Senator Warren Announces Bill to Preserve Public Housing

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) introduced on January 16 a bill, the “Public Housing Emergency Response Act,” that is a companion to a House version introduced by Representative Nydia Velazquez (D-NY) in 2019. The bills would authorize an additional $70 billion for HUD’s Public Housing Capital Fund. By investing $70 billion, the bill aims to fully meet public housing’s severe capital needs backlog. Years of federal disinvestment in public housing have left public housing in a state of disrepair. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Dick Durbin (D-IL), and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) joined the bill as original cosponsors.

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