Disaster Response

OSHA Issues New Guidance on COVID-19 Safety; New Safety Standard Likely Forthcoming

Filed in Disaster Response, Safety by on February 24, 2021 1 Comment
OSHA Issues New Guidance on COVID-19 Safety; New Safety Standard Likely Forthcoming

Late last month, OSHA issued “stronger safety guidance” on mitigating and preventing the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace. This could signal a forthcoming emergency temporary standard that OSHA inspectors would enforce.

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IRS, HUD Grant Texans Relief After Disaster Declaration

Filed in Disaster Response by on February 23, 2021 0 Comments
IRS, HUD Grant Texans Relief After Disaster Declaration

In response to the toll this month’s winter storms have taken on Texas and other states, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has extended many tax filing deadlines to June 15, 2021. Separately, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced its own relief for mortgages insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) for those living in areas affected by the severe winter storm.

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A Special 2-Week PPP Window for Companies with Fewer than 20 Employees

Filed in Advocacy, Disaster Response by on February 22, 2021 1 Comment
A Special 2-Week PPP Window for Companies with Fewer than 20 Employees

The Biden administration is establishing a two-week window starting on Wednesday, Feb. 24, in which only businesses with fewer than 20 employees — the overwhelming majority of small businesses — can apply for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) forgivable loans.

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Winter Safety Tips for Homes and Jobsites

Filed in Disaster Response by on February 19, 2021 1 Comment
Winter Safety Tips for Homes and Jobsites

Access information and resources to navigate severe winter weather this season.

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Civil Case Over Face Masks Could Impact Home Sales Offices

Filed in Disaster Response, Legal by on February 15, 2021 2 Comments
Civil Case Over Face Masks Could Impact Home Sales Offices

Nike, Inc. has reportedly agreed to settle a class action lawsuit filed by a deaf California resident that could impact any business that deals with customers requiring accommodation, including home sales offices.

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Biden Stimulus Plan on a Legislative Fast Track

Filed in Advocacy, Disaster Response, Housing Affordability by on February 10, 2021 11 Comments
Biden Stimulus Plan on a Legislative Fast Track

Twelve House committees have begun consideration of President Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID relief plan using a procedural process known as reconciliation. Reconciliation allows the legislation to avoid the Senate filibuster, meaning a simple majority vote is needed for Senate passage, but also imposes some limitations on what can be included in the bill.

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Biden’s Broad Stimulus Package Will Help Housing

Biden’s Broad Stimulus Package Will Help Housing

While NAHB supports bipartisan efforts to to reach an agreement on a coronavirus relief package, the association believes President Biden’s $1.9 trillion plan offers a better path forward to boost the housing sector and economy than the $618 billion Republican alternative put forth by 10 U.S. senators. The White House has also expressed a willingness to continue talks with NAHB regarding lumber price and supply issues.

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CDC Extends Eviction Moratorium Through March 31

Filed in Disaster Response, Multifamily, Safety by on January 25, 2021 5 Comments
CDC Extends Eviction Moratorium Through March 31

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has announced it is extending the current order temporarily halting residential evictions until at least March 31, 2021. 

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Small Business Administration and Treasury Release Updated Loan Forgiveness Guidance

Filed in Disaster Response, Economics by on January 20, 2021 3 Comments
Small Business Administration and Treasury Release Updated Loan Forgiveness Guidance

The Small Business Administration (SBA) and U.S. Treasury Department last night released loan forgiveness guidance and forms incorporating changes made by the recently enacted COVID relief legislation, including the much anticipated one-page application for borrowers that received a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan of $150,000 or less.

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Biden Proposes $1.9 Trillion Economic Rescue Package

Filed in Advocacy, Disaster Response by on January 14, 2021 6 Comments
Biden Proposes $1.9 Trillion Economic Rescue Package

President-elect Joe Biden tonight proposed a $1.9 trillion economic rescue package in response to the devastating health and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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