As the state legislative session nears a close, housing advocates are on the cusp of some major victories. Celebrations, however, will need to wait until bills are signed and the budget is finalized. The most recent state-of-play on state affordable housing priorities are below.
There is also promising momentum at the federal level with the reintroduction of the Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act in Congress as well as attention to the affordable housing crisis from several presidential primary candidates.
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Housing Action NH, a coalition of more than 80 New Hampshire companies and social service organizations, wants the presidential candidates to talk more about what it says is an affordable housing crisis in the state.
The state coalition has entered into a partnership with the National Low-Income Housing Coalition to “elevate the affordable housing crisis and its solutions in the presidential campaigns. With the housing crisis having reached historic heights, most harming the lowest-income renters, it is past time for all presidential candidates to prioritize this critical issue,” said Diane Yentel, president and CEO of the national coalition.
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We will focus this edition of our newsletter on the number of legislative proposals still in play at the State House. We thank the many members of the Housing Action NH coalition who have engaged with policymakers this year and we ask for your ongoing support as we head into the final key months of the legislative session.
Although the lengthy federal government shutdown is still impacting the housing community as they work to catch up with payments and project delays, the final passage of the FY 19 budget brought generally robust funding levels to key programs. At the state level, several promising bills are working their way through the legislature.
The new year brings both opportunity and concern for affordable housing advocacy. At the federal level, the longest government shutdown in American history threatens the stability of tenants, homeowners and property owners connected to HUD and USDA programs. At the state level, there are several promising legislative proposals to help address the shortage of affordable housing.
The end of summer means we can turn our attention to the federal appropriations cycle, local fall conferences, statehouse hearings on bills referred for interim study as well as preparations for the 2019 state legislative session and budget year.
State budget advocacy has been the major focus of housing proponents this legislative session, advocating for a capital budget appropriation into the Affordable Housing Fund and ongoing operating fund support for the state’s homeless shelters and programs.
At the federal level, there is growing concern in New Hampshire and across the country regarding the severe cuts to HUD and USDA rural housing programs proposed in both the FY 17 and FY 18 budgets that would have adverse impacts on thousands of New Hampshire residents.
A severe and growing shortage of housing choices in New Hampshire promises to divert business investments, exacerbate workforce shortages, and limit business growth. While several state and federal housing policy proposals are worth our attention in 2017, New Hampshire’s Affordable Housing Fund provides an opportunity to help change this trajectory. Advocates are now preparing to make our case to the Governor, who called housing one of the state’s economic drivers in his inaugural speech this week, and to the legislature. More details on this and other items follow. http://us1.campaign-archive1.com/?u=6f449eb054f9419b0f5fcee35&id=d24aca6c3e
Housing Action NH is currently accepting resumes for a contract Engagement & Communications Manager. Click here for details on the position and how to apply.