The Opportunity Starts at Home campaign’s latest podcast episode features a discussion with Senator Todd Young (R-IN) about the nation’s housing affordability crisis and its spillover effects into other sectors like education, health, and economic mobility.
In his relatively short time in the Senate, Senator Young has been a prominent voice on the multi-sector intersections of affordable housing. Along with several bipartisan cosponsors, he has introduced two pieces of legislation the Opportunity Starts at Home Campaign supports: the “Task Force on the Impact of the Affordable Housing Crisis Act,” which would create a bipartisan affordable housing task force in Congress to study the nation’s affordability crisis and to make policy recommendations, and the “Housing Choice Voucher Mobility Demonstration Act,” designed to provide voucher households with expanded access to high-opportunity neighborhoods. Campaign advocates have sent more than 400 letters to senators urging the creation of the task force, and the campaign’s multi-sector Steering Committee sent a letter to Congress in September urging support for the mobility demonstration.
In the podcast episode, Senator Young discusses why he has prioritized the housing affordability issue, the impact of the crisis throughout his home state of Indiana, the growing body of research on the multi-sector impacts of affordable housing and the lack of such housing, his recent legislation, the importance of housing voucher mobility, potential cost-savings within the federal budget, and his views on the role of the federal government in tackling the problem.
The housing affordability crisis “transcends red America and blue America,” said Senator Young. “It’s a purple issue and one that is inhibiting upward mobility and people’s opportunity to live the American Dream.”
View the podcast episode at: https://bit.ly/2FXkVSK