Rep. Waters - Hope VI Public Housing Improvement

The House debates H.R. 3524, HOPE VI Improvement and Reauthorization Act. HOPE VI is a valuable program which revitalizes severely distressed and obsolete public housing projects. In HOPE VI projects, every government dollar has leveraged at least two private sector dollars, and these projects have been credited with helping transform and revitalize communities across the country. Since its establishment in 1992, the HOPE VI Revitalization Grant program has awarded 237 grants to 127 cities. Improvements in this reauthorization include a requirement that all public housing units proposed for demolition be replaced on a one-for-one basis. This provision is particularly needed because more than 30,000 public housing units have been lost as a direct result of HOPE VI grants made under rules that do not require one-for-one replacement. This bill also expands tenant protections and housing opportunities for those who have been displaced, requires that all replacement housing as part of a HOPE VI project be built in accordance with the national Green Communities criteria checklist or a substantially equivalent standard, and provides for the active involvement and participation of residents in the grant planning process, including public hearings and notifications. Rep. Maxine Waters, the primary sponsor of the bill, speaks in favor.
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Keller @ Large: Housing Improvements A Priority At UMass Boston

UMass President Marty Meehan discusses ongoing issues with WBZ-TV’s Jon Keller.
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