On Jan. 20, Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 45th President of the United States. It will mark the conclusion of an unparalleled election season that ended in a Republican sweep of both Houses of Congress. Now, NAA/NMHC are focused on identifying the industry’s advocacy agenda for the new Administration and Congress as we begin 2017 in our strongest position in years. In fact, this year could present opportunities to work with lawmakers to secure legislative and regulatory advances that promote a balanced housing policy and recognize the important role that apartments play in a strong economy.
As we forge ahead on the 2017 agenda, it’s important to take a moment to reflect on our 2016 successes, of which there are many. Given the challenging realities of the past year, just ending this cycle with the status quo unchanged could be considered an accomplishment; but NAA/NMHC undertook strategic advocacy efforts on a number of issues, and below are some of the key victories secured during the 114th Congress.
The passage of legislation and reform of regulation is often a multi-year effort and can take even longer in today’s semi-paralyzed legislative environment. In 2016 we were successful in pushing forward several issues that are now better positioned to lead to outright victories in the coming years.
The NAA/NMHC advocacy team are proud of our work this year. The information, resources and insights that we provide our members can be as important as our efforts on Capitol Hill. To that end, NAA/NMHC developed key industry resources to help apartment executives stay up to date on changing policies and laws. These include:
NAA/NMHC regularly monitor and provide input on a variety of industry standards as they are revised. In 2016 we worked to update and re-release the National Green Building Standard (NGBS), which provides robust green building guidance for all multifamily property types and serves as an alternative to other building performance labeling programs. Nearly 90,000 multifamily units have been certified to the NGBS with another 70,000 units in the certification pipeline.
NAA/NMHC are well positioned in the current political and legislative environment to build on our 2016 successes. We will continue to aggressively advocate on behalf of the apartment industry over the next few months and work with the Trump administration as well as lawmakers on both sides of the aisle to implement policies that support the unique needs of the multifamily industry as we work to provide homes for 38 million Americans.