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May 15, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 6800, the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act. The HEROES Act is a stimulus package to protect Americans from the economic impacts of the global coronavirus crisis. Multiple provisions put forth by Congressman Denny Heck (WA-10) were included in the package.

May 12, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today the next coronavirus relief package, H.R. 6800, the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act, was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill included Congressman Denny Heck’s (D-WA) legislation to provide $100 billion in emergency rental assistance, introduced by Heck in March.

May 8, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Denny Heck (WA-10) introduced the Emergency Rental Assistance and Rental Market Stabilization Act of 2020 in the U.S. House. This legislation would allow Americans to access short-term rental assistance to withstand the COVID-19 crisis. This bill is supported by 133 House cosponsors including Representative Maxine Waters, Chair of the House Financial Services Committee. This legislation was also introduced in the Senate by Senator Sherrod Brown, Ranking Member of the Senate Banking Committee.

Apr 23, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Denny Heck (WA-10) sent a letter to the federal financial housing agencies asking them to take steps to stabilize and simplify the mortgage market during the COVID-19 crisis. 

Mar 23, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Denny Heck (WA-10) introduced H.R. 6314, the Emergency Rental Assistance Act of 2020, in the U.S. House. This legislation would increase short-term rental assistance for most Americans by significantly expanding the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) Program. 

Mar 2, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the bipartisan Yes In My Backyard (YIMBY) Act, H.R. 4351, passed the House without opposition by voice vote. 

The United States is suffering from a severe housing crisis, with a shortage of seven to ten million housing units. This shortage is stressing our nation’s housing ecosystem and driving up the cost of shelter for all Americans. From homeowners to renters, market-rate to affordable homes, and urban to suburban areas, no corner of our nation has managed to avoid the economic impacts of our nationwide housing crisis. 

Feb 28, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Today, the bipartisan Yes In My Backyard (YIMBY) Act, H.R. 4351, passed the House Financial Services Committee by voice vote.

According to Up For Growth Action, a non-profit organization that focuses on housing affordability, from 2000 to 2015, the United States underproduced housing by 7.3 million homes. One considerable barrier to housing construction has been zoning and land use policies that stifle construction. As these regulations have increased, they have resulted in fewer homes being built, and untenable cost increases.

Nov 18, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the House of Representatives passed the bipartisan Tribal Access to Homeless Assistance Act, a bill to allow tribes and tribally designated housing entities to access funding to combat homelessness on tribal lands. The bill, H.R. 4029, advanced out of the House on November 18 unanimously.

Oct 9, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Over a dozen organizations have thrown their support behind the Yes In My Back Yard (YIMBY) Act, H.R. 4351, which was introduced in September by Rep. Denny Heck (WA-10) and Rep. Trey Hollingsworth (IN-09).

Sep 17, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today Reps. Denny Heck (WA-10) and Trey Hollingsworth (IN-09) introduced the bipartisan Yes In My Backyard (YIMBY) Act, H.R. 4351, in the House. The bill encourages communities to prioritize measures that will increase housing supply and affordability.

Under the bill, local governments applying for federal housing development funds through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program would be required to report whether they have enacted policies to reduce counterproductive regulations that may affect affordability.