Capitol Correspondence - 07.01.19

White House Announces Housing Policy, Includes Forming Council

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ANCOR is sharing this announcement by the White House because accessing affordable housing is a key challenge facing people with disabilities and the providers who support them. In summary: the White House has announced its intention to work with states, localities and tribes to remove “regulatory barriers” to the development of housing. Per this statement, the Trump Administration views the network of existing housing regulations as part of the factors that lead to housing shortages and the need for federal public housing subsidies. Additionally, the Administration will create a Council on Eliminating Regulatory Barriers to Affordable Housing. While housed in the Department of Housing and Urban Affairs (HUD), the Council will work across federal departments and agencies to advise on the process of deregulating housing. The link above fully details the new policy direction, as well as the make-up and mission of the Council.

As written by the White House:

“It shall be the policy of my Administration to work with Federal, State, local, tribal, and private sector leaders to address, reduce, and remove the multitude of overly burdensome regulatory barriers that artificially raise the cost of housing development and help to cause the lack of housing supply.  Increasing the supply of housing by removing overly burdensome regulatory barriers will reduce housing costs, boost economic growth, and provide more Americans with opportunities for economic mobility.  In addition, it will strengthen American communities and the quality of services offered in them by allowing hardworking Americans to live in or near the communities they serve.”