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D.C. Abuzz with HUD Nomination; Chambers Differ on Military Housing Benefit


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June 16, 2014
On the Hill 
Obama Taps Castro to Lead HUDWashington has been buzzing with news involving the nation’s most powerful housing bureaucrat with President Obama nominating San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro to become HUD secretary. He would … Julian Castro
Chambers Differ on Vital Military Housing Benefit; House Defies White HouseThe House has openly defied the Obama Administration’s plans to roll back military compensation by broadly rejecting the Department of Defense proposal to slow the growth of the Basic Allowance for Housing …

American Community Survey Funding in JeopardyThe House has approved the U.S. Census Bureau’s FY 2015 budget, which reduces the necessary funding levels for both 2020 Census planning and the administration of the annual American Community Survey (ACS). NAA/NMHC use data from both surveys …

Around the Nation

NAA/NMHC Support Mayors Resolution to Limit Expanded Water RegulationNAA/NMHC are supporting a resolution that addresses concerns the industry has regarding the Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ proposed rule to expand the scope of waters subject to federal regulation under the Clean Water Act ... 

Washington City Plans Massive Inspection and Licensing Program(BELLINGHAM, Wash.) – The City Council plans to launch an extensive, expensive annual rental housing licensing and inspection program. The city’s Planning and Community Development Department is expected to take the lead in enforcing … 

Newark City Council Passes New Rent Control Ordinance(NEWARK, N.J.) – The City Council has passed a new ordinance that will make it harder for rental property owners to raise rents of tenants in rent-controlled properties. Under the previous rules, owners of rent-controlled buildings in the New Jersey city could raise rents annually …

Advocacy Connections

How Long Should a Site Visit Last? When your member of Congress attends a site visit in the district, such as touring your apartment community, how long should the visit take? Would you be surprised to know that it’s …

Plan Your Apartment Tour Now When Congress Is Home in AugustOne of the best ways to strengthen the apartment industry’s voice on Capitol Hill is through educating and building relationships with members of Congress. Tours of your apartment community are one of the easiest ways. Make plans now when your members of Congress are in recess from Aug. 2 through Sept. 7.

Are You the Next  AIMS Grassroots Member Advocate of the Year? Nominations for the U.S. apartment industry’s top grassroots advocate are due Sept. 12 …

Going to the 2014 NAA Education Conference & Exposition? Stop by the NAA Advocacy Lounge. Talk with Government Affairs staff about the issues impacting you and your business. Vote for U.S. President in a straw poll. Take a selfie with a photo of your favorite Presidential candidate. And more!

In This Edition...

• HUD Nomination
• Military Housing
• Survey Funding
• Clean Water Act
• Licensing and
• Rent Control
• Advocacy
Advocacy Blogs

Capitol Update:
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Weighing in on Term Limits and Re-districting to Stop Congressional Gridlock
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NAA Fair Housing Webinar on Issues Affecting the Deaf 

What Do You Think?

The theory of disparate impact enables fair housing discrimination claims where there is no intent to discriminate. How great a threat is this to the apartment industry? Answer now. Results will be announced in the next edition.

Results of the last poll:  Should apartment owners turn all properties into smoke-free units to avoid contradicting federal law?

Yes: 68%
No: 3%
Doesn’t matter: 26%

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