Congressman Scott Peters

Representing the 52nd District of California

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Housing and Homelessness

San Diego and America have a housing crisis. Rents are rising, while wages remain stagnant, and when people can’t make ends meet and don’t have support networks to care for them, they often lose their homes. It’s wrong that some San Diegans wait 10 years for rental assistance and it’s still not enough to put a roof over their heads. We need to build more housing for people of all income levels in a way that’s thoughtfully chartered for our communities. In order to address housing insecurity and homelessness, we should implement a coordinated, dedicated, and region-wide plan that gives people the resources and tools they need to find and sustain housing.


Advocating to Update the HUD Funding Formula

Since coming to Congress in 2013, I’ve been fighting to ensure San Diego receives its fair share of federal funding to address homelessness.  I first contacted HUD about the formula in March of 2013 after a report found that in 2012, despite having the third largest homeless population in the country, San Diego received the 18th highest level of federal homelessness funding.

Following the change in administrations, I sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development with other San Diego Representatives to request the status of their analysis of the Public Comment Period feedback.

Supporting San Diego’s Housing Market

San Diego’s population is growing at a far greater rate than our supply of housing but there are ways that the federal government can help close this gap and support the development of new housing units. I’m working to incentivize more housing development as well as efforts to improve access to homeownership.

  • Wrote an op-ed in the San Diego Union-Tribune about the unintended consequences that the California Environmental Quality Act has on the housing market, urging CEQA reform.
  • Opposed the GOP tax bill, which would hurt California’s ability to develop affordable housing.
  • Cosponsored the Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act, which increases consumer access to manufactured housing including mobile homes, for example).  Scott also helped pass this bill in the 114th Congress when it was before the House for a vote.

Expanding Access to Benefits and Care

As we work to find permanent housing for individuals experiencing homelessness, we also need to ensure they have supportive services. As a member of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, I’ve highlighted the unique challenges associated with veteran homelessness and the innovative ways San Diego is working to address them.

  • Participated in a committee hearing regarding the HUD-VASH rental assistance program for veterans and asked HUD what they are doing to address the gap between high housing costs and the value of vouchers veterans receive.
  • Sent a letter to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding the Hepatitis A outbreak, which affected many homelessness individuals, requesting all federal resources necessary to address the crisis.
  • Introduced the Shelter our Servicemembers (SOS) Act to provide elderly homeless veterans with stable housing and benefits
  • Introduced the Housing Assistance Efficiency Act to clarify a HUD regulation and permit private non-profits to administer rental assistance
  • Participate in San Diego’s annual Point in Time Count (PITC) to get a snapshot unsheltered homeless individuals and assess the availability and quality of existing services.

More on Housing and Homelessness

Nov 14, 2019 Press Release

Yesterday, the House Financial Services Committee passed Rep. Scott Peters’ (CA-52) bill to support homeless veterans.

Sep 12, 2019 Press Release

Today, Rep. Scott Peters (CA-52) introduced the bipartisan Build More Housing Near Transit Act, legislation that would change the rating criteria for the Federal Transit Administration’s New Starts program, which funds transit projects like commuter rail, light rail, and bus rapid transit through the Capital Investment Grants (CIG) Program. The bill requires housing feasibility assessments to determine how and where housing units could be built near new transit stops.

Jul 2, 2019 Press Release

Last week, Rep. Scott Peters (CA-52) introduced H.R. 3516, the Fair Housing Improvement Act, to protect veterans and low-income families from unfair housing practices. Under current law, landlords can discriminate against people who use vouchers to pay rent, which includes veterans and low-income families. The Fair Housing Improvement Act expands protections in the Fair Housing Act of 1968 to prohibit discrimination based on source of income or veteran status.

Jun 25, 2019 Press Release

Today, Rep. Scott Peters (CA-52) voted to fund federal agencies and priorities related to Commerce, Justice, Science, Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, Interior, Environment, Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development. The bill invests in San Diego priorities that make our communities safer, protect our natural resources and wildlife, and support our strategic role in the national defense.

Jun 12, 2019 Press Release

Yesterday, Reps. Scott Peters (CA-52) and Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA-03) introduced the Task Force on the Impact of the Affordable Housing Crisis Act, H.R. 3211. This bill creates a task force of academics or experts in fields related to housing to make recommendations to Congress about housing policy. The task force will also evaluate and measure the consequences of unstable, unaffordable housing on quality of life, as well as its effect on federal, state, and local budgets.

May 2, 2019 Press Release

This week, Rep. Scott Peters (CA-52) introduced the Veteran HOUSE Act and Homes for Our Heroes Act to address veteran homelessness, a key issue in San Diego. The bills are expected to be considered by the full Veterans’ Affairs Committee soon.

Oct 3, 2018 Press Release

Yesterday, U.S. Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) introduced H.R. 7022, a bipartisan bill with Representatives John Katko (NY-24), Mark Takano (CA-41), and Mike Coffman (CO-6) that will increase transparency within the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) HUD-VA Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) voucher program which provides eligible veterans with supportive services.

Aug 14, 2018 Press Release

Today, U.S. Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) introduced the Rent Relief Act to help Americans struggling to afford housing each month. The bill would provide a refundable tax credit to renters who paid more than 30 percent of their gross income on rent, including utilities, the previous year. The bill is the House companion to the bill introduced in the Senate by Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA).

Aug 14, 2018 In The News

WASHINGTON, D.C. (KGTV) – San Diego Congressman Scott Peters introduced legislation Tuesday to provide a tax credit to renters who paid more than 30 percent of their gross income on rent and utilities the previous year.

The Rent Relief Act is the House companion to a Senate bill introduced by Senator Kamala Harris.

Aug 1, 2018 In The News

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The federal housing program known as the Housing Choice Voucher or Section 8 program provides families with a subsidy to pay their rent. In an effort to expand housing choices and keep landlords from discriminating, the San Diego City Council approved an ordinance that prohibits landlords from refusing to consider rental applications from a tenant applicant who receives a Section 8 voucher or some type of rental assistance.