The Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) published on April 9 its top priorities for the “American Jobs Plan,” which include the NLIHC-led HoUSed campaign’s agenda for bold investments in affordable housing in the legislative package.
The CPC calls for the American Jobs Plan to guarantee Housing Choice Vouchers for all eligible Americans, $70 billion to address the public housing repair backlog, and $45 billion for the National Housing Trust Fund per year, of which $26 billion should be reserved for permanent supportive housing for people experiencing homelessness.
“We agree that it’s time for transformative change and we look forward to working with the Biden Administration to expand on their proposal and ensure that the American Jobs Plan goes big to truly meet the needs of the public,” Caucus Chair Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) said in a statement.
Other housing priorities identified by the CPC include eliminating the Faircloth amendment, which prohibits the expansion of public housing, providing energy-efficient and weatherization upgrades to public housing, and creating an acquisition fund to prevent distressed properties from being purchased by corporate investors.
Overall, the CPC listed investments in affordable housing as its top priority, after strengthening the “care economy” through paid family and medical leave, an expansion of Medicaid’s home and community-based services, and access to childcare.
See the list of CPC priorities for the American Jobs Plan at: https://tinyurl.com/4953uy7x
Check out the HoUSed campaign priorities for the American Jobs Plan at: https://tinyurl.com/sdwv3rne