August ACTION Update: Membership Month, New ACTION Resources, & AHCIA in the News

The ACTION Campaign’s monthly call will be held on Friday, August 2 at 2 pm EST.

Call-in Information:

  • Phone number: 866-469-3239

  • Access Code: 625 036 783 #

August is ACTION Membership Month!

Help us strengthen ACTION’s membership in the month of August. The ACTION Campaign has set two membership goals: (1) to continue to expand our network of members to cover communities nationwide and to include a broad range of affordable housing advocates and practitioners as well as cross-sector partners; and (2) to strengthen our membership database so that we can conduct more strategic, targeted field engagement. How can you help? In two easy steps!

Step 1:

Click here [salsa3.salsalabs.com] to check if your organization is currently a member of ACTION. 

Step 2:

Please invite your state and local partners to also join ACTION so we can demonstrate to Members of Congress that organizations and businesses in every community support strengthening and increasing the Housing Credit. We hope each ACTION member can recruit at least one additional organizational member in the month of August to join our broad coalition!

AHCIA Continues to Gain Bipartisan Support

The Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act (AHCIA) continues to secure bipartisan support in the Senate and House, including ten new Senate co-sponsors. Joining the Senate bill’s sponsor Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and original co-sponsors Senators Todd Young (R-IN), Ron Wyden (D-OR), and Johnny Isakson (R-GA) are Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD), Susan Collins (R-ME), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Rob Portman (R-OH), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Angus King, Jr. (I-ME), Bob Casey (D-PA), and Cory Gardner (R-CO). The identical House bill, introduced by Representative Suzan DelBene (D-WA-01) and original co-sponsors Representatives Kenny Marchant (R-TX-24), Don Beyer (D-VA-08), and Jackie Walorski (R-IN-02), has also gained bipartisan support with 65 current co-sponsors.

Click here to view the most recent list of AHCIA co-sponsors by state. [salsa3.salsalabs.com] 

Now is the time for local advocacy! In order to best position AHCIA for any future tax vehicles, we need to continue collecting bipartisan support. If your Senator(s) or Representative has not yet co-sponsored AHCIA, please consider requesting a district office meeting during August recess. ACTION members can email kdalessandro@enterprisecommunity.org for help preparing for any upcoming meetings and to let us know how it went or if any follow-up is needed.

Let us know if you’re coming to DC! It is always powerful to have constituents in town who can advocate for the Housing Credit. Recently, we helped schedule meetings for our Trinity Health partners, including an opportunity for them to thank Senator Young for his leadership with AHCIA. ACTION’s DC leaders are always happy to help ACTION members when they come to town to advocate for the Housing Credit. 

New ACTION Steering Committee Members & July New Members

ACTION is pleased to announce that the National Association of Local Housing Finance Agencies (NALHFA), the National Housing Law Project, and Smart Growth America have joined ACTION’s Steering Committee [salsa3.salsalabs.com]. ACTION’s Steering Committee is composed of national organizations that are leading in the affordable housing space with a demonstrated commitment to supporting the Housing Credit. We are pleased to induct these three impactful and dedicated partners into the Steering Committee!

ACTION is also pleased to welcome the following new members who joined in July

  • Chrisman Development, Oregon

  • Community Housing Action Partnership, West Virginia

  • Fairfax County NAACP, Virginia

  • HAI Group, National

  • Integrated Service LLC, Minnesota

  • Opa-locka Community Development Corporation, Florida

  • Viva Consulting, National

New and Updated ACTION Resources

New AHCIA Video Series. The AHCIA includes more than two dozen provisions that draw on the expertise of many practitioners, developers, and Housing Credit advocates. In order to help advocates understand each important provision in the bill, ACTION created a new series of short videos. In the AHCIA video series, Sarah Brundage, Senior Director of Public Policy at Enterprise, and Jennifer Schwartz, Director of Tax and Housing Advocacy at the National Council of State Housing Agencies (NCSHA), provide an overview of each of the provisions, explaining the background and what that provision would do. Please watch and share these new ACTION resources! [salsa3.salsalabs.com] 

Updated District Fact Sheets. ACTION's District Fact Sheets have been updated with the most recently available data. These fact sheets are available for every Congressional District. Advocates can use these District Fact Sheets to educate their representatives on how many affordable homes the Housing Credit has helped develop or preserve, as well as estimated economic benefits. Click here [salsa3.salsalabs.com] for ACTION's updated District Fact Sheets, as well as our State Fact Sheets.

Updated Issue Fact Sheets. ACTION has updated our Issue Fact Sheets including: health outcomes, rural communities, seniors, supportive housing, Native American communities, and veterans. These fact sheets are useful for explaining how the Housing Credit, and the AHCIA in particular, will help serve these special interests and/or communities. The updated Issue Fact Sheets can be found in ACTION's Advocacy Toolkit [salsa3.salsalabs.com].

In the News...

On July 21, the New York Times ran a letter to the editor [salsa3.salsalabs.com] by Emily Cadik, executive director of the Affordable Housing Tax Credit Coalition, an ACTION Steering Committee member. Cadik responded to the NYT’s prior editorial [salsa3.salsalabs.com] on presidential candidates’ proposals to address the high cost of housing, noting that the Housing Credit is an effective tool that already exists and is up for an expansion this year through the AHCIA. “Let’s hope the candidates consider options that not only lay out big plans for the future but that also can start making a difference right away,” Cadik wrote.

On July 16, a Sacramento Bee article [salsa3.salsalabs.com] mentioned the AHCIA and how the bill would provide for an estimated 500,000 more affordable homes over the next ten years. The article had a California focus but quoted several ACTION members, including the California Housing Partnership and Enterprise, and uplifted the Housing Credit: “The low-income housing tax credit is the primary federal program for funding affordable housing projects. It promises a tax credit to private companies — usually banks — that fund housing accessible to low-income families. It’s a program that has received broad bipartisan support over the years.”