The Affordable Housing Crisis and its Connection to the Gap Between Wages and Rent

Rep. Ellison and NLIHC’s Diane Yentel Call Attention to Out-of-Reach Rent Payments – Urge Common Sense Solutions to Affordable Housing Crisis

In the July 6, 2017 issue of The Hill, published op-ed, “The Affordable Housing Crisis and its Connection to the Gap between Wages and Rent,” which includes data from NLIHC’s 2017 Out of Reach: The High Cost of Housing report.

The op-ed was written by Representative Keith Ellison (D-MN-5) and National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) President and CEO Diane Yentel.

The report shows why President Trump’s budget proposal to gut federal affordable housing programs is so shortsighted and cruel.

Mr. Ellison and Ms. Yentel write about just one family for whom housing is out of reach and how the family would be affected by President Trump’s proposed budget.

“Take, for example, Asma. She’s a Somali immigrant in Minnesota who is proud of her newly earned citizenship. She’s optimistic about her family’s future, but the cost of housing is eating up nearly half of the precious little money she and her husband earn each month. They must pay rent first — before diapers, medicine or food. Asma and her family are not alone. Despite the growing need, Congress has failed to address the affordable housing crisis. Under President Trump’s budget, our already tight housing resources would be slashed.”

Mr. Ellison and Ms. Yentel call for modest reforms to the mortgage interest deduction, an expensive tax subsidy that goes principally to higher income households. And they call for reinvesting the savings through reforms in affordable housing solutions for those with the lowest incomes in America. 

Mr. Ellison’s “Common Sense Housing Investment Act” (H.R. 948) and in the NLIHC-led United for Homes campaign detail these reforms. 

Mr. Ellison and Ms. Yentel issue a call to action for housing advocates and all Americans concerned about the lives of our poorest neighbors.

“We can and must do better as a nation, because everyone deserves a safe place to live and no one should be forced to give up food and necessities to keep a roof over their heads. The best way to right this wrong is to protect existing affordable housing investments from any further budget cuts and make smart, modest reforms to the MID to invest scarce resources to provide families stable, affordable and decent housing.”

Please read the op-ed and share it widely to show your support for ending homelessness and housing poverty in America.   

The Hill Op-Ed

Out of Reach 2017

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