December 3, 2018

Passage of a Short-term CR is Expected, Advocacy Outlook for the Next Congress 

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  • The current continuing resolution (CR) funding many government functions, including key affordable housing and community development programs, expires this Friday, December 7. If Congress is unable to reach an agreement on final fiscal year (FY) 2019 spending – one area of particular disagreement is border security – before the current CR expires, they will need to pass another CR or face a partial government shutdown starting December 8. With former President George H.W. Bush passing, lawmakers will likely pass another short-term CR to delay the potential shut-down by at least one week. Stay tuned to our blog and newsletters for updates on the outlook for finalizing FY 2019 spending bills and averting a government shutdown.
  • As we previously highlighted in our election recap and advocacy strategy for the 2018 midterm elections, the next Congress presents both opportunities and challenges for advancing affordable housing priorities, and a strong advocacy network will be critical to secure the resources low-income households need to succeed. The ACTION Campaign, a national coalition of more than 2,200 organizations and businesses supporting the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (Housing Credit), continues to advocate for the resources that can help address our nation’s vast and growing shortage of affordable rental housing. Join the ACTION Campaign to receive updates on legislation to strengthen and expand the Housing Credit, access advocacy materials for meeting with members of Congress, and support the effort to advance the Housing Credit.
  • In an op-ed, Grant S. Whitaker, president & CEO of Utah Housing Corporation, urges lawmakers to pass the remaining provisions of the Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act (S. 548/H.R. 1661) in the remaining legislative time of this year. Whitaker points out that earlier this year Congress took significant steps to meet the nation’s growing housing affordability challenges by passing the first expansion of the Housing Credit in 10 years. He also notes that this bipartisan legislation, which was introduced by Senators Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT), would strengthen and expand the Housing Credit, which is the primary tool for creating homes affordable to low-income families, seniors and veterans in Utah and across the country. (The Salt Lake City Tribune, December 2)
  • Enterprise’s Denver Market is seeking new supporters interested in helping build momentum for a Renter Protection Platform in the 2019 Colorado legislative session and beyond. Individuals and organizations committed to enhancing renter rights or increasing funding and support of affordable housing across the state should take a few moments to sign up for Enterprise Denver’s action emails.
  • Freddie Mac has announced CHOICEHome, a two-year pilot that will allow for conventional financing for certain manufactured homes, including those that have features like permanent foundations. Freddie Mac explained that in order to meet the CHOICEHome eligibility requirements, manufacturers must follow HUD’s code guidelines for the construction and siting of the home and lenders must follow local and state guidelines for manufactured housing titled as real property. (HousingWire, November 30)

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