This week, the House Financial Services Committee voted unanimously to pass H.R. 3702, the Reforming Disaster Recovery Act of 2019. The bill will now go to the House floor, and we’re expecting a Senate companion of the legislation to be introduced soon.
Sponsored by Rep. Al Green (D-TX) and Rep. Ann Wagner (D-MO), this legislation would provide many much needed changes to the Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) program:
  • The bill would permanently authorize the program;
  • Require states to allocate resources equitably between housing and infrastructure priorities and among homeowners, renters, and people experiencing homelessness;
  • States that receive federal recovery funds will be required to publish its contracts and agreements with third parties to carry out disaster recovery efforts;
  • Require states to create a plan to ensure compliance with federal fair housing obligations;
NHRC will continue working with the bill’s sponsors as it heads to the House floor to work towards including housing counseling specific language as part of the program’s proposed reforms.
 
NHRC commends the Committee for the bill’s passage and thanks Reps. Green and Wagner and Financial Services Committee leadership.