Rep. Cleaver Cosponsors Bipartisan Rural Housing Legislation
(Washington, D.C.) – Last week, United States Representative Emanuel Cleaver, II (D-MO) was proud to cosponsor H.R. 3620, the Strategy and Investment in Rural Housing Preservation Act of 2019, which was introduced by Representative Lacy Clay (D-MO) and aims to maintain affordable housing in order to avoid displacement in rural communities. The legislation would provide rental assistance to low-income tenants in certain multifamily rural housing projects financed by the Rural Housing Service of the Department of Agriculture, and would also develop and implement a plan for preserving the affordability of rural rental housing. The bill currently has 4 cosponsors and was passed out of the Financial Services Committee with a vote of 57-0.
“Too often, I fear, we forget that economic hardships know no race, creed, or geographical location,” Congressman Cleaver said. “My rural communities of Ray, Saline, and Lafayette Counties have a poverty rate outpacing the national average. The need for affordable housing is no less important for them than for my constituents in Kansas City, who also face considerable headwinds. I’ve lamented for years now that some of the rural areas in my district have not seen new home construction for decades. With this bill, and some of the other projects we are working on, I’m hopeful we can reverse that trend and provide these communities with the quality, affordable housing they deserve”
Congressman Cleaver has been a major leader in Congress on affordable housing issues since he was first elected to Congress. In the 114th Congress, Congressmen Cleaver and Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO) introduced and passed H.R. 3700, the Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act, which was one of the largest sweeping reforms of our nation’s housing programs in the last two decades and designed to improve and create additional efficiency in our housing programs for low-income families. Last Congress, Cleaver and Congressman Sean Duffy (R-WI) secured passage of H.R. 4258, the Family Self Sufficiency Act, and H.R. 5793, the Housing Choice Voucher Mobility Demonstration Act of 2018.
“As someone who spent a few years of my childhood in public housing, I understand the importance of affordable housing and how it enables American families to climb the economic ladder. The lack of affordable housing is not a rural or urban issue, it’s an American issue, and one of the most critical dilemmas our nation faces in the years to come. For as long as I’m here in Congress, anyone that wants to work on the issue will have a partner in me,” said Congressman Cleaver.
Emanuel Cleaver, II is the U.S. Representative for Missouri's Fifth Congressional District, which includes Kansas City, Independence, Lee's Summit, Raytown, Grandview, Sugar Creek, Blue Springs, Grain Valley, Oak Grove, North Kansas City, Gladstone, Claycomo, and all of Ray, Lafayette, and Saline Counties. He is a member of the exclusive House Financial Services Committee; Chairman of the House Subcommittee on National Security, International Development, and Monetary Policy; member of the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress; member of the Committee on Homeland Security; and a Senior Whip of the Democratic Caucus. For more information, please contact Matthew Helfant at 202-225-4535 or Matthew.Helfant@mail.house.gov A high-resolution photo of Congressman Cleaver is available here.