Legislation to prevent carbon monoxide fatalities in public housing was approved by the House Committee on Financial Services today and now moves to the full House for consideration. The “Safe Housing for Families Act of 2019,” by Representative Jesus Garcia (D-IL) requires combination carbon monoxide and smoke detectors in public and assisted housing units and authorizes $300 million over a three-year period for installation and maintenance.
In a letter to Chairwoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), CLPHA Executive Director Sunia Zaterman expressed support for the bill.
“Resident health and safety are paramount to CLPHA members, and measures taken to mitigate hazards such as those addressed by this bill are welcome,” wrote Zaterman. “We are pleased the bill authorizes commensurate funding to meet the requirements of installing and maintaining the carbon monoxide detectors at an amount of $300 million over a three-year period.”