Just in time for the biggest grassroots lobbying event of the year for the nation’s housing professionals, our association has unveiled a new NAHB Advocacy App for
iPhone, iPad and Android mobile devices. The app brings the ability to participate in key
lobbying activities straight to your fingertips, making it super-easy to add your powerful voice to those of your fellow home builders, remodelers and associates as we fight to improve the climate in which our members do business. Not only that, but over the next few months, the app will be expanded and regularly updated to provide real-time news updates, legislative alerts and more.
In preparation for your travels to Capitol Hill as part of this week’s Legislative Conference, the NAHB Advocacy App offers the following features:
- Calendar of the day’s events
- Talking points on various policy issues
- Directory of congressional contacts
- Map of Capitol Hill
- NAHB Member Legislative Conference guide with staff contacts
- Live Twitter updates and social media sharing
- Legislative Conference feedback form
The NAHB Advocacy App, available as of May 31, can be downloaded free of charge through the Apple App Store and Google Play — NAHB has even developed a quick tutorial video to show you how. You don’t have to be a ”techno-geek” to employ this smart resource that adds even greater value to your NAHB membership, so why not put it in your virtual toolbox right now?
The thoughts of the entire NAHB federation are with the victims of the Oklahoma tornados of May 19 and 20. NAHB immediately reached out to Executive Officers in the state to ensure everyone was safe and to offer support.
Many NAHB members have asked how they can help the victims of these tragic events. Accordingly, we wanted to pass on the following information from the Central Oklahoma Home Builders Association (COHBA) and the Home Builders Association of Greater Tulsa, who are coordinating assistance efforts on behalf of the home building community:
- The COHBA charitable foundation is accepting gifts of money. Checks can be made to “Oklahoma Home Builders Foundation” and mailed to P.O. Box 14005, Oklahoma City, OK 73113.
- COHBA and the HBA of Greater Tulsa are also coordinating efforts to collect food, water and clothes, as well as shovels, rakes, gloves, dust masks, buckets, tote bags and items to help families sift through the rubble of what used to be their homes to find cherished items.
You should also know that NAHB provides disaster preparation and recovery resources to consumers and home builders at nahb.org/disasterresources, including radio PSA scripts to warn consumers about unscrupulous contractors following a disaster; links to disaster government assistance information from FEMA, HUD and the Red Cross; and articles on disaster preparedness and recovery.
If you missed the latest edition of NAHB’s Washington Update, you may have missed reading about two critically important pieces of legislation that were introduced with strong NAHB support on May 21 and 22:
The Home Building Lending Improvement Act of 2013
At NAHB’s urging, Sens. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) and Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) introduced this bipartisan legislation on May 21 that would discourage lenders from calling construction loans where payments are current and would establish regulatory guidelines to allow the banking industry to restore lending for viable home building projects. The bill, S.1002, is very similar to NAHB-supported legislation to resolve the ongoing credit problems for home builders that was introduced in the House earlier this year by Reps. Gary Miller (R-Calif.) and Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.).
The Lead Exposure Reduction Amendments Act of 2013
The very next day, responding to concerns from NAHB and affiliated trade groups, Rep. Tim Murphy (R-Pa.) and 21 original co-sponsors introduced bipartisan legislation in the House of Representatives that would make much-needed improvements to the EPA’s Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting (LRRP) rule. This bill, H.R. 2093, is identical to legislation introduced in the last Congress. It would restore the opt-out provision for homes without children or pregnant women; allow remodelers to correct paperwork errors without facing full penalties; provide an exemption for emergency renovations; and make it easier for remodelers to obtain recertification training.
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