Members of the Community Home Lenders Association (CHLA) convened in Washington on September 8-9 for their Annual Fall Conference. CHLA members heard from GNMA President Ted Tozer, and convened panels with representatives of other associations representing small and mid-sized lenders, as well as consumer organizations.
The conference is part of CHLA’s ongoing effort to grow its membership base and advocate on behalf of the distinct perspective of community-based mortgage lenders. In fact, CHLA is the only national trade association exclusively representing non-bank lenders. (www.communitylender.org)
The format of the conference allows for a give and take so that CHLA members have a unique opportunity to engage in dialogue with policy makers and develop potential coalition allies.
CHLA members also met with senior Administration officials at the White House and senior staff from both sides of the aisle from the Senate Banking Committee and the House Financial Services Committee.
Scott Olson, Executive Director of CHLA, called the conference a success, saying, “This week’s CHLA conference gives Washington policy makers the opportunity to hear from community lenders who are the ones out there actually making the loans. And our members get access and the chance to provide input on critical issues like FHA, SAFE Act parity, and GSE reform.” Mr. Olson is a former Housing Policy Director of the House Financial Services Committee. To inquire about membership please email: firstname.lastname@example.org