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 Moreover, I’ve lead the fight to modernize the outdated HOPWA formula so Chicago will have access to increased funding.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
U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), who serves as a member of the House Appropriations Committee, offered an amendment to the Fiscal Year 2018 Commerce, Justice, and Science (CJS) Subcommittee appropriations bill to increase funding for the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) to the FY17 enacted level of $385 million. The FY18 CJS bill only includes $300 million for LSC, while President Trump wanted to completely eliminated the program.
Below are Rep. Quigley’s opening remarks on the amendment, as prepared for delivery: