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house Bill H.R. 3620

Should the USDA’s Program to Support Rural Housing be Permanently Authorized?

Argument in favor

The USDA’s housing assistance programs are an essential source of support for rural families in poverty. Permanently authorizing the Multifamily Housing Preservation and Revitalization program, which has been a demonstration program for the past 13 years, would help ensure rural families’ housing security.

jimK's Opinion
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09/11/2019
Thanks to NoHedges for enlightening me/us in the Daily Countable posting today- which clearly addresses the issues and origins of this program. Thanks to the guidance provided, I am compelled support this legislation, the details of which I did not understand. .... ORIGINAL RESPONSE: I am not sure that I totally get the purpose of this, but I really do not know enough about the issues. Perhaps some of you could help enlighten me. From the summary, I am wondering why this is part of the USDA? I have thought that prior legislation has addressed low income housing needs, and thought that it applied to both urban and rural areas. If that is true, then why would this program be needed? Is it that the funding for low income housing is insufficient overall or is it that the funding is inequitably distributed? From a skeptical perspective, this could be read as an attempt to subsidize housing for farm workers that don’t have to be paid as much, since their housing is subsidized. Unfortunately, I do have a tendency to be somewhat skeptical of any legislation these days. I honestly do not know enough about the needs to form an honest opinion.
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verymary's Opinion
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09/11/2019
All of my relatives on my mother's side of the family were farmers, and I always considered them the backbone of our country. Whenever there was a family wedding or funeral, it would always be held at 2:30 in the afternoon so that all the uncles could be back home in time to milk the cows and feed the pigs and horses. When the economy was bad, those uncles and my grandfather made do with less and borrowed from the local bank and prayed. And of course their hard work fed lots of people. I'll always be in favor of any program that helps farmers stay on the land to which they devote their lives.
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NoHedges's Opinion
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09/10/2019
There is not enough affordable housing available in rural areas. Realistically, the section 8 housing needs to increase ten fold. In Garfield County Colorado (home of Republican Scott Tipton) the waitlist for section 8 housing is so long that it has been permanently closed.
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Argument opposed

There’s no need to permanently authorize the Multifamily Housing Preservation and Revitalization program, as it’s perfectly fine as a renewable demonstration program. Additionally, this bill doesn’t go far enough to ensure housing stability in rural areas, and should be amended to ensure it achieves its goals.

JTJ's Opinion
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09/10/2019
This is not the job of the federal government, this is a state issue.
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Doug's Opinion
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09/10/2019
No part of this bill sounds like anything the department of agriculture should have its hands in.
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J's Opinion
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09/11/2019
There are better ways to secure affordable housing- subsidy does not satisfy it. The taxpayer should not be subsidizing rural rents. We need to bring economy to rural areas to support living expenses and promote home ownership and investment in areas, not subsidize a lack of economy. That will accomplish nothing!
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bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
  • The house has not voted
      house Committees
      Committee on Financial Services
    IntroducedJuly 5th, 2019