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US Federal Introduced New Legislation

New Legislation Aims to Improve Housing Access for Pet Owners

Jul 14, 2023


US Federal Introduced New Legislation

In June, Federal lawmakers in the United States proposed two groundbreaking pieces of legislation to help pet owners find stable and affordable housing. The Pets Belong with Families Act, and the Providing for Unhoused People with Pets (PUPP) Act aim to help pet owners, especially those with lower incomes, find housing and get help if they are homeless.

The Pets Belong with Families Act aims to stop public housing agencies (PHAs) from putting breed-specific, size, and weight limits on housing choices. By doing this, the law tries to eliminate the things that make it hard for pet owners to find a good place to live for themselves and their pets. Representatives Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.), and Jason Crow (D-Colo.) proposed the legislation.

Importantly, while the law supports pet-friendly policies, it gives PHAs the freedom to decide how to handle potentially dangerous animals. This method ensures that local laws and private living rules are addressed. It balances letting people have pets and keeping the public safe.

The Providing for Unhoused People with Pets (PUPP) Act funds homeless shelters to help meet the needs of people who are homeless and have pets. These grants, which are given out by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), can be used to buy, fix up, repurpose, retrofit, or build new properties that will be used to house people with pets. The grants will also pay for operating fees and veterinary and behavioral services related to pets. Jason Crow (D-Colorado), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.), Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), and Nancy Mace (R-S.C.) are U.S. Representatives who support the bill.

These legislative attempts are a big step toward recognizing pets' importance to people and families, especially those with trouble finding a place to live. By getting rid of limits on housing and giving money, lawmakers want to ensure that having a pet doesn't stop people from finding safe, affordable housing.

Why Introduce these Legislations?

These laws were made because pet owners have difficulty finding places to stay that allow pets. Many people and families have trouble with things like breed, size, and weight limits, strict no-pet policies, pet deposits that are too high, and a lack of emergency shelters that allow pets.

And according to transitional housing programs, it is often imposed on the homeless with pets. This makes it even harder for unhoused people with pets to find a place to live.

By proposing these bills, lawmakers hope to solve these problems and make sure that people who live in affordable housing or are homeless can still keep their pets. The Pets Belong with Families Act aims to eliminate breed-based restrictions in public housing. This will help pet owners find acceptable housing without having to deal with restrictions that aren't necessary.

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