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A Matter of Life and Death: Improving Fire Safety in Federally Assisted Housing

Wednesday, April 20, 2022 | 12:00 | The Hall of Fame Playhouse at the Roscoe Brown Student Center, Bronx Community College, 2155 University Avenue, Bronx, New York 10453 & Cisco WebEx
Click here for the LIVE WEBCAST of this hearing.

Click here for the Committee Memorandum.

Due to the latest information available regarding COVID-19, the field hearing taking place at Bronx Community College Hall of Fame Roscoe Brown Student Center Playhouse has a virtual option for all Members and witnesses to participate remotely. Bronx Community College requires any individual interested in attending the field hearing to show proof of vaccination or show proof of a negative PCR test within seven days prior to accessing the college campus.


  • H.R. 6528, the “Housing Temperature Safety Act of 2022.” (Rep. Torres)
  • H.R. 6529, the “Twin Parks North West Fire Safety Act of 2022.” (Rep. Torres)
  • H.R. 3279, the “HUD Inspection Oversight Act of 2021.” (Rep. Lawson)
  • H.R. 6880, the “Choice in Affordable Housing Act of 2022.” (Rep. Cleaver)
  • H.R. ____, the “Safe at Home Act of 2022.”
  • H.R. ____, a discussion draft to require the installation of sealed, tamper-resistant smoke detectors in federally assisted housing, and to authorize $2 million for a public awareness campaign on health and safety features in housing. (Rep. Dean)
  • H.R. ____, the “Housing Inspections Accountability Act of 2022.” (Rep. Ocasio-Cortez)
  • H.R. ____, the “Consumer Protection for Tenants Act.” (Rep. Williams)
  • H.R. 2638, the “Public Housing Fire Safety Act.” (Rep. Watson Coleman)

Witness List

Panel 1
  • Adolfo Carrion, Commissioner for Enforcement and Neighborhood Services, NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development
  • Sandra Clayton, former resident of Twin Parks North West
  • Vanessa Gibson, Bronx Borough President
  • Laura Kavanagh, Commissioner of the New York City Fire Department
  • RuthAnne Visnauskas, Commissioner and CEO, New York State Homes and Community Renewal
Panel 2
  • Alicka Ampry-Samuel, Regional Administrator, Region II, Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Ashley Sheriff, Acting Deputy Assistant, Real Estate Assessment Center, Department of Housing and Urban Development

Hearing Video


    Webcast of the Hearing

    • H.R. 6790, The "Business Borrowers Protection Act."
    • H.R. 6790, The "Business Borrowers Protection Act."


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