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Tuesday, 14 April 2020 17:26

NAHB organizing Job Site Safety Stand Down on Thursday; Town Hall with Senator Cory Gardner; Multi-Family Call to Action; Legislature returning in late May; updates to Executive Orders

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Last week, the National Association of Home Builders announced a COVID-19 Job Site Safety Stand Down on Thursday, April 16. The Colorado Association of Home Builders has been working with our local HBAs, members, partner groups such as Associated General Contractors of Colorado (AGC), Colorado Contractors Association (CCA) and Colorado Association of Mechanical and Plumbing Contractors (CAMPC) and state and local officials to ensure that construction remains an essential service—and that our jobsites remain safe and healthy and following all state and local health guidelines.

The CAHB is asking its members to host a Job Site Safety Stand Down this Thursday. Doing this will help educate our workers and show solidarity across our industry.

The NAHB has developed a COVID-19 Job Site Safety Stand Down toolkit to educate residential construction workers on how to protect themselves from the coronavirus outbreak. The stand down will focus on the steps needed to help stop the spread of the coronavirus on job sites. These include maintaining a distance of no less than six feet from others at all times, limiting the number of workers in groups to 10, and properly sanitizing frequently used tools, equipment, and frequently touched surfaces. NAHB has developed a blueprint for builders, available in English and Spanish, to conduct these COVID-19 safety stand downs.

According to the NAHB member alert: 

In areas where residential construction has been deemed essential, municipalities are starting to crack down on job sites that are not adhering to safety standards. This stand down is critical in the effort to maintain residential construction’s status as an essential business and sustain our livelihoods.  

We need every HBA and every NAHB member to take this Stand Down, and this pandemic, seriously. Our jobs and our industry could be at stake. All of us need to do our part. Click here for program details, and join me as we Stand Down for safety. Use #COVID-19SafetyStandDown to share photos and stories from your Stand Down.

NAHB is committed to worker health and safety and continuing to build homes needed by families across the country. We need you to take part in the Safety Stand Down on April 16 so we can continue to carry out our mission: Build Homes, Enrich Communities, and Change Lives. Through this Stand Down, we just might save lives. 

 

Town Hall with Senator Cory Gardner:

You’re invited to join the Colorado Association of Home Builders (CAHB) for an upcoming Virtual Home Builder Town Hall with Senator Cory Gardner on April 21 at 1 p.m. Senator Gardner will inform our members about the federal response to the health and economic challenges with COVID-19.

Please remember this call is off the record. There will be an opportunity for a limited number of questions after the senator’s remarks.

Colorado Association of Home Builders’ Virtual Town Hall with Senator Cory Gardner:

Tuesday, April 21—1:00 p.m. MDT
PARTICIPANT LINE: (978) 990-5260
Access code: 8919618#
Please call in five minutes prior to the call so we can start on time.

CALL AGENDA:

  • Welcome from Colorado Association of Home Builders
  • Remarks from Senator Cory Gardner
  • Q&A
  • Closing Comments

 

Multi-Family Call to Action:

URGENT: Ask Congress for Further Relief for Renters & Housing Providers from COVID-19 

Congress recently enacted the Coronavirus Aid and Economic Security Act, (CARES Act), the largest stimulus package in our country's history. NAHB has, and will continue to, work with Congress to voice our concerns and difficulties that be will placed on multifamily development and management.

While the CARES Act includes a number of helpful provisions for individuals and businesses, housing providers, employees and their residents will need additional economic relief to avoid a collapse of the housing sector. Specifically:

  • Providing direct rental payment assistance to multifamily properties on behalf of renters impacted by COVID-19
  • Expanding federal mortgage forbearance for multifamily properties
  • Limiting the eviction moratorium provisions to COVID-19
  • Expanding the Small Business Administration's Paycheck Protection Program so all housing firms are eligible for relief

NAHB has joined other real estate partners in sending a letter to Congressional leaders as part of a broad coalition of housing stakeholders. We now need you to take action.

We have joined forces with other real estate stakeholders to launch a coalition Call to Action campaign that aims to educate Congress about the need for additional relief for both renters and housing operators in future COVID-19 stimulus and recovery packages.

Click here to access a letter that outlines the rental housing industry's requests of Congress. We also request you please consider sharing this message and encourage others at your company to also take action. Messages like these really do make a difference.

 

GAC Update:

The Government Affairs Committee met last Friday to receive updates on the paused General Assembly session. Legislative leadership has tentatively set May 18 to resume the 2020 session—noting that a lot could change between now and then, according to House Majority Leader Alec Garnett, D-Denver. The current plan is to reconvene to finalize all budget issues and then adjourn until a possible summer session.

The Joint Budget Committee will meet in early May to finalize the state’s $32 billion budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1. A March economic forecast estimated that the budget would need to be cut by at least $1.5 billion related to the COVID-19 pandemic. There are expectations that the state’s revenue loss may get worse as a new forecast is planned for May. Governor Polis recently asked all state departments to start identifying at least 10 percent budget reductions.

The JBC aims to finalize the Long Bill (state budget), School Finance Act and any other budget-related bills by the end of May to allow state departments, local governments, school districts and others the time necessary to finalize their budgets by the end of the state’s fiscal year on June 30. The timeline for the JBC to finalize the budget is:

  • Federal aid is expected by April 24 and federal guidance from the U.S. Treasury is expected prior to the receipt of federal aid.
  • Revised figure setting documents are to become publicly available around April 27.
  • JBC begin meeting on May 4.  
  • Legislative Council and OSPB will provide an updated revenue forecast on May 12.
  • JBC will make final budget balancing decisions prior to the Long Bill introduction.  
  • Introduce Long Bill and other budget-related bills in the House the week of May 18.
  • Introduce Long Bill and other budget-related bills in the Senate the week of May 25.

 

Executive Orders and Actions:

On Friday, Governor Polis provided an update from the Colorado Convention Center, which is being converted to a Tier 3 treatment center to be used to step down patients from critical care that will not be ready to go home. Polis said he does not expect that the Convention Center to be totally full, nor empty, during the COVID pandemic. The site will be able to accommodate 2,000 patients. The state is also establishing a similar alternate care site in Loveland at the Ranch fairgrounds complex.

The governor also pointed out that the Colorado Department of Local Affairs’ Division of Housing (DOH) awarded more than $1.9 million of emergency assistance to 19 agencies to serve low-income Coloradans in need of emergency rental and mortgage assistance due to economic hardship due to COVID-19. Two agencies will provide assistance to eligible Coloradans in all 64 counties:  Salvation Army and Colorado Housing Connects.  DOH has also developed an Eviction Resources Map that can be used with 211 to help renters avoid eviction.

On Thursday, the governor signed an Executive Order extending the disaster emergency declaration for an additional 30 days.  The new order expires May 8. The new order amends the previous order:

  • Transfers $23 million from the Controlled Maintenance Trust Fund to the Disaster Emergency Fund and encumbers $68 million from the Disaster Emergency Fund for COVID response.
  • Orders the Department of Personnel and Administration in cooperation with the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management to enter into leases and contracts to provide and prepare facilities that are suitable for patient overflow.
  • Temporarily suspends the following provisions of the state procurement code:
    • The requirement that foreign entities file a statement of foreign entity authority and filing penalties associated with that.
    • Contract submissions and corresponding analysis submitted to the OSPB.
    • DPA’s performance of certain centralized functions and approval processes for the executive branch.
    • Certain threshold requirements for contracts for personal services.
    • Disclosure, notice, and penalty requirements for contractors and subcontractors performing work outside of the U.S. or Colorado.
    • Timeframe in which personal services contracts are to be added to the centralized contract management system.
    • Types of contracts that may be used to best meet the interests of the state.
    • Responsibilities and procedures for the acquisition of information technology.
  • Authorizes the Colorado Crisis Standards of Care Plan and clarifies that nothing in the supplants State or federal anti-discrimination laws, and demographic information such as race, age, disability status, citizenship, immigration status, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or gender identity cannot be considered in triage or resource allocations decisions except as medically relevant to COVID.

The governor also signed Executive Order D 2020 033 which is a one-time extension of state severance taxes from April 15 to May 15, 2020.  

Finally, the Division of Real Estate within the Department of Regulatory Agencies has issued guidance on real estate transactions. Closings, inspections, and final walkthroughs are considered essential to closing a transaction. Open houses and showings are not permitted under the stay at home order.  

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