Capitol to Capitol | June 6, 2022

6/6/2022

Department of Housing and Urban Development Launches ‘Our Way Home’ Initiative

As part of recent efforts to increase the affordable housing supply in local communities, the Department of Housing and Urban Development launched the Our Way Home initiative. The launch included events across the nation to highlight best practices for state and local communities as they continue to use federal dollars from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 to help close the housing supply gap. The initiative builds on HUD’s prior commitment to assist state, tribal and local leaders in using federal resources and funding to address their affordable housing needs. There is a special emphasis on using federal funds to preserve existing affordable housing units and build new ones—both to rent and to own. Read more.

NCSL Contacts: Jon Jukuri and Deanna Ross

Administration Releases Recommendations to Improve Care for Children With Special Health Care Needs

The “Blueprint for Change” is a national framework to improve care for the nearly one in five children in the U.S. with a special health care need. Read more.

NCSL Contact:  Molly Ramsdell

Administration’s Response to National Infant Formula Shortage

The Office of Community Services, part of the Administration for Children and Families, released a “Dear Colleague” letter to grant recipients, partners and stakeholders summarizing the administration’s actions to date. Read more.  

NCSL Contact: Molly Ramsdell

Department of Education Discharges $5.8B in Student Loans for All Former Corinthian College Students

This is the largest single loan discharge ever, affecting 560,000 students who attended campuses owned or operated by Corinthian Colleges Inc., which closed in 2015. Borrowers will automatically receive loan forgiveness regardless of whether they have applied for a discharge. The Department of Education has forgiven $25 billion in student loans since 2021, including $7.9 billion through borrower defense. Read more.

NCSL Contacts: Austin Reid and Patrick Lawler

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NCSL's Advocacy in Washington

NCSL’s Washington staff advocates on behalf of state legislatures before Congress, the White House and federal agencies in accord with the policy directives and resolutions that are recommended by the NCSL Standing Committees and adopted by the full conference at the annual NCSL Legislative Summit Business Meeting. As a result of the advocacy that is guided by these policies’ positions, NCSL is recognized as a formidable lobbying force in state-federal relations.

NCSL Staff in Washington, D.C.

  • Molly Ramsdell | 202-624-3584 | Director | Budget and Revenue |  Health and Human Services
  • Patrick Lawler | 202-624-8697 | Budget and Revenue
  • Susan Frederick | 202-624-3566 | Law, Criminal Justice, and Public Safety
  • Nicole Ezeh | 202-624-3568 | Law, Criminal Justice, and Public Safety
  • Ben Husch | 202-624-7779 | Natural Resources and Infrastructure
  • Kristen Hildreth | 202-624-3597 | Natural Resources and Infrastructure 
  • Jon Jukuri  | 202-624-8663 | Labor, Economic Development and International Trade
  • Deanna Ross | 202-624-8680 | Labor, Economic Development and International Trade
  • Austin Reid | 202-624-8678 | Education
  • Erlinda Doherty | 202-624-8698 | Communications, Financial Services and Interstate Commerce