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Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez

Representing the 7th District of New York

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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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February 8, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – The House Financial Services Committee has approved three amendments authored by Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY). The provisions were adopted as part of the Committee’s Authorization and Oversight Plan and would help address pressing issues facing New Yorkers.  

“Housing issues are critically important to all New Yorkers and the amendments I authored and my colleagues approved will make important strides for both renters and homeowners living throughout the five boroughs,” Velázquez said.

December 5, 2016 Press Release

Washington, DC –Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY-07) released the following statement regarding news that President-Elect Trump has selected Dr. Ben Carson to serve as Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD):

November 22, 2016 Press Release

Washington, DC –Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY-07) released the following statement regarding reports that Anti-Semitic symbols including swastikas and “KKK” had been scrawled in the stairwells of Independence Towers, public housing located in Williamsburg’s Orthodox Jewish neighborhood:   

November 17, 2016 Press Release

Washington, DC –Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) released the following statement after Brooklyn’s Community Board 7 (CB 7) voted unanimously to endorse her legislation, the “Landlord Accountability Act”:

November 15, 2016 Press Release

PLAN WOULD HAVE RAISED RENT COSTS FOR THOUSANDS; NOW, METRO AREAS LIKE NYC CAN BREATHE SIGH OF RELIEF WITH ‘SAFMR’ AXED FOR CITY; NO ONE WILL BE FORCED TO MOVE FROM NEIGHBORHOODS THEY LOVE

Earlier This Year, Velázquez & Schumer Urged HUD to Revise ‘Small Area Fair Market Rent Rule’ & Work With Affordable Housing Community in NYC

November 3, 2016 Press Release

Washington, DC – Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) released the following statement regarding news that New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has filed a lawsuit against a Manhattan property manager for harassing rent-regulated tenants in Chinatown and the Lower East Side:

October 18, 2016 Press Release

Washington, DC – Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) wrote today to the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) regarding a Department of Investigation study that found neglect of smoke alarms and fire protocols at the LaGuardia Houses, and other New York City public housing apartments.  The DOI report also found that NYCHA maintenance staff has falsified a number of documents claiming to have performed safety checks when, in fact, they had not.
 

August 26, 2016 In The News

A well-intentioned Obama administration move to combat segregation of the poor is a recipe for disaster in New York City, a growing chorus of critics says.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development wants to change the way it doles out housing vouchers to low-income tenants.

The idea is to break up concentrations of poverty in New York City and 30 other metro areas by paying less to subsidize apartments in high-poverty neighborhoods, and more in upper-income neighborhoods.

August 16, 2016 Press Release

Letter from NYC Lawmakers Says Plan Could Raise Rents on Working Families

Washington, DC – U.S. Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) and U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) have written the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) about the agency’s proposal to change how it calculates the value of housing vouchers for low income renters. HUD’s plan would begin tying the value of these Section 8 vouchers to rents in a zip code rather than the current system that is based on the larger metropolitan area.  

July 7, 2016 Press Release

Washington, DC – The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) has agreed with a letter Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) wrote to Silvershore Properties, which own a Ridgewood residential building, questioning whether the company is intentionally allowing certain units to fall into disrepair, making them ineligible for the Section 8 subsidy and thereby increasing tenants’ rents.