Our Nation Faces Tremendous Housing Need

Housing Advocates Urge Senate Passage of
Broad Housing Reform Bill

Affordable Homes Are Nowhere to be FoundOn March 16, 2016, more than 30 national organizations including the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, the National Low Income Housing Coalition and the National Alliance to End Homelessness sent a letter to Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee Chair Richard Shelby (R-AL) and Ranking Member Sherrod Brown (D-OH), urging Senate passage of the “Housing Opportunities Through Modernization Act” (H.R. 3700).

The House passed H.R. 3700 unanimously on February 2, 2016.

“Our nation faces tremendous housing needs. This legislation is an important step forward to address a number of significant items which have enjoyed broad consensus over the years. There is more to be done to address housing and community development needs, but H.R. 3700 represents solid progress in the right direction. If enacted, this bipartisan bill would build on the effectiveness of federal rental assistance while achieving some modest savings.”

The letter states.

H.R. 3700 would make several important changes to the operation of housing assistance programs, including:

  • Improving the project-basing of vouchers to increase housing options while ensuring choice;
  • Changing income reviews to allow residents to keep onto increased earnings for longer periods;
  • Imposing housing assistance limits for households with incomes above 120% of the poverty level;
  • Streamlining income deductions, while requiring hardship exemptions for negatively impacted families; and
  • Allowing for expedited inspection processes for units to be rented to families and individuals with vouchers.

Housing Reform Letter