Community association leaders from across the country will gather in Washington, D.C., in less than a week for CAI’s Advocacy Summit to support issues that directly impact the 73 million people living and working in homeowners associations, condominiums, and housing cooperatives.

If you can’t join us in D.C., you can still participate in the conversation and help amplify our collective voices by inviting your member of Congress to attend CAI’s Community Association Congressional Briefing. Please take a few minutes to send a customized email to your members of Congress urging them to attend the Community Association Congressional Briefing on Oct. 23 at 1:30–2:15 p.m. in the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center: Congressional Meeting Room South (CVC 217).

During the briefing, we’ll support:

  • Request for clarity on emotional support animals by urging the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to implement guidance
  • The Disaster Assistance Equity Act, a bill that would allow recovery efforts in community associations to benefit from FEMA’s assistance programs for damages resulting from a disaster. The bill is scheduled to be introduced on Oct. 28.
  • House Resolution 4232, the Protecting Local Authority Act, a bill that would ensure short-term rental platforms comply with state and local laws, and recognize community association covenants
  • House Resolution 3167, the National Flood Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2019, the nation’s largest insurer of flood risk and an important partner for community associations in disaster recovery.

Send an email here: https://p2a.co/Kjf3BeW

Learn more about our federal advocacy issue priorities at www.caionline.org/FederalAdvocacy. Be sure to follow @CAIadvocacy for Advocacy Summit activities at https://twitter.com/caiadvocacy.

Crystal Espie

Crystal Espie

Espie serves as Manager of Government Affairs and recently joined Community Associations Institute after four years at Meals on Wheels America serving as the Senior Manager of Advocacy and Engagement, and nearly two years as a Legislative Fellow with AARP’s State Advocacy and Strategy Integration team. Espie is the lead staff for CAI’s grassroots advocacy initiatives and social media presence. She also works closely with CAI’s legislative action committees and manages the annual Advocacy Summit on Capitol Hill.

Espie holds a Master’s in Public Administration with concentrations in State and Local Management and Applied Politics, a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, and an undergraduate certificate in Women, Policy & Political Leadership from American University.

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