BPC Action-Supported Housing Bills in the 118th Congress in Housing

The following bipartisan bills align with Bipartisan Policy Center housing recommendations and are endorsed by BPC Action. This list is continuously updated. 

H.R. 3238 and S. 1557, the Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act 

  • Led in the House by Reps. Darin LaHood (R-IL), Suzan DelBene (D-WA), Brad Wenstrup (R-OH), Don Beyer (D-VA), Claudia Tenney (R-NY), and Jimmy Panetta (D-CA) 
  • Led in the Senate by Sens. Todd Young (R-IN), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Ron Wyden (D-OR), and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) 
  • Expands and strengthens the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit, by increasing the amount of credits allocated to each state and increasing the number of affordable housing projects that can be built using private activity bonds. 

H.R. 6199 and S. 3216, the Build More Housing Near Transit Act

  • Led in the House by Reps. Scott Peters (D-CA), Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), Rep. Marilyn Strickland (D-WA), Derek Kilmer (D-WA), Ami Bera (D-CA), Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Madeleine Dean (D-PA), Robert Garcia (D-CA), Jeff Jackson (D-NC), Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL), Kim Schrier (D-WA), and David Trone (D-MD)
  • Led in the Senate by Sens. Brian Schatz (D-HI) and Mike Braun (R-IN)
  • Directs the Secretary of Transportation to provide a scoring boost for competitive New Starts grant applications at the Federal Transit Administration when housing development and supportive policies in and around proposed transit projects are included.

H.R. 4606 and S. 32, the Choice in Affordable Housing Act 

  • Led in the House by Reps. Emanuel Cleaver, II (D-MO) and Lori Chavez-DeRemer (R-OR)
  • Led in the Senate by Sens. Cristopher Coons (D-DE), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Raphael Warnock (D-GA), Tina Smith (D-MN), and Jerry Moran (R-KS) 
  • Authorizes programs and grants to incentivize landlord participation in HUD’s Housing Choice Voucher program, particularly in low-poverty areas.  

H.R. 3776 and S. 1237, the Family Stability and Opportunity Vouchers Act 

  • Led in the House by Reps. Joe Neguse (D-CO) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) 
  • Led in the Senate by Sens. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Todd Young (R-IN) 
  • Authorizes a new type of housing choice voucher designed to help families with young children, provided those families are homeless or unstably housed, at risk of displacement, or living in an area of concentrated poverty.  

H.R. 7132 and S. 3684, the Housing Supply and Affordability Act

  • Led in the House by Reps. Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), and Joyce Beatty (D-OH)
  • Led in the Senate by Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Tim Kaine (D-VA)
  • Establishes a competitive grant program at HUD available to state and local governments that demonstrate rising housing costs or projected rising housing costs to develop a housing plan that would increase housing supply in an area while avoiding the displacement of residents in the area.

H.R. 3940 and S. 657, the Neighborhood Homes Investment Act  

  • Led in the House by Reps. Brian Higgins (D-NY) and Mike Kelly (R-PA) 
  • Led in the Senate by Sens. Ben Cardin (D-MD), Todd Young (R-IN), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Jerry Moran (R-KS), and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) 
  • Establishes a tax credit to support the rehabilitation and new construction of single-family homes in distressed communities.  

H.R. 7238 and S. 3646, the Promote Affordable Rural Housing Act

  • Led in the House by Reps. Zach Nunn (R-IA) and Wiley Nickel (D-NC)
  • Led in the Senate by Sens. Jerry Moran (R-KS), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)
  • Amends the Housing Act of 1949 to extend the term of USDA rural housing site loans and expand the permissible uses of such loans.

H.R. 6785 and S. 2790, the Rural Housing Service Reform Act

  • Led in the House by Reps. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO) and Emanuel Cleaver, II (D-MO)
  • Led in the Senate by Sens. Tina Smith (D-MN) and Mike Rounds (R-ND)
  • Improves the housing programs administered by the USDA’s Rural Housing Service by decoupling rental assistance from maturing mortgages, permanently establishing the Multifamily Housing Preservation and Revitalization Demonstration, making permanent the Native CDFI Relending pilot program, and improving staff training and capacity within RHS.

H.R. 1059 and S. 1212, the Securing and Enabling Commerce Using Remote and Electronic Notarization (SECURE) Act 

  • Led in the House by Reps. Kelly Armstrong (R-ND) and Madeleine Dean (D-PA) 
  • Led in the Senate by Sens. Kevin Cramer (R-ND) and Mark Warner (D-VA) 
  • Permits the nationwide use of remote online notarizations to simplify and improve mortgage and other financial transactions. 

H.R. 3507 and S. 1688, the Yes in My Backyard (YIMBY) Act 

  • Led in the House by Reps. Derek Kilmer (D-WA) and Mike Flood (R-NE) 
  • Led in the Senate by Sens. Todd Young (R-IN) and Brian Schatz (D-HI) 
  • Requires Community Development Block Grant program recipients to submit information regarding their implementation of certain land-use policies, such as policies for expanding high-density single-family and multifamily zoning. 

S. 1805, the Affordable Housing Bond Enhancement Act 

  • Led by Sens. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA) 
  • Modifies the Mortgage Revenue Bond (MRB) and Mortgage Credit Certificates (MCC) programs of state housing finance agencies to expand the supply of affordable homes and homeownership for low- and moderate-income homebuyers. 

S. 2285, the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Reauthorization Act

  • Led by Sens. Brian Schatz (D-HI) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)
  • Reauthorizes the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act of 1996 for seven years and includes reforms to expand local control of the programming, streamline environmental reviews for tribal housing projects, and incentivize private partnerships.

S. 3068, the VA Home Loan Awareness Act

  • Led by Sens. Mike Braun (R-IN), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Jacky Rosen (D-NV), Ted Budd (R-NC), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Kyrsten Sinema (I-AZ), Thom Tillis (R-NC), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Mark Kelly (D-AZ), Raphael Warnock (D-GA), Jack Reed (D-RI), Angus King (I-ME), and Peter Welch (D-VT)
  • Aims to increase awareness of the VA Home Loan Program by: Adding a disclosure informing Veterans they may be eligible for a VA Home Loan the Uniform Residential Loan Application (URLA) form; Directing applicants to consult their lender for more information about the VA Home Loan Program; Instructing the GAO to conduct a review and report to Congress regarding lenders adoption of the URLA form updates.

H.R. 1266, the Building Credit Access for Veterans Act

  • Led by Reps. William Timmons (R-SC), Mike Levin (D-CA), and Nancy Mace (R-SC)
  • Requires the VA to implement a pilot program to assess the feasibility and advisability of using alternative credit scoring information or models to improve the determination of the creditworthiness of certain individuals and to increase the number of such individuals who are able to obtain VA housing and small business loans.

H.R. 2832, the National Land Bank Network Act

  • Led by Reps. Drew Ferguson (R-GA) and Dan Kildee (D-MI)
  • Creates a national network to provide resources, technical assistance, and grants to help land banks implement best practices.

H.R. 3326, the Housing America’s Veterans and Ensuring They Have Needed Services (HAVENS) Act

  • Led by Reps. Derek Kilmer (D-WA), Nancy Mace (R-SC), Bill Keating (D-MA), Barbara Lee (D-CA), and Dina Titus (D-NV)
  • Establishes a new pilot program within the VA Grant and Per Diem (GPD) program to establish individualized transitional homes (also known as tiny homes), offering more affordable housing options for veterans.

H.R. 1314, the Lodging Options Developed for Government Employees (LODGE) Act 

  • Led by Reps. Blake Moore (R-UT), Jimmy Panetta (D-CA), Dan Newhouse (R-WA), and Katie Porter (D-CA) 
  • Expands the authority of the Department of the Interior to enter into agreements with housing entities to provide rental housing for its employees.  

H.R. 491, the Return Home to Housing Act 

  • Led by Reps. Nikema Williams (D-GA), Claudia Tenney (R-NY), Sara Jacobs (D-CA), and Andrew Garbarino (R-NY) 
  • Increases the maximum rate of per diem payments that the VA provides to entities for services and transitional housing to homeless veterans. 

H.R. 5137, the Supporting Transition and Recovery Through Housing Act

  • Led by Reps. Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA)
  • Expands access to transitional housing for individuals in recovery from a substance use disorder or mental health crisis by strengthening and expanding HUD’s Recovery Housing Program (RHP) to all states.

H.R. 3186, the Supporting Veteran Families in Need Act

  • Led by Reps. Nick LaLota (R-NY), Dean Phillips (D-MN), Jeff Van Drew (R-NJ), Josh Gottheimer (D-CO), and Jason Crow (D-CO)
  • Permanently authorize VA’s Supportive Services Veteran Families (SSVF) program, which provides grants that help very low-income veterans secure housing and other assistance.

H.R. 4155, the Tribal HUD–VASH Act

  • Led by Reps. Tom Cole (R-OK), Sharice Davids (D-KS), Juan Ciscomani (R-AZ), Betty McCollum (D-MN), Ryan Zinke (R-MT), and Jim McGovern (D-MA)
  • Permanently authorizes the HUD-VA demonstration program which offers a permanent home and supportive services to Native American veterans who are experiencing or at risk of experiencing homelessness.