NLIHC: Senators Dianne Feinstein and Alex Padilla Urge Congressional Leadership to Include Targeted Affordable Housing Investments in Future Budget Reconciliation Package

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Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Alex Padilla (D-CA) sent a letter to congressional leadership on April 6 calling for the inclusion of robust housing investments in any future budget reconciliation package. The letter urges leadership to ensure that the targeted housing investments in the House-passed “Build Back Better Act” remain in any future reconciliation bill.

In the letter, Senators Feinstein and Padilla emphasize that the affordable housing and homelessness crises existed before the pandemic. The senators also express concern about the potential for a rise in homelessness when emergency rental assistance funding is spent and eviction moratoriums are lifted. “The lack of affordable housing is a key driver of the homelessness crisis in California and nationwide, largely resulting from the high cost of construction and slow pace of building new affordable housing units,” write Senators Feinstein and Padilla. “That is why we worked to make sure that the House-passed ‘Build Back Better Act’ included much-needed investments in addressing these challenges.”

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