Federal Healthy Housing Legislation

NCHH tracks current House and Senate legislation on this page.

Legislation Introduced in 2021

S. 769: Housing Fairness Act of 2021

TITLE

–  S. 769 Housing Fairness Act of 2021

YEAR INTRODUCED

–  2021

CHIEF SPONSOR(S)

‎–  Senator Catherine Cortez Masto, D-NV

TOPIC(S)

–  Affordable housing, discrimination, and health.

CONTENT

‎– To authorize funds to prevent housing discrimination through the use of nationwide testing, to increase funds for the Fair Housing Initiatives Program, and for other purposes, such as the effects of housing discrimination and segregation on education, poverty, economic development, health, and other socioeconomic factors.

S. 1218: Green New Deal for Public Housing Act

TITLE

‎– S. 1218: Green New Deal for Public Housing Act.

YEAR INTRODUCED

– 2021

CHIEF SPONSOR(S)

‎– Senator Bernie Sanders, I-VT

TOPIC(S)

‎– Public housing, health, and environment.

CONTENT

‎– To rehabilitate public housing that is severely distressed and causing residents to be exposed to unhealthy and unsafe environments. ‎

– Biannual reports on the impact that grant programs have on changes to the overall community health indicators in public housing developments and their surrounding neighborhoods, including asthma rates, air quality, water quality, and levels of lead and mold. 

H.Res. 332: Recognizing the Duty of the Federal Government to Create a Green New Deal

TITLE

‎– H.Res. 332: Recognizing the Duty of the Federal Government to Create a Green New Deal.

YEAR INTRODUCED

– 2021

CHIEF SPONSOR(S)

‎– Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-NY14

TOPIC(S)

‎– Health and environment.

CONTENT

‎– Recognizing that human activity is the dominant cause of observed climate change over the past century, and this changing climate is causing sea levels to rise and an increase in wildfires, severe storms, droughts, and other extreme weather events that threaten human life, healthy communities, and critical infrastructure, such as housing. ‎ 

S. 679: Public Housing Emergency Response Act

TITLE

‎– S. 679: Public Housing Emergency Response Act.

YEAR INTRODUCED

– 2021

CHIEF SPONSOR(S)

‎– Senator Elizabeth Warren, D-MA

TOPIC(S)

‎– Public housing and health.

CONTENT

‎– To authorize additional monies to the Public Housing Capital Fund of the Department of Housing and Urban Development to combat poor housing conditions contribute to a broad range of infectious diseases, chronic diseases, injuries, childhood development complications, nutrition issues, and mental health challenges.

H.R. 235: Public Housing Emergency Response Act

TITLE

‎– H.R. 235: Public Housing Emergency Response Act.

YEAR INTRODUCED

– 2021

CHIEF SPONSOR(S)

‎– Representative Nydia Velázquez, D-NY7

TOPIC(S)

‎– Public housing and health.

CONTENT

‎– To authorize additional monies to the Public Housing Capital Fund of the Department of Housing and Urban Development to combat poor housing conditions contribute to a broad range of infectious diseases, chronic diseases, injuries, childhood development complications, nutrition issues, and mental health challenges.

H.R. 1376: Get the Lead Out Act of 2021

TITLE

‎– H.R. 1376: Get the Lead Out Act of 2021.

YEAR INTRODUCED

– 2021

CHIEF SPONSOR(S)

‎– Representative Tim Ryan, D-OH13

TOPIC(S)

‎– Health.

CONTENT

‎– To eliminate lead-based pipe and tap hazards in housing and for other purposes.

H.R. 943: Social Determinants for Moms Act

TITLE

‎– H.R. 943: Social Determinants for Moms Act.

YEAR INTRODUCED

– 2021

CHIEF SPONSOR(S)

‎– Representative Lucy McBath, D-GA6

TOPIC(S)

‎– Affordable housing and health.

CONTENT

‎– To address social determinants of maternal health, such as housing, with respect to pregnant and postpartum individuals, and for other purposes.

‎– Identifying and conducting outreach to pregnant and postpartum individuals who are low-income and lack consistent access to safe, stable, affordable, and adequate housing.

‎– Establishing and enforcing health-promoting housing codes.

S. 851: Social Determinants for Moms Act

TITLE

‎– S. 851: Social Determinants for Moms Act.

YEAR INTRODUCED

– 2021

CHIEF SPONSOR(S)

‎– Senator Richard Blumenthal, D-CT

TOPIC(S)

‎– Affordable housing and health.

CONTENT

‎– To address social determinants of maternal health, such as housing, with respect to pregnant and postpartum individuals, and for other purposes.

‎– Identifying and conducting outreach to pregnant and postpartum individuals who are low-income and lack consistent access to safe, stable, affordable, and adequate housing.

‎– Establishing and enforcing health-promoting housing codes.

S. 987: CARA 3.0 Act of 2021

TITLE

‎– S. 987: CARA 3.0 Act of 2021.

YEAR INTRODUCED

– 2021

CHIEF SPONSOR(S)

‎– Senator Rob Portman, R-OH

TOPIC(S)

‎– Affordable housing and health.

CONTENT

‎– To provide high-quality housing support for those recovering from a substance abuse disorder.

H.R. 1331: Strengthening Mental Health Supports for BIPOC Communities Act

TITLE

‎– H.R. 1331: Strengthening Mental Health Supports for BIPOC Communities Act.

YEAR INTRODUCED

– 2021

CHIEF SPONSOR(S)

‎– Representative Tony Cárdenas, D-CA29

TOPIC(S)

‎– Discrimination, health, and homelessness.

CONTENT

‎– To amend the Public Health Service Act to reduce health inequities experienced by individuals who are members of historically racial and ethnic minority groups under State plans under the community mental health services block grant program, and for other purposes, such as the treatment of individuals who are experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity and individuals residing in rural communities.

H.R. 925: Data to Save Moms Act

TITLE

‎– H.R. 925: Data to Save Moms Act.

YEAR INTRODUCED

– 2021

CHIEF SPONSOR(S)

‎– Representative Sharice Davids, D-KS3

TOPIC(S)

‎– Health and affordable housing.

CONTENT

‎– To amend the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 201 et seq.) to authorize funding for maternal mortality review committees to promote representative community engagement, and for other purposes, such as improving housing quality and stability.

S. 347: Data to Save Moms Act

TITLE

‎– H.R. 925: Data to Save Moms Act.

YEAR INTRODUCED

– 2021

CHIEF SPONSOR(S)

‎– Senator Tina Smith, D-MN

TOPIC(S)

‎– Health and affordable housing.

CONTENT

‎– To amend the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 201 et seq.) to authorize funding for maternal mortality review committees to promote representative community engagement, and for other purposes, such as improving housing quality and stability.

S. 1019: Baby Food Safety Act of 2021

TITLE

‎– S. 1019: Baby Food Safety Act of 2021.

YEAR INTRODUCED

– 2021

CHIEF SPONSOR(S)

‎– Senator Amy Klobuchar, D-MN

TOPIC(S)

‎– Health.

CONTENT

‎– To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to limit the presence of toxic elements in, and otherwise regulate, infant and toddler food, and for other purposes.

H.R. 2229: Baby Food Safety Act of 2021

TITLE

‎– H.R. 2229: Baby Food Safety Act of 2021.

YEAR INTRODUCED

– 2021

CHIEF SPONSOR(S)

‎– Representative Raja Krishnamoorthi, D-IL8

TOPIC(S)

‎– Health.

CONTENT

‎– To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to limit the presence of toxic elements in, and otherwise regulate, infant and toddler food, and for other purposes.

S. 346: Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act of 2021

TITLE

‎– S. 346: Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act of 2021.

YEAR INTRODUCED

– 2021

CHIEF SPONSOR(S)

‎– Senator Cory Booker, D-NJ

TOPIC(S)

‎– Discrimination, health, and affordable housing.

CONTENT

‎– To end preventable maternal mortality and severe maternal morbidity in the United States and close disparities in maternal health outcomes, and for other purposes, such as the Housing for Moms grant program.

H.R. 959: Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act of 2021

TITLE

‎– H.R. 959:: Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act of 2021.

YEAR INTRODUCED

– 2021

CHIEF SPONSOR(S)

‎– Representative Lauren Underwood, D-IL14

TOPIC(S)

‎– Discrimination, health, and affordable housing.

CONTENT

‎– To end preventable maternal mortality and severe maternal morbidity in the United States and close disparities in maternal health outcomes, and for other purposes, such as the Housing for Moms grant program.

H.Res. 344: Declaring Racism a Public Health Crisis

TITLE

‎– H.Res. 344: Declaring Racism a Public Health Crisis.

YEAR INTRODUCED

– 2021

CHIEF SPONSOR(S)

‎– Representative Jahana Hayes, D-CT5

TOPIC(S)

‎– Discrimination, environment, and health.

CONTENT

‎– To declare racism a public health crisis as it promotes:

– Environmental injustices, such as proximity and exposure to toxic waste or hazardous air pollutants

– Discriminatory housing practices, such as redlining, systemically excluded people of color from housing.

S.Res. 172: A Resolution Declaring Racism a Public Health Crisis

TITLE

‎– S.Res. 172: A Resolution Declaring Racism a Public Health Crisis.

YEAR INTRODUCED

– 2021

CHIEF SPONSOR(S)

‎– Senator Sherrod Brown, D-OH

TOPIC(S)

‎– Discrimination, environment, and health.

CONTENT

‎– To declare racism a public health crisis as it promotes:

– Environmental injustices, such as proximity and exposure to toxic waste or hazardous air pollutants

– Discriminatory housing practices, such as redlining, systemically excluded people of color from housing.

S. 162: Anti-Racism in Public Health Act of 2021

TITLE

‎– S. 162: Anti-Racism in Public Health Act of 2021.

YEAR INTRODUCED

– 2021

CHIEF SPONSOR(S)

‎– Senator Elizabeth Warren, D-MA

TOPIC(S)

‎– Discrimination and health.

CONTENT

‎– To conduct research into, collect, and analyze the public health impacts of structural racism, and the effectiveness of intervention strategies to address these impacts.

‎– To research the social determinants of health resulting from structural racism, including poverty and housing.

H.R. 666: Anti-Racism in Public Health Act of 2021

TITLE

‎– H.R. 666: Anti-Racism in Public Health Act of 2021.

YEAR INTRODUCED

– 2021

CHIEF SPONSOR(S)

‎– Representative Ayanna Pressley, D-MA7

TOPIC(S)

‎– Discrimination and health.

CONTENT

‎– To conduct research into, collect, and analyze the public health impacts of structural racism, and the effectiveness of intervention strategies to address these impacts.

‎– To research the social determinants of health resulting from structural racism, including poverty and housing.