Recent Legislative Successes
The North Carolina Housing Coalition has a long and proud history of legislative accomplishments. Listed below are some of the most recent legislative successes on the state and federal level.
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Coordinated state-wide advocacy to fight elimination of Community Development Block Grant and HUD 811 and 202 programs, USDA housing programs, as well as reduction and change of income targeting of Section 8 programs (2004, 2005, 2006).
- Secured 46 legislative co-sponsors and over 80 endorsing organizations and businesses.
- Produced website and campaign materials, and participated in TV documentary.
- Achieved a $5 million increase for a total of $8 million for ‘05/’06 and achieved a $16 million increase for a total of $19 million for '06/'07.
Legislation providing more Consumer Protections in Manufactured Housing (2005):
- Required Manufactured Housing dealers to place buyers’ deposits in escrow accounts.
- Increased resident notification of sale of home parks from 30 days to 180.
- Clarified that no money be paid until final sales contract determined.
- Added housing counselor and accountant to Manufactured Housing Board.
Led the advocacy efforts for the Creation of the Home Protection Pilot Program (2004):
- Responded to large number of mass layoffs due to plant closings and the 189% increase in the number of foreclosures in NC.
- Provides one time or up to 18 months of mortgage assistance to homeowners who have lost their jobs due to no fault of their own.
- Administered by the NC Housing Finance Agency, this program is coupled with a predatory loan buy-out program from the Self Help Credit Union to ensure no assistance is given to continue predatory mortgages.
Coordinated state-wide advocacy to oppose federal budget cuts to Section 8 and other HUD programs (2003/2004).
Advocated for a series of Consumer Protections for purchasers of Manufactured Housing: (2003)
- Enabled a manufactured home placed on property with a minimum of a 30 year lease to qualify as real estate. This allows a mortgage product to be used that fits Freddie Mac’s lending guidelines, thus reducing the opportunity of predatory lending.
- Required the Manufactured Housing Board to produce a poster and handout (to be displayed and distributed in all dealer locations) to all consumers explaining their rights, warranties and how to file a complaint with the Board.
- Required Manufactured Housing Board to adopt rules to protect Consumer Deposits from Bankruptcy (fought with industry for two years to get the Manufactured Housing Board to adopt rules, finally passed in 2005 legislation).
Successfully filed an Amicus Brief in the Greens of Pine Glen tax valuation case – NC Court of Appeals unanimously reversed a 1997 decision by the Durham County Board of Equalization and Review and the Property Tax Commission which assessed full market-rate property taxes on rental units subsidized with low-income housing tax credits under Section 42 of the IRS Code (2002).
Policy recommendations adopted by Study Commission on Smart Growth (2000/2001):
- $50 Million to fund affordable housing.
- Authorize local governments to adopt inclusionary housing programs.
- Provide strong incentives for local governments to prepare and implement comprehensive plans.
- Require that housing, new roads and utility resources expended by NC state agencies result in a mix of affordable housing throughout entire communities, near jobs, transportation and services.
Bifurcation of NC Housing Tax Credits (2001).
Secured $2.7 million for TANF funds for housing assistance (2000/2001).
$40 million retained in Hurricane Floyd Recovery Fund as a result of our advocacy efforts and an additional $20 million dedicated for multi-family rental units in flooded counties (2000/2001).
Secured 25% tax credit for Investments in Development Zone areas (1999).
Secured $2.5 million for NC state Low Income Tax Credit (1999).
Secured $3 million from TANF Block Grant funds for housing assistance. (1999).