Senator Warren to Introduce Legislation Addressing Public Housing Capital-Needs Backlog

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) announced on November 18 that she will introduce a Senate companion bill to Representative Nydia Velazquez’s (D-NY) “Public Housing Emergency Response Act” (H.R. 4546), which was introduced in the House in September (see Memo, 10/7). Co-sponsored by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), the bill would authorize a one-time appropriation of $70 billion for HUD’s Public Housing Capital Fund and prioritize funding for public housing agencies with the greatest capital repair needs.

The legislation aims to address public housing’s severe capital-needs backlog. Public housing plays a crucial role in ensuring people with extremely low incomes are able to remain safely, stably, and accessibly housed, but years of federal disinvestment have left public housing in a state of disrepair, forcing residents to live in unsafe, unhealthy conditions. NLIHC supports this legislation and commends Senator Warren for her leadership in introducing this bill.

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