By Brook Furniture Rental – http://www.bfr.com

Last month in Washington, members of the National Apartment Association and nearly 170 affiliated members turned out for their largest ever advocacy campaign, taking place both on Capital hill and in congressional districts across the US.

Industry members sent a strong message to lawmakers that they must enact public policies that promote rather than obstruct the industry’s ability to provide housing and jobs.

Members advocated for three key issues that are impacting their business:

  • The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Fair Housing Accessibility: Support legislation that provides a business owner with the opportunity to cure an alleged ADA deficiency prior to the initiation of a lawsuit.
  • National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and Reauthorization: Support legislation reforming the NFIP and providing for long-term reauthorization of the program before it expires in September 2017.
  • Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program: Support legislation reforming the Section 8 program, including the contract term, property inspections, tenant screening and funding stream. The House has already approved this bill.

Cindy Chetti, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs for the National Multifamily Housing Council, which partners with NAA for the apartment industry’s federal legislative and regulatory priorities, was quoted as saying, “Enacting them would help ease burdens unfairly placed on apartment owners and managers. Only through collaboration between government and the private sector can we reach our shared goal of providing a variety of quality housing options for all Americans.”

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Brook Furniture Rental, a strong supporter and Member of the NAA was represented by Kim Ashley, (far left) Director of National Accounts.