We have a responsibility to work together to bring the American dream within reach for as many as possible and that begins with ensuring that every American has access to safe, affordable housing.
As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, I’m fighting to bring valuable federal housing and urban development funding back to the Chicago region. I’ve been proud to secure funding for the Fair Housing Initiative Program, which is leading the fight against housing discrimination. I’ve worked to combat homelessness by pushing for increased funding for VA homeless assistance programs like the HUD-VA Supportive Housing Program and the Supportive Services for Low Income Veterans and Families Program. And, I’ve been a champion for increased funding for the Housing Opportunities for People with AIDS (HOPWA) program, which provides housing assistance and supportive services to people living with HIV/AIDS. Moreover, I’ve lead the fight to modernize the outdated HOPWA formula so Chicago will have access to increased funding.
Housing is a basic, human need, which is why we must do all we can to provide equal access and reduce homelessness across the country. I will continue to support robust funding for a broad range of programs designed to promote affordable housing, homeownership, and community development.
Rep. Quigley is committed to ensuring that affordable housing units can get energy efficient upgrades to decrease costs. He toured affordable housing buildings in Chicago that have embraced energy efficient upgrades.
Rep. Quigley introduced the Lead-Safe Housing for Kids Act, legislation to protect children in affordable housing from lead poisoning.
Rep. Quigley and Senator Dick Durbin wrote to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Director Craig Fugate to ask that the agency “quickly initiate…a nationwide study focusing on the prevalence, causes, and costs of urban flooding.”
Rep. Quigley and Senator Dick Durbin announced over $14 million in vital urban housing development grants to Illinois’ Fifth District and the greater Cook County area.
More on Housing
Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), a member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies, released a statement after the Department of Housing and Urban Development announced that they will immediately begin to enforce Fair Housing Act protections to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.
Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) sent a letter calling for the resignation of Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Ben Carson and lambasting his Department’s years long campaign of discrimination against LGBTQ Americans. Last week, media reports indicated that HUD is preparing to announce a proposed rule that would enable homeless shelters to discriminate against trans individuals based on whether shelter staff suspect an individual’s biological sex may be different from the way they self-identify.
Today, U.S. Representatives Mike Quigley (IL-05) and Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04) and other Democratic members of the Illinois delegation sent a letter to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in response to HUD’s proposed changes to the disparate impact rule. The disparate impact rule is a fundamental tool for enforcing the Fair Housing Act and has played a significant role in addressing structural inequalities in housing and financial markets.
Today, U.S. Representatives Mike Quigley (IL-05), a Vice Chair of the LGBT Equality Caucus and a founding Member of the Transgender Equality Task Force, and Katie Hill (CA-25), Co-Chair of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus, introduced a resolution condemning House and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson for his recent transphobic comments.
Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), who serves as Vice Chair of the LGBT Equality Caucus and Vice Chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Housing, announced that two provisions to protect and advance LGBTQ+ rights were included in Fiscal Year 2020 appropriations bills. These provisions address LGBTQ+ discrimination in housing and blood donation practices.