WMFHAWashington Multi-Family Housing Association (Kent, WA)
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The WMFHA is committed to using the strength and passion of its membership to positively influence its communities.
Peter Fromknecht, NAA's Manager of Grassroots Advocacy, sat down with WMFHA Director of Government Affairs Brett Waller to get an on-the-ground perspective about how much of an impact such a tour can make.
WMFHA has maintained a close and productive working relationship with the Congresswoman that has yielded great results for all involved.
Early in the planning, NSC worked with NAAEI and WMFHA to map the course work and fill in any gaps.
"Joe has been an inspirational contributor to our association," says Jim Wiard, Executive Director, WMFHA. "The entire industry owes Joe a big debt of gratitude."
Seeing potential to grow in other areas of Washington state, WMFHA recruited key executives in Eastern Washington to form an Eastern Washington Chapter with an Eastern Washington Council as the governing body.
As a founding board member, past president and member of WMFHA's Government Affairs Committee, Cerbana regularly speaks on behalf of the industry to legislators.
WMFHA Executive Director Jim Wiard arranged corporate office visits with company representatives from Equity Residential, Holland Partner Group and Madrona Ridge Residential.
WMFHA members jay Olson and Greg Cerbana joined Wiard, and shared the importance of supporting the multifamily industry during a time when 80 million Echo Boomers are set to enter the housing market during the next five years.
Puckett, Government Affairs Director for WMFHA, told Herrera Beutler that the apartment industry must have an ongoing, federally backed guarantee for apartment sector mortgages, a role now served by the Government-Sponsored Enterprises (GSEs) Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, if it is going to meet the rising demand for rental housing.
WMFHA members lobbied effectively and were successful in keeping the increase to a more palatable $45.
With the State of Washington having one of the largest multifamily housing markets in the country, Washington Multi-Family Housing Association (WMFHA) has a mission to be a strong and powerful organization, promoting professionalism throughout the industry, providing a means of quality education and encouraging support among members, the industry and the community.