This week, CAI government and public affairs volunteers and staff met with leaders from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to discuss condominium safety regulatory and legislative solutions. CAI identified financial resources that may help homeowners and condominium associations finance structural integrity projects.

  1. Clarifying Community Development Block Grant and/or other Department-administered grant funds may be used by local and state governments to fund initiatives for condominium safety, soundness, and habitability of condominium and cooperative housing.
  2. Endorsing the SAFER Condos Act by U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, D-Florida, to authorize Federal Housing Administration (FHA) insurance of loans and mortgages under the Title I property preservation and 203(k) rehabilitation programs that fund condominium association special assessments for structural repairs and financial reserves for future repairs. For the SAFER Act to pass, we need your help.  Please click here to contact your U.S. House of Representatives member to urge them to support the SAFER Condos Act.
  3. Working to modify FHA multifamily mortgage insurance programs to authorize blanket mortgage insurance for loans obtained by condominium associations to finance structural repairs.
  4. Exploring policies to enable participation by cooperative unit owners and cooperative corporations in Department programs that support financing project-level structural repairs.

This meeting was another step in our conversations with HUD leaders to explore and support financial solutions for condo safety. A special thank you to the meeting participants, including:

Ron Perl, Esq.

Ron Perl, Esq.

Hill Wallack, LLP (New Jersey): Chair, CAI Federal Legislative Action Committee; CAI National Past President; CAI New Jersey Chapter; CAI New Jersey Legislative Action Committee; Fellow, College of Community Association Lawyers

Ronald L. Perl is a partner in the Princeton, N.J. office of Hill Wallack LLP and a member of the firm’s Management Committee. He is partner-in-charge of the firm’s Community Associations practice group.

Lisa Magill, Esq.

Lisa Magill, Esq.

Kaye Bender Rembaum (Florida): Member, CAI Government and Public Affairs Committee; Member, CAI Federal Legislative Action Committee; Member, CAI Florida Legislative Alliance; Co-Chair, CAI Surfside Response Reserve Study & Funding Plans Policy Taskforce

Mitch Frumkin, PE, RS

Mitch Frumkin, PE, RS

Kipcon Engineering, Inc. (NJ, PA, NY): CAI National Past President; Co-Chair, CAI Surfside Response Reserve Study & Funding Plans Policy Taskforce; CAI New Jersey Chapter; CAI Keystone Chapter; Member, CAI New Jersey Legislative Action Committee; Co-Chair, CAI Surfside Response Reserve Study & Funding Plans Policy Taskforce

Mitchell H. Frumkin founded Kipcon, Inc. in 1986 and fosters its growth with constant innovation and education. A Licensed Professional Engineer in eighteen states, Mr. Frumkin holds the Community Associations Institute’s (CAI) Reserve Specialist designation. A recognized industry expert, Mitch Frumkin is a frequent speaker, writer, and committee member on the state and national levels for the CAI, NAHB, and many other professional organizations.

Don Plank

Don Plank

(Virginia) Assistant Vice President, National Cooperative Bank: Member, CAI District of Columbia Legislative Action Committee

Mr. Plank provides financing solutions to condominium associations, homeowner associations and housing cooperatives throughout the DC Area, including term loans (amortized), lines of credit, and balloon loans.

Dawn Bauman, CAE

Dawn Bauman, CAE

Senior Vice President, Government & Public Affairs

Executive Director, Foundation for Community Association Research

Full Bio

C. Scott Canady

C. Scott Canady

Scott Canady's 13-year record of public service includes experience gained in the U.S. House of Representatives and in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

In Congress, Scott served as chief policy and political aide to a senior member of the House Financial Services Committee, working to reform the National Flood Insurance Program and improve the regulation of housing finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

Following his time in Congress, Scott was appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Scott served as a key legislative liaison with members of the House Financial Services Committee and the Senate Banking Committee.

In 2009, Scott began his partnership with Community Associations Institute by launching Tambala Strategy. Through this partnership, Scott has worked with CAI's members and leadership team to advance the views of common interest communities on a variety of issues including federal condominium standards, federal disaster assistance for community associations, and community association lien priority.

Scott earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History from Louisiana State University and a Master of Public Administration from the George Mason University Schar School of Policy and Government.

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