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?