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Congressman Blumenauer Issues Housing Report, Proposes Bold, Transformative Solutions

David Weber, PHADA Policy Analyst

In September 2019, Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) issued a report entitled “Locked Out: Reversing Federal Housing Failures and Unlocking Opportunity.” On October 11, he convened a group of housing experts, including PHADA’s Seth Embry, to discuss the report and provide feedback as they develop the report into possible legislation. The report is notable in that it calls out the federal government’s failure to support funding and programs to ensure safe, decent and sanitary housing. It also defies Washington conventions about what is ‘politically possible’ by calling for an end to RAD, repeal of the Faircloth Amendment, and creation of a Public Housing Construction Fund among other proposals.

The full report can be found via links on the Congressman’s webpage.


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