Yesterday, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) introduced a legislative housing package to make rental housing more affordable, end homelessness, and encourage homeownership.
The three bills in the package include the Housing is Infrastructure Act of 2021, which provides a historic investment of more than $600 billion in equitable, affordable, and accessible housing infrastructure; The Ending Homelessness Act of 2021, which transforms the Housing Choice Voucher program into an entitlement; and the Downpayment Toward Equity Act of 2021, which provides $100 billion toward downpayment and other financial assistance for first-generation homebuyers to purchase their first home.
CLPHA has endorsed the Housing is Infrastructure Act. Chairwoman Water’s intent is that these bills be included in the budget reconciliation bill moving through Congress now. CLPHA will keep members updated on the progress of these bills.