It’s time to build things! Celebrating NAHREP familia, cultura, politics, and grassroots action Que onda mi gente?! Infrastructure and efforts to revitalize the economy go together like arroz con frijoles. Sorry, arroz con habichuelas/candules/porotos… Did I miss any? You know what I mean. Major Infrastructure projects have long been tied to efforts from the federal…
Stories are a critical vehicle for human connection. They are powerful mostly because they make us feel something. Storytelling is an especially powerful tool in advocacy because stories have the ability to put a human emotion and a human face to laws and regulations. As the subject of DACA once again takes center stage, I thought of a young man who embodies the most beautiful aspects of the American Dream.
Despite COVID-19, an official recession, a civil rights movement, and a presidential election, housing agencies are still issuing major rules that have the potential to have massive consequences for our businesses and our mission to advance sustainable Hispanic homeownership. These changes can easily get buried with everything else going on, but staying informed is part of our job.
We are in this together Celebrating NAHREP familia, cultura, politics, and grassroots action Que onda mi gente?! I’m sitting here wanting to update you about what’s happening with the stimulus bill, what’s happening with the Paycheck Protection Program or what the new changes have been made to the Community Reinvestment Act. But, if you’re anything like me, it’s been…
For years, at NAHREP we’ve been encouraging our members to invest in real estate and rental properties as a means to build wealth. Lately, a lot of policy conversations have revolved around rental assistance, but with little regard for landlords, who happen to also struggling small business during this pandemic.
Como andamos? I am excited to welcome all of the new members to the National Advocacy Committee (NAC) and thank you to everyone who responded to our first ever national advocacy campaign last week that put our grassroots operation to work. We tried to make the process as easy as possible and we appreciate every one of you who sent the email to your Senators. The more a Member of Congress hears from their constituents on a particular issue, the more they’re likely to listen.
It’s time to show the world what we’re made of. When we created the National Advocacy Committee (NAC), we knew that if we organized our 40,000 members to be the voice of Latino homeownership, we absolutely could make a difference. If we each reached out to our own elected officials with a common message, the weight of our numbers and our power would be unstoppable.
In the recent NAHREP COVID-19 Member Survey, the majority of you urged NAHREP to prioritize advocating for the protection of credit scores during this pandemic and we couldn’t agree more. Few items will be more consequential to the advancement of sustainable Hispanic homeownership for years to come than the protection of credit scores.
In the midst of having a case of cabin fever this week, I decided to take a drive through the agricultural fields of Chino, California. The fields were lined with farm workers hard at work picking fruits and vegetables for our consumption, individuals who are undoubtedly essential through this pandemic. It’s easy to take the food we eat for granted. It’s also easy to forget that the people who do the back-breaking work of producing our food supply are often undocumented.
I’ve been thinking a lot about the NAHREP 10 disciplines. Of course, the one that pops out right now for me in neon lights is the ominous: Live below your means and be ready for the next recession because downturns are a regular part of our economic cycles. Regardless of whether we heeded that advice and saved for a rainy day, the most important thing right now is #mindset. At NAHREP, we stay positive, we push forward, we think ahead, and we innovate.