The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services selected Congresswoman Maxine Waters, who represents the 35th District, to chair the House of Representatives Subcommittee on Housing and Community Opportunity.

The 13-member panel to be led by Waters, who served as the ranking Democrat on the subcommittee in the last Congress, is responsible for major federal housing and community development programs.

Waters said she is “prepared to develop and present an aggressive strategic agenda designed to improve the nation’s affordable housing and community development programs that affect low and moderate income families, the elderly and the disabled.”

She said she was anxious to have the opportunity to chair the subcommittee because of her desire to begin tackling housing problems faced by diverse communities nationwide.

“With such a talented and committed group of members to serve on the subcommittee, I expect to get a lot done to meet the housing needs of so many Americans whose needs are not being met,” Waters said.

The focus of her chairwomanship, she said, would be issues of affordability, the housing crisis in the U.S. Gulf Coast region, homelessness and Community Development Block Grant funding.

“This is something that I have worked for a long time to achieve and now I can make a real difference in the lives of ordinary Americans who have pressing housing needs,” Waters said.

Information, Waters’ Westchester office, (310) 642-4610.