The National Housing Conference aims to ensure safe, decent, and affordable housing for all in America by pursuing these policy priorities:

Advance Federal Housing Policies to Assist Low- and Moderate-Income Families 


Affordable Housing
  1. Support and strengthen federal low-income housing programs and funding through budgetary, regulatory, and legislative processes to assist renters and homeowners, with a particular focus on the needs of vulnerable populations, including veterans, the homeless, and many others
  2. Improve life outcomes for families and individuals by linking housing to health, education, workforce  programs, and other services for those in need
  3. Advance innovative housing strategies, such as preservation of affordable rental housing, shared equity homeownership, and efficient financing for small rental properties

Strengthen the Nation’s Housing Finance System


Construction
  1. Reform America’s mortgage finance system to use a limited and explicit government role to ensure reliable access to long-term fixed-rate mortgages, finance for multifamily housing nationwide, and support for affordable housing
  2. Ensure affordable and sustainable mortgage credit to broadly serve homeownership-ready borrowers through government programs, the GSEs and their successors under housing reform, and through private reform
  3. Strengthen FHA’s capacity and flexibility to meet the nation’s housing financing needs
  4. Ensure well-functioning markets for Low-Income Housing Tax Credits, mortgage revenue bonds, and multifamily housing bonds

Restore Neighborhoods Damaged by Foreclosures and Disinvestment Neighborhoods


Foreclosure Picture
  1. Expand and sustain proven programs to prevent foreclosures, minimize household disruption, create pathways back to homeownership, avoid blight, and reduce mortgage default risk
  2. Create new tools to assist underserved communities working to attract new investment and repair the damage from the foreclosure crisis

Advocate for Federal Resources for Housing during Tax and Budgetary Reforms



  1. Ensure that decisions about broad federal tax policy take into account the full impact on housing and community development, including the people and communities it serves 
  2. Highlight the essential federal role in housing and community development and encourage policymakers to protect essential affordable housing programs 

Build Stronger Communities that Coordinate Housing, Transportation, Health, Education and Energy Policy


TOD
  1. Create incentives for states and localities and strengthen their capacity to preserve and expand the availability of affordable owned and rental housing near public transit and job and retail centers
  2. Help states and localities create more inclusive communities that improve economic, educational, and health outcomes for community members while addressing long-standing patterns of residential segregation
  3. Create incentives for individuals and multifamily property owners  to build and improve buildings to make them healthier and more energy-efficient

 

**Current as of March 26, 2015. Please note that the above NHC policy and advocacy priorities are not ranked.**

Images: House in foreclosure via claylee.thecenturytreereader.com, TOD via www.soundtransit.org, family outside house via www.workingfamiliesparty.org, house under construction via t2.gstatic.com, affordable housing development via www.projo.com