Presidential Candidates on Affordable Housing
Though the Iowa Caucuses are over, the affordable housing conversation has just begun
Though the Iowa Caucuses are over, the affordable housing discussion has just begun.
Over the past nine months, the Polk County Housing Trust Fund has worked with the National Low Income Housing Coalition to raise the issue of affordable housing and homelessness in the 2020 presidential race. In that time, we hosted two town halls and a property tour with former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro, a roundtable discussion with Senator Amy Klobuchar, and coordinated community engagement opportunities with over six campaigns in the Des Moines Metro. We were also fortunate enough to give former Congressman John Delaney a tour of Undesign the Redline: DSM and record a short video describing his housing position along with Tom Steyer and Senator Michael Bennet. You can find all of these videos on our YouTube page. One week before the Iowa Caucus, PCHTF Director of Communications and Community Outreach asked a question at Pete Buttigieg's nationally televised Fox News Town Hall.
In the final weeks before the Caucus, we began to see the impacts of our hard work as multiple candidates began discussing issues such as redlining and the need for substantial investment in the National Housing Trust Fund and other programs to increase the supply of affordable around the country. Once the campaigns packed up and headed to New Hampshire on February 4th, the conversation continued on the debate stage and at individual CNN Town Halls. It is apparent that this issue is on the minds of Americans from coast to coast. In fact, recent polling shows that 85% of the public agrees that elected officials are not paying enough attention to the cost of housing and the need for more affordable housing, and 76% say they are more likely to vote for a candidate that has a detailed plan for making housing more affordable.
We still have over nine months until the 2020 presidential election, and there will undoubtedly be more opportunities to advocate for affordable housing policies in that time. Visit www.ourhomes-ourvotes.org to find resources including a media toolkit, a full list of housing plans from presidential candidates, and additional information about how to effectively advocate for affordable housing – because affordable homes are built with ballots.