Press Release

Welch Leads Nearly Every Democratic Senator in Urging Congress to Expand Access to Affordable Housing 

May 17, 2024

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Peter Welch (D-Vt.) this week led nearly every Senate Democrat in calling on Congress to fund the Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation (NeighborWorks America) in the upcoming FY25 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD) Appropriations Bill. As a congressionally chartered national nonprofit, NeighborWorks creates opportunities for Americans to live in affordable and safe homes. 

In FY23, NeighborWorks created and maintained over 45,000 jobs, repaired 82,500 homes, and empowered 16,300 new homeowners. That same year, NeighborWorks provided 111,600 families with affordable housing counseling, helping prospective homebuyers and renters make informed housing decisions. Despite NeighborWorks ’continued success, Congress slashed its budget in FY24 by $12 million from FY23, bringing the program back to pre-pandemic funding levels. Amidst a severe housing shortage of nearly 4 million units with record-breaking rents and home prices, funding for federal housing programs like NeighborWorks is crucial. 

“As you consider the Fiscal Year 2025 (FY25) Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD) Appropriations Act, we ask that you provide at least $185 million for the Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation, commonly known as NeighborWorks America. With the nation’s housing crisis continuing to worsen and high interest rates putting homeownership out of reach for working families across the country, now is the time to increase our investment in ensuring that Americans have access to reasonably-priced and quality housing options,” wrote the lawmakers

“For FY25, Congress should recommit to battling the affordable housing crisis and provide the necessary support for federal housing programs. Given NeighborWorks’ demonstrated record of success in increasing access to affordable housing and its continued bipartisan support in Congress, we request that you provide NeighborWorks at least $185 million in funding in FY25. With a modest increase in federal investment, NeighborWorks will be able to provide more grants to network community-development organizations, leverage additional investments from private sources, and create opportunities for more Americans to live in affordable homes,” continued the lawmakers. “We ask that you work with us to invest in our communities and our constituents by providing robust funding to NeighborWorks.” 

The letter was sent to the leadership of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Transportation, and was signed by Sen. Welch and nearly every Senate Democrat, including Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), and Senators Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Angus King (I-Maine), Mark Kelly (D-Ariz.), Alex Padilla (D-Calif.), Laphonza Butler (D-Calif.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), John Hickenlooper (D-Colo.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Tom Carper (D-Del.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Ed Markey (D-Mass), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Gary Peters (D-Mich.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Maggie Massan (D-N.H.), Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Bob Casey (D-Pa.), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.), Mark Warner (D-Va.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), and Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.). 

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