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NAHB has received a $110,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to fight housing discrimination.
The grant will be used to educate developers and multifamily building owners and managers on the Fair Housing Act’s accessibility requirements.
With the administration announcing increased en- forcement actions by the U.S. Immigration and Cus- toms Enforcement agency (ICE), NAHB has a guide to remind members what to do if federal officials visit their job sites.
Now more than ever, employers should be aware of their obligation to comply with the law and know how to handle visits from ICE.
For more information, contact David Jaffe at 800-368-5242 x8317 or Amy Chai at 800-368-5242, x8232.
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During the first week of June, NAHB convened its spring leadership meetings in Washington, D.C.
The event included meetings of NAHB’s committees and councils, the 2019 Transitional Board and the Legislative Conference, which featured Sen. John Barrasso, chair of the Senate Republican Conference.
The week-long event concluded with the first meeting of NAHB’s new Leadership Council on Saturday, June 8. You can view videos of the Leadership Council Meeting.
In a huge victory for NAHB and its members, the U.S. Supreme Court has reversed a long-standing land use decision that made it nearly impossible for property owners to bring a Fifth Amendment takings claim in federal court.
In 1985, the Supreme Court issued a decision, known as the Williamson County decision, that forced land use plaintiffs to first go through years of expensive state administrative and/or court proceedings prior to bringing a “takings” claim in federal court. Local governments often used the decision to their advantage to tire out property owners. In addition, once a property owner finally filed a case in federal court, government defendants would use the prior state court decision as leverage to throw out the federal case.
In Knick v. Township of Scott, the Supreme Court ruled that “the state-litigation requirement [in Williamson] imposes an unjustifiable burden on takings plaintiffs, conflicts with the rest of [the Court’s] jurisprudence, and must be overruled.
A property owner has an actionable Fifth Amendment takings claim when the government takes his property without paying for it.”
This means that rather than going through expensive and drawn-out state court proceedings, a land use plaintiff can bring a takings claim in federal court as soon as the taking occurs.
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What if there was a simple solution to help communities struggling with high housing costs, limited developable land and demand for multigenerational living?
An increasing number of communities around the United States have found that there is such a solution: accessory dwelling units (ADUs). Also called an in-law suite, granny flat or secondary dwelling unit, an ADU offers an additional self-contained living unit that typically has its own kitchen, bedroom(s) and bath space, while maintaining independence and privacy from the primary home.
ADUs can take many forms: a second small backyard cottage on the same grounds as (or attached to) a single-family house, an apartment over the garage or a basement apartment. They offer a relatively inexpensive means to provide more affordable housing options in a neighborhood without changing com-
House Panel Approves Long-Term NFIP Reauthorization
NAHB Scores Codes Victories
ADUs Can Boost Affordability
Thanks largely to NAHB members and their efforts to educate codes officials, none of 26 high-priority code change proposals opposed by NAHB passed the first stage of the International Code Council I-Code development process.
The ICC recently held its 2019 Group B Committee Action Hearings on proposed changes to the Group B codes for the 2021 edition of the I-codes. Group B includes the International Energy Conservation Code and the International Residential Code.
The ICC committees considered almost 1,400 code change proposals. Overall, they supported NAHB’s position on 84 percent of proposals where a position was taken.
After another round of hearings, there will be an online vote in November open to all ICC governmental voters.
NAHB will again be asking members to participate in the One & Done campaign to encourage favorable codes voting results.
The House Financial Services Committee recently voted to advance NAHB-supported bipartisan legislation that would reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) for five years through Sept. 30, 2024.
NAHB has made a long-term reauthorization of the NFIP a top legislative priority, and the bill agreed to by Chair Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) and Ranking Member Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.) includes many NAHB-supported reforms to the program.
Specifically, the NFIP Reauthorization Act of 2019 would:
Increase funding for flood risk mapping and mitigation.
Provide premium credits for not currently recognized mitigation activity.
Create a new zone to account for levee-protected areas.
Establish umbrella coverage options for multifamily development.
NAHB is urging Congress to swiftly pass a long-term reauthorization of the NFIP.
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Nearly 700 NAHB members from across the nation converged on Capitol Hill in early June for NAHB’s 2019 Legislative Conference to urge their lawmakers to support policies that will increase the production of quality, affordable housing and keep the housing recovery moving forward.
“We are sending a loud and clear message to members of Congress that there is an urgent need to implement innovative solutions to ease the nation’s affordability woes and enable more families to achieve homeownership or have access to suitable rental housing,” said NAHB Chairman Greg Ugalde.
In nearly 300 individual meetings with their representatives and senators, NAHB members discussed the following key housing issues:
Workforce and immigration
Housing finance reform
Low-Income Housing Tax Credit
National Flood Insurance Program
Building energy codes
Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) addressed the members before their Hill visits and cited the need to reduce regulatory burdens and taxes to help the residential construction industry.
“I want you to be able to build faster, cheaper and smarter by getting rid of regulations and red tape,” said Barrasso. “If we want to grow the economy, we need to lower taxes and get rid of punishing regulations.”
The senator also expressed support for two other NAHB priorities: ratification of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement and a long-term reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program.
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President's Executive Order Addresses
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In a key victory for NAHB, President Trump has put housing at the forefront of the national debate by signing an executive order that cites the need to cut costly regulations that are hampering the production of more affordable housing.
After attending the White House signing ceremony, NAHB Chairman Greg Ugalde issued an official statement, which is excerpted below:
“NAHB applauds President Trump for making housing a top national priority. With affordability near a 10-year low, the executive order underscores that the White House is ready to take a leading role to help resolve the nation’s afford- ability crisis.
“Given that homeownership historically has been part of the American dream and a primary source of wealth for most American households, the need to tackle ongoing afford- ability concerns is especially urgent.
"We are pleased that the president’s executive order calls for the formation of a White House Council chaired by HUD Secretary Ben Carson that will seek to reduce regulatory barriers that are making housing more costly.”
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