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Congresswoman Joyce Beatty

Representing the 3rd District of Ohio

Congresswoman Beatty Calls for Congressional Action During National Housing Week

May 8, 2018

Congresswoman Beatty Calls for Congressional Action During National Housing Week

This year, May 1st through May 8th, 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) released the following statement to mark NHWA:

“Today, there is a shortage of more than seven million affordable rental properties nationwide. This is totally unacceptable. I believe Congress has a responsibility to strengthen affordable housing opportunities, so that more hardworking Americans have a safe place to call home regardless of their financial status. 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 Congress, Beatty introduced legislation, the Jumpstart HOUSE Act, that would have helped 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, the bill 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. The Jumpstart HOUSE Act 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. 

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.