NLIHC Joins Letter Urging House Financial Services Committee to Mark Up “Yes in My Backyard Act”

NLIHC joined a letter led by the National Apartment Association urging congressional leaders to express support for the bipartisan “Yes in My Backyard (YIMBY) Act” (H.R. 3507) and the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services to include the bill in its next mark up session. The signatories represent a coalition of national associations representing for-profit and non-profit owners, operators, developers, lenders, property managers, housing agencies, housing cooperatives, and advocacy organizations. NLIHC supports the legislation and urges Congress to enact the bill along with investments in affordable housing that would make housing affordable to the lowest-income families.

The bipartisan YIMBY Act, introduced by Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) and Mike Flood (R-NE), would help to eliminate discriminatory land use policies and remove barriers that depress the production of housing in the U.S. By requiring Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) recipients to report periodically on the extent to which they are removing discriminatory land use policies and promoting inclusive and affordable housing, the bill aims to increase transparency and encourage localities to build more affordable housing.   

Senators Todd Young (R-IN) and Brian Schatz (D-HI) introduced the bipartisan Senate companion of the Yes In My Backyard Act (S.1688) in May 2023 (see Memo05/30/23).

Learn more about the bill here.

Read the letter here.