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Congressman Cleaver’s Co-Authored Bipartisan Housing Bill Passes Senate

H.R. 3700, The Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act, successfully passed through the Senate. This bill, sponsored by Missouri Congressmen Emanuel Cleaver, II and Blaine Luetkemeyer, passed unanimously in the House on February 2, 2016. The bill was later introduced in the Senate by Senator Menendez, Senator Scott, Senator Coons, and Missouri Senator Roy Blunt. It successfully passed on July 14, 2016, and is now on its way to President Barack Obama's desk for signature

Blunt-Klobuchar Bill Will Help More Children Find Homes Through International Adoption & Child Welfare...

U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Amy Klobuchar (Minn.), co-chairs of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption, yesterday introduced the Vulnerable Children and Families Act. The measure would help more children living without families or in institutional care find permanent homes by enhancing U.S. diplomatic efforts around international child welfare and ensuring that intercountry adoption to the United States becomes a more viable and fully-developed option

Luetkemeyer Questions HUD Secretary Regarding Policies That Leave Taxpayers at Risk

U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) issued the following release after Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julian Castro discussed major changes to the treatment of nonperforming loans during his testimony before the House Financial Services Committee

Blunt Introduces Bill to Cut Waste and Improve Housing Programs for Missouri Veterans, Seniors,...

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), along with Senators Bob Menendez (N.J.), Tim Scott (S.C.), and Chris Coons (Del.), introduced the Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act. The bill reforms and streamlines housing programs at the Departme

Sam Graves Leads Roundtable Focused on New Technologies for America’s Infrastructure

U.S. Representative Sam Graves, Chairman of the Highway and Transit Subcommittee, today led a roundtable discussion focused on innovation in the FAST Act. The newest federal Highway Bill, which Graves helped pass into law last year, established competitive grant programs to promote technologies that increase efficiency, improve safety, and reduce congestion on our nation’s roadways.

Home Building Continues Growth Trend

The eight county Kansas City metropolitan area recorded 519 single family building permits during April, bringing the year-to-date total to 1,720 according to the Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City’s (HBA) monthly Residential Building Permit Statistics report. With the first four months of the year showing nearly a 30% increase from the same period in 2015, local home builders’ activity is at approximately 75% of the average recorded during the past thirty-five years. Multi-family construction continues to grow through-out the metro area, with 361 units permitted in April and a year-to-date total of 1348. Click for the April 2016 Residential Statistics

Luetkemeyer, Subcommittee Convene Hearing on Comparison of U.K., U.S. Models for Affordable Housing

U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) issued the following statement upon conclusion of the Housing and Insurance Subcommittee titled “The Future of Housing in America: A Comparison of the United Kingdom and United States Models for Affordable Housing.”

Congressman Cleaver to Attend Dedication of Tiny Homes for Veterans

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress shows that one in every ten adults who are experiencing homelessness are veterans

McCaskill-Backed Provision to Reduce Duplicative Programs Gets Green Light

A bipartisan provision backed by U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill requiring the federal government to cut waste and evaluate and consolidate duplicative green building programs passed the Senate today as part of a wide-spanning energy bill.

Missouri Legislative Day

On Tuesday, April 5, HBA members and staff traveled to Jefferson City for Missouri Legislative Day, an annual trip to the Capitol to meet face to face with state legislators. The day provides an opportunity to maintain relationships with area Senators and Representatives and discuss issues important to the home building industry with the people who have the power to affect change.

March 2016 Kicks Off Busiest Building Season in Years

Permits for new single family residential building reached the highest one-month total since October 2007 with 537 permits issued during March, according to the Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City’s (HBA) monthly Residential Building Permit Statistics report. The 537 single family permits issued in March brings the year’s first quarter total to 1201 single family units compared to last year’s first quarter number of 893—an increase of 34%. Multi-family permitting continues to be active, with 825 units in March and 987 for the first three months of the year. Click here for the March 2016 Residential Statistics

FEMA offers free publications at libraries in Jefferson County, Missouri

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - (RealEstateRama) -- Free publications are available now in several Jefferson County libraries to help residents rebuild safer and stronger from...

News You Can Use: Make your home more flood resistant

Mitigation experts at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) say there is no better time than now for Missouri homeowners to start thinking about how to prepare for the next flood.

Pella Corporation Named 2016 Energy Star Partner of the Year for Outstanding Achievements in...

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has selected Pella Corporation of Pella, Iowa, a window and door manufacturing company, as one of eight businesses recognized as a 2016 Energy Star Partner of the Year for Outstanding Achievements in Energy Efficiency

Luetkemeyer, Subcommittee Examine High Cost of Housing in America

U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) issued the following statement upon conclusion of the Housing and Insurance Subcommittee hearing titled “The Future of Housing in America: Government Regulations and the High Cost of Housing.”

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Blunt-Klobuchar Bill Will Help More Children Find Homes Through International Adoption...

U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Amy Klobuchar (Minn.), co-chairs of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption, yesterday introduced the Vulnerable Children and Families Act. The measure would help more children living without families or in institutional care find permanent homes by enhancing U.S. diplomatic efforts around international child welfare and ensuring that intercountry adoption to the United States becomes a more viable and fully-developed option