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President’s Forum: PHADA’s DC Meeting

John Hodge, PHADA President

PHADA held its Legislative Forum in Washington September 8–10. As in the past, the meeting was especially timely, highlighting several important issues that we will be dealing with for some time to come. We were fortunate to hear from some influential policymakers from the Department of Housing and Urban Development including Secretary Ben Carson and Assistant Secretary R. Hunter Kurtz, as well as prominent lawmakers including Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), who chairs the Senate’s HUD spending panel. Also on hand were Reps. David Price (D-NC) and Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL), the Chairman and ranking Republican, respectively, of the House of Representatives’ T-HUD Appropriations Subcommittee.

The meeting provided the association’s leadership with the opportunity to further refine and develop our positions on several key issues. Among other matters, we discussed PHADA’s concerns regarding HUD’s new inspections program, the Disparate Impact proposed rule and the latest on the Annual Contributions Contract (ACC).

It goes without saying that our top priority is to try and secure the best funding levels possible between now and when Congress completes work on FY 20 appropriations. Our major focus is on operating, capital, HCV funding and RAD. You can read more about our specific budget requests in the appropriations Positions Paper here.

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