February 15, 2019
Housing Affordability, Regulatory Reform Among NMHC/NAA Top Policy Priorities for 2019
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NMHC/NAA recently announced their 2019-2020 policy priorities. NMHC/NAA are the voice of the apartment industry and serve as the apartment industry’s primary advocate on federal legislative and regulatory matters on Capitol Hill, with agencies, the administration and municipal bodies across the country. As such, each year NMHC/NAA identify the key policy and regulatory issues that will most impact the industry.

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NMHC Research Highlighted on the Hill 

During the recent House Committee on Financial Services Homeless in America: Examining the Crisis and Solutions to End Homelessness hearing, topics related to the growing housing affordability challenge were discussed in length. 

Digging into issues related to housing affordability, Congressman Bill Huizenga (R-MI) inquired about the barriers related to local zoning and regulations. "I want to explore a little bit about the influence of local zoning and the regulatory structure," said Huizenga. The Congressman then went on to cite the NMHC/NAHB Cost of Regulations study:

"There was a recent study by the National Multifamily Housing Council and the National Association of Home Builders and to be clear, my family is involved in construction and building, so I've seen this first hand as well," Huizenga explained. "That study said that approximately 30 percent of costs associated with building multifamily development was attributed to local zoning and regulatory requirements." 

NMHC will continue to use our research and expert knowledge on the multifamily industry to educate lawmakers on the various topics that affect our industry. 

To watch the entire hearing, please click here.

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