Join the AHTCC
Support Affordable Housing Advocacy
Why join the AHTCC?
The AHTCC is your voice before Congress.
Since its founding in 1988, the AHTCC and its members have taken a leadership role in federal legislative efforts to expand and strengthen the Housing Credit and complementary programs. Most recently, the AHTCC prioritized enactment of a minimum 4% Housing Credit rate, which was signed into law at the end of 2020 and is expected to finance over 130,000 additional affordable homes over the next ten years. Today, the AHTCC is working to advance the bipartisan Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act of 2021, which could provide as many as 2 million additional affordable homes over the next decade by expanding and strengthening the Housing Credit. See all of our legislative and regulatory priorities here.
We meet with hundreds of congressional offices each year, engage frequently with congressional leadership, counsel congressional offices developing affordable housing legislation, and ensure that the affordable housing community is well-represented. We typically hold two AHTCC member fly-ins each year, so that you can advocate for the Housing Credit firsthand in Washington, D.C. In the absence of in-person meetings, and outside of our regular fly-in schedule, we also facilitate and lead virtual congressional meetings for AHTCC members.
The AHTCC is your voice before the Administration.
The AHTCC frequently engages with the Biden Administration to build support for the Housing Credit and to comment on regulatory issues, including:
- Meeting with White House and Department of Housing and Urban Development officials regarding their priorities for economic recovery and infrastructure legislation,
- Testifying before the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) hearing on proposed Housing Credit Average Income Test regulations,
- Convening AHTCC members to develop a comprehensive response to Community Reinvestment Act reform pursued by the Federal Reserve and Office of the Comptroller of the Currency,
- Advocating for regulatory relief in response to the COVID-19 crisis, and
- Engaging with the IRS on a solution to address issues related to when Housing Credits can be claimed relative to the receipt of the Forms 8609.
The AHTCC develops working groups as regulatory issues arise to help formulate our recommendations for federal agencies. Learn more about our regulatory advocacy efforts here.
The AHTCC holds timely webinars throughout the year.
The AHTCC hosts frequent webinars to provide our members with policy updates, industry news, and discussions from legislative and advocacy leaders in the affordable housing industry. Our events are frequently joined by our affordable housing champions in Congress, including Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-OR), and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal (D-MA), as well as special guests including Special Assistant to the President for Housing and Urban Policy Erika Poethig and Editor and Publisher of The Cook Political Report Charlie Cook. Other recent guests include Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act (AHCIA) lead sponsors Senators Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Todd Young (R-IN) and Representatives Suzan DelBene (D-WA) and Jackie Walorski (R-IN).
- June 9, 2021: AHTCC and Housing Advisory Group 2021 Virtual Convening
- April 22, 2021: Advocating for Affordable Housing through the AHCIA
- January 27, 2021: AHTCC 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting
- November 9, 2020: Election Impacts on Affordable Housing
- October 19, 2020: Virtual Advocacy and Engagement
View our April 22 webinar, Advocating for Affordable Housing through the AHCIA:
The AHTCC typically hosts three in-person meetings each year.
The AHTCC typically holds three in-person meetings per year, though our meeting schedule has changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our in-person events include networking opportunities as well as timely panels and high-profile speakers from Congress, the Administration and the Housing Credit industry so you can hear about the latest policy and industry issues impacting the Housing Credit.
We are currently planning to hold our upcoming September meeting in-person in Washington, DC with a virtual participation option. Learn more here.
The AHTCC provides timely news from Washington, D.C.
The AHTCC provides members with timely news and analysis of policy developments on the most important issues impacting affordable housing. Each month, we synthesize policy updates impacting the Housing Credit so that you can read what is most important for your organization, and we also provide policy alerts when there is breaking news. AHTCC member organizations may also have an unlimited number of employees signed up to receive AHTCC communications, including our monthly newsletters, policy alerts, and invitations for AHTCC webinars and events.
The AHTCC convenes committees and working groups to address pressing issues.
AHTCC committees convene regularly to help to shape the direction of the AHTCC and advise on complex legal and technical issues:
- Legislative Committee
- Legal and Technical Advisory Committee
- Marketing and Communications Committee
- Membership and Finance Committee
AHTCC working groups convene as issues arise, and develop solutions to challenges faced by the affordable housing industry. Current working groups include:
- Average Income Test Working Group
- Community Reinvestment Act Working Group
- State Tax Credit Working Group
- Supportive Services Working Group
- 8609 Working Group
The AHTCC helps secure congressional participation in members’ property events.
Engaging members of Congress and congressional staff in property events, including ribbon cuttings, groundbreakings, tours, and property anniversaries, is the most effective way to show the impact of the Housing Credit in their home state or district. The AHTCC provides members with the necessary resources and assistance to connect with their legislators and demonstrate the benefit of the Housing Credit in the communities they represent.