The House of Representatives has done its part to pass the Build Back Better Act (BBBA), which includes nearly $170 billion for direct and tax-related housing and community development funding, the largest investment in equitable, affordable rental housing and homeownership assistance in U.S. history. However, the Senate has failed to secure enough votes to do its part and pass the BBBA.
Sen. Joe Manchin recently announced his decision to oppose the Build Back Better Act. Manchin’s action is extremely troubling as it is a missed opportunity to deliver upon election promises made to hardworking families in West Virginia and throughout the nation. It is a slap in the face to the honest, good-faith, diligent efforts of hundreds of community- and consumer-based organizations that have worked for a year with members of Congress and the White House to develop a comprehensive package to address some of the nation’s deepest challenges. These include a chronic lack of affordable housing, growing economic and housing inequality, increasing threats to the climate and environment, disinvestments in neighborhoods hit hardest by the Great Recession and COVID pandemic, inability of families to access affordable childcare, stagnant wages, and so much more.
Sen. Manchin’s announcement cannot thwart progress. The National Fair Housing Alliance strongly urges him to reconsider his position on this legislation. We also call on Republicans to support the bill. We urge Sen. Manchin to come back to the negotiating table, and we strongly encourage members of the GOP to work with the White House to pass the Build Back Better Act.
The housing investments in the Build Back Better Act would not only help victims of housing and lending discrimination, they would also make significant progress toward a more equitable society and create a more prosperous future for generations. We can no longer afford Manchin and the Republicans’ efforts to obstruct forward progress.
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Tell your Senators that they must vote YES on the Build Back Better Act, which includes:
$800 Million for Local Fair Housing Enforcement
$15 Billion for Targeted First-Generation Down Payment Assistance (DPA) and Other Homeownership Programs
$35.6 Billion for New Construction and Property Rehabilitation
$91 Billion for Public Housing and Affordable Rental Housing Assistance
$7.75 Billion for Community Planning and Development