Seth Embry, PHADA Policy Analyst
On November 7 the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs held a hearing titled “Examining Bipartisan Bills to Promote Affordable Housing Access and Safety.” Testimony in the hearing was provided by Interim Executive Director of the City of Columbia (SC) Housing Authority (Columbia Housing) Ivory Matthews, President and CEO of the Skyline Champion Corporation Mark Yost, and Vice President for Housing at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities Policy (CBPP) Peggy Bailey. According to Banking Committee Chairman Mike Crapo (R-ID), the purpose of the hearing was to review “three bipartisan pieces of legislation” although some Senators raised other issues during their questioning. The three legislative items discussed were S. 1804, the HUD Manufactured Housing Modernization Act, S. 2160, the CO ALERTS Act, and H.R. 4300, the Fostering Stable Housing Opportunities Act, the latter of the two PHADA supports and contributed to their writing.
Several Senators commented on the importance of a hearing focused on affordable housing and bemoaned the lack of hearings or markups on the topic. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-SD) remarked that it had been 689 days since the Committee last considered housing legislation: S. 2155 the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act. At the end of his opening statement Ranking Member Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) said, “I’m glad that the word ‘Housing’ is making its way back into the title of this Committee.”
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