Housing is at the core of the American Dream, and unfortunately the aspiration to own your own home is at risk of slipping further away from the hands of working class and middle class families. As a former tenant organizer, Congressmember Adriano Espaillat brings the heart, knowledge, and fight for housing rights to the halls of Congress.
One of his first priorities is to mitigate the impact that gentrification has on low-income renters. The 13th Congressional district has the most units in the city (and therefore the nation); and has the second most residents in terms of population. He understands the need to protect low-income renters from being displaced from their homes.
That is why Rep. Adriano Espaillat plans to introduce the “Stop Gentrification in Low-Income Neighborhoods Act,” which would, if enacted, offer the right of first refusal to low-income tenants, require landlords to produce a community impact study on development effects to low-income renters and nearby small businesses, and would offer relocation assistance.
As the Chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus’ Transportation, Housing, and Infrastructure Task Force, Congressmember Adriano Espaillat plans to bring affordable housing funding to the forefront of legislative issues that need to be tackled.
Congressmember Espaillat is pushing for protect renter’s rights and support appropriate levels of capital funding for public housing, ensure the public health and environmental sustainability of homes and public housing, continuing to upgrade and maintain American infrastructure.