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YIMBY Act Endorsed by 13 Organizations

Oct 9, 2019
Press Release
Support building behind bipartisan housing bill

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).

The YIMBY Act requires local governments to identify obstacles to and opportunities for increasing home construction through better zoning, by-right development, and faster permitting. The bill ties this requirement to eligibility for federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding. Congressman Heck announced the introduction of the YIMBY Act at an advocacy event hosted by Up for Growth Action on September 17th.

Since then, twelve more organizations have joined Up for Growth Action in supporting the YIMBY Act, including ten that joined in a support letter: American Planning Association, Habitat for Humanity International, Housing Advisory Group, Leading Builders of America, Mortgage Bankers Association, National Apartment Association, National Association of REALTORS, National Multifamily Housing Council, Prosperity Now, and Smart Growth America. Since the support letter was sent, two additional organizations have endorsed the bill: National Community Stabilization Trust and YIMBY Action.

The letter sent by the supporting organizations stated: “Recognizing and eliminating exclusionary policies – zoning and density restrictions, onerous parking requirements, and other regulations – is an important first step in decreasing barriers to housing. The YIMBY Act will help communities recognize their own agency in the housing shortage and provide them with a framework for smarter policymaking.”

“I introduced the YIMBY Act with two fellow Democratic and three Republican cosponsors,” said Heck. “And bipartisan support for this legislation has only grown. That’s because the YIMBY Act takes a common-sense approach toward encouraging responsible, pro-affordability land use policies. Too many people are priced out of buying a home, unable to afford rent, or left without any housing at all. I thank the organizations who have come together behind this bill to address our national housing crisis, and I encourage others to join the discussion and help us pass the YIMBY Act.”

Joining Reps. Heck and Hollingsworth as original cosponsors of H.R. 4351 were Reps. Wm. Lacy Clay (MO-01), Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA-03), Mike Quigley (IL-05), and Virginia Foxx (NC-05). Since the bill’s introduction, Rep. Ann Wagner (MO-02) has also joined as a cosponsor. The Senate companion bill (S. 1919) was introduced by Senators Todd Young and Brian Schatz.

You can hear more about the YIMBY Act in the Infill podcast episode “Up For Federal Action,” in which Rep. Heck joined host Laura Foote to discuss the bill.

Congressman Heck co-chairs the New Democrat Coalition’s Housing Task Force, which released a report last year, Missing Millions of Homes, detailing multiple factors leading to the national housing crisis.