Congressman Steve Cohen

Representing the 9th District of Tennessee

Housing

Congressman Cohen is a strong advocate for fair housing policies and increased federal investment in affordable housing. Mindful of the Great Recession of 2008, during which Memphis and the nation suffered an unprecedented foreclosure crisis, Congressman Cohen strongly supports efforts to prevent predatory practices in the home mortgage loan industry to protect future or current homebuyers and homeowners, respectively.

Congressman Cohen introduced the Housing Accountability Act, alongside Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), which would hold property owners of low-income, federally-subsidized housing facilities accountable for poor living conditions. Working across the aisle, some of the important provisions of the Housing Accountability Act were passed by the House and Senate and signed into law, increasing the accountability of landlords managing federally subsidized housing facilities to prevent chronic, persistent issues that threaten the health and safety of tenants.

In 2015, after a long multi-year, the Congressman was pleased to announce that Memphis, among nine nationwide finalists, was awarded a $30 million federal grant from the Choice Neighborhood program to redevelop Foote Homes and bring much needed revitalization to Memphis. The Choice Neighborhoods program was an initiative of the Obama Administration that sought to transform neighborhoods of poverty into viable, mixed-income areas with access to economic opportunities. The program endeavored to do so through the revitalization of severely distressed public and assisted housing by leveraging and investing in well-functioning services, effective schools and education programs, public assets, public transportation and improved access to jobs.

Congressman Cohen has worked to shed light on the mismanagement of several low-income, public housing facilities in Memphis including Goodwill Village, Tulane, and the Warren Apartments. Congressman Cohen wrote to then-Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Julian Castro, to launch an investigation. Even after a change of management, persistent maintenance concerns remain at several properties which led Congressman Cohen to write to current HUD Secretary Ben Carson, demanding to know what steps the Trump Administration would be taking to bring property managers of poorly maintained public housing facilities in compliance with federal law.

More on Housing

July 23, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) and French Hill (AR-02) today introduced the Housing Accountability Act, a bipartisan, bicameral bill to improve the quality and management of Section 8 and subsidized housing. 

Congressman Cohen made the following statement: 

May 17, 2019 Press Release

 

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) voted for, and the House passed, H.R. 5, the Equality Act, which amends federal civil rights laws to explicitly prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in education, employment, housing, credit, federal jury service, public accommodations and the use of federal funds. The vote was 236 to 173.

Congressman Cohen made the following statement:

April 12, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Steve Cohen (D-TN-9) announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded $6,796,656 in grants to Memphis and Shelby County public housing agencies under its Capital Fund program.

"Increasing access to quality, affordable housing is crucial for Memphis and Memphians," said Congressman Cohen. "This new federal funding will help the Memphis Housing Authority modernize its housing and improve the quality of life for many residents."

February 14, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) tonight voted for, and the House passed, a spending package that will likely avert another government shutdown. The package, which includes $1.375 billion for barriers and bollard fencing but none for the President’s requested border wall, will fund the departments and agencies covered by the Agriculture, Commerce-Justice-Science, Financial Services, Homeland Security, Interior-Environment, State-Foreign Operations, and Transportation-Housing and Urban Development appropriations bills through September 30.

January 10, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today voted for, and the House passed, two spending bills to reopen the Departments of Transportation, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Department of Agriculture in an effort to end the destructive, ongoing Trump government shutdown, and made the following statement:

August 30, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON -- Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today announced a total of $14,254,835 in federal funds to combat homelessness and support affordable housing programs and facilities for vulnerable populations throughout Memphis. The funding comes through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) HOME Investment Partnership program, Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS program, Community Development Block Grant program, and Emergency Solutions Grants program.

July 5, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) condemned as heartless bad policy U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson’s proposed 25 percent rent increase for low-income residents touted at the American Conservative Union’s Foundation for Conservative Political Action Conference in Memphis earlier this week, and made the following statement:

July 5, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) condemned as heartless bad policy U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson’s proposed 25 percent rent increase for low-income residents touted at the American Conservative Union’s Foundation for Conservative Political Action Conference in Memphis earlier this week, and made the following statement:

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August 17, 2017 Press Release

 

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] — Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09), Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice, today announced that he will be introducing articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump following the President’s comments on the horrific events in Charlottesville, Virginia.