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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

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.”  

September 26, 2018 Press Release

Washington, DC –As the “Me Too” era draws badly needed attention to the longstanding problem of sexual misconduct, Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) has introduced legislation to combat sexual harassment related to housing.  The “Sexual Harassment Awareness and Prevention Act” would ensure the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) proactively works with other agencies to collect information on sexual harassment and abuse claims related to housing.

September 6, 2018 Press Release

Washington, DC – Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) is working to save a federal program that helps finance the completion and preservation of affordable rental housing.  Absent action by the Trump Administration, the Federal Financing Bank & Risk-Sharing Program may expire at the end of September.  Earlier this week, Velázquez led New York City Democratic Members of Congress in writing to the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Dr.

June 4, 2018 Press Release

Washington, DC –Today, Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY), Rep. Tony Cárdenas (D-CA), Rep. Adriano Espaillat (D-NY) and 12 other Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), sent a letter to U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson to highlight concerns with the department’s plan to significantly increase rent and work requirements for millions of low income families who rely on federal housing assistance. 

February 12, 2018 Press Release

Washington, DC –Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) commented today on the Trump Administration’s Fiscal Year 2019 Budget proposal:  

March 16, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC –Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) released the following statement regarding the release of President Trump’s budget today: 

“Donald Trump campaigned on promises of standing for working people.  This budget makes a mockery of those claims and makes clear where the Administration’s real priorities lie.