May ACTION Newsletter: AHCIA Advocacy Strategies & Other Housing Credit News

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ACTION Updates

Legislative and Advocacy Update

Since the reintroduction of the Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act (AHCIA) of 2021S. 1136 and H.R. 2573 on April 15, the ACTION Campaign and our partners have begun working to rebuild cosponsorship for the legislation in both the Senate and the House.

Now is a great time for Housing Credit advocates to reach out to their members of Congress and ask that they cosponsor the AHCIA of 2021.The legislation’s Congressional leads are planning to add on Democratic and Republican members of Congress in pairs, as a strategy to maintain bipartisan cosponsorship. ACTION and our partners are currently working to target Republican members of Congress, to match with Democratic members who have asked to sign-on.

The ACTION Campaign has a number of advocacy materials to help support your outreach, including updated National, State, and Congressional District Fact Sheets, sample emails for outreach, as well as detailed information about the legislation in our Advocacy Toolkit. We also have a complete list of cosponsors from last Congress, where you can check if your Senator or Representative has cosponsored in the past.

Please contact Krista D’Alessandro at kdalessandro@enterprisecommunity.org to share any outreach or for help preparing for meetings.

Help ACTION Circulate Mayor Sign-On Letter to Congress in Support of the AHCIA of 2021

The ACTION Campaign – in partnership with Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan – is circulating a mayoral sign-on letter to Congress in support of the AHCIA of 2021. Last year, nearly 70 mayors signed-on to a similar letter, demonstrating to Congress the strong support for the Housing Credit and the AHCIA in local communities across the country.

Help ACTION build mayoral signatories by asking your mayor to sign-on to the letter by the extended deadline, May 10. Mayors can contact Ayrianne Parks at aparks@enterprisecommunity.org to add their name to the letter or with any questions. Check out the list of mayors already signed-on:

  • Acting Mayor Austin Quinn-Davidson, Anchorage, Alaska

  • Mayor Corey D. Woods, Tempe, Arizona

  • Mayor Kate Gallego, Phoenix, Arizona

  • Mayor Barbara Halliday, Hayward, California

  • Mayor Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles, California

  • Mayor Darrell Steinberg, Sacramento, California

  • Mayor Esther Sanchez, Oceanside, California

  • Mayor London Breed, San Francisco, California

  • Mayor Michael B. Hancock, Denver, Colorado

  • Mayor Adam Paul, Lakewood, Colorado

  • Mayor John Suthers, Colorado Springs, Colorado

  • Mayor Lauren McLean, Boise, Idaho

  • Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot, Chicago, Illinois

  • Mayor Ruthanne Fuller, Newton, Massachusetts

  • Mayor Kim Janey, Boston, Massachusetts

  • Mayor Mike Duggan, Detroit, Michigan

  • Mayor Cynthia Andrus, Bozeman, Montana

  • Mayor Hillary Schieve, Reno, Nevada

  • Mayor Ben Walsh, Syracuse, New York

  • Mayor Svante Myrick, Ithaca, New York

  • Mayor Esther Manheimer, Asheville, North Carolina

  • Mayor Joe Begeny, Reynoldsburg, Ohio

  • Mayor Jim Kenney, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • Mayor William Peduto, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Mayor Jorge Elorza, Providence, Rhode Island

  • Mayor John Cooper, Nashville, Tennessee

  • Mayor Kristine Lott, Winooski, Vermont

  • Mayor Miro Weinberger, Burlington, Vermont

  • Mayor David Meyer, Fairfax, Virginia

  • Mayor Justin M. Wilson, Alexandria, Virginia

  • Mayor Jenny Durkan, Seattle, Washington

  • Mayor Seth Fleetwood, Bellingham, Washington

  • Mayor Lynne Robinson, Bellevue, Washington

  • Mayor Cassie Franklin, Everett, Washington

  • Mayor Victoria R. Woodards, Tacoma, Washington

ACTION Membership

The ACTION Campaign has been working to build its membership of over 2,400 businesses and organizations from across the country who support the Housing Credit. Help ACTION continue to grow by asking your partners who are not yet members to join ACTIONMembership is free. The more members we have, the better we can demonstrate to Congress the widespread support for the Housing Credit across the country.

In April alone, ACTION was pleased to welcome the following 13 new members:

  • The Ancel Romero Management & Consulting Group, California

  • Taino Group, LLC, Florida

  • BWI LLC, Indiana

  • Legacy Foundation, Indiana

  • Lexington Habitat for Humanity, Kentucky

  • CommonSpirit Health, National

  • FMSolu, National

  • LS Black Development, National

  • National Network for Youth, Inc., National

  • Preferred Compliance Solutions, National

  • Omni New York, New York

  • Pronto Housing Inc., New York

  • Columbia Housing, South Carolina

Housing Credit Research

Housing Credit In the News

  • In an op-ed published in the American Banker, “A bipartisan plan to tackle housing insecurity,” co-chair of the ACTION Campaign Scott Hoekman calls on investors, financial institutions, and housing advocates to work together to ensure that the bipartisan, bicameral ACHIA of 2021 becomes law.

Krista D'Alessandro is the tax policy analyst at Enterprise Community Partners. The ACTION Campaign is co-chaired by Enterprise and the National Council of State Housing Agencies.

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