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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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
September 20, 2017, BRONX, NY—Congressman José E. Serrano and Legal Services NYC are pleased to announce that Project Not Alone, a collaborative effort between Bronx Legal Services and Sauti Yetu Center for African Women & Families, has been awarded a competitive grant for continued funding to provide holistic legal and social services for survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking in the Bronx.
NEW YORK, NY — This tax season, like in past seasons, New Yorkers living in any of the city's 328 public-housing projects can get their taxes prepped for free. This year, though, the approximately 30-minute process is even easier.
The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), along with a handful of partners, has doubled the number of tax prep centers in 2017.
Public-housing residents must earn $54,000 or less with dependents — or $30,000 a year or less without dependents — to qualify for the free service.
Tenants at a 919 Prospect Avenue, recently named the worst in the borough by Public Advocate Letitia James on her office’s annual Worst Landlords Watchlist, announced that they were filing a lawsuit against their landlord. The action against landlord Seth Miller on Wednesday, December 14 was initiated by the tenants and their association with support from James, Congressman José Serrano, Councilman Rafael Salamanca, Banana Kelly Community Improvement Association and Community Development Project of the Urban Justice Center.
NYC Delegation Urges HUD Secretary Castro to Reconsider Small Area Fair Market Rents (“SAFMRs”) Proposal