President Donald Trump issued Executive Order (EO) 13805 on July 19 establishing a 15-member Advisory Council on Infrastructure. Members, to be appointed by the president, will represent various sectors, including real estate, construction, and regional and local economic development. The Council will make recommendations regarding federal funding, support, and delivery of infrastructure projects in several sectors, such as transportation, renewable energy, water resources, and “other such sectors as determined by the Council.” Affordable housing is not explicitly listed.
The EO declares that it shall be the policy of the executive branch to advance infrastructure projects that improve the quality of life, strengthen economic growth, and create high-quality jobs. The creation of affordable housing meets all of those policy goals. NLIHC will continue advocating for including affordable housing as infrastructure, and will work to have affordable housing represented on the Council and included in funding recommendations.
EO 13805 is at: http://bit.ly/2vWP0HU