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Congresswoman Joyce Beatty

Representing the 3rd District of Ohio

Congresswoman Beatty Calls for Congressional Action During National Housing Week

Jul 25, 2017

Congresswoman Beatty Calls for Congressional Action During National Housing Week

This year, July 22nd through July 29th is recognized as National Housing Week of Action (NHWA). Organized by the National Low Income Housing Coalition, NHWA connects families, stakeholders and policymakers across the country calling for greater investment in affordable housing and the surrounding communities. U.S. Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (OH-03), a long-time affordable housing champion and member of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance, issued the following statement in recognition of NHWA:

“More than 21 million American families pay nearly one-third of their income toward rental housing—a 50 percent increase since 2001. Unfortunately, the supply of affordable housing has not kept pace with demand. I believe we have an obligation to ensure hardworking Americans—many of whom are struggling to make ends meet—have a safe place to call home. That is why I will continue to do everything in my power to expand access to affordable housing, and will work with my fellow Members of Congress to make it happen.”

Last year, Congresswoman Beatty introduced legislation, the Jumpstart HOUSE Act, H.R. 5144, that would help increase the supply of quality, affordable housing—and at the same time increase the availability of credit for small businesses, generate jobs and stimulate economic development. If enacted, H.R. 5144 would have reauthorized the State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI), a federal program that has created or retained more than 140,000 jobs and responsible for more than 12,400 private sector loans to small business—42 percent of which were made to low- and moderate-income communities. H.R. 5144 would have required state business development agencies receiving SSBCI funds to set aside the lesser of $2.5 million or 10 percent of unobligated funds for small businesses to purchase, rehabilitate or operate affordable housing units. 

On July 24, 2017, Beatty spoke from the House Floor on the importance of NHWA, an archived recording is available on YouTube.

For more information on NHWA, please visit the National Low Income Housing Coalition’s website, and be sure to add your voice to the conversation online by using #OurHomesOurVoices.