House Financial Services Committee held a hearing highlighting a number of housing proposals
By PVA Staff
On April 2, the House Financial Services Committee held a hearing highlighting a number of housing proposals, including H.R. 149, which seeks to create a new Department of Housing and Urban Development program for proactively testing for discrimination. The legislation, which was introduced by Rep. Al Green (D-TX), would also start a competitive grant program for nonprofit groups studying the causes and effects of discrimination and implementing pilot projects in response. Authorized at $25 million over five years, the grant program would cover anti-veteran discrimination, as well as all other classes protected by housing law. In addition, this legislation calls for increasing funds for private fair housing organizations that assist housing discrimination victims. The Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP) received $39.6 million in fiscal year 2019. This legislation would increase the FHIP authorization to $42.5 million through fiscal year 2024.