Affordable Housing Laser Talk


January 11th, 2019

Increase Access to Affordable Rental Housing 

(Word version)

Engage:  Millions of low-income working families struggle because of our affordable housing crisis: 71 percent of extremely low-income renters spend more than half their income on housing.

Problem: Sadly, U.S. housing policy is upside down – we subsidize homeownership through tax breaks that often benefit the wealthy, while only one in four eligible low-income households receives federal housing assistance.

Illustrate/Inform: The rising cost of housing forces many Americans to struggle to make ends meet (include your own experience and/or why you care). A worker earning the federal minimum wage ($7.25 per hour) cannot afford a two-bedroom apartment anywhere in America, and, nationwide there are only 35 affordable rental homes available for every 100 extremely low-income renter households. Meanwhile, two-thirds of families who participate in federal housing programs can face discrimination from landlords simply for getting assistance, creating yet more barriers to economic security.

Call to Action: During budget negotiations, will you tell congressional leaders that you support a large boost in federal rental assistance? And, will you support bipartisan efforts to ban housing discrimination based on income source?

Longer term: Will you prioritize low-income working families and communities of color in your economic policies, especially related to housing and tax issues?

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