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NAR CEO Bob Goldberg speaks at the housing infrastructure meeting at the U.S. Capitol
NAR CEO Bob Goldberg speaks at the housing infrastructure meeting at the U.S. Capitol

Industry Leaders Go to U.S. Capitol, Advocate for Housing Money

NAR and others held a meeting and pushed for Congress to keep housing dollars in the massive infrastructure project, saying it “must stay in the reconciliation package.”

WASHINGTON – A group of housing stakeholders gathered at the U.S. Capitol, calling for “substantial investment in housing” to be part of the budget reconciliation package currently being negotiated in Congress. The group included:

  • National Association of Realtors® (NAR) CEO Bob Goldberg and representatives from the National Housing Conference (NHC)
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA)
  • National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP)
  • National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)
  • National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA)
  • National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC)

They were joined by members of the U.S. house, including Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee Chairman Sherrod Brown and House Financial Services Committee Chairwoman Maxine Waters.

“Housing is fundamental to an economy that works for all,” Brown told attendees. “Democrats and President Biden understand this. Robust housing investments support families and kids, improve health outcomes and address climate change – while creating good-paying jobs. That is why these investments must stay in the reconciliation package.”

“For decades we’ve neglected our crumbling housing infrastructure. This pandemic has exposed the toll that the housing crisis is taking on families and on the stability of the U.S. economy,” added Waters. “Millions of people each day are forced to choose between keeping a roof over their head, putting food on the table, seeking medical care, investing in their children’s education, or saving for retirement. If we are serious about supporting families, children, and workers, we must understand that we cannot tackle childcare, healthcare, climate change or racial equity without addressing our nation’s affordable housing crisis. Now is the time to prioritize housing and make the robust investments needed to provide every family with a stable foundation and set our country on a better path for the future.”

Goldberg said that NAR’s 1.5 million members work across the U.S., in every zip code, with the goal to ensure a fair and equitable housing market.

“Making sure everyone has a place to call home isn’t just the foundation of our economy,” Goldberg said. “It’s the fabric of our communities, our families, and each of our lives. Today, lawmakers here in Washington have a tremendous opportunity to make lasting, meaningful changes that will increase access to safe and affordable housing throughout the U.S.”

NAHB Chairman Chuck Fowke praised Brown and Waters for “their principled stand” as advocates for housing. “Regulatory barriers, coupled with the current building material supply chain crisis, have priced thousands of hard-working American families out of housing at a time when housing demand is at an all-time high,” Fowke told the crowd. “An investment in housing will provide the best economic bang for the buck. Safe, decent and affordable rental housing provides the pathway to owning your own home, and the American Dream of homeownership can be the gateway to the middle class.”

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