New Orleans Studying Ways to Increase Affordable Housing

The New Orleans City Planning Commission will conduct a 120-day study on ways to increase affordable housing in its city, which faces rising rents and increasing demand. Read more about affordable housing in New Orleans.


Appropriations Bills Moving to Floor Votes in the Senate

The Senate began floor votes on its spending bills last week, and this week will turn to the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) spending bill. Read more about the Senate THUD bill, proposed amendments and next steps for advancing spending bills in the House. (ECP, 5/15)

Dear Colleague Letter Urges Inclusion of New Markets Tax Credit in Tax Reform 

Representatives Steve Stivers (R-Ohio-15), Jose Serrano (D-N.Y.-15) and Mike Turner (R-Ohio-10) are circulating a Dear Colleague letter urging House Ways and Means Chairman Brady to include the New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) in any comprehensive reform of the tax code. Read more about this effort to support the NMTC. (ECP, 5/15)

House Ways and Means Committee Holds Member Day Hearing on Tax Legislation

On June 12, the House Ways and Means Tax Policy Subcommittee held a Member Day Hearing on Tax Legislation, during which close to four dozen members provided testimony on a wide range of tax issues, including the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (Housing Credit) and NMTC. Read more about the hearing and how to provide comments. (ECP, 5/15)


Housing and Community Development Groups Provide Joint Comments on AFFH State Tool

Enterprise, the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future (SAHF) and the National Housing Trust (NHT) have submitted a joint letter to HUD on the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) Assessment Tool for states. Read more about the AFFH Assessment Tool and see our comments. (ECP, 5/15)


The Washington Post Examines America’s Uneven Housing Recovery

Over the past few weeks, The Washington Post published a series of articles called “The Divided American Dream,” which closely examined America’s housing recovery. The analysis found that the recovery has been deeply uneven, creating winners and losers along lines of race, income and geography. Read more about the housing recovery around the U.S. (ECP, 5/15)

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