This past Wednesday, home builders from Charlotte and across North Carolina traveled to Washington to meet with our Congressional delegation and discuss issues facing the industry — from labor shortages to trade policy and housing finance reform.
The entire group was lucky enough to meet with Senators Burr and Tillis on the steps of the Capitol building in between votes. We discussed briefly the nationwide affordable housing crisis and how the Senate can act to address the labor shortage through the creation of a market-based guest worker program for the construction sector and by providing a path toward permanent resident status for DACA-eligible individuals.
Members of the HBA of Greater Charlotte was able to meet with Congressman Patrick McHenry, ranking member of the Financial Services Committee. They were able to discuss the state of politics right now in the Capitol and how to navigate those realities to address immigration, flood insurance, and trade policy. Homebuilders urged Rep. McHenry to encourage the administration to end the tariffs on imports of softwood lumber, steel and aluminum that are hurting the industry.
Finally, builders met with Congressman Richard Hudson to cover these same issues, including housing finance reform for conventional mortgages and strengthening the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC).
Thanks to all those builders who took time from their schedules to travel to Capitol Hill this week and advocate for the housing industry!