Our housing crisis is not new but it is becoming more acute. A person working full time, paid minimum wage, cannot afford a two-bedroom apartment in any county in the United States.
The Trump administration has threatened budget cuts, undermined fair housing laws, and proposed tripled rents for public housing residents. Public disinvestment leaves most of the nation’s poor to rent from private landlords. A decade since the financial crash, Wall Street maintains a chokehold over the politics of housing.
More people are forced to choose between putting food on the table and keeping a roof over their head than ever before, and most poor folks and communities of color simply don’t have anyplace safe or affordable to live.
• A HOUSING GUARANTEE:
Housing is a human right, not a commodity. In the richest country in the history of the world, we can and we must guarantee safe, truly affordable, and accessible housing for all.
• REIMAGINE HUD:
Impacted communities across the country must re-envision the role of government in providing housing and regulating the private market, advance a vision for a People’s HUD, and then win a massive reinvestment in a HUD that meets the real need. Negotiate lower prices with drug corporations.
Building upon our legacy of winning landmark reforms like the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (1975), Community Reinvestment Act (1977), Dodd-Frank (2010), and more, People’s Action launched a new housing campaign last year. We are not building from scratch. The people and organizations that comprise our housing justice cohort have led the past several decades of this struggle.