Advocacy & Policy

Priority Legislation

The NAHRO Congressional Relations team tracks legislation that could impact housing and community development programs. Use the buttons below to read about priority legislation, sort bills by topic, or view state-level legislation.

Do you know of a bill we should add to the list? Contact jhampton@nahro.org.

Priority Legislation

The Congressional Relations team flagged the following bills as “Priority Legislation,” because of the impacts they would have on NAHRO member programs. For more information on any of these bills, contact thembree@nahro.org or jhampton@nahro.org.

HR 5828 – Pets Belong with Families Act

  • Summary: This bill would prohibit PHAs from imposing breed restrictions on household pets owned by public housing residents.
  • Sponsor: Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA)
  • Introduced: 11/2/2021

HR 5195 – NAHASDA Reauthorization Act of 2021

  • Summary: This bill would reauthorize the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act – a bill from 1996 that includes block grants, affordable housing programs, and other housing assistance for Native communities.
  • Sponsor: Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA)
  • Introduced: 9/7/2021

HRes 568 – Unhoused Bill of Rights

  • Summary: This is a non-binding resolution that expresses the state of homelessness in America and the actions Congress should take to address it. The resolution proposes addressing the Public Housing Capital Fund backlog and expanding the housing voucher program.
  • Sponsor: Rep. Cori Bush (D-MO)
  • Introduced: 8/13/2021

S 2672 / HR 4948 – Choice Neighborhoods Initiative Act of 2021

  • Summary: Authorizes the Choice Neighborhoods Initiative (CNI), proposes $1 billion for FY 2022 CNI grants, and outlines program guidelines.
  • Sponsor: Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ); Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO)
  • Introduced: 8/7/2021; 8/6/2021

HR 4901 – Public Housing Procurement Improvement Act of 2021

  • Summary: This bill would officially authorize public housing authorities to use the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) and would make some changes to program implementation, including additional resident protections during conversion.
  • Sponsor: Rep. Ritchie Torres (D-NY)
  • Introduced: 7/30/2021

S 2560 – HUD Inspection Reform and Capital Improvement Act of 2021

  • Summary: This bill proposes to reform the inspection process of housing assisted by the Dept. of Housing and Urban Development, especially related to Performance-Based Section 8 Contract Administration (PBCA) properties.
  • Sponsor: Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)
  • Introduced: 7/29/2021

HR 4497 – Housing Is Infrastructure Act of 2021

  • Summary: To facilitate the development of affordable housing, and for other purposes. The bill would make historic investments in housing infrastructure, including the $70 billion Public Housing Capital Fund backlog.
  • Sponsor: Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA)
  • Introduced: 7/22/2021

HR 4496 – Ending Homelessness Act of 2021

  • Summary: To provide a path to end homelessness in the United States, the bill would authorize additional funding to address homelessness – including an expansion of the Housing Choice Voucher program to all eligible households.
  • Sponsor: Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA)
  • Introduced: 7/16/2021

S 2234 / HR 5385 – Affordable Housing Opportunities Made Equitable (HOME) Act

  • Summary: This is a comprehensive bill to make housing more affordable and address equity in housing. On public housing, the bill would repeal the Faircloth Amendment and authorize $70 billion for the Public Housing Capital Fund backlog.
  • Sponsor: Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR); Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN)
  • Introduced: 6/24/2021; 9/27/2021

S 1991 – Family Stability and Opportunity Vouchers Act

  • Summary: This bill proposes to authorize 500,000 new Housing Choice Vouchers. The vouchers would specifically target families with young children and would include funding for mobility services to help families access high-opportunity neighborhoods.
  • Sponsor: Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD)
  • Introduced: 6/9/2021

S 1820 – Choice in Affordable Housing Act

  • Summary: To increase the number of landlords participating in the Housing Choice Voucher program, this bill would authorize new landlord incentives. For example, public housing authorities could provide a “signing bonus” to landlords who join the program and offer to cover security deposit expenses for HCV tenants.
  • Sponsor: Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE)
  • Introduced: 5/25/2021

HR 3279 HUD Inspection Oversight Act of 2021

  • Summary: This bill modifies inspection and oversight protocols under the Housing Choice Voucher Program, including by directing the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to take certain enforcement actions when a property’s inspection score falls below a specified threshold.
  • Sponsor: Rep. Al Lawson (D-FL)
  • Introduced: 5/17/2021

S 1614 / HR 3198 – Yes in My Backyard Act (YIMBY)

  • Summary: To require certain grantees under title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 to submit a plan to track discriminatory land use policies, and for other purposes. Sen. Young introduced this bill to “shed light on discriminatory land use policies, encourage localities to cut burdensome regulations, and bring a new level of transparency to the community development process.”
  • Sponsor: Sen. Todd Young (R-IN); Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-WA)
  • Introduced: 5/13/2021

S 1576 / HR 3171 – Safe Temperature Act of 2021

  • Summary: This bill allows the Dept. of Housing and Urban Development to require units in public housing for the elderly, and dwellings receiving low-income housing choice voucher assistance to maintain a temperature level ranging from 71 to 81 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Sponsor: Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL); Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL)
  • Introduced: 5/12/2021

HR 3006 – Promoting Resident Opportunities and Self-Sufficiency Act

  • Summary: To ensure that residents of certain housing projects converted under the rental assistance demonstration (RAD) of the Dept. of Housing and Urban Development remain eligible to participate in self-sufficiency programs, including ROSS, after their units undergo a conversion.
  • Sponsor: Rep. Alma Adams (D-NC)
  • Introduced: 5/7/2021

S 1136 / HR 2573 – Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act of 2021

  • Summary: This bill revises provisions of the low-income housing tax credit (LIHTC) and renames it to the “affordable housing credit.” Sen. Cantwell and Sep. DelBene introduced the same bill together last Congress.
  • Sponsor: Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA); Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-WA)
  • Introduced: 4/15/2021

S 902 / HR 2126 – Housing Supply and Affordability Act

  • Summary: This bill allows HUD to award grants to states, local governments, Indian tribes, and Native Hawaiian organizations for the development and implementation of housing policy plans. The plans must increase housing supply while avoiding resident displacement, increase housing affordability, and reduce barriers to affordable housing.
  • Sponsor: Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN); Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE)
  • Introduced: 3/23/2021

HR 1904 – Broadband Justice Act of 2021

  • Summary: This bill includes broadband high-speed internet service as a utility subsidized by federally assisted housing programs through utility allowances. The bill also establishes grants and loans to provide access to broadband high-speed internet service to residents of federally assisted housing through the installation of such infrastructure improvements.
  • Sponsor: Rep. Jamaal Bowman
  • Introduced: 3/16/2021

HR 1947 – Ensuring a Long-Term Housing Recovery Act of 2021

  • Summary: This bill increases the authorization of appropriations for the Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to provide additional rental housing choice voucher assistance. This assistance may be used for rent, utilities (including internet service), related debt, fees, deposits, and landlord incentive payments, etc.
  • Sponsor: Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA)
  • Introduced: 3/16/2021

S 598 / HR 235 – Public Housing Emergency Response Act

  • Summary: This bill would authorize $70 billion for the Public Housing Capital Fund. The funding would be allocated based on the extent of each agency’s needs, according to their most recent Physical Needs Assessment.
  • Sponsor: Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA); Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-NY)
  • Introduced: 3/4/2021; 1/6/2021

S 265 / HR 2638 – Public Housing Fire Safety Act

  • Summary: 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.
  • Sponsor: Sen. Tina Smith (D-MN); Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ)
  • Introduced: 2/4/2021; 4/16/2021