Ranking Member Waters Introduces Bill to Fully Fund Public Housing
Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Financial Services, along with seven other Democratic Committee Members, reintroduced comprehensive legislation to preserve and revitalize the nation’s public housing stock. The measure, entitled the Public Housing Tenant Protection and Reinvestment Act Of 2017, ensures safe, decent, and affordable housing for over one million families who rely on public housing.
“We must renew our commitment to serving those most in need by fully funding the public housing program, implementing one-for-one replacement of each demolished public housing unit, and by providing the necessary financial tools to rehabilitate and preserve this important public asset,” said Ranking Member Waters. “Despite the hostile posture of the Administration toward important housing programs, I vow to continue the fight every day for vulnerable families.”
Ranking Member Waters’ bill would:
Original cosponsors of the Public Housing Tenant Protection and Reinvestment Act Of 2017 are Representatives Nydia Velázquez (D-NY), Stephen Lynch (D-MA), Al Green (D-TX), Gwen Moore (D-WI), Keith Ellison (D-MN), and Juan Vargas (D-CA).
“NLIHC applauds Representative Waters for reintroducing this critical piece of legislation to preserve public housing, transform neighborhoods, and protect tenant rights,” said Diane Yentel, President & CEO of NLIHC. “This bill will ensure public housing continues to serve as a bridge out of poverty for millions of people. We hope Congress acts quickly to enact these protections and ensure full-funding for public housing programs that will help families facing challenges obtain adequate and affordable housing.”
In April, Ranking Member Waters introduced The Ending Homelessness Act of 2017 as a solution to effectively end homelessness in America by providing new units of housing for the homeless, permanent funding for the National Housing Trust Fund, and increased funding for several housing programs aimed at serving extremely low income households, including additional Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers.