Democrats Include Expansion of HTF in Draft Party Platform

National Housing Trust FundThe Democratic National Committee's (DNC) drafting committee voted on its draft 2016 party platform on Friday, after having received testimony from 114 people during two recent public hearings and additional testimony submissions from over 1,000 organizations and individuals. The full DNC Party Platform Committee will review and vote on the draft platform in early July. The Platform will be finalized at the Democratic Party Convention in late July.

Although the full draft is not widely available to the public, NLIHC has learned that the Platform includes a housing plank that would commit to substantially increase funding for the national Housing Trust Fund to construct, preserve, and rehabilitate millions of affordable housing rental units. The Platform notes that such an expansion would “not only help address the affordable housing crisis, it will also create millions of good paying jobs in the process.”

The draft housing plank also commits to increasing incentives for new affordable rental housing development and easing local barriers to building affordable in areas of economic opportunity. It states that Democrats will “reinvigorate federal housing production programs, increase resources to repair public housing, and increase funding for the housing choice voucher program,” as well as ensure sufficient funding to end chronic homelessness and defend and strengthen the Fair Housing Act.

NLIHC’s testimony to the Platform Drafting Committee is at:

Former NLIHC President and CEO Sheila Crowley’s testimony before the drafting committee is at: