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“Support for the YIMBY Act is growing because the national housing crisis is no longer something that elected officials at any level of government can ignore,” said Mike Kingsella, Executive Director of Up for Growth Action. “We applaud Representative Heck and Chairwoman Waters for making the YIMBY Act a priority on the House Financial Services Committee and look forward to continuing to work with them on pro-housing policies in Congress.”
Up for Growth Action led a coalition of 20 organizations in writing a letter of support for the amended version of the YIMBY Act and its consideration by House Financial Services. “The YIMBY Act will help communities recognize their own agency in the housing shortage and provide them with a framework for smarter policymaking,” wrote these organizations, which include Council for Affordable and Rural Housing, Habitat for Humanity International, the National Multifamily Housing Council, Smart Growth America, and YIMBY Action. Up for Growth Action wrote about the YIMBY Act in its latest insights posts, which highlights some policies that fall under YIMBY Act jurisdiction and are currently being considered by cities and states across the country.
Senator Todd Young (R-IN) introduced the Senate version of the YIMBY Act; it is co-sponsored by Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI). The YIMBY Act is one of the key bills in Up for Growth Action’s legislative agenda, which also includes the Build More Housing Near Transit Act and the Task Force on the Impact of the Affordable Housing Crisis Act.
Up for Growth Action, a 501(c)(4) advocacy organization, fosters equitable growth by empowering a diverse member network in advancing research and policy that eliminate structural barriers to housing. You can learn more at http://www.upforgrowth.org.