On behalf of ICP, its housing mobility counseling program that helps voucher holders find and obtain rental units where its clients see they can best thrive, we thank Representatives Jon Rosenthal (HB 1257) and Eddie Rodriguez (HB 2187) for sponsoring bills that sought to uncuff cities and counties that would have allowed them to make housing decisions on their own behalves. We also thank others who joined us in this fight. The Texas House’s Urban Affairs Committee, chaired by Representative Buttons, refused to give these bills the public hearings they deserved. In so doing, they not only blocked movement of the bills but disallowed public discourse of a topic about which many low income families and their supporters care deeply.
As Texas’ 86th legislative session comes to an end, ICP pledges to continue to advocate for repeal of policies that intercept fair housing and civil rights. We hope you will continue to join us as the struggle continues. Follow below to see the history of these efforts and talking points that continue to be relevant.
- HB 1257 Call to Action and Talking Points
- On February 27, 2019, HB 1257 was referred to the Urban Affairs Committee.
- On February 21, 2019, Representative Rodriguez filed a related bill (HB 2187) also seeking to uncuff cities and counties as they try to consider anti-housing voucher discrimination ordinances.
- HB 2187 was referred to the House Urban Affairs committee on March 6, 2019.