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2016 Legislative and Regulatory Policy Priorities

NALHFA is committed to preserving, enhancing and improving the delivery and effectiveness of federal affordable housing resources to the local level, and through the nation’s network of locally-focused housing finance agencies.  To accomplish this, NALHFA will concentrate its advocacy activities in 2016 on the following key federal affordable housing and development programs. 

  • Maintain, extend and enhance the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) and tax-exempt housing bonds.
  • Preserve and increase funding for the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnership programs.
  • Ensure local housing finance agencies are fully served by single- and multi-family secondary market finance programs offered by the Government-Sponsored Enterprises (GSEs) or from any new secondary housing finance system developed by Congress and the Administration.

For a summary and description of federal housing and community development programs of key concern to local housing finance agencies (HFAs) and NALFHA’s official 2015 policy recommendations, click the link below.

NALHFA 2016 Policy Priorities

  Community Development Block Grant Program

CDBG supports community development programs that assist urban, suburban and rural communities in improving housing and expanding economic opportunities for low- and moderate-income persons. Formula-based grants are provided on an annual basis directly to 1,185 metropolitan city and county governments, and states. Local entitlement cities and counties receive 70 percent of CDBG funds, and states receive 30 percent.

A total of $3 billion was appropriated for CDBG in FY2016—level with previous year’s funding. However, support for the program has declined nearly 30 percent since 2010, which has hampered local government ability to implement the community-driven development initiatives needed to create jobs, and improve essential infrastructure. NALHFA supports funding CDBG at $3.3 billion for FY2017 and preserving it as a flexible and locally-driven community development resource.

  • To access NALHFA CDBG issue brief describing member action needed click here
  • For additional background on the CDBG program, visit the HUD website here

HOME Investment Partnership Program

Established in 1990, the HOME program assists state and local governments in providing affordable housing to low-income families. HOME funds, which are allocated by HUD on a formula basis—60 percent directly to local governments and 40 percent to states—can be used for the acquisition, reconstruction and rehabilitation of housing, as well as tenant-based rental assistance. Since its inception, the program has helped produce over one million units of affordable housing.

For FY2016, HOME was provided with $950 million in funding, an increase of $50 million above previous year’s appropriations. The program has experienced a 50 percent decline in funding since 2010, which has hindered the ability of state and local governments to produce and sustain affordable housing. NALHFA supports total funding of $1.2 billion for the HOME program for FY2017, which will help to restore the ability of local governments to support affordable housing activities and leverage other public and private resources.

  • To access NALHFA’s HOME issue brief describing member action needed click here
  • To access additional HOME advocacy information compiled by the HOME coalition, click here

Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC)

In December 2015 as part of a tax extenders package, Congress established a permanent minimum Nine percent Housing Credit. In 2016, NALHFA will continue its advocacy efforts to establish a minimum four percent Housing Credit, increase the amount of Housing Credits, and adopt income averaging policies.

  • To access information on the ACTION Campaign’s work to extend LIHTC and establish a permanent Nine percent credit and Four percent credit, click here
  • For information from Enterprise Community Partners to support and enhance LIHTC, click here

Private Activity Bonds (PABs)/Municipal Bonds

During the 113th Congress, NALHFA in coalition with Municipal Bonds for America and others, was successful in preserving PABs and the existing municipal tax exemption. However, the issue of broad-based individual and corporate tax reform is still expected to be debated by Congress in 2015. The Administration and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) have both expressed a desire to examine tax reform, beginning with corporate tax reform. In 2016, NALHFA will continue its efforts—including through its participation in the Municipal Bonds for America and Don’t Mess with Our Bonds coalitions—to preserve all tax-exempt housing bonds. Tax exempt housing bonds are a critical tool in the local HFA affordable single- and multi-family housing finance tool box. NALHFA will also seek opportunities to promote the expanded use of tax-exempt housing bonds to better serve local HFA housing finance needs and programs.

  • For updates and advocacy information on the Municipal Bonds for America coalition, click here

Housing Trust Fund

In 2014, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announced it was lifting the suspension on GSE-required payments to the Housing Trust Fund (HTF). The HTF, administered by HUD, was authorized by the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 (HERA; P.L. 110-289) to fund affordable housing activities.  Under the law, Fannie Mae and Freddie are required to set aside a share of their revenue to fund state-designated affordable housing initiatives. HUD will begin allocating HTF resources in the summer 2016 and estimates it will distribute roughly $174 million. In order to ensure HTF resources fulfill locally-driven affordable housing needs, NALHFA encourages HUD and Congress to ensure funds are provided directly to local governments.


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