Have You Ever Invited Your Member of Congress to Tour Your Apartment Community?
Congress will be in recess through Sept. 7. This is your best opportunity to showcase your community and show your elected official how we’re a robust $1.1 trillion industry that helps 37.5 million renters live in a home that’s right for them.
Why should you invite your Congressman to tour your property?
- It increases NAA and the industry’s visibility
- It’s a great way to build and solidify your relationships
- You become a knowledgeable resource for them
- And your member of Congress wants to meet with you. In fact, community visits are cited as one of the top ways for them to understand interest groups’ views on pending issues
What to Expect
In addition to discussing the many amenities of apartment living, be sure to point out that meeting the rising demand for apartments calls for public policies that support the industry. Two of them critical to developing and operating apartments are center stage this year:
- Proposal to expand the scope of the Clean Water Act: A proposed EPA rule would revise the definition of “Waters of the United States” by removing the term “navigable.” The proposal would significantly expand federal control of land and water resources and impose substantial additional permitting and regulatory requirements, possible litigation and lengthy delays on property developers.
- Extending the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA): This program was created after 9/11 when terrorism insurance became unavailable or excessively priced, but still required for most apartment owners. The program expires on Dec. 31, 2014. An extension of TRIA by Congress is critical for the apartment industry to fill a vital insurance need and provide stability in the marketplace. Reauthorization and reform bills are currently before Congress.
Learn the Ropes
- NAA Government Affairs has a Congressional Recess Toolkit filled with talking points on the issues, materials to provide to your Congressman, and valuable resources covering everything from sending the invitation to conducting the meeting, and getting media coverage.
- You can learn the basics about grassroots advocacy by watching this video, “How You Can Get Involved with Grassroots Advocacy with NAA.”
- And if you have any questions, please feel free to contact Kathleen Gamble or Carole Roper.
So don’t delay! Please keep in touch and report any scheduled tours or other meetings to Katelin McCrory (and send her pictures as well).