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In an important victory for the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and its members who rely on the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), Congress has reached an agreement to reauthorize the program through Sept. 30, 2017.
In the past few years, the NFIP has experienced several short-term lapses in authorization, forcing many home buyers to delay or cancel closings due to the inability to obtain NFIP insurance for a mortgage. In other instances, builders were forced to stop or delay construction on a new home due to the lack of flood insurance approval, resulting in unnecessary delays and job losses.
“NAHB has been working tirelessly to make sure that this vital program, which was set to expire on July 31, was reauthorized for five years to ensure that the federally-backed flood insurance program operates smoothly and without delay, remains efficient and effective in protecting property owners, and creates more stability in the housing market,” said NAHB Chairman Barry Rutenberg, a home builder from Gainesville, Fla.
Congressional negotiators agreed to roll the flood insurance legislation into a larger legislative package that also includes the transportation reauthorization and student loan bill. The legislation was subsequently approved by the Senate and House and is expected to be signed into law shortly by President Obama.
Working with a bipartisan group of senators, NAHB was also successful in removing “residual risk” language from the flood insurance bill, which would have required the mandatory purchase of flood insurance for areas located behind dams or levees.
“NAHB believes the local investment in these flood control structures takes into account the risks, and to mandate the purchase of additional flood insurance policies at a cost to the home owner is simply unfair,” said Rutenberg. “We commend Sens. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.), John Hoeven (R-N.D.), Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) and Bob Casey (D-Pa.) for their efforts in this area.”
The five-year extension of the NFIP ensures that the program will remain available, affordable and financially healthy, said Rutenberg.
Established in 1968, the NFIP offers affordable flood insurance to home owners and businesses in flood plains and other low-lying areas that otherwise might not be able to obtain coverage.
More than 20,000 communities nationwide participate in the insurance program, which currently covers about 5.6 million policyholders.
Article is courtesy of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)
NAHB’s Construction, Codes and Standards experts recently completed a helpful “FAQ” document to address the most often-asked questions they are receiving from members on recent changes in design values for visually graded Southern Pine lumber. This useful resource can be downloaded free of charge by NAHB members who are logged into www.nahb.org with their username and password*, and the document provides updated, clear information regarding the impetus for the design changes, an explanation of what the changes encompass, an idea of what to expect in the future, and a summation of how the new design values will be incorporated into today’s building codes – among other topics. We encourage you to check out the FAQ document as well as the other resources that are available to you on Southern Pine Design Values at www.nahb.org/spdv.
*If you need to create an account for NAHB, please contact the STHBA at 985-882-5002 or firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain your PIN number, which is necessary to create the account.
From the St. Tammany Permits Department: Starting March 1st inspection request for next day inspections can be requested as late as 4:30pm the day before. Inspection request using the MyPermitNow customer portal will be accepted up until 7:30am the day of the request. St. Tammany Parish inspectors will now be in the field performing inspections between the hours of 8:30am – 4:30pm. Inspectors will be available for contact between the hours of 7:30am – 8:30am or by email throughout the work day. Please refer to stpgov.org for direct lines and email addresses for the inspectors. The main office lines are not answered until 8:00am. The Mandeville office can be reached at (985) 898-2574 and the Slidell office can be reached at (985) 646-4166.
Special inspections must be called in before 2:00pm. Special inspections must be called in to a permit tech.
The City of Slidell has entered a contract to re-write the City of Slidell Unified Development Code with Kendig Keast Collaborative (KKC). Representatives from KKC will be in town on August 30 and 31 to familiarize themselves with the City and its existing code. KKC is meeting with members of the City, as well as general public, to assist them in creating a complete and precise Code to help move Slidell into a future with a higher quality of life. They would very much like to meet with stakeholders in the community to discuss ideas and answer any questions regarding our current Code. The following time slots available:
August 30 – Planning Department Conference Room (250 Bouscaren Street, Suite 203):
- 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
- 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
- 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
August 31 – City Hall Meeting Room (2055 Second Street, First Floor):
- 9:00 am – 10:00 am
- 10:00 am – 11:00 am
- 11:00 am– 12:00 pm
- 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Please contact Tara Ingram-Hunter to let her know which one-hour session you would be interested in attending. Respond as soon as possible to email@example.com as space is limited
Information gathered at this meeting will help determine the future of our zoning code.
Questions can be addressed to:
City of Slidell
Phone: (985) 646-4320
Last month, LHBA and Phoinix Development consummated a joint marketing agreement, which allows LHBA and Phoinix to work together for the benefit of the citizens of Louisiana. Over the summer the team has been working diligently in identifying several upcoming grant opportunities in excess of $150 million dollars that we can work on together.
Phoinix is now in need of help from local contractors and associates to put together a team that is ready to execute on these upcoming construction projects.
Phoinix Development Foundation, Inc. is a Baton Rouge based nonprofit construction management organization, which was founded after the destruction left behind by hurricanes Katrina and Rita. With the assistance of the members of LHBA, the organization now has the capacity to construct commercial infrastructure within communities and provide home ownership opportunities to low and moderate income families throughout the state of Louisiana while ensuring permanent housing affordability.
Phoinix’s mission is based upon the belief that (1) all working families deserve a home or apartment of their own, and (2) communities with homeowners from a broad socio-economic range are the strongest and most vibrant and (3) education can rebuild a community.
If you are interested in the upcoming local, state and federal grant opportunities for the 2011/2012 grant season in collaboration with the Phoinix Development Foundation, please complete the application documents below.
- Subcontractor Qualification Package
- Subcontractor Qualification Worksheet
- Confidentiality/Non-Disclosure Agreement
You can find out additional information about Phoinix by going to their website at www.pdfcorp.org. Once you have completed the application documents, please mail them directly to the local office below. Once Phoinix receives them, they will begin adding your information to their electronic database which will make responding to upcoming grant opportunities quicker and more efficient.
Anterro A. Graham
LHBA Workforce Housing Chairman
Phoinix Development Foundation, Inc.
2561 Citiplace Court
Baton Rouge, LA 70808