The Opportunity Starts at Home campaign recently released a national public opinion poll that found strong majorities of people support key housing policy proposals in the “Build Back Better Act.” The legislation contains major housing investments that the public supports based on the poll including: $25 billion in rental assistance, $65 billion to preserve public housing, and $15 billion for the national Housing Trust Fund.
Key findings include:
- 74% support policies that expand investments in housing development programs that will build more housing units that are affordable for low-income people. This is the majority view across the political spectrum: 88% of Democrats, 62% of Independents, and 65% of Republicans.
- 70% support policies that ensure that families with young children who are receiving rental assistance can move from high-poverty neighborhoods to low-poverty neighborhoods that have less crime, better job prospects, and better schools. This includes: 88% of Democrats, 58% of Independents, and 56% of Republicans.
- 68% support policies that expand funding to provide critical infrastructure repairs to public housing units, addressing a $70 billion backlog of needs that would improve the health and living conditions for millions of residents. This includes: 83% of Democrats, 59% of Independents, and 56% of Republicans.
The campaign launched a “take action” page to support these investments and help advocates urge their members of Congress to vote for the plan. Send a letter here.
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