NAA Lobbies Congress to Support Apartment Industrys Advocacy Efforts
Digested from National Apartment Association Reaches All 535 Congressional Offices With Strong Message: Lawmakers Must Address Barriers Preventing Industry from Meeting Growing Demand
Nasdaq GlobeNewswire (3/10/16)
Representatives from the NAA and its affiliated organizations recently flocked to Capitol Hill and to congressional districts across the country to remind lawmakers of the value the apartment industry brings to the nations economy.
The apartment industry provides homes to 38 million Americans, contributes $1.3 trillion annually to the economy and supports 12.3 million jobs. As compelling as these facts are in building our case with Congress, the real stories come from the people who work in the industry, who are impacted daily, whether positively or negatively, by decisions made on Capitol Hill, said Gregory S. Brown, NAA senior vice president of government affairs.
During the NAAs Lobby Day on March 9 and in home communities during the House of Representatives in-district work period, industry representatives met with members of Congress about enacting policies that would support rather than obstruct the associations advocacy goals of providing jobs and housing. This year, a record-breaking number of individuals attended the NAAs 2016 Capitol Conference, the majority of whom participated in Lobby Day.
As part of its lobbying efforts, NAA members asked Congress to support legislation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Fair Housing Accessibility initiative that would enable business owners to cure an alleged ADA deficiency prior to the initiation of a lawsuit. The NAA also supports legislation that would reform and reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and reform certain provisions of the Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8).
The NAAs advocacy efforts dont just stop with Lobby Day. The association is investing in a new program, Advocacy 365, a grassroots effort to advance the priorities of apartment owners year-round.