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Critical Government Affairs Update – Essential Workers On Saturday, March 28th the Department of Homeland Security/Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) released their updated list of critical infrastructure/essential services to include residential construction and many construction related services. Many thanks to the leadership of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and others in Washington…

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DHS Designates Residential Construction as “Essential Infrastructure Business” In a critical win for NAHB and the residential construction sector, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today designated construction of single-family and multifamily housing as an “Essential Infrastructure Business.” The designation will enable many home building firms to keep their businesses open during the COVID-19 pandemic…

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NAHB Publishes Construction Job Site Guidance for Coronavirus The Construction Industry Safety Coalition (CISC) today published guidance for construction employers, employees and contractors on coronavirus exposure prevention, preparedness and response. NAHB is a key member of CISC. The guidance describes how to prevent worker exposure to coronavirus, protective measures to be taken on the job…

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Construction Worker Letter Template for GSABA Members and COVID-19 Prevention/Response Plan Dear GSABA Members, We are grateful for Mayor Ron Nirenberg’s support in classifying construction as an ‘essential service’ in the most recent Emergency Declaration No. 5 issued on March 23rd.  Please be sure and thank the Mayor and Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff if…

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Construction Worker Letter Template for GSABA Members Construction Worker Letter Template for GSABA Members and COVID-19 Prevention/Response Plan We are grateful for Mayor Ron Nirenberg’s support in classifying construction as an ‘essential service’ in the most recent Emergency Declaration No. 5 issued on March 23rd(attached).  Please be sure and thank the Mayor and Bexar County…

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NAHB Encourages Members to Donate Masks to Fight Coronavirus In a daily news conference on the coronavirus last week, Vice President Mike Pence urged construction companies to donate unused N95 respirator masks, and similar personal protective equipment, to healthcare workers on the front lines of the fight against the coronavirus. “We are asking construction companies…

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HUD, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Suspend Foreclosures and Evictions President Trump announced today that he has directed the Department of Housing and Urban Development to suspend foreclosures and evictions for mortgages insured by the Federal Housing Administration through the end of April. The Federal Housing Finance Agency also announced that Fannie Mae and Freddie…

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Small Businesses Hurt by Coronavirus May Be Eligible for Low-Cost Loans Congress passed an $8.3 billion legislative package on March 4 to help combat the coronavirus. The measure includes a provision that enables the Small Business Administration (SBA) to make an estimated $7 billion in low-cost loans to affected small businesses.  The SBA can issue…

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