Legislation Introduced to Address Public Housing Capital-Needs Backlog

Rep. Nydia Velazquez, a Democrat from New York, recently introduced the “Public Housing Emergency Response Act.” If enacted, the bill would authorize an additional $70 billion for HUD’s Public Housing Capital Fund, including $32 billion for the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), the nation’s largest public housing agency.

Co-sponsored by every member of New York City’s congressional delegation, the legislation aims to address public housing’s severe capital-needs backlog. According to a report conducted by the New York City Housing Authority’s newly appointed monitor, physical infrastructure, such as broken pipes, leaking radiators and toxic liquids, has resulted in unsuitable living conditions for residents. In response, Velázquez’s legislation would yield a historic infusion of public housing resources necessary to eliminate the repair backlog and remedy living conditions for residents.