Every night, there are more than 40,000 Angelenos sleeping on the street. Congressmember Bass thinks that that is unacceptable. She believes every American should have access to an affordable and safe place that they can call home. However, millions of struggling Americans across the country and in communities throughout Los Angeles are at risk of losing their homes due to the current economic crisis. Supporting public housing, promoting loan modifications and protecting consumers against unsustainable loans are not only necessary to help at-risk families and individuals, but fundamental to the country’s economic recovery.
In June of 2019, Congresswoman Karen Bass invited the Congressional Black Caucus to tour Skid Row to learn about techniques to combat the housing crisis that's impacting more and more cities in this country. Learn more about that trip here.
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The pandemic has heavily strained the inadequate stock of affordable housing available in the United States. There is a national shortage of 7 million affordable homes for renters with extremely low incomes. For every 10 extremely low-income households, there are fewer than four affordable and available homes. There is not a single state or congressional district with enough affordable homes to meet this demand.
This legislation will allow youth to access Chafee services until age 27, extend the moratorium on ‘aging out’ of foster care, and enable youth who left care during the pandemic to re-enter care. It will also ensure that any direct financial assistance received through the Chafee program cannot be used to determine eligibility for other federal benefits.
“The Senate confirmation of former Congressional Black Caucus Chairwoman Marcia Fudge to serve as Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development is a historic selection, as Congresswoman Fudge will be the first African-American woman to lead the Department in decades, and only the second in our nation’s history.
“The actions taken today by President Biden are such a needed breath of fresh air for our country. For four years, the Trump administration peddled lies, deceit and hatred out of the Oval Office. In redressing racially discriminatory federal housing policies and ending the Department of Justice’s use of private prisons, the Biden administration today took a concrete step towards advancing racial equity for Americans who have been underserved and left behind. I look forward to working with Ambassador Rice and my colleagues here in Congress.”
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“President Trump’s budget is deeply troubling and makes it abundantly clear the White House isn’t serious about addressing the needs of this country,” said Rep. Bass. “It makes drastic cuts to housing assistance, as Los Angeles goes through one of its worst housing crises in history, and student loan debt programs, as young people are strapped with more than $1 trillion in student loan debt. The budget also hurts our leadership abroad.
“Tonight, the President again came to the halls of Congress and ironically attempted to push an agenda of unity.
“He said we should reject the politics of revenge and embrace cooperation on the same day that he taunted the Senate Minority Leader on Twitter about election results.
“Within the first few minutes of his speech, the President touted getting families off of food stamps. He stood there just months after pushing an agenda to eliminate SNAP for families across America.
On the campaign trail, then-candidate Donald J. Trump asked the African-American community “What do you have to lose?” in reference to voting for him. When the Rep. Bass and members of the CBC executive leadership team met with President Trump in March 2017, the caucus answered his question in the form a 130-page policy document titled, “We Have A Lot to Lose: Solutions to Advance Black Families in the 21st Century.” President Trump never responded to the document.
“Los Angeles currently has an overall housing vacancy rate of two percent, so even if you have money, you can have a hard time finding housing,” Rep. Bass said. “As rents increase because of scarce supply, people are finding themselves in difficult situations. The goal of this event was to connect people with the organizations and services that can help folks to improve their situation. I think we accomplished just that.”