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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July 1, 2020 Press Release

 

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09), a senior member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, today voted for the Moving Forward Act, a sweeping, $1.5 trillion five-year bill that will create jobs while rebuilding America’s infrastructure including not only our roads, bridges, and transit systems, but also our schools, housing, broadband access, green energy, and water infrastructure.

May 13, 2020 Press Release

MEMPHIS – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) will return to Washington Thursday and plans to vote Friday on a fifth bill in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The Heroes Act, H.R.

May 1, 2020 Press Release

MEMPHIS – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today announced that the Memphis Housing Authority will receive a coronavirus-related grant of $1,097,308 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Congressman Cohen made the following statement:

“Residents of public housing and those receiving housing assistance are hurting as the pandemic continues to ravage our economy. This funding is both timely and necessary.”

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April 2, 2020 Press Release

MEMPHIS – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today announced that Memphis will be receiving $6,495,376 and Shelby County will be receiving $704,206 in Covid-19 related assistance from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. 

 

Congressman Cohen made the following statement:

 

“Residents of public housing and those receiving housing assistance are in obvious need as the coronavirus invades Memphis. This much-needed funding will ease some anxiety over household expenses like rent. I’m pleased that this welcome relief has come in a timely manner.”

January 14, 2020 Press Release

 

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today announced that 27 local Memphis homelessness assistance programs will be receiving a total of $6.6 million in “continuum of care” grants to serve individuals and families experiencing homelessness from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Last year, there was a 2.7 percent increase in homelessness nationally, with 567,715 people counted as homeless on a single night. 

Congressman Cohen made the following statement: 

December 17, 2019 Press Release

  

WASHINGTON -- Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today announced that Memphis will be receiving a Choice Neighborhoods Supplemental Grant of $4 million from the Department of Housing and Urban Development. 

 Congressman Cohen made the following statement: 

 “I was proud to be a part of the dedication ceremonies at Foote Park in September and am pleased to announce this supplemental grant to expand on the major improvements to a historic Memphis neighborhood.”  

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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.