The state legislative year wound up June 30, and housing advocates celebrated several accomplishments, including a state capital appropriation for the Affordable Housing Fund, passage of lead paint legislation, improved access to driver’s licenses for the homeless, restoration of the Emergency Shelter program in the operating budget (now vetoed) and the defeat of proposed increases to required rental deposits. Given the veto, homeless funding advocates will need to re-engage in the fall. Details on these topics, federal updates, new housing-related reports and event information can be found here.
The House subcommittee on T-HUD filed its proposed FY ’16 Federal budget that short-funds or dissolves many critical housing programs. Advocates have called upon Congress to fund HUD programs at the highest possible levels, including fully funding rental assistance vouchers, HOME, Homeless Assistance Grants and more.
Under the NH State House dome, housing advocates have put significant energy into budget matters. In addition, bills aimed at reducing regulatory barriers to affordable housing development are showing promise and outlined below. In this second half of the legislative session year, compromises and conference committees command our attention.
Click here to read our May 2015 News and Legislative Update for more on these topics, the latest housing and homelessness reports and events, plus a preview of our upcoming Home Matters in NH Week.
Click here to see the latest state and federal updates on policies affecting affordable housing and homelessness in New Hampshire.
Several housing policy priorities may jump to the front burner during the lame duck Congress, including the National Disaster Tax Relief Act, the FY ‘15 HUD budget and tax extenders legislation.
Also, with an eye toward the next NH legislative session, Housing Action NH looks forward to working with newly elected and returning members on policy supports for affordable housing in New Hampshire. Click here to read the November 2014 edition.
This issue of Housing Action NH’s newsletter provides important state and federal policy updates as well as a detailed election guide for housing advocates on raising affordable housing issues with candidates this election season.
An early filing period for 2015 state legislative service requests (LSRs) is open for incumbent House members now through September 26. Another opportunity to file bills for House and Senate members comes shortly after elections. Housing Action NH monitors these filings for proposals that impact our legislative priorities. If you are working on housing-related legislation, please contact Housing Action’s Director Elissa Margolin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here to read the September 2014 edition.
As the state legislative session nears its close, housing advocates can celebrate important advocacy efforts, while still awaiting resolution on some key issues. This year’s challenge to the Workforce Housing Law was killed early on in the House, while a broad effort to advance fair housing looks likely to result in a legislative study commission.
NH’s Congressional delegation has also heard frequently from housing advocates regarding support for key HUD and USDA Rural Development programs in FY 15 appropriations, as well as support for the Low Income Housing Tax Credit program and critical disaster tax relief legislation.
Find more housing policy news and links to helpful resources here in our May 2014 issue.