Budget Accord May Affect Rebuilding Efforts

Filed in Capitol Hill, Codes and Regulations by on February 15, 2018 0 Comments

chainsawThe two-year budget accord signed by President Trump earlier this month contains provisions from a House of Representatives disaster relief bill (H.R. 4460, the Disaster Recovery Reform Act) designed for states hit hard by hurricanes and wildfires in 2017.

Specifically, the bill suggests that states may receive additional funding if they take steps to increase their readiness for and resilience from major disasters, such as adopting a mitigation plan or encouraging the adoption of the latest edition of the building codes.

However, the details on how these provisions will work are still in flux, awaiting the publication of federal guidance on how regulators must administer these provisions. NAHB plans to work closely with officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to ensure that this guidance keeps housing affordability top of mind.

Importantly, NAHB worked to make several improvements to the language in H.R. 4460 before it became part of the budget bill.

Earlier versions gave FEMA the authority to veto state and local amendments to building codes as a condition to receiving additional federal dollars to address mitigation efforts, or reduced the federal cost share for certain disaster recovery grants if a state did not adopt the most building codes and standards.

NAHB continues to closely follow these developments and will send a letter to FEMA outlining our concerns. For more information, contact Brian Maves at 800-368-5242 x8570.

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