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Policy Working Groups

Task Forces & Working Groups

NHC convenes and actively engages its members, stakeholders and others in order to improve coordination of diverse agendas and to build consensus on key housing issues.

NHC establishes issue-specific task forces and working groups that allow members to work together on solutions. Groups are often formed quickly in response to emerging issues.

Black Homeownership Working Group

Research has shown that black homeownership is lower today than it was when the Fair Housing Act was signed 50 years ago. Black homeowners were disproportionately hurt by the 2009 financial crisis, despite experiencing the slowest growth in homeownership out of any racial group leading up to the crash. NHC is assembling a Black Homeownership Working Group to engage a group of diverse members to develop policies and strategies to help close the black homeownership gap. While discrimination is clearly embedded into the foundation of the black homeownership gap, we also must be cognizant of the fact that historic changes in law and regulation have failed to provide a meaningful and sustainable impact on the homeownership rate. Our objective will be to examine the problem holistically and develop a research-based, data-driven approach to address it. The Working Group will include representatives from other nonprofits, financial institutions, federal regulators, housing advocates and real estate associations. The first meeting of the Working Group was held on April 17, 2019.

CRA Task Force

There’s a historic opportunity to modernize the CRA and improve the lives of millions of Americans. In September 2018, NHC convened a Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) Task Force to work closely with federal regulators on rule-making on CRA. In November 2018, the CRA Task Force submitted comments to OCC on proposed changes to CRA.

Housing Finance Reform Working Group

After 11 years following the placement of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac into conservatorship, housing finance reform remains the unfinished business of the Great Recession. It’s time for a new approach to housing finance reform – but not new principles.

In September 2019, NHC’s Housing Finance Reform Working Group published a white paper outlining key objectives to help guide the administration as they consider the future of the housing finance system and the federal government’s role in that system.

Restoring the American Dream Through Focused Housing Finance Reform
September 2019

A Case for Change:
Creating a Durable Housing Finance System 

January 2014

Housing Finance Principles
January 2014

If you are interested in learning more and joining, please contact Quinn Mulholland at

Restoring Neighborhoods Task Force

NHC’s Restoring Neighborhoods Task Force lifts up research, policy changes and best practices for comprehensive community development to help those neighborhoods still struggling to recover from the foreclosure crisis, the recession and for some, many years of underinvestment and neglect. Practitioners and policy organizations from Washington, D.C., and around the country explore connections between housing and other issues like transportation, health, education, race and economic development, seeking solutions from a comprehensive community development perspective. The Restoring Neighborhoods Task Force launched in 2015 with support from the J.P. Morgan Chase Foundation. To see past webinar presentations of the Restoring Neighborhoods Task Force, see our webinar playlist on YouTube.

Our Restoring Neighborhoods webinars are held monthly on the 2nd Wednesday of each month.

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If you are interested in joining any of these Working Groups or Task Forces, please contact Quinn Mulholland at

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