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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.

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November 30, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC – Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) has introduced legislation that would reestablish the Federal-Financing Bank and Risk Sharing Program, which helped with the creation and preservation of affordable rental housing in New York City and across the country. The bill, entitled H.R. 8824, or the Federal-Financing Bank Risk-Sharing Act of 2020, would reimplement the aforementioned program and expand it to make community development financial institutions (CDFIs) eligible for participation.

November 5, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC –As New Yorkers prepare to spend more time indoors this winter, Congresswoman Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) have sent a letter to the head of the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) on the authority’s plans to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in public housing.

September 10, 2020 Press Release

Says Half-Measure is Inadequate, Renews Call for Legislative Solutions

 

July 2, 2020 Press Release

Legislation Includes Historic Investment in Public Housing

 

Washington, DC - Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) voted yesterday for H.R. 2, the “Moving Forward Act,” House Democrats’ sweeping legislation to invest more than $1.5 trillion in modern, sustainable infrastructure while creating millions of good-paying jobs, combatting the climate crisis and addressing disparities in communities across New York City and throughout the country. 

 

June 12, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC - Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) has written to Mayor Bill de Blasio urging him to restore full funding to the Basement Apartment Conversion Pilot Program (BACPP). The BACPP, launched in 2019, aims to assist forty East New York homeowners in the conversion of their basements into rental units. This initiative aims to provide affordable and legal rental units to the neighborhood, both stabilizing homeownership and increasing the number of affordable residences. The administration made a commitment to the East New York Community to engage in the BACPP four years ago.

March 27, 2020 Press Release
Washington, DC – Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) released the following statement today regarding passage of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARE) Act:
 
“The legislation we passed today will offer an economic lifeline to millions of working families and small businesses in New York and throughout the nation. This bill is not perfect. However, with the economy in freefall and the pandemic paralyzing our nation, the American people need and deserve swift, meaningful action and this legislation delivers. 
 
March 24, 2020 Press Release

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March 23, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC – Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) has authored legislation that would temporarily suspend during the coronavirus emergency rent contributions owed by tenants living in public housing or those who receive Section 8 vouchers.  

February 25, 2020 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) has led the New York City Congressional delegation in writing to Office of Management and Budget Director Mulvaney and Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Carson opposing President Trump’s Fiscal Year 2021 budget. In a letter sent late yesterday, the lawmakers say proposed budget cuts to HUD would devastate public housing and drastically raise rents for tenants who rely on the Section 8 housing voucher program. 
 
Among other criticisms, the letter notes that under Trump’s budget: 
February 11, 2020 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) released the following statement regarding the President’s Fiscal Year 2021 Budget: 
 
“The President’s budget would dismantle our safety net, harm seniors, take food from hungry families, slash funding for infrastructure investment and housing and make it harder for young people to pursue education and job training. Budget’s reflect values and this one makes it crystal clear the President’s values are diametrically opposed to those of the American people.