Congresswoman Barbara Lee: “We Must Turn the Tide of the Housing Crisis”

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement on the introduction of the American Housing and Economic Mobility Act, which Senator Elizabeth Warren introduced in the Senate. Congresswoman Lee is an original cosponsor of the bill in the House.

“The cost of housing keeps skyrocketing for working families. In my community, hardworking residents are being pushed out of the neighborhoods they’ve lived in their entire lives – and far too many families are ending up on the streets. The housing crisis is real and it is impacting cities across the country, including in the East Bay.

“We need urgent action to address this emergency, which is why I am proud to support the American Housing and Economic Mobility Act. This visionary piece of legislation will help turn the tide of the housing crisis. By expanding the Housing Trust Fund, strengthening the Fair Housing Act, and coordinating with state and local governments, this bill will fight housing discrimination and invest in affordable housing for the poor and working class, communities of color, and our most vulnerable. Moreover, it will open doors of opportunity so that families can afford the basics – including health care and education – and lift themselves into the middle class.

“This bill is a roadmap to affordable, accessible housing for all. It’s time for bold action on the housing crisis, and this bill is a hugely important step.”

The full bill text is available here, and a summary of the bill is available here and here.