On July 25, Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) released a housing plan as part of her 2020 presidential campaign. The plan aims to: expand access to justice and fight discrimination; address the rural housing crisis; increase access to affordable housing; provide access to opportunity; and increase access to homeownership. Klobuchar’s plan recognizes the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (Housing Credit) as “a critical tool for developing affordable rental housing,” and includes expanding the Housing Credit with a special focus of encouraging construction in high opportunity neighborhoods.
The plan also includes investing in the Housing Choice Voucher program to cover all qualifying households with children, protecting and strengthening the Community Reinvestment Act, and banning discrimination on the basis of source of income, sexual orientation, gender identity, or veterans status.
Eleven presidential candidates have released affordable housing plans or major proposals. At Enterprise, we believe housing solutions should be a central focus of every presidential candidate’s campaign. We applaud all the candidates who have raised the issue on the national stage, both in debates and in their housing policy platforms.