Common State and Local Issues

Contact: Karl Eckhart
(202) 266-8319

Home builder associations (HBAs) across the country face residential construction challenges that hamper the home building process and jeopardize housing affordability for all. To help HBAs overcome roadblocks, NAHB's State and Local Government Affairs Committee approves financial assistance for associations through the State and Local Issues Fund (SLIF). 

In this section, you will find a list of state and local issues funded by SLIF. Each issue area has a summary of applications previously submitted. Summaries include information about the issue and how HBAs planned to address it using SLIF. 


  • Environment and Wildlife

    Environment and Wildlife

    NAHB supports HBAs who conduct research and make appeals on environmental issues and overreaching standards that impede development.

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  • Impact Fees

    Impact Fees

    HBAs are developing innovative alternatives to impact fees, evaluating voter sentiment and increasing their involvement before implementation.

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  • Land Use and Zoning

    Land Use and Zoning

    NAHB provides financial assistance to support HBA advocacy efforts on issues affecting the housing affordability like inclusionary zoning and density.

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  • Rent Control

    Rent Control

    NAHB helps HBAs conduct research, hire consultants and implement a variety of campaigns aimed at combating rent control mandates.

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  • Taxes


    Elected officials raise taxes through legislation or ballot measures to pay for municipal services and litigation fees related to rent control protection. NAHB supports HBAs opposing these efforts.

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  • Water


    From flooding to permitting, NAHB supports HBAs efforts to balance water rights and usage during the construction process.

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  • Workforce Development

    Workforce Development

    NAHB funds HBAs efforts to fight against labor barriers such as independent contractor legislation and supports career and technical education programs.

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