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Jaime Herrera Beutler Legislation to Increase Affordable Housing in Southwest Washington Approved by Congressional Committee

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Washington, February 28, 2020 | comments
Today, Jaime Herrera Beutler’s legislation to prioritize affordable housing across the country and in Southwest Washington was approved unanimously by the U.S. Financial Services Committee. Herrera Beutler joined Denny Heck (D-WA), Trey Hollingsworth (R-IN) and Mike Quigley (D-IL) in introducing H.R. 4351 last September – a bill that encourages communities to prioritize measures that would increase housing supply and affordability.
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Today, Jaime Herrera Beutler’s legislation to prioritize affordable housing across the country and in Southwest Washington was approved unanimously by the U.S. Financial Services Committee. Herrera Beutler joined Denny Heck (D-WA), Trey Hollingsworth (R-IN) and Mike Quigley (D-IL) in introducing H.R. 4351 last September  – a bill that encourages communities to prioritize measures that would increase housing supply and affordability.

“There’s no denying the national housing crisis has hit Southwest Washington particularly hard,” Herrera Beutler said. “We’ve seen a steady increase in the number of people who are facing homelessness and I’ve heard from so many residents about the lack of quality, affordable housing options that are available to them. I’m pleased the House is advancing my bipartisan legislation to remove barriers that stand in the way of making more affordable housing available to folks in Southwest Washington.”

Under the bill, local governments that apply for federal housing development funds through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program would be required to explain decisions not to adopt recommended pro-affordability, anti-discrimination housing policies. The act also increases transparency in land use, zoning and housing decisions; sheds light on exclusionary policies; and ultimately encourages communities to eliminate barriers to housing.

The next step for the bill will be a vote by the full U.S. House of Representatives.

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