Tuesday, January 24, 2017

City Limits: 10 Housing Policies to Watch under Trump

City Limits: 10 Housing Policies to Watch Under President Trump

[E]ven if we can hope for progress on a local level, New Yorkers can’t afford to ignore housing problems outside city borders, says Laura Mascuch, director of the Supportive Housing Network of New York. Rural counties—including areas of upstate New York—depend on federal sources for a greater portion of their housing budgets, and their housing problems affect city residents, too: Nationally, homeownership rates are at their lowest in fifty years, which experts say is helping to drive up demand in the rental market, worsening the affordability crisis in cities. One election result analysis shows a correlation between negative home values and support for Trump. In other words, hiding in a progressive bubble while ignoring federal fights is probably not the answer, either.
Here are 10 national housing battles in the hands of Congress and the White House that activists say could be worth following in the months to come.  [The 10 policies are listed, but not described, below. Read the whole article for an explanation of each issue and how we can fight back. l
1. Protecting HUD from the Ax
2. Defending Obama’s Progress on Fair Housing
3. Growing the National Housing Trust Fund
4. Opposing Work Requirements and Time Limits
5. Ending Subsidies for Rich Homeowners
6. Reforming and Bolstering the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program
7. Protecting Homeownership Opportunities
8. Saving At-Risk Homeowners from Private Equity
9. Bolstering Obama’s Local Hire Work
10. Ending Housing Discrimination Against Those with Convictions