Lee Trying to Force Vote on Affordable Housing Trust Fund
D.C. -- House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi announced that she
has signed Congresswoman Barbara Lee's (D-CA) petition to force
a vote on the National Affordable Housing Trust Fund legislation.
Affordable Housing Trust Fund would provide families with safe and
affordable housing. It is an investment in our nation's families
and communities that will pay dividends for generations to come,
Pelosi said. Working families in San Francisco and across
the country should not be forced to choose between housing, health
care, food, and other basic needs.
the National Low-Income Housing Coalition, 60 percent of San Francisco
renters are unable to afford a two bedroom unit. A San Francisco
renter, earning minimum wage, must work 160 hours per week to afford
a one bedroom unit. According to the City of San Francisco, only
12 percent of households can afford to purchase the median priced
home, and there are an estimated 3,000 chronically homeless in San
Affordable Housing Trust Fund (H.R. 1102) would be modeled on the
more than 280 successful state and local housing trust funds. It
would fund the building, rehabilitation, and preservation of at
least 1.5 million rental units over the next decade for low-income
families. Funding may be used to create permanent and supportive
housing units, and promote homeownership. This legislation has 214
bipartisan cosponsors in the House of Representatives, and is supported
by more than 5,200 community organizations across the county.
134 Members of the House have signed the discharge petition. A total
of 218 Members must sign in order to force a vote on the bill.
unacceptable that House Republican leaders are refusing to bring
this widely supported bipartisan legislation to the floor for a
vote, Pelosi said.
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