Pillow Talk – Capitol Campaigns

by Perry Pillow, AATC's Director of Government Affairs

If you have been involved with a non-profit organization (church, faith-based group, trade association, community service organization, foundation, etc.) for an extended period, then you’ve been, most likely, asked to contribute to a capital campaign.

Generally, capital campaigns are an intense effort to raise significant funds in a defined time frame. These monies are used on permanent, non-operational efforts (new buildings, funds for an endowment, equipment, land purchases, etc.).

Capital campaigns are short-term efforts with long-term impact.

Starting mid-February and ending in early March, AATC will launch its 2019 Capitol Campaign (notice the different spelling), an intense advocacy effort that will have long term impact on our industry.  AATC members will travel to Austin and Washington, D.C. to meet with state legislators and members of Congress to advocate on behalf of our industry.  From late fees to HUD funding and property taxes to pro-business policies, AATC’s Capitol Campaign has significant financial impact on multifamily housing owners and operators.

Our Capitol Campaign is a short-term effort with long-term results.

TAA DAY at THE CAPITOL– Join your colleagues in Austin on February 13 for the Texas Apartment Association’s Day at the Capitol at the Sheraton Austin Hotel.  Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. followed by an issue briefing from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.  After the briefing, AATC attendees will meet with the members of the Tarrant County legislature delegation at the Capitol.  If you’re new to the legislative process, this event is a great way to learn how things work in Austin and an excellent opportunity to make your voice heard.  If you plan to attend, please let Perry Pillow know at ppillow@aatcnet.orgor (817) 616-0354

NAA ADVOCATE CONFERENCE – In early March, Nicolle Block, Candy Maxey, Jason Busboom, Sherry Jordan, and Chris Lee along with AATC staff members John Mitchell and Perry Pillow will travel to Washington, D.C. to participate in NAA’s Advocate Conference. AATC, NAA, & NMHC are non-partisan, professional trade organizations which help our industry’s views be heard above the noise and chaos that engulfs hyper-partisan Washington. On your behalf, this group will meet with Tarrant County’s congressional delegation and be aggressively advocating for changes in federal laws and regulations that impact your business including reforming the HUD Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) program; funding national flood insurance reauthorization, and removing barriers to new multifamily construction.

FILING TIME – 2019 MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS – Candidate filing began January 16th and ends February 15th for the May 4, 2019, municipal elections. The entire Fort Worth City Council (including the Mayor) are up for election, as well as, the Mayor and four council seats in Arlington. More than 100 candidates are expected to file for various city council and school board races throughout Tarrant County.

AATC Partnering to End Military Veterans Homelessness– The Apartment Association of Tarrant County (AATC) is partnering with the City of Fort Worth (CFW) and the Tarrant County Homeless Coalition (TCHC) to identified available units for homeless military veterans.  As of January 31st, AATC members have housed more than 180 veterans.  If your company is willing to consider housing a homeless military veteran, please click on the below link and complete the online form. The form asks you to indicate screening criteria your company would be willing to waive. AATC will compile a list of properties willing to consider housing homeless military veterans and share this list with CFW and the TCHC. A TCHC case manager will contact you about available units. Please click on the following link and complete the form:

https://aatcnet.wufoo.com/forms/z1rymmqy0avtrpe/