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Housing

Affordable housing

Stable housing is critical to rebuilding and strengthening our communities and to our economic recovery. Accordingly, I have voted for, and advocated on behalf of, full funding for these important programs: 
  • The HOME program, which is used by states and local governments to assist low-income families with affordable housing,
  • Neighborworks America, which has been a leader in affordable housing and community development since 1978,
  • The Fair Housing Initiatives Program, which plays a crucial role in educating communities on the housing industry, and enforcing housing discrimination laws.
  • Community Development Block Grants, the linchpin in the federal government’s commitment to help cities, counties, and states meet the needs of low- and middle-income residents and communities.
As a member of the Congressional Caucus on Homelessness, I will continue to work to address the lack of access to affordable housing, and will continue fighting for the fair treatment of homeowners and renters. 
 

Mortgages and Foreclosure

If you are facing foreclosure, please visit www.MakingHomeAffordable.gov or call my Oregon Office at (503) 469-6010. Be wary of foreclosure consultants who make promises and make sure that any housing counselor you work with is HUD certified.  More information is available at www.oregonhomeownersupport.gov.

The foreclosure crisis has caused devastation for many Oregonians. Too many families are underwater on their mortgages and many people, including families with children, have lost their homes. I am carefully monitoring the implementation of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, as well as the work of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), to ensure that strong regulations prevent another financial crisis.   

The economy won’t fully recover until the housing market is vital again. We need to explore policies that will help homeowners stay in their homes while the economy is recovering. I am committed to working with my colleagues in Congress and with advocates and the industry to address this important issue. I have joined with many of my colleagues in calling on the Acting Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency to reconsider his decision that prohibits Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac from reducing the principal owed on underwater mortgages. With so many mortgages underwater, this change could an immediate and constructive role in restoring confidence in the housing market.

Additionally I am supporting legislation to extend the availability of USDA home loans in rural communities. The USDA program has helped with homeownership in rural towns across the country and in Oregon for years, and communities that have qualified for the program in the past should be able to continue to participate if they have maintained rural characteristics.

 

More on Housing

July 17, 2020 Press Release
The COVID-19 pandemic has created stress for families across our country, and many have to decide whether to pay their energy bills or buy food and medication.
June 29, 2020 Press Release
As July approaches, another month’s rent will soon be due for millions of Americans struggling to make ends meet.
May 15, 2020 Press Release
Our nation is experiencing unprecedented job loss as our communities deal with a global health pandemic that is responsible for the deaths of more than 85,000 individuals in our country in just the past few months.
May 11, 2020 Press Release
I’ve spoken with several Community Action Agencies in Northwest Oregon about the increased demand for their services in light of this pandemic.
April 15, 2020 Press Release
Utility services are especially critical for public health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic.
March 27, 2020 Statements
Our country is suffering from a pandemic on an unimaginable scale, and this legislation will provide critical support to workers and families, small businesses, healthcare providers, student loan borrowers, and people struggling to make ends meet.
November 4, 2019 In The News

Many organizations representing the interests of older adults were thrilled with the U.S. House’s passage Monday of HR 4334, the Dignity in Aging Act of 2019, which reauthorizes the Older Americans Act. The leadership of Oregon Rep. Suzanne Bonamici on behalf of this bill was distinct and decisive. She chaired the subcommittee that produced the bill. Further, she ensured two things about the legislation and the process: It would be bipartisan and involve input from stakeholders.

 

October 7, 2019 In The News

As Democrats in the House of Representatives begin an impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump, Western Washington County residents packed the Cornelius Public Library on Wednesday, Oct. 2, to ask questions of U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici.

Multiple people asked Bonamici about the topic that has recently dominated national news: impeachment.

"We have a responsibility to hold this administration accountable," Bonamici said. 

July 26, 2019 In The News

A celebration to recognize those involved with helping establish a 16-unit affordable housing apartment complex in St. Helens was hosted last week.

On Friday, July 19, a grand opening ceremony was held at the 18th Street Development, a recently completed affordable housing apartment complex — already fully occupied — as a way to honor those involved that made the project possible.

July 19, 2019 In The News

A grand opening event to celebrate the completion of a 16-unit affordable housing project in St. Helens will take place at the complex this Friday.

The recently completed 18th Street Development, which sits adjacent to the Community Action Team building on 17th Street, features more than a dozen 400-square-foot apartments to rent for those who are low-income, or at risk of homelessness.