“At a time when more than 11 million renters pay over half their incomes toward rent, and 500,000 people are homeless, the President’s proposal would cut more than $7 billion – 15 percent – from HUD’s budget,” said Ranking Member Brown.
National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) President and CEO Diane Yentel has criticized the president’s budget for its “cruel indifference to the millions of low income seniors, people with disabilities, families with children, veterans, and other vulnerable people who are struggling to keep a roof over their heads.”
If enacted, it would:
eliminate the national Housing Trust Fund,
cause more than 250,000 families to lose their housing vouchers, and
Ms. Patenaude highlighted the importance of reducing regulatory barriers to affordable housing construction by educating and incentivizing local and state officials to review their zoning ordinances.
She referenced an initiative by former HUD Secretary Jack Kemp, Not in My Back Yard, as a possible inspiration for this effort.
Ms. Patenaude’s written testimony focused on her experience in housing policy at the state, local, and federal levels of government, and on her track record of bipartisan collaboration. She also drew attention to the severe shortage of affordable rental homes and pledged to work with the Committee, Congress, and HUD Secretary Ben Carson to develop viable solutions that advance HUD’s mission.
She called for approaches on multiple fronts, including land-use regulatory reform, greater incentives for private investment in affordable homes, and increased attention from state and local governments.