(Washington, D.C.) April 22, 2021 – CLPHA Executive Director Sunia Zaterman released the following statement today in response to Congressional Republicans' counter proposal to the American Jobs Plan:
"The Republicans’ $568 billion counter proposal to the Biden administration’s American Jobs Plan released today is woefully inadequate without a housing component. The $213 billion to produce, preserve, and retrofit more than one million housing units in the Jobs Plan is not an expansive view of infrastructure, but rather is as critical as roads, bridges and broadband.
"CLPHA recently released analysis
that found the $40 billion dollars committed to recapitalizing public housing infrastructure in the Jobs Plan nearly doubles its investment with $76 billion in economic impact generated and 440,000 jobs created. Public housing plays a critical role in our nation’s public infrastructure, providing families with a stable home and helping them gain access to other services, including education and health. When we invest in public housing, we help low-income families achieve self-sufficiency and improve life outcomes.
The final infrastructure bill will not be a success without housing."
About the Council of Large Public Housing Authorities
The Council of Large Public Housing Authorities is a national non-profit organization that works to preserve and improve public and affordable housing through advocacy, research, policy analysis and public education. CLPHA’s 70 members represent virtually every major metropolitan area in the country. Together they manage 40 percent of the nation’s public housing program; administer more than a quarter of the Housing Choice Voucher program; and operate a wide array of other housing programs. Learn more at clpha.org and on Twitter @CLPHA .
About CLPHA’s Housing Is Initiative
The Housing Is Initiative, led by the Council of Large Public Housing Authorities, helps build a future where sectors work together to improve life outcomes. Housing stability is a critical first step to improve life outcomes for low-income children, families, and seniors; CLPHA’s Housing Is Initiative is based on the premise that sectors can better meet needs when they work together. Housing Is establishes, broadens, and deepens efforts to align affordable housing, education, and health systems to produce positive, long-term results. Learn more at housingis.org and on Twitter @housing_is.