The 2020 elections are coming in fast and one of the most pressing issues for Americans across the country is the availability of affordable housing. Stay up to date with the plans and policies that the candidates have shared. Click the teal names of candidates or plans to learn more about their campaigns and proposals for affordable housing.
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Michael Bennet: No comprehensive affordable housing plan as of 8.15
Joe Biden: Biden’s housing policy is largely connected to his climate policy. He has pledged to direct the Department of Housing and Urban Development to increase the energy efficiency of low-income housing, and wants to change local regulations that will make it easier to build denser affordable housing close to public transportation as a way to shorten commute times and decrease the country’s carbon footprint.
In the Obama administration, the former vice president supported proposals like boosting housing vouchers, and implementing a policy grant program to help alter local zoning measures, along with an expansion of low-income housing tax credits.
Re-entry for the Formerly Incarcerated:
“If incarcerated individuals do not find housing upon reentry, that lack of housing can be completely destabilizing and limit their likelihood of successfully staying out of the criminal justice system and fulfilling their potential. Biden will work toward a goal of ensuring 100% of formerly incarcerated individuals – at the federal and state level – have housing upon release. He’ll start by directing the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to only contract with entities that are open to housing individuals looking for a second chance. And, he’ll expand funding for transitional housing, which has been drastically cut under the Trump Administration.
Bill de Blasio: No comprehensive affordable housing plan as of 8.15, previous accomplishments include:
Created 122,000 affordable homes for more than 275,000 New Yorkers.
Adopted the strongest Mandatory Inclusionary Housing policy in the nation, requiring developers to build affordable apartments.
Implemented two-year rent freeze — the first in City history — keeping rent stable for 2.5 million tenants.
Eliminated chronic street homelessness for veterans.
Committed more than $5 billion to public housing infrastructure, the biggest investment in City’s history.
Implemented a bold anti-eviction strategy including free legal representation for tenants facing evictions, helping 100,000 renters stay in their homes.
Steve Bullock: No comprehensive affordable housing plan as of 8.15
Pete Buttigieg: “Families can’t be secure if the cost of housing means they can’t make ends meet, or if they live in fear of being evicted or losing their home. In an era of increasing inequality, tens of millions of Americans are now “housing insecure,” paying over 30% of their income to rent or housing costs. We must invest in affordable housing for working families, reform unnecessary land use rules that prevent affordable housing construction, and redress the history of housing discrimination against communities of color that has limited economic mobility and fueled the racial wealth gap.”
End homelessness for families with children
Fund national investment in affordable housing construction
Expand federal protections for tenants against eviction and unjust harassment
John Delaney: No comprehensive affordable housing plan as of 8.15
Tulsi Gabbard: No comprehensive affordable housing plan as of 8.15 (as presidential candidate - as Hawaiian Rep, “advocate for more affordable housing units through public and private projects, discouraging housing and land speculation, ensuring "affordable" housing units are actually affordable, and stay that way”)
Kirsten Gillibrand: No comprehensive affordable housing plan as of 8.15
Jay Inslee: No comprehensive affordable housing plan as of 8.15
Amy Klobuchar: First 100 Days:
End attempts to reduce federal housing subsidies: Senator Klobuchar will reverse the Trump Administration’s proposed changes to federal housing subsidies that could triple rent for some households and be particularly harmful for seniors, families with children and people with disabilities.
Combat segregation in housing: Senator Klobuchar will suspend Housing and Urban Development Secretary Carson’s proposed changes to the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule, which would weaken efforts to combat segregation in housing policy.
Wayne Messam: No comprehensive affordable housing plan as of 8.15
Seth Moulton: No comprehensive affordable housing plan as of 7.30
Beto O’Rourke: No comprehensive affordable housing plan as of 7.30
Tim Ryan: No comprehensive affordable housing plan as of 7.30
Bernie Sanders: Affordable Housing, Rural Housing Revitialization: “Invest in affordable rural housing housing and end housing discrimination that segregates rural communities by race and income. One quarter of the country’s most rural counties have witnessed spikes in severely cost-burdened households, meaning those that spend over half their income on housing. Roughly one half of rural renters are cost-burdened, meaning they pay at least a third of their income in rent. We need to expand federal assistance for affordable housing in rural areas and reject the Trump administration’s proposed cuts to rural housing programs.”
Joe Sestak: “Subsidized housing also needs expanding, with long wait-lists for government-backed housing across the country. Better funding for the Department of Housing and Urban Development and its anti-homelessness programs will boost the entire economy and create more jobs. Likewise, government-backed healthcare, child care, employment, infrastructure, and educational programs (described in more detail elsewhere in my platform) will do the very same.”
Tom Steyer: No comprehensive affordable housing plan as of 8.15
Marianne Williamson: No comprehensive affordable housing plan as of 8.15
Andrew Yang: No comprehensive affordable housing plan as of 8.15