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NAC Blog: Fill to Bust

Raise your hand if you hear people talk policy and you zone out mostly because they keep using strange words that you don’t understand? I spent over a decade in Washington D.C., a town where people talk in acronyms. Before NAHREP, I spent 6 years working at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), where it was seen as perfectly normal to say something like, “Since the HMDA working group finalized the ANPRM, there’s an OPM meeting at the EEOB to discuss collaboration between FHFA and the CFPB. Make sure you bring the RESPA proposal!” Como dice mi mama, “Apenas se puede creer!”

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NAC Blog: Lumber shortages fuel the housing inventory crisis

What is more valuable than gold right now and is adding fire to our housing inventory crisis? You got it: LUMBER! First, we were out of toilet paper, then we couldn’t find any disinfectant wipes anywhere, and now, lumber. I know many of you have seen the memes or the TikToks by now of just how crazy this whole “run on lumber” has gotten, so I thought I would give you a quick timeline of how we got here:

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NAC Blog: The 2-minute Latino homeownership narrative

I have a challenge for all of you: Let’s show the country how powerful our network actually is. We put a lot of work into our State of Hispanic Homeownership Report. It’s how we measure progress, how we get the country to see the power of investing in the Latino community, and it is also the way we change the narrative about Latinos in the U.S. Latinos are the engine behind the housing market and therefore, behind the U.S. economy. It is time more people realized that.

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NAC Blog: Passing a bill in a divided Congress

First of all, a major shout-out to everyone who participated in NAHREP’s 2021 Capitol Hill Visits over the past two weeks. In total, NAHREP did 42 meetings and 202 of you participated in at least one meeting. Major kudos to our chapter leaders from around the country and our Government Affairs Directors. From Illinois to Texas, California to Florida, we traveled the country virtually, passionately advocating on behalf of our mission. But it doesn’t end there!

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NAC Blog: Housing is Infrastructure

So, have you heard? 70% of all new homeowners over the next 20 years will be Latino. That’s a pretty big deal. If you haven’t memorized that data point yet, put it on a post on your computer or mirror, because it will be the foundation for our advocacy and our work. And if you haven’t done so already, download the latest State of Hispanic Homeownership Report!

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NAC Blog: Sneak peek! 2021 Housing Policy Summit

We are in the final stages of putting the finishing touches to our State of Hispanic Homeownership Report that will be released at our NAHREP National Convention and Housing Policy Summit on April 20th. We cannot wait for you to see what we came up as we break down and process what happened in 2020 and how it impacted Latino homeownership. This year’s Release of the State of Hispanic Homeownership Report will be epic! Are you registered yet? If not, you can register here. Dong forget that if you’re a NAHREP member the conference will be FREE. For non-members, it is only $50.

If we consider our policy conference as a tool to make history and move the needle on our advocacy, then perhaps no conversation will be more important than that one.

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NAC Blog: DREAMers are our family. What are you gonna do about it?

Familia. We talk about this word a lot at NAHREP. It’s the powerful center of our lives, the reason we work hard, the reason we breathe. I have a huge extended family, most of which live in the Inland Empire in California. We’re all up on each other’s business all the time. You know how it goes, they loooooove the chisme. But if anyone in the family needs anything, ANYTHING, they’re there before they’re asked to help out. It’s beautiful. If something happens to one person, it’s felt by everyone. It’s family.

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NAC Blog: Yes In My Back Yard, turning thoughts into action

In the business of “change making” or advocacy, we seldom ever do anything alone. We need partners. The first step in laying out a strategy is to figure out who our friends are and who will join us in battle.As housing inventory continues to be the number one barrier to advancing sustainable Hispanic homeownership, the situation in California is probably the most severe. But at the same time, the advocacy community around addressing the housing inventory shortage and spurring housing production is also the most organized. One of the leading voices on housing inventory in the state of California is our friend Brian Hanlon, the President & CEO of the Yes In My Back Yard (YIMBY) initiative.

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