Congress Should Deeply Study U.S.’s Housing Crisis in a Bipartisan Way
On August 27, the Opportunity Starts at Home campaign issued its first Call to Action about a specific piece of legislation. The campaign calls on advocates to urge Congress to support the “Task Force on the Impact of the Affordable Housing Crisis Act” (S. 3231).
This bill would create a bipartisan affordable housing task force to better understand the multi-sector impacts of America’s affordable housing crisis and to identify solutions.
The bill was introduced in July by Senators:
Additional support from Senators:
- Dean Heller (R-NV),
- Tim Kaine (D-VA),
- Doug Jones (D-AL),
- Cory Gardner (R-CO),
- Marco Rubio (R-FL),
- Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)
- Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), and
- John Kennedy (R-La)
- Chris Coons (D-DE).
You can help build momentum by sending the campaign’s letter to New Jersey’s U.S. Senators Cory Booker and Robert Menendez urging them to support the creation of this bipartisan affordable housing task force and spread the word about this letter to your networks and contacts.
Click here to send the letter to Senators Booker and Menendez.
S.3231 is an important and momentous step for Congress to deeply study the country’s housing crisis and the affordability challenges in a bipartisan way and to jointly articulate robust solutions.
As background, America’s housing crisis has reached historic heights and is impacting every corner of our nation – urban, rural, and suburban alike. Federal action is long-overdue and necessary to set policy priorities, expand resources, and incentivize and support coordinated efforts at the state and local levels.
As Senator Young explains, “For millions of Americans, a lack of affordable housing has negative, profound, and lasting consequences. Research shows that an inability to access safe and affordable homes jeopardizes educational performance and economic mobility, and leaves families with fewer dollars to spend on health care, groceries, and other important expenses – further ingraining families in the cycle of poverty.”
This bipartisan task force created by the Task Force on the Impact of the Affordable Housing Crisis Act would:
- Evaluate and quantify the impact that a lack of affordable housing has on other areas of life and life outcomes;
- Evaluate and quantify the costs incurred by other federal, state, and local programs due to a lack of affordable housing; and
- Make recommendations to Congress on how to use affordable housing to improve the effectiveness of other federal programs and improve life outcomes.