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NAA and NMHC Statement on the House’s Passage of the Yes in My Backyard (YIMBY) Act

Synopsis

The National Apartment Association and the National Multifamily Housing Council are pleased and encouraged by the House’s passage of the YIMBY Act as the legislation will help address the nation’s housing affordability crisis by removing barriers to housing development desperately needed in communities across the country. Learn more.


Statement from the National Apartment Association (NAA) and National Multifamily Housing Council (NMHC) on the passage of the Yes in My Backyard (YIMBY) Act (H.R. 4351) by the House of Representatives:

NAA and NMHC are pleased and encouraged by the House’s passage of the YIMBY Act as the legislation will help address the nation’s housing affordability crisis by removing barriers to housing development desperately needed in communities across the country.

The nation is facing a housing affordability crisis and it is critical that lawmakers at all levels of government, in partnership with the private sector, take steps to develop housing of all types and price points. Recent NAA and NMHC research found that we need to build 328,000 apartments every year between 2016 and 2030 to meet the nation’s housing needs. However, the apartment industry faces significant barriers to new apartment construction, development and renovation.

NAA and NMHC would like to thank the bill’s sponsors, Congressmen Denny Heck (D-WA) and Trey Hollingsworth (R-IN), for their important efforts to ease the housing affordability challenges families around the nation are facing.

As the legislation now moves to the upper chamber, NAA and NMHC look forward to working with its Senate sponsors, Senator Todd Young (R-IN) and Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI),  and others on both sides of the aisle to highlight the critical work the legislation will achieve and how the YIMBY Act (S. 1919) will help mitigate the housing affordability crisis.

A letter from NAA and NMHC in support of the Act can be found here.

For more than 25 years, the National Apartment Association (NAA) and the National Multifamily Housing Council (NMHC) have partnered on behalf of America’s apartment industry. Drawing on the knowledge and policy expertise of staff in Washington, D.C., as well as the advocacy power of more than 150 NAA state and local affiliated associations, NAA and NMHC provide a single voice for developers, owners and operators of multifamily rental housing. One-third of all Americans rent their housing, and 40 million of them live in an apartment home.

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