Press release from the Office of Representative Derek Kilmer.
On Monday, U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) joined Representative Ritchie Torres (NY-15) and more than 120 colleagues in Congress to express support for continuing strong investments in affordable housing in the Rebuild Better Act. The letter, which was sent to Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi and Senate Leader Chuck Schumer, calls for any final legislation to include investments in affordable and accessible housing for the most marginalized and marginalized people in the world. ‘America.
“Even before the pandemic, America was in the throes of an affordable housing crisis, affecting the most marginalized and poorest people most severely, including the elderly, people with disabilities, families with children and others. Nationally, there is a shortage of 7 million affordable housing units available to extremely low income renters. For 10 of these households, there are less than 4 affordable and available units. There isn’t a single state or congressional district with enough affordable housing to meet this demand, ” lawmakers wrote.
They continued, “As this legislation progresses through Congress, we urge you to ensure that the funding levels for Rent Assistance, Public Housing and the Housing Trust Fund match the amounts included in the budget. bill approved by the House Financial Services Committee. […] Together, these investments could effectively end homelessness in the United States. Any reduction in funding for these priority programs means fewer people are housed safely and affordably. “
Specifically, lawmakers have called for:
- $ 90 billion to extend rental assistance to 1 million additional households.
- $ 80 billion to close the backlog of public housing repairs for 2.5 million residents.
- $ 37 billion for the National Housing Trust Fund to build and preserve 330,000 affordable housing units for the poorest people.
“Kitsap Community Resources, as the only community action agency in our area, appreciates legislation supporting affordable housing for our residents. Between September 2020 and July 2021, KCR helped 1,749 households pay rent and / or utilities. Almost $ 7.7 million has been paid to homeowners and utility providers to prevent evictions, ” said Stacy B. Doré, Director of Development at Kitsap Community Resources. “Our advocacy on behalf of the residents of Kitsap is supported by investments like this – and we are grateful that Representative Kilmer remains a strong advocate at the federal level for this to be included in the Build Back Better Act.”
“Throughout the COVID pandemic, it has been clear to me that housing is health. said Diana Tyree-Eddy, co-head of the RESULTS Bremerton / North Kitsap group. “I work as a Head Start teacher with the Port Gamble S’Klallam tribe and know families who have suffered needlessly for a very long time with COVID because they live in cramped multigenerational housing. The kids in my class missed more than a month of school because one after another of their siblings and / or adult caregivers caught COVID. These are children who need to go to school, and their cramped housing situation has exacerbated their health and education outcomes. These investments are long overdue, and Representative Kilmer is wise and compassionate to stand up for them.
The letter is endorsed by the National Low Income Housing Coalition, the National Alliance to End Homelessness and RESULTS.
See the text of the letter here.