Professor Jaime Alison Lee, director of the University of Baltimore School of Law’s Community Development Clinic, testified May 12, 2016, before the U.S. House of Representatives’ Financial Services Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance at a hearing titled “The Future of Housing in America: A Comparison of the United Kingdom and United States Models for Affordable Housing.”
The hearing was part of a series undertaken by the subcommittee to assess affordable and rental housing programs 50 years after the creation of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, according to a news release from the House Financial Services Committee.
Lee, the author of a 2015 Tulsa Law Review article, “Rights at Risk in Privatized Public Housing,” was the only witness called by the Democrats on the subcommittee.
Lee spoke about Congress’s commitment to preserving rights that uphold constitutional values in privatized public housing and noted that these rights are at risk due to weak enforcement and monitoring.
She also raised concerns about legal mechanisms that could make privatized public housing less affordable and less accessible to those who need it most.
Said Lee: “My suggestions for improvement included a clearer legislative mandate for enforcement, greater rights monitoring, more transparency, enhanced resident participation and sufficient funding for affordable housing.”