Thanks to the Federation for Bringing Housing Home

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From coast to coast, members of our Federation stepped up last week to bring housing issues to the forefront during Bringing Housing Home™, NAHB’s 2018 in-district Legislative Conference.

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

Members held more than 150 meetings with their U.S. senators and representatives. At the same time that they forged a closer working relationship with their federal legislators, they also delivered a powerful message: A robust housing industry is essential to creating jobs and ensuring a strong economy.

Members of Congress were briefed on several issues affecting the home building community. Talks centered on the need to enact policies that would:

  • Reduce or eliminate unnecessary regulations to make homeownership and rental housing more affordable for teachers, firefighters, police officers and other middle-class families.
  • Achieve a long-term reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program that will keep the program fiscally sound and let builders provide safe and affordable housing.
  • Ensure American home builders and consumers have access to a reliable supply of softwood lumber at reasonable prices.
  • Provide a stable and affordable supply of credit for home buyers, home builders and rental housing.
  • Adopt sensible workforce development and immigration policy that will help the residential construction industry to fill open jobs and boost the nation’s economy.

Bringing Housing Home was a grassroots success and 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.

For some, it was also a family affair: The Montana Building Industry Association welcomed Sen. Steve Daines (R.), whose father Clair is a founding member of the Southwest Montana BIA. Sen. Daines, MBIA and NAHB are working together to increase the timber production on federal lands to help offset the increase in prices and grow jobs in the timber industry in Montana.

NAHB Senior Officers also participated in talks with their lawmakers back home. Chairman Randy Noel and Louisiana home builders and business leaders held a business roundtable with House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.). At the event, Scalise was presented with the NAHB Defender of Housing Award in recognition of his support for pro-housing policies.

Michael Dey, chief executive officer of the HBA of Greenville, S.C., echoed a familiar theme heard from members across the nation. “The value of Bringing Housing Home is that we can engage so many more members when we do it here at home,” he said. “Many of our members can’t justify a trip to Washington so it can be difficult to participate even though it is also important to meet with our lawmakers in Washington.”

“We have excellent relationships with our lawmakers and these meetings are important to keep the lines of communication open and let them know where we stand on the issues,” added Mike Means, executive vice president of the Oklahoma State HBA.

While Bringing Housing Home officially ran from April 30-May 5, meetings and events are still going strong, with several still slated for this week and in the near future.

For more information, contact Michael Bezruki at 800-368-5242 x8542.

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