1D. Federal Policy Opportunities and Risks: What Will the Next Two Years Bring?
With Democrats in control of the House at least for 2019 and 2020, strong supporters of federal rental assistance will be in charge of key committees. In addition, some positive housing reforms have received bipartisan support in recent years, and a number of Senators have already put forward major affordable housing proposals. Yet HUD continues to be under Republican control, and the Administration is likely to continue to push for funding cuts, rent increases, work requirements, and evisceration of fair housing requirements. This workshop will outline possible opportunities in Congress and at HUD for progress on key issues affecting HUD-assisted renters and those in need of rental assistance, as well as risks. Discussion will aim to identify priority areas for future focus by DC advocates and how HJN partners can contribute.