Congressman Serrano is committed to the idea that low income and working families have a right to safe, decent and affordable housing in this country. As the population in the Bronx continues to grow, questions of how best to maintain housing affordability become even more important. Across the City, New Yorkers are facing fewer and fewer options in the area of affordable housing. Serrano believes that this trend is fundamentally wrong, and is working to prevent New York City from becoming a place where only the rich can afford to live.
As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, he consistently advocates and votes in favor of funding increases for affordable housing. He believes that whether the issue is fighting to ensure that this country’s Public Housing Authorities are funded at their needed levels, or that local agencies are equipped to fight homelessness, or that there is a crack down on predatory, unscrupulous housing lenders who prey on people’s desire to own a home, Serrano is a firm believer that housing ought to be among our top national priorities.
Further, Serrano recognizes that affordable housing should properly provide for our most vulnerable—children and the elderly. In 2011, Serrano introduced H.R. 2963, which would authorize the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development to provide grants to eligible nonprofit organizations to provide specialized housing and social services to grandparents caring for their grandchildren.
Over the years he has worked with the City of New York to provide more tools to prevent the loss of affordable housing, and he supported the establishment of a National Housing Trust Fund, a permanent, ongoing source of money used to build, rehabilitate and preserve affordable housing. As a lifelong New Yorker, Serrano feels very strongly that families who have spent their entire lives in New York, who have helped to make this city great, should not face the prospect losing their homes because incomes have not kept pace with rental increases, or private investors see they can turn even greater profit by forcing people of more modest means out of their homes.
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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that more than $372 million in assistance is available to help older adults and low- and middle-income New Yorkers heat their homes this winter. Applications for the Home Energy Assistance Program will be accepted by local departments of social services beginning on Tuesday, November 13.
FOTO: Los senadores demócratas por Massachusetts Elizabeth Warren (arriba) y Edward Markey, insistieron en que el Congreso debe legislar para activar el programa DHPA. (AP / Elise Amendola)
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Congressman Serrano Introduces Hardest Hit Act with Rep. Clarke and Rep. Meeks to Address Public Housing Crisis
Congressman Serrano, Representatives Yvette D. Clarke (NY-09) and Gregory W. Meeks (NY-05), introduced legislation to provide public housing, foreclosure mitigation, and rental assistance grants through the United States Housing and Urban Development agency (HUD) with supplemental funding for state public housing authorities to ensure Americans have access to affordable housing.
Washinton, D.C. – Today, Congressman José E. Serrano, Representatives Yvette D. Clarke (NY-09) and Gregory W. Meeks (NY-05), introduced legislation to provide public housing, foreclosure mitigation, and rental assistance grants through the United States Housing and Urban Development agency (HUD) with supplemental funding for state public housing authorities to ensure Americans have access to affordable housing.
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Congressman Serrano Votes Against Short Term Continuing Resolution
Congressman Serrano opposed the numerous short term Continuing Resolutionsthat did not include sufficient disaster relief funding for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands or the DREAM Act. Watch Congressman Serrano’s discussion of the shut down and the CR here:
The Bronx – Congressman José E. Serrano today announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded over $1.8 million in Homeless Assistance Continuum of Care grants to various organizations in the Bronx focused on helping homeless people: Banana Kelly Improvement Assoc, Promesa, Inc., Vocational Instruction Project Community Services, and United Bronx Parents/Acacia Network.
Washington, DC – Bronx Representatives Serrano, Espaillat, Crowley and Engel today sent a letter to Mayor Bill de Blasio urging him to prioritize LGBTQ community needs as he plans for his second term as Mayor. Among the recommendations, the members emphasized the need to open an LGBT community center in the Bronx – the only borough that doesn’t currently have one.
Washington, DC - Today, Congressman Jose E. Serrano, a senior Member of the Appropriations Committee, led a letter with 8 of his colleagues in support of a comprehensive relief and recovery effort by the federal government to help Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Texas, and Florida. The letter includes a number of important programs that must be funded in both the near and long term.
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Congressman Serrano Fight for Puerto Rico In the Aftermath of Hurricane Maria