Biden-Harris Administration Boosts Affordable Housing with $85M in Grants


A for sale sign is posted in front of a home in Sacramento, Calif., March 3, 2022. The Biden administration is announcing new federal initiatives to increase access to affordable housing as high interest rates and still-high prices on groceries and other necessities have dramatically pushed up the cost of living in the post-pandemic years. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
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Today, Vice President Kamala Harris and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Acting Secretary Adrianne Todman announced the Biden-Harris administration is awarding $85 million in grants to tackle affordable housing barriers. The Pathways to Removing Obstacles to Housing program will help over 20 communities update housing plans, reform land use policies, streamline permits, and increase access to affordable housing.

The vice president emphasized the administration’s commitment to lowering housing costs, stating every American deserves affordable housing, and this $85 million investment is a critical step towards that goal.

“I am proud to announce that we are taking a critical step forward by investing $85 million to help more than 20 communities throughout our country remove barriers to building more affordable housing,” said Harris.

The program addresses challenges such as high land costs, inadequate infrastructure, and outdated policies, aiming to boost housing supply and provide development support.

Todman noted the substantial demand for this funding, with applications from 175 communities across 47 states. The initiative is part of the broader Biden-Harris Housing Supply Action Plan. Additional funding of $100 million will be available later this year.

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