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U.S. House Approves Herrera Beutler’s Legislation to Increase Affordable Housing in Southwest Washington

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Washington, March 2, 2020 | comments
Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation introduced by Representatives Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA-03), Denny Heck (D-WA), Trey Hollingsworth (R-IN) and Mike Quigley (D-IL) to help increase affordable housing in Southwest Washington and across the country.
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Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation introduced by Representatives Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA-03), Denny Heck (D-WA), Trey Hollingsworth (R-IN) and Mike Quigley (D-IL) to help increase affordable housing in Southwest Washington and across the country.

“When I’m meeting with folks in communities throughout Southwest Washington, lack of affordable housing options and stories of individuals facing homelessness are almost always part of our discussion,” Herrera Beutler said. “Fortunately, the U.S. House took important action today to address these issues by approving my bill to remove barriers that inhibit the creation of more affordable housing.” 

H.R. 4351 addresses the affordable housing crisis by requiring local governments applying for federal housing development funds through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program to report decisions to not adopt pro-affordability housing policies. The bill would also require recipients of CDBG funding to report implementation of certain land use policies that promote housing production; sheds light on exclusionary policies; and encourages communities to eliminate barriers to housing.

The Senate Companion bill (S. 1919) was introduced in June 2019 by Senators Todd Young (R-IN) and Brian Schatz (D-HI).

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