More Than 50 Mayors Visit District of Columbia to Address Housing and Homelessness Crisis

A bipartisan group of nearly 50 mayors from across the country visited Washington, D.C., last week to advocate for solutions to address the affordable housing and homelessness crisis in America. The two-day event – led by the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) – spotlighted the housing and homelessness crisis, which mayors identified as their top concern for 2024, according to a USCM survey.

The delegation was led by USCM President Reno (NV) Mayor Hillary Schieve, USCM Homelessness Task Force Chair Los Angeles (CA) Mayor Karen Bass, USCM 2nd Vice President Oklahoma City (OK) Mayor David Holt, and Toledo (OH) Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz, chair of the USCM Committee on Community Development and Housing.

The mayors met with several cabinet secretaries in the Biden administration and members of Congress, including congressional leadership. Top White House officials reported that President Biden is committed to developing a comprehensive housing program for the country and wants mayors to play a significant role in creating it. The mayors advocated for increased funding for the Housing Choice Voucher program, lifting certain caps for project-based vouchers, and more robust housing assistance for veterans.

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