asset classes.

“In addition, we need comprehensive immigration reform to address the current patchwork of state and local laws. Immigrants are a key driver of apartment demand and an important force in apartment construction and operations.

“We look forward to working with the Obama Administration and Congress to ensure the country can meet the growing demand for apartment homes.”

More information about apartments is available at www.weareapartments.org.

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For more than 20 years, the National Apartment Association (NAA) and the National Multifamily Housing Council (NMHC) have partnered on behalf of America’s apartment industry. Drawing on the knowledge and policy expertise of staff in Washington, D.C., as well as the advocacy power of 170 NAA state and local affiliated associations, NAA and NMHC provide a single voice for developers, owners and operators of multifamily rental housing. Apartments and their 35 million residents support more than 25 million jobs and contribute $1.1 trillion to the economy.