NLIHC Board Member to Testify in Support of HUD’s Rental Assistance Demonstration
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NLIHC Board Member to Testify in Support of HUD’s Rental Assistance Demonstration


November 3, 2011 – (RealEstateRama) — At a hearing today, National Low Income Housing Coalition board member and legal services attorney Charles Elsesser will testify before a House panel in support of an Administration proposal on public housing conversion.

Public housing conversion will allow private investment in the nation’s public housing stock. NLIHC supports this conversion demonstration as a way to test, evaluate and identify ways to allow PHAs to preserve this housing stock while providing residents input in the process, protecting the nation’s investment, and continuing to serve the lowest income households in an affordable way.

In 2009, there were 10 million extremely low income households but only 6.5 million units affordable to this income group. At the same time, since 2000, HUD has approved the demolition or disposition of more than 100,000 units of public housing.

Mr. Elsesser will testify to the merits of the HUD proposal, such as the provisions for resident participation and location choice, and for long-term use and affordability restrictions.

Hearing Information
WHAT: Subcommittee on Insurance, Housing and Community Opportunity of the House Committee on Financial Services hearing, “The Obama Administration’s Rental Assistance Demonstration Proposal.”

WHEN: Thursday, November 3, 2 pm

WHERE: Room 2128, Rayburn House Office Building

WITNESSES: The Honorable Sandra B. Henriquez, Assistant Secretary, Public and Indian Housing, Department of Housing and Urban Development ; Mr. Ismael Guerrero, Executive Director, Housing Authority, City and County of Denver ; Mr. Steven C. Hydinger, Managing Director, BREC Development, LLC; Mr. Charles Elsesser, Community Justice Project, Florida Legal Services and NLIHC Board of Directors.

Mr. Elsesser’s written testimony is available at


Established in 1974 by Cushing N. Dolbeare, the National Low Income Housing Coalition is dedicated solely to achieving socially just public policy that assures people with the lowest incomes in the United States have affordable and decent homes.

Amy Clark 202-662-1530 x227;

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