Bringing Housing Home a Grassroots Success

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Bringing Housing Home

Members of our federation wrapped up a highly productive week-long campaign to bring housing issues to the forefront during Bringing Housing Home™, NAHB’s 2016 in-district Legislative Conference.

A special thanks to all of those who ventured to board rooms, district offices, job sites and other venues across the nation to meet with your members of Congress to deliver our legislative agenda and to discuss key issues of importance in local communities.

From coast-to-coast in visits with more than 100 lawmakers, we delivered a powerful message: A healthy housing industry is essential to creating jobs and ensuring a strong economy. Your collective efforts amplified the voice of the nation’s home builders and demonstrated the clout of NAHB.

Members of Congress were briefed on scores of issues affecting the home building community, including excessive federal regulations; workforce development and immigration policy; residential energy codes; uncertainty regarding the nation’s housing finance system; soaring health costs and other headwinds that are slowing a more robust recovery.

NAHB Senior Officers traversed the nation to accompany HBA members on their meetings. NAHB Chairman Ed Brady attended several meetings in California, including a BUILD-PAC event,  while others went to Kansas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Texas and Utah. In addition, NAHB field representatives, who live and travel in each of the five NAHB regions, participated in a number of meetings with federal lawmakers.

Bringing Housing Home was not only a great success but truly a team effort – builders, associates, remodelers, EOs and state and local HBA leaders and members worked alongside the NAHB Government Affairs team on the front lines while the NAHB staff provided key support in Washington.

Echoing a familiar theme heard from members across the nation, Bob Filka, CEO of the Home Builders Association of Michigan, said that the local meetings “are vitally important and give members who are unable to travel to Washington an opportunity to meet with their lawmakers. They also strengthen communications lines so that when our issues are at the forefront, our lawmakers know who we are.”

Meanwhile, BUILD-PAC trustees in Arizona, California, Ohio and Oregon held events last week in conjunction with Bringing Housing Home that not only focused on meetings with congressional members in their district, but also promoted how NAHB’s political action committee plays a huge role in the political process and in getting housing’s message out. Read more about these BUILD-PAC events.

While Bringing Housing Home officially ran from March 7-11, meetings and events are still going strong, with several still slated for this week and in the near future. More details on the grassroots event can be found at BringingHousingHome.com and you can see photos from congressional events on NAHB’s Facebook page. Follow the hashtag #BHH2016 to see more photos on Twitter.

Looking ahead, for those who also prefer to participate in the traditional legislative conference in Washington, D.C., the 2017 Legislative Conference will take place in our nation’s capital. It will be held in conjunction with the midyear NAHB Board of Directors meeting.

Builders Across America

View the links below for a national sampling of Bringing Housing Home:

New York Lawmaker Visits Local Job Site

Health Care, Labor Concerns Take Center Stage in Michigan

California Builders Cement Strong Ties with Lawmaker

Florida Lawmaker Hears of Labor Shortages

Nevada Lawmaker and Builders Focused on Economic Growth

Arizona Builders Support Congresswoman In Battle for Economic Stability

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