Home=Life: The State of Housing in America, Hearing Before the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, United States Senate, One Hundred Seventeenth Congress, First Session on Examining How Location and Quality of Housing Can Determine How Resilient or Vulnerable We Are to Natural Disasters, March 16, 2021 [open pdf - 49MB]
This is the March 16, 2021 hearing on "Home=Life: The State of Housing in America," held before the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. From the Opening Statement of Sherrod Brown: "The title of today's hearing--Home = Life--comes from Matthew Desmond, the author of the book ''Evicted''. He scribbled that in the front cover of my copy of the book, which I bought. It tells you really all you need to know about housing. Where you live determines where your kids go to school, how far you have to go to get to work, and what kinds of jobs you can get. It determines where you do your grocery shopping and determines whether your children are exposed to mold or hazardous lead. We saw over the past year that our housing certainly affects our health. That is only going to be even more true in an era of a changing climate. The location and quality of our housing can determine how resilient or vulnerable we are to natural disasters. That is why this hearing is long overdue. For the past 6 years, we have had numerous hearings on GSEs and the effects of housing on Wall Street, but we have ignored how our entire housing system is working for homeowners looking to buy a lower-cost home, seniors on a fixed income, and renters working a minimum wage job. We will have lots of discussions about the GSEs and their role in our housing finance system for sure." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Christopher Herbert, Diane Yentel, Nikitra Bailey, Edward J. Pinto, and Edward J. DeMarco.
S. Hrg. 117-213; Senate Hearing 117-213
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