2021 Legislative & Regulatory Agenda
Fully Fund Affordable Housing and Community Development Programs
COVID-19 has demonstrated that affordable housing is critical to the nation’s health and safety. Congress should fully fund affordable housing and community development programs. No one should have to face housing instability, especially during a pandemic. Congress and the Administration must also prioritize the appropriations process to keep the federal government open.
Champion Resilient Families and Communities
COVID-19 has deepened already stark economic divisions in America, but HUD tools utilized by NAHRO members help bridge that gap. NAHRO supports programs that help its members foster stable communities, house the homeless, recover quickly from disasters, and operate mobility and place-based initiatives that help families succeed. NAHRO supports critical federal, state, and local resident supportive services that foster strong education and health outcomes.
Support Local, Equitable Community-Based Solutions
NAHRO members (housing authorities, community development agencies, project-based rental assistance owners, project-based contract administrators, and our business partners) understand best the complex and unique circumstances facing their communities – rural, urban, and suburban. During COVID-19, Congress has entrusted NAHRO members with dramatically expanded flexibilities to operate their programs based on local conditions and needs; these flexibilities should be made permanent. We must also prioritize equity in local solution-making to address injustices and current service gaps.
Preserve and Develop the Nation’s Housing Stock
Housing is critical infrastructure. Even throughout the pandemic, NAHRO members work hard to use existing federal housing programs and policies to create and maintain housing opportunities for families, youth, seniors, and persons with disabilities. NAHRO believes that housing providers should all have access to programs and funding that preserve and improve subsidized housing, including making the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) available to all PHAs that wish to participate. Any infrastructure discussions should include significant resources for housing infrastructure.