Washington Report

Advocacy Updates from Washington D.C.

President Creates Housing Affordability Council

President Trump recently signed an Executive Order that will eliminate barriers that limit access to affordable housing: namely zoning laws, environmental regulations, building codes and lengthy building permit processes.

The Council will consist of members from eight Federal agencies. These members will engage with government leaders, elected officials,the private sector and other stakeholders from across the country in the effort to identify and eliminate the “obstacles that impede the production of affordable homes."

Secretary Ben Carson will lead the council. In all, the Departments of Treasury, Agriculture, Interior, Labor, Transportation, Energy and Environmental Protection will be represented on the panel.

NAR anticipates there will be opportunities to provide information and input to this Council and will distribute information on an on-going basis as the work process of the Council is fleshed out.