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.

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January 7, 2022 Press Release

MEMPHIS – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today highlighted a new report from the White House outlining how he delivered nearly double the regula

January 3, 2022 Press Release

MEMPHIS – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today announced that the Memphis Housing Authority will receive a grant of $244,513 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to hire one service coordinator under its Resident Opportunity and Self-Sufficiency Service Coordinators (ROSS-SC) Program.

December 17, 2021 Press Release

MEMPHIS – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today announced that Tennessee communities will receive $120,833,000 for improvements to their drinking water and wastewater systems through the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which he voted for and President Biden signed into law last month. 
 

Congressman Cohen made the following statement: 

November 23, 2021 Press Release

MEMPHIS – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today announced that Hope House Day Care Center will receive a $2,134,046 U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) grant from its Housing Opportunities for People with AIDS Program.

Congressman Cohen made the following statement:

November 19, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today voted for and the House passed the Build Back Better Act, a once-in-generation investment in the people of our country and in the future of our climate.

November 6, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09), a senior member of the Judiciary and Transportation and Infrastructure Committees, today voted for the rule for consideration of the Build Back Better Act, historic legislation investing in the nation’s social safety net.

November 5, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON -- Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09), a senior member of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, tonight voted for the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA). Congressman Cohen has repeatedly pointed to the positive impacts this bill will have on Memphis and nationwide from economic growth, increased labor participation, and enhanced U.S. competitiveness.

November 4, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09), a senior member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, spoke from the House floor today, applauding a variety of popular elements in the Build Back Better plan nearing a vote in the House including the extension of the Biden Child Tax Credit, the expansion of access to affordable home care for older adults, the authorization of universal, comprehensive paid leave for U.S. workers, and the largest effort to combat climate change in U.S.

September 16, 2021 Press Release

MEMPHIS – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today announced that Memphis and Shelby County’s continuum of care organization, the Community Alliance for the Homeless, will receive a grant of $3,444,180 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for a youth homelessness prevention demonstration program.

August 3, 2021 Press Release

MEMPHIS – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09), a senior member of the Judiciary Committee, today asked the White House to extend the national eviction moratorium that ended Saturday and threatens and put 11.4 million people at risk of homelessness during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Congressman Cohen re-introduced the Emergency Eviction Enforcement Act in March to protect vulnerable tenants from evictions during a national emergency or public health crisis.