PLACE and the Network Advocate in DC
This past week, the Network and PLACE representatives met with DC lawmakers to present the needs of housing and community development practitioners, including Community Land Trusts (CLTs) and permanent affordable housing programs (PAH).
PLACE Board and Advisory Council members, including Network staff and members Emily Thaden, Aaron Miripol and Van Temple, met with 17 members of Congress. The meetings predominantly targeted to Senators influencing rural and housing appropriations, as well as housing finance reform. We communicated the following:
- As the Senate Appropriations Committee conducts their mark-up on the FY15 budget, they should not cut any additional funds allocated to CDBG, HOME, or USDA housing programs (and keep SHOP separate from the HOME program).
- Congress should continue to advance housing finance reform and promote funding for affordable housing programs and equitable access to financing.
- Congress should urge the new Secretary of HUD to minimize administrative and regulatory challenges for PLACE members.
- Congress should turn to PLACE and its members for information and guidance on the effect of housing and community development policies and regulations on practitioners in the future.
What is PLACE?
The Network has been serving on the Advisory council for PLACE, a new nonprofit that provides a single unified voice for housing and community development practitioners.