Congresswoman Norma Torres

Representing the 35th District of California
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Torres Receives Defender of Housing Award

October 21, 2016
Press Release

ONTARIO, CA – Rep. Norma J. Torres (D-Pomona) was awarded the National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) Defender of Housing Award at a reception hosted by the Building Industry Association of California Baldy View Chapter this Thursday at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario.


“It is an honor to receive this award from our local home builders,” said Torres.  “Home builders were among the hardest hit by the recession, and measures that stabilize the housing market, keep families in their homes, and promote sustainable growth have been essential not only to our recovery but for the long-term prosperity of our communities.”


According to NAHB, this biannual award is given to federal legislators who have demonstrated strong support for housing, home building, remodeling, and development and have supported NAHB’s positions on key issues facing the industry.


“I’m committed to making sure the policy decisions made in Washington promote our local economy and make it easier for hardworking families to responsibly purchase a home and achieve the American Dream,” continued Torres.  “I look forward to continuing to work with our homebuilders to promote sustainable growth and thriving communities and to help the Inland Empire reach its fullest economic potential.


Torres has long been an advocate for affordable housing.  During her time in the State Legislature, she led efforts to provide financial assistance to millions of California families negatively impacted by the great recession, helped secure $2 billion in federal funds for the “Keep Your Home California” program, passed the Homeowner’s Bill of Rights, and authored legislation to accelerate the construction of affordable housing, help delinquent homeowners refinance their second mortgages, and make it easier for returning veterans to purchase homes.