ACTION Campaign Monthly Call on Friday, September 6
We will be holding the ACTION Campaign’s monthly call on Friday, September 6 at 2 pm EST. Call-in Information:
Phone number: 866-469-3239
Access Code: 625 036 783 #
ACTION and Partners Continue to Collect Bipartisan Support for the Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act
Thank you to all of our partners who reached out to their Members during August recess! Thanks to your support, the Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act of 2019 (AHCIA) continues to gain bipartisan support in both chambers. The Senate bill (S.1703 [congress.gov]) now has 18 bipartisan cosponsors, including 43 percent of the Senate Finance Committee. The House bill (H.R. 3077 [congress.gov]) has 74 total cosponsors, including 45 percent of the House Ways and Means Committee. For the most recent list of cosponsors, click here [static1.squarespace.com].
ACTION has a busy month of September ahead, with many meetings on the Hill with Congressional offices. We encourage our partners to join us in a big push this month to re-secure support from members of Congress who previously supported AHCIA in the 115th Congress, and to reach out to your Senators and Representative if she/he has yet to cosponsor AHCIA. There are numerous ACTION advocacy resources [rentalhousingaction.org] available online, including the recently updated District Fact Sheets [rentalhousingaction.org] and a video series [rentalhousingaction.org] breaking down the numerous provisions. As always, we are happy to help you prepare for your meetings with your members of Congress and/or their staff, either in DC or at home.
Affordable Housing Congressional Leads Set to Retire
On August 28, Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA) announced [isakson.senate.gov] that he will retire from Congress at the end of 2019, prior to the end of his current term in 2022, citing numerous health issues. Senator Isakson is one of four lead sponsors of the Senate version of the AHCIA (S. 1703). On August 5, Congressman Kenny Marchant (R-TX-24) announced [marchant.house.gov] that he will not seek reelection in 2020. Representative Marchant is one of four lead sponsors of the House version of the AHCIA (H.R. 3077).
ACTION is grateful for both Senator Isakson and Representative Marchant’s leadership on affordable housing. We look forward to Representative Marchant’s continued leadership through 2020. ACTION will continue to support the other legislative leads in both the Senate and House; Senator Todd Young (R-IN) and Representative Jackie Walorski (R-IN) will continue on as Republican champions of the legislation after their colleague’s departures.
August New ACTION Members
ACTION is pleased to welcome the following new members who joined in August:
Enhanced Capital, National
Generation Development Group, Florida
Green National, New York
Joseph J. Duffy Co., Illinois
Metropolitan Planning Council, Illinois
Paterson Neighborhood Assistance, New Jersey
Wright Home Improvements, Georgia
Help us grow ACTION as the largest coalition of Housing Credit advocates! Please invite your state and local partners to also join ACTION [rentalhousingaction.org] so we can demonstrate to members of Congress that organizations and businesses in every community support strengthening and increasing the Housing Credit.
In the News…
In an August 10 op-ed [berkshireeagle.com] placed in the Massachusett's Berkshire Eagle, Community Builders President and CEO Bart Mitchell writes about the AHCIA, noting for which Massachusett's own House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal has been a longtime champion.
The August 15 K5 News article, "Washington lawmakers looking to expand the Affordable Housing Tax Credit [king5.com]," highlights Senator Cantwell and Representative DelBene's efforts to raise support for the AHCIA in Everett, noting the two lawmakers were supported by the mayors of Seattle, Tacoma, and Everett.
The August 15 Seattle Times article, "Cantwell, DelBene push big increase in affordable housing tax credits [seattletimes.com]," covers the lawmaker's speaking engagement at Plymouth on First, a facility financed with the housing credit that has 80 furnished studio apartments for people dealing with long-term homelessness and medical challenges. Everett Mayor Cassie Franklin is quoted saying, "Cities cannot do this alone. We need Congress and the federal government to be our partners in this."
The August 19 The Columbian article, "Cantwell pushes affordable housing in Vancouver visit [columbian.com]," relays Senator Cantwell’s recent visit to the grand opening of Caples Terrace, a 28-unit apartment complex in central Vancouver for homeless youth and youth aging out of foster care, made possible from housing credits. "No matter what we do locally, if we don't increase the amount of credit available federally, we are not going to solve this problem," said Cantwell.
The August 20 Spokesman-Review article, "'The lack of affordable housing is actually costing us’: Cantwell promotes affordable housing bill in Spokane [spokesman.com],” recounts Senator Cantwell’s recent visit to a new affordable housing complex in Spokane, WA and explains how the AHCIA will help communities in WA like Spokane, where the vacanacy rate of apartments is only 2 percent.
The August 25 Seattle Times editorial, “Good news in the fight for affordable housing [seattletimes.com],” uplifts the AHCIA, noting how the bipartisan bills sponsored by Senator Cantwell and Representative DelBene “would boost funding for the Low Income Housing Tax Credit – the federal government’s primary incentive for development of affordable rental housing.”