Housing & Homelessness

Local, state, and federal leaders are working to address this issue and ensure Californians have a safe and affordable place to call home. In Congress:

  • I secured funding for affordable housing programs, and brough in over $41 million grants for low-middle income, veterans,and homeless community members.
  • I support tax deductions for renters and affordable housing near public transit.
  • The President signed into law legislation that included my bill, the Better Military Housing Act, to create a tenant bill of rights for residents of privatized military housing, prohibit retaliation against military tenants, and create a housing advocate for servicemembers. It is our duty to make sure that those who serve and sacrifice, including servicemembers and their family members, have safe, clean and well-maintained housing.
  • I am a strong supporter of the Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act, HR 3077, to expand and strengthen the Affordable Housing Tax Credit (AHTC)to incentivize building more affordable housing and better support underserved communities. The legislation would increase the number of allocated tax credits by 50 percent and increase the number of units built by over 500,000 units over the next decade.  In addition to increasing the number of credits available, the Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act creates more veteran-specific housing options and further serve extremely-low income communities.  The legislation will better protect victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking by ensuring Violence Against Women Act standards are applied to properties built using the AHTC. Importantly, for our agricultural communities, the Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act includes provisions that help build more affordable housing in rural areas. It allows for more credits to go into rural properties, and it standardizes rural income limits for Housing Credit and Housing Bond properties.

 

I will continue to create and implement solutions to tackle the housing crisis.

More on Housing & Homelessness

January 14, 2021 Press Release

SALINAS, CA – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel Valley) sent a bipartisan, bicameral letter calling on the Department of Education (DOE) to ensure federal funds are properly allocated to meet the needs of students experiencing homelessness.  Congress’ most recent COVID relief bill includes language urging DOE to effectively use funds reserved for students experiencing homelessness under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).  Congressman Panetta is joined by Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), Rep. Danny K. Davis (D, IL-07), Rep.

December 21, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel Valley) commended the House passage of a bipartisan $1.4 trillion FY2021 Omnibus spending package.  The FY2021 Omnibus funding measure includes appropriated funding for COVID relief, veterans’ healthcare, clean energy, and more.  The spending package also addresses expiring tax provisions for small businesses such as Central Coast wineries, families, and clean energy.  The Omnibus will now go to the Senate fo

November 27, 2020 Press Release

FEMA has approved a 30-day extension of its non-congregate shelter program for CZU Lightning Complex Fire survivors in Santa Cruz County.  This approval came one day after Congressman Panetta (D-Carmel Valley) and Congresswoman Anna Eshoo (D-CA) 

October 27, 2020 Press Release

SALINAS, CA – FEMA has approved a 30-day extension of its non-congregate shelter program for CZU Lightning Complex Fire survivors in Santa Cruz County.  This approval came two days after Congressman Panetta (D-Carmel Valley) and Congresswoman Anna Eshoo (CA-18) 

October 23, 2020 Press Release

SALINAS, CA - Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel Valley) announced that a $700,000 federal grant will be allocated to Santa Cruz County to help increase access to affordable housing opportunities.

September 9, 2020 Press Release

SALINAS, CA – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel Valley) announced the distribution of $5,973,491 in federal government grants for federal housing programs in California’s 20th Congressional District to help respond to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).  The funding for these grants comes from the recently passed Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which Congressman Panetta supported on July 17, 2020, and through the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Community Development Block Grants (CDBG).

June 30, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) announced that he co-introduced the Opportunity Starts at Home Act to provide permanent, supportive services for people at-risk of experiencing homelessness.  The bill was introduced along with Congressman Jimmy Gomez (CA-34) and fellow California Ways and Means Democrats Congressman Mike Thompson (CA-05), Congresswoman Linda Sánchez (CA-38), and Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA-27).

June 10, 2020 Press Release

SALINAS, CA – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel Valley) announced the distribution of $5,814,926 in federal government grants to the city of Salinas to support homeless Americans and individuals at risk of becoming homeless because of hardships such as job loss, wage reduction, or illness due to COVID-19. The funding for these grants is from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and through the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) program.

May 4, 2020 Press Release

SALINAS, CA – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel Valley) announced the distribution of $1,694,028 in federal government grants for federal housing programs in California’s 20th Congressional District to help respond to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).  The funding for these grants is from the recently passed Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and through the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Admin Fee Regular and Mainstream Voucher Program.

April 10, 2020 Press Release

SALINAS, CA – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel Valley) announced the distribution of $4,956,508 in federal government grants for federal housing program