Advocacy & Policy

Public Housing Infrastructure

The short title for this bill is the “Broadband Justice Act of 2021.” It would authorize the Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to consider broadband internet services as a utility for residents of assisted housing, which could help improve their access to the internet.

This bill would establish a $25 million grant program under the Public Housing Capital Fund to provide for automatic sprinkler systems in public housing. It would also require HUD to submit a report to Congress on the presence or absence of sprinkler systems in existing public housing units.

The Public Housing Emergency Response Act would authorize $70 billion for the Public Housing Capital Fund. The funding would be allocated based on the extent of each agency’s need, according to their most recent Physical Needs Assessment.

This is a companion bill to the one listed above, the Public Housing Emergency Response Act. It would also authorize $70 billion for the Public Housing Capital Fund.

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