State Senators Introduce Bill to Make Public Housing Better

Three Illinois state senators recently brought forth a bill to make public housing better throughout the state. They plan to make housing better by bringing transparency, to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The bill is called “Averting Crises in Housing Assistance (ACHA) Act,”. The purpose of the bill is to act on the national backlog of repairs statewide in public housing by putting in over $70 billion into the Public Housing Capital Fund. The bill was supported by three national organizations. The three organizations were National Housing Law Project, National Low Income Housing Coalition and the Shriver Center on Poverty Law. Some of the important points of the proposed bill include making HUD supervision of  public housing properties that are  considered “falling” and update conditions, give residents the opportunity  petition HUD, if their property meets certain guidelines, but is able to pass inspection among others. The bill was introduced to the senate on Wednesday.


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