Steve recognizes that a home is a key foundation for stable lives, and that in turn creates stable neighborhoods, vibrant communities, and a dynamic economy. As President, Steve will focus on ensuring housing opportunities meet people’s needs.
- Establish a federal rental tax credit so renters can afford good housing that’s close to work and school. Current policies provide mortgage interest deductions only for people who can afford to buy a home — but that support should also be available for folks who are not yet able or choose not to buy a home.
- Raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour and create a working families tax credit. At the current minimum wage, there are zero counties in the U.S. where a full-time worker could afford a two-bedroom apartment. That has to change.
- Increase funding for the Housing Trust Fund, enabling better maintenance of existing public housing while building new public housing units.
- Invest in energy efficient retrofitting and buildings so homeowners and renters are spending less on heating and cooling costs while also reducing energy consumption.
- Fight to lift the moratorium on the amount of new public housing that can be built to ensure we meet the needs of a growing population.
- Direct Housing and Urban Development to increase its focus on affordable housing in underserved neighborhoods, especially those with large communities of color and single-parent populations.
- Fund more Project Based Rental Assistance to expand housing options for low-income Americans.
- Increase funding under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act to help with housing for the elderly, disabled, families with children, Native Americans, and veterans.
- Pursue trade policies that ensure access to affordable building materials for housing. Destructive trade policies that drive up the cost of building materials only exacerbate the housing crisis for middle-class Americans.