As the House of Representatives considers whether or not to eliminate the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP), many city and state leaders have been voicing their opposition to the elimination of the program.
In Los Angeles where NSP will help complete the construction and rehabilitation of 1,200 of the most dilapidated units in the City, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has issued a statement voicing his concerns. In his statement, Mayor Villaraigosa expresses his strong opposition to the legislation and urges the House Financial Services Committee to vote the legislation down. He also stated that, “The elimination of NSP would only act to slow our efforts in rehabilitating communities in desperate need of better housing and open spaces.” Not only will NSP help rehabilitate 1,200 units but it has created over 900 jobs and assisted families in purchasing and renting the newly renovated homes.
Mayor Villaraigosa is not alone is his efforts. Phoenix, Arizona Mayor Phil Gordon also noted his opposition to the bill with a letter to Arizona Congressman David Schweikert. Illinois Governor Pat Quinn also the contacted the offices of Illinois Congressman Luis Gutierrez, Robert Dold and Congresswoman Judy Biggert to discuss why NSP should not be eliminated.
A joint letter from for the NSP programs was also read into record last week from the National Association of Counties, the National Leagues of Cities, the U.S. Conference of Mayors, the National Community Development Association, the National Association for County, Community and Economic Development, Council of State Community Development Agencies and Enterprise Community Partners.
NSP has helped cities across the country address and mitigate the deleterious effects that vacant and blighted properties have on neighborhoods and property values. The proof is in the many successful testimonies from city and state leaders across the country that are on the ground.