Please ask your senators to co-sponsor two new bills – one that would help low income families move to areas of opportunity and one that would address the impacts of the U.S. affordable housing crisis and propose solutions. NLIHC supports the “Housing Choice Voucher Mobility Demonstration Act of 2018” (S. 2945) and the “Task Force on the Impact of the Affordable Housing Crisis Act of 2018” (S. 3231), both introduced by Senator Todd Young (R-IN). Call your senators to urge them to co-sponsor these important bills.
The “Housing Choice Voucher Mobility Demonstration Act of 2018” would help more low income households using housing vouchers move to communities of their choice, including those with access to jobs with decent pay, good schools, transportation, and healthcare. Through the demonstration, HUD and public housing agencies (PHAs) would be able to develop new models for improving voucher mobility and provide counseling to help HUD-assisted families move to areas of opportunity. The House of Representatives recently passed similar legislation (HR 5793) by an overwhelming majority.
The “Task Force on the Impact of the Affordable Housing Crisis Act of 2018” would establish a bipartisan task force to evaluate and create recommendations regarding the nation’s affordable housing crisis. The task force would examine and quantify how the affordable housing crisis impacts people’s lives and increases costs for non-housing programs (health, education, social services, and others) at the federal, state, and local levels. The task force will also make recommendations to Congress on how to use affordable housing to improve the effectiveness of other federal programs.
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