Legislation Introduced to Improve HUD Oversight of Public Housing Conditions

On December 18, Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Dick Durbin (D-IL), and Cory Booker (D-NJ) introduced legislation to strengthen public housing oversight and transparency by HUD. The bill, the Averting Crises in Housing Assistance (ACHA) Act (S.3088), would invest $70 billion in the Public Housing Capital Fund to address the national backlog of repairs to failing public housing developments that require rehabilitation and modernization. The legislation would also help further clarify what public housing properties qualify for restoration by updating the conditions under which a property would be deemed “failing.” If the building passes inspection, even though conditions are unsatisfactory, there is a provision included that will allow public housing residents the opportunity to petition HUD to intervene. When a development is indeed considered failing, the bill would require HUD to partner with a housing authority to develop an action plan and address unacceptable conditions or risk a private right of action by residents against the Federal government. Read more about the bill in Senator Duckworth’s press release.

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