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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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.
NYC Delegation Urges HUD Secretary Castro to Reconsider Small Area Fair Market Rents (“SAFMRs”) Proposal
Washington, DC – Congressman José E. Serrano wrote to Julián Castro, the Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, in support of testing changes to the calculation of Area Median Income (AMI) in the New York region. The current calculation for New York City includes the New York metro region, and artificially raises the median income used to calculate 'affordable ' housing in the Bronx. As a result, many Bronxites and New Yorkers are unable to afford housing that is categorized as affordable. The text of the letter is below:
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Congressman Serrano Applauds Administration Plan for Puerto Rico
In Washington, DC
Congressman Serrano Welcomes Pope Francis to Washington DC
On Wednesday, Congressman Serrano attended the White House Ceremony to welcome Pope Francis to Washington, DC on his first visit to the United States. Later that day, he attended a mass to canonize Junipero Serra. The event was historic for two reasons: it was the first canonization held in the United States and it was held in Spanish.
GRAND Act Would Help Non-profits Expand Affordable Housing for Grandparent-Headed Families
NEW YORK—Mayor Bill de Blasio today announced that the City financed the creation and preservation of more than 17,300 affordable units during calendar year 2014. With 11,185 preserved units and 6,191 new construction units financed, the City exceeded its first year projections by more than 1,300 affordable units. Based on average household size, these new and preserved units are enough to affordably house nearly 42,000 New Yorkers.
January 15, 2015
City exceeds projection of 16,000 units for calendar year 2014 as it begins project to preserve the affordability of 159 low-income co-op units in rapidly gentrifying Fort Greene