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Maxine Waters, Ranking Member, Announces Passage of Bipartisan Bills to Expand Affordable Housing and Support Homeless Veterans

Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), the top Democrat on the House Financial Services Committee, announced the following Democratic-led and bipartisan bills that passed during today’s full Committee markup aimed at removing barriers to housing disabled veterans experiencing homelessness and increasing transparency in plans for community building while encouraging localities to build more affordable housing for low-income families.

  • H.R. 8340, the “Housing Unhoused Disabled Veterans Act,” led by Congressman Brad Sherman (D-CA). This bill would exclude veterans’ disability income for the purposes of determining income eligibility under the Housing and Urban Development-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program. Unlike H.R. 7480, this bill would make this change in the context of a program exclusively for homeless veterans that has had a track record of underutilization of vouchers, in part due to disability income calculation making some homeless veterans ineligible.

  • H.R. 3507, the “Yes in My Backyard (YIMBY) Act,” led by Congressman Derek Kilmer (D-WA) and Mike Flood (R-NE). This bill would require localities that receive Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding to submit plans every 5 years to track and report on the implementation of certain land use policies that promote housing production.


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