NAHB Legal Action Fund is a resource for HBAs and association members that provides assistance to members and associations involved in litigation of national significance, that impacts the housing industry. Submit your application by Sept. 13 for consideration at the 2021 Fall Leadership Meeting. Questions? Contact Lavon Roxbury.
Because it is important to influence legal precedent that is of national significance to the housing industry or that has the potential for meaningful impact on housing industry issues, the Legal Action Fund helps defray litigation costs for builders, developers and state/local associations involved in these types of cases. It is administered with three goals:
The Legal Action Committee considers applications during each of the NAHB Board of Directors meetings and makes recommendations for grants for NAHB Executive Board approval.
Applications for the next round of funding are open now. Applications are due by Sept. 13, 2021, for consideration at the next Board of Directors meeting.
Both individual members and state and local HBAs may apply to the Legal Action Fund. Applicants must submit the application form and a cover letter that includes a concise statement explaining the following points:
All of these points must be addressed in full to constitute a complete application. Only complete applications will be placed on the agenda of the Legal Action Committee.
In addition, the following must be included, as applicable:
You may also include any other pertinent papers that would be helpful to the staff and committee in better assessing the case or understanding its background, including newspaper articles, letters from counsel, etc. The best applications are those that explain the facts, the legal issues and the importance of the case to the national housing industry in as clear and concise terms as possible.
Please note that under Guideline 18, if a case is settled or discontinued prior to getting a court’s judgment, the funds must be returned to NAHB because their purpose is to try to establish case precedent helpful to the industry as a whole. The committee’s recommendations as to financial assistance in any amount must be approved by the NAHB Executive Board.
The committee prefers to have someone present at the meeting to argue for the case receiving financial assistance and to answer any questions that the members may have. However, it is not usually necessary to send counsel to this meeting, which should save legal fees and expenses.
Staff at NAHB is available to make this simple application process as easy as possible. If you have any questions about the funding process, the particular litigation in question or need information about approved cases and specific grants, please feel free to contact us.