Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT) and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) introduced the Green New Deal for Public Housing Act. In the Senate, the bill (S. 2876) is co-sponsored by Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR). In the House, the bill (H.R. 5185) is co-sponsored by Representatives Joyce Beatty (D-OH), Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Steve Cohen (D-TN), Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Adriano Espaillat (D-NY), Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), Barbara Lee (D-CA), Andy Levin (D-MI), Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Chellie Pingree (D-ME), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI).
The legislation would create seven grant programs to upgrade public housing units through decarbonization and mixed-use development and repeal the Faircloth Amendment, which prohibits new public housing units above the amount of units owned, operated or assisted by a PHA as of October 1, 1999.