The Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Subcommittee on Housing, Transportation and Community Development held a March 27, 2012 hearing on S. 624. The bill would authorize HUD’s Choice Neighborhoods Initiative (CNI) program. Subcommittee Chairman Robert Menendez (D-NJ) introduced S. 624 in March of 2011. CNI authorization has also been introduced in the House by Representative Maxine Waters (D-CA), H.R. 762. At HUD’s request, Congress appropriated CNI funding in FY10, FY11 and FY12, but the program has not been authorized by Congress.
The National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) reported in its weekly Memo to Members that Chairman Menendez opened the hearing, saying that CNI “embodies the best of HOPE VI” and adds integrated supports for residents, and attention to schools and jobs. He also said that CNI provides for the long-term viability of communities and families nationwide.
Others who testified at the hearing included:
Sandra Henriquez, HUD Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing