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Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez

Representing the 7th District of New York



Congresswoman Velázquez is dedicated to ensuring that New York City residents have housing options that are both affordable and accessible. Renters and home owners in the 7th Congressional District face critical housing needs, with most paying more than half their income in rent or mortgage payments and many living in unacceptable conditions.

The Congresswoman is a strong advocate for public housing residents and has taken steps to preserve and revitalize government-owned housing properties. To address the shortage of affordable housing, she supports efforts that combine housing market-driven solutions, federal support, and state and local initiatives.

Knowing that good ideas are abundant in her community, NYC housing experts and grassroots housing activists are consulted to help formulate solutions for the city’s unique housing problems. Comprehensive efforts are needed today to ensure that the nation’s housing market regains its footing, and the American dream of homeownership remains an achievable goal.

More on Housing

January 7, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC -- With earthquakes causing significant physical damage to Puerto Rico and widespread power outages, Members of Congress today wrote the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Ben Carson, urging the agency to release previously approved funds that Congress provided in response to Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

December 17, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC – Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) commented today on two pieces of appropriations legislation that were voted on in the House of Representatives:

“The domestic spending bill that the House approved today contained a number of Democratic priorities important to the working people of New York and to our nation overall. 

October 3, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC – Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) has introduced the Public Housing Emergency Response Act, legislation to allocate $70 billion for public housing capital repairs and upgrades nationally. Under the proposal, $32 billion would flow to the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA).

September 26, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC –Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) today led seven Members of the New York City Congressional delegation to the Chief Executive of National Grid, demanding that the company provide a plan as to how it will restore service for 2,600 customers who are being denied gas.

August 20, 2019 Press Release


Rep. Nydia Velázquez (D-NY) and other elected officials met with NYCHA to improve communication regarding work being done in the LES Baruch Houses.

To read the letter from Baruch's property manager, click here.

For more information on the estimated gas restoration date, click here.

June 12, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC –Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) commented today on the housing deal reached by state lawmakers in Albany:

May 10, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C.­­ – Rep. Nydia M.

January 31, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Reps. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY), Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), Gregory W. Meeks (D-NY), Eliot Engel (D-NY), Grace Meng (D-NY), Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) and Rep. Adriano Espaillat (D-NY) released the following joint statement regarding an agreement reached between the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the New York City Housing Authority:

January 7, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC – Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) marked the first day of the 116th Congress by introducing a range of bills meant to benefit New York’s working families, students, entrepreneurs, seniors and others.  

“With a new Democratic Majority comes renewed opportunity to advance policies that benefit New Yorkers and working people throughout the nation,” Velázquez said. “I look forward to working alongside my colleagues to advance these commonsense proposals in the new Congress.”