Notices

Apply for the NAHB Legal Action Fund

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 fund must support litigation that will benefit the housing and building industry nationwide. The fund should not be viewed as a member service in the way in which NAHB’s free legal research service is offered to members. The fund should be more appropriately viewed as an industry service.
  • The two types of cases that take priority over all others are nationally significant cases or those that address issues commonly faced by builders or developers. Where possible, cases should be brought to the committee early in the litigation process.
  • The fund should be used primarily in a proactive role, encouraging and supporting the filing of high-quality litigation that addresses major industry issues.

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.

Deadlines

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:

  1. A summary of the facts of the case;
  2. The legal issue(s) and the relief being sought in the case;
  3. The status of the case (what court it is in; if appellate, what the trial court’s decision was; a rough timetable for current or projected court plans);
  4. How the case concerns an issue of national significance or an important problem common to the shelter industry;
  5. Past, current and rough-estimated future costs of the litigation;
  6. The financial (and participatory, if any) commitment of the local and state HBAs or a statement explaining the reason(s) why funding was denied;
  7. Whether there has been prior NAHB assistance for this case; and
  8. The amount of money being requested from NAHB.

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:

  • Copies of the substantive pleadings or other legal filings of both sides, and
  • Copies of any court decisions to date.

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.

Frost Depth Study TAG Meeting – September 1, 2021

The Frost Depth Study TAG is reviewing information, scientific studies and other materials related to frost depth to determine if there has been changes to conditions that necessitate further review of the minimum footing depths required for frost protection.

There will be no in-person meetings due to the COVID-19 pandemic. See Minnesota Statute 13D.021 for remote meeting requirements. Meetings will occur by Webex. View Webex instructions: interactive instructions and printable. To ensure your ability to connect, attempt log in at least five minutes prior to the start of the meeting. Contact Chad Payment at chad.payment@state.mn.us or 651-284-5841 for more information or if you are unable to connect to the meeting. Meeting dates and times are determined by the TAG leader.

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Sept. 1, 2021, 9 a.m., meeting information

Frost Depth Study TAG meeting schedule
Aug. 4, 2021 – 9 a.m. Agenda Notes Worksheet Handouts
Sept. 1, 2021 – 9 a.m. Agenda Notes Worksheet Handouts
TBD Agenda Notes Worksheet Handouts
TBD Agenda Notes Worksheet Handouts

Q2’21 Claim Deadline August 27th, 2021

Free Member Benefit of Your State & Local HBA

One Week Left to Claim!

Q2’21 Claim Deadline Is This Friday, August 27, 2021

Claim for any completed residential addresses from April – June 2021

Builders and remodelers who have not yet claimed for 2021 may claim for all residential jobs completed January – June 2021

 

Don’t Delay, Claim Today!

Rebate Claim Form

Claimed Before? Same Claim Information?

Submit Your Quarterly Addresses

 

Kim Klein

Member Rebate Program

Direct – 732-612-3865

Mobile – 732-859-1935

 

Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People

Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People

Updated July 28, 2021

Summary of Recent Changes

  • Updated information for fully vaccinated people given new evidence on the B.1.617.2 (Delta) variant currently circulating in the United States.
  • Added a recommendation for fully vaccinated people to wear a mask in public indoor settings in areas of substantial or high transmission.
  • Added information that fully vaccinated people might choose to wear a mask regardless of the level of transmission, particularly if they are immunocompromised or at increased risk for severe disease from COVID-19, or if they have someone in their household who is immunocompromised, at increased risk of severe disease or not fully vaccinated.
  • Added a recommendation for fully vaccinated people who have come into close contact with someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 to be tested 3-5 days after exposure, and to wear a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days or until they receive a negative test result.
  • CDC recommends universal indoor masking for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to schools, regardless of vaccination status.

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Key Points

The following recommendations apply to non-healthcare settings. For related information for healthcare settings, visit Updated Healthcare Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations in Response to COVID-19 Vaccination.

Fully vaccinated people can:

  • Participate in many of the activities that they did before the pandemic; for some of these activities, they may choose to wear a mask.
  • Resume domestic travel and refrain from testing before or after travel and from self-quarantine after travel.
  • Refrain from testing before leaving the United States for international travel (unless required by the destination) and refrain from self-quarantine after arriving back in the United States.
  • Refrain from routine screening testing if feasible.

Infections happen in only a small proportion of people who are fully vaccinated, even with the Delta variant. However, preliminary evidence suggests that fully vaccinated people who do become infected with the Delta variant can spread the virus to others. To reduce their risk of becoming infected with the Delta variant and potentially spreading it to others: CDC recommends that fully vaccinated people:

  • Wear a mask in public indoor settings if they are in an area of substantial or high transmission.
    • Fully vaccinated people might choose to mask regardless of the level of transmission, particularly if they or someone in their household is immunocompromised or at increased risk for severe disease, or if someone in their household is unvaccinated. People who are at increased risk for severe disease include older adults and those who have certain medical conditions, such as diabetes, overweight or obesity, and heart conditions.
  • Get tested if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
  • If you came into close contact with someone with COVID-19 get tested 3-5 days after the date of your exposure and wear a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days after exposure or until a negative test result.
  • Isolate if they have tested positive for COVID-19 in the prior 10 days or are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Follow any applicable federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations.

People who are immunocompromised should be counseled about the potential for reduced immune responses to COVID-19 vaccines and to follow current prevention measures (including wearing a mask, staying 6 feet apart from others they don’t live with, and avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated indoor spaces) regardless of their vaccination status to protect themselves against COVID-19 until advised otherwise by their healthcare provider.