Reflecting on 2020
NMHC is the voice of the apartment industry in Washington, D.C. As Congress and the administration continue to craft COVID-19 relief legislation, NMHC is making the case for critically needed emergency relief for the rental industry, housing professionals and our residents. Here’s a look at some of our most impactful legislative and regulatory wins of 2020 and what we’ll keep pushing for as our country navigates the pandemic.
2020 NMHC Advocacy SnapshotEven as much of our world turned virtual, the NMHC Government Affairs staff continued to work with members of Congress and administration officials every day on behalf of the industry:
NMHC members with Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-IL).
Member Call to ActionBefore the passage of several pieces of relief legislation, NMHC members sent thousands of messages to members of Congress voicing our industry’s concerns. Thanks to those efforts the industry secured critical provisions and ensured our voice was heard whenever a stimulus package was on the table.
Thousands of NMHC members joined forces to advocate on behalf of the industry.
NMHC Leads Real Estate CoalitionsNMHC led an industry coalition of 13 major trade groups in delivering educational content on critical issues to the multifamily sector. Speaking with one voice during these divisive times is imperative and the group’s 16 comment letters and 2 advertisements provided Congress with a unified industry message.
NMHC spearheaded two real estate industry ads to help educate policymakers.
COVID-19 Relief SuccessesNMHC was at the forefront of calling on policymakers and government agencies for emergency relief for the rental industry and our residents. Congress passed a number of packages, including the CARES Act and the Consolidated Appropriations Act. These packages provided desperately needed support and helped maintained the stability of the industry. That’s why we’re proud to have successfully advocated for the following provisions in the packages and other relief initiatives:
COVID-19 Advocacy Going Forward:As Congress and the administration continue to craft legislation to address the COVID-19 pandemic, NMHC is in constant communication with lawmakers on several initiatives important to the multifamily industry and its residents – including the following:
2020 Virtual Fall MeetingGoing virtual this year did not stop us from offering members a wide variety of programming, including high-profile keynotes, conversations with leading lawmakers, and peer-to-peer roundtables on industry issues.
NMHC Chair David Schwartz (of Waterton) interviews Former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb during the 2020 Virtual Fall Meeting
NMHC’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion InitiativeNMHC’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Initiative is a long-term commitment to promote diversity within the multifamily housing industry. The NMHC Government Affairs team is proud to work with lawmakers who share this same commitment.
The 117th Congress will be one of the most diverse in history, with a record number of women, Black, Latinx, Native American and LGBTQ candidates elected.
NMHC’s Government Affairs team is ready to work with the most diverse Congress to date to promote equity in our communities and historically underinvested areas.
NMHC members meet with Congressional Black Caucus Chair Karen Bass (D-CA) to discuss DEI and other housing issues.
Laurie Baker (of Camden) interviews House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC) during the 2020 Virtual Fall Meeting.
Problem Solvers Caucus Chairs Tom Reed (R-NY) and Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ) during an NMHC member virtual roundtable.