Representative Barbara Lee Introduces Renters’ Bill of Rights

Representative Barbara Lee (D-CA) introduced on September 7 the “Renters’ Bill of Rights” resolution, legislation affirming the rights of all renters to safe, affordable, and decent homes. The resolution calls for bold action by Congress and HUD, including the HoUSed campaign’s top policy priorities for any infrastructure or recovery package: $70 billion to make desperately needed repairs to the nation’s public housing stock, $45 billion for the national Housing Trust Fund to construct deeply affordable housing, and $180 billion to expand rental assistance to people with the lowest incomes, which would effectively end homelessness. It also supports renters’ rights and affirms housing as a basic human right.

“I applaud Congresswoman Lee for her bold and sustained commitment to ensuring that the lowest-income and most marginalized people have safe, accessible and affordable homes,” said NLIHC President and CEO Diane Yentel in Representative Lee’s press release. “Our best opportunity to realize this ambitious goal is in the upcoming infrastructure and economic recovery package. If investments are targeted well, Congress can end homelessness by investing at the scale necessary in proven solutions, including rental assistance, public housing, and the national Housing Trust Fund.”

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