June 27, 2019

Harris Applauds Advancement of Safe Housing for Families Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. —U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Friday applauded the advancement of the Safe Housing for Families Act, which requires carbon monoxide detectors in public and publicly subsidized housing. The bill advanced out of the House Financial Services Committee this week and is on its way to a full vote in the House of Representatives. Harris introduced the Safe Housing for Families Act earlier this year in partnership with Representatives Jesús G. “Chuy” García (D-IL) and Joe Cunningham (D-SC) after carbon monoxide poisoning led to the deaths of two men in South Carolina in January, followed by a couple in Michigan in February.

“This is great news. I’m glad that the House Financial Services Committee has passed our legislation to address the carbon monoxide crisis in HUD-supported housing,” said Harris. “The full House and the Senate should vote on this immediately. We must take action to install carbon monoxide detectors in all public housing to ensure we avoid any more preventable deaths.”

The bill passed with unanimous support in the House Financial Services Committee. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson has spoken favorably about the bill, which expedites and funds a proposed rule announced by Carson in April requiring carbon monoxide detectors to be installed on HUD housing. HUD has acknowledged that congressional action is needed to implement the rule change quickly. 

For further background on the Safe Housing for Families Act, click here.

For full bill text, click here.