HBAs Receive Funds to Support State and Local Efforts
Applications for the NAHB State & Local Issues Fund are due April 24, 2009.
In conjunction with the upcoming NAHB spring board meeting in May, the NAHB State and Local Government Affairs Committee will be reviewing applications from home builders associations for funding to deal with legislative, regulatory or ballot issues that hold national significance for the housing industry.
Applications are reviewed three times a year during the association’s board meetings. The following applications were considered and received funded during January’s International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas:
- A Proactive Legislative Fix for Ballot Box Planning — The Florida Home Builders Association received funding to help draft and pass Florida’s Growth Management Act, which would stem the local ballot planning initiatives that have been proliferating across the state.
- Fighting an Environmental Bill of Rights — The Spokane Home Builders Association received funding to fight a particularly onerous proposed home rule charter amendment that would give “rights” to the environment and, in effect, virtually halt all development.
- Multifamily Green Building Cost Comparison Study —The Home Builders Association of Greater Chicago was awarded funding to study the costs and benefits of the National Green Building Standard on typical Chicago-style residential buildings, from row houses to high-rises.
- Regional Greenhouse Gas Reduction Compliance Analysis — The Building Industry Association of Southern California received funding to help develop the technical capabilities to undertake alternative regional planning analyses and assist association members throughout the implementation of SB 375, a recently adopted piece of legislation that provides significant regulatory reform for development projects.
For more information on the State & Local Issues Fund, click here; or-email Beth Ambrose at NAHB, or call her at 800-368-5242 x8253.
Attend the 2009 NAHB Legislative Conference on March 24
Builders and housing industry professionals should attend the 2009 NAHB Legislative Conference on Tuesday, March 24 in Washington, D.C. to tell members of Congress that housing deserves 100% of their ongoing attention so housing can once again lead the nation out of this troubled economy.
With policymakers in Washington confronting the most difficult financial crisis since the 1930s, attending this year’s conference could be one of the most important decisions that builders make this year — especially considering the growing downward momentum in housing and the nation’s job market.
This year’s NAHB Legislative Conference on March 24 will take place earlier than the NAHB spring board of directors meeting because of the depth of the downturn and the need for a solution.
For more information and to register for the legislative conference, click here; or e-mail Molly Murray at NAHB or call her at 800-368-5242 x8282.