Randy Noel, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a custom builder from LaPlace, La., today issued the following statement after President Trump signed the First Step Act into law:
“NAHB commends the White House and Congress for working together to pass the First Step Act. This bipartisan bill backed by President Trump will reform the criminal justice system and promote vocational training for prisoners in an effort to reduce recidivism rates. We have seen the benefit of similar training programs administered through the Home Builders Institute, the educational arm of NAHB.
“The First Step Act will help address chronic labor shortages within the construction industry while providing individuals a second chance for a bright future and a meaningful career. The newly enacted law also complements the president’s workforce development initiative. A renewed federal emphasis on workforce training, coupled with private sector participation, will help meet a growing demand for skilled construction workers. Taking concrete steps to fulfill this need will boost housing and economic growth and help to ease the nation’s housing affordability woes.”