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The Honorable President Joseph R. Biden, Jr.
The Honorable Leader – Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House
The Honorable Charles Schumer
Majority Leader of the
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Mr. President, Speaker Pelosi, and Majority Leader Schumer:

We write to express the urgent need to invest in housing within legislation to enact President
Biden’s Build Back Better plan. Housing is the most expensive part of most families’ budget.
Nearly a quarter of renters – 10.5 million families – spend more than half their income on housing
each month, and too many families who want to own their own home are locked out of the market.

1. Nearly 19 million people live in a food desert, and 35 million homes have at least one health
or safety hazard
2. The Honorable Joseph R. Biden, Jr. The Honorable Nancy Pelosi

President Speaker
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20500 Washington, DC 20515
The Honorable Charles Schumer
Majority Leader
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Mr. President, Speaker Pelosi, and Majority Leader Schumer:

We write to express the urgent need to invest in housing within legislation to enact President
Biden’s Build Back Better plan. Housing is the most expensive part of most families’ budget.
Nearly a quarter of renters – 10.5 million families – spend more than half their income on housing each month,
and too many
families who want to own their own home are locked out of the market.

Nearly 19 million people live in a food desert, and 35 million homes have at least one health or safety hazard
including more than 4 million homes with young children that have lead paint hazards. Others require
renovation to help an elderly family member or a person with a disability to remain in
their home. And still more families do not have adequate housing at all.

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic began, more than 580,000 people, including children and seniors, had no safe
place to stay on any given night, and more than 3.7 million evictions were filed during the course
of a year.

The Build Back Better plan is a rare opportunity to deliver critical investments that we have
failed to make for far too long. Housing challenges are different in every community, and we
need different tools to address the growing problems they face. But with comprehensive
investments, we can create, preserve, and improve millions of homes so that we bring down the
cost of housing and improve its condition. And an investment in safe, affordable housing is
central to the success of proposed investments in education, health and our local economies.

At the same time, investments in sustainable, energy-efficient housing can lower families’ bills,
make our homes and communities more resilient to climate-driven disasters, and reduce our
impact on the planet – all while creating good paying jobs including more than 4 million homes
with young children that have lead paint hazards. Others require renovation to help an elderly
family member or a person with a disability to remain in their home. And still more families
do not have adequate housing at all. Even before the COVID-
19 pandemic began, more than 580,000 people4, including children and seniors, had no safe
place to stay on any given night, and more than 3.7 million evictions were filed during the course
of a year.

The Build Back Better plan is a rare opportunity to deliver critical investments that we have
failed to make for far too long. Housing challenges are different in every community, and we
need different tools to address the growing problems they face. But with comprehensive
investments, we can create, preserve, and improve millions of homes so that we bring down the
cost of housing and improve its condition. And an investment in safe, affordable housing is
central to the success of proposed investments in education, health, and our local economies.
At the same time, investments in sustainable, energy-efficient housing can lower families’ bills,
make our homes and communities more resilient to climate-driven disasters, and reduce our
impact on the planet – all while creating good paying jobs.

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