The 2015 General Assembly Session wrapped up at the end of February. This year marked a sharp departure from the sometimes tense, partisan gridlock of 2014 that extended the last session in various forms through most of the year. The 2015 session ended on time with a budget that looks likely to be finalized without major issue in April after the veto session.
As with any session, housing advocates are left with much work to do on long term fair housing issues and securing adequate resources to meet specific housing needs in the state. However, this has been one of the greatest sessions for housing in years. Not only were we able to pass a study resolution looking at a sustainable revenue source for the HTF, with our advocacy and education efforts, we helped secure an $8 million appropriation to the Housing Trust Fund, matching its initial funding level in 2013!
We offer huge thanks and gratitude to the Coalition’s lobbyists for the session, Lauren Schmitt and Ralston King. Their work was instrumental in getting the HTF study resolution passed and they were a great help to the work of our Legislative Committee throughout session. We also thank Jeffrey Palmore for his pro-bono work that helped secure the passage of SB1204 which eases the onerous reporting requirements of donations of valuable building materials when they are donated to non-profits like Habitat for Humanity.
Click below to see our 2015 session wrap up that details how our major bills and efforts fared in the GA this year: