REP. ADRIANO ESPAILLAT TESTIFIES BEFORE THE HOUSE COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS TRANSPORTATION, HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT SUBCOMMITTEE IN SUPPORT OF FUNDING FOR NEW YORK CITY HOUSING

March 15, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) has testified before the House Committee on Appropriations Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Subcommittee in opposition to the recent report of nearly $35 million in federal cuts by the Trump Administration to the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA).

“This proposed reduction from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) would be among the largest cuts in federal aid in recent history and would unambiguously place an immense burden on NYCHA and negatively impact thousands of New Yorkers,” said Rep. Espaillat.  “Traditionally we think of infrastructure as roads, bridges and tunnels, but public housing is also included.  It is our responsibility to provide safe, healthy, sustainable life settings for Section 8, public housing, and rental assistance units, and I am concerned with reports stating that domestic discretionary funding might suffer at a great cost under this Administration.  This is particularly concerning as it relates to already poor and struggling communities, like Washington Heights, Harlem, Inwood, and the Bronx.

“New York’s 13th Congressional District has the highest number of housing units in the city and therefore the nation; and my district serves as home to the second most residents in terms of population.  Having served as a tenant organizer earlier in my career, I understand the effects of gentrification, the need to protect low-income renters from being displaced from their homes, and the importance of the growing needs for increased funding of Section 8 housing.

“I cannot overemphasize the critical importance of affordable housing to New York City residents, and I strongly urge the Appropriations Committee to provide the necessary funding for programs such as the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) and New York City’s Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), which collectively serve as a lifeline for more than 294,000 families in New York City.”

Congressman Espaillat’s testimony may be read here.  Watch video of the full Appropriations Committee hearing here.

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