2020 Presidential Candidates

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Learn the positions of the 2020 presidential candidates on key housing-related issues.

Joe Biden

Housing Policy

  • Ensure 100% of formerly incarcerated individuals have housing upon reentry by directing the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to only contract with entities that are open to housing individuals looking for a second chance and expand funding for transitional housing

Labor Policy

  • Extend the right to organize and bargain collectively to independent contractors
  • Create a cabinet-level working group that will solely focus on promoting union organizing and collective bargaining in the public and private sectors
  • Ban state laws prohibiting unions from collecting dues or comparable payments from all workers who benefit from union representation that unions are legally obligated to provide
  • Increase the federal minimum wage to $15
  • Invest in communities by widely applying and strictly enforcing prevailing wages
  • Increase workplace safety and health by directing OSHA to substantially expand its enforcement efforts, including increasing the number of investigators, and directing OSHA and relevant agencies to develop comprehensive strategies for addressing the most dangerous hazards workers encounter in the modern workplace
  • End mandatory arbitration clauses imposed by employers on workers
  • Expand protections for undocumented immigrants who report labor violations
Michael Bloomberg

Housing Policy

  • Expand the of funding of the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC), adding hundreds of thousands of affordable rental units over 10 years.
  • Increase federal spending in programs such as Public Housing Capital Fund, the HOME program and Community Development Block Grants.
  • Set aside $10 billion for a competition to reward municipalities that offer the best solutions to restrictive zoning and other obstacles.
  • Increase federal money for housing vouchers and reforming them.
  • Expand Fair Housing Act protections to include all relevant forms of discrimination, such as family status, veteran status, sexual orientation and source of funds.
  • Revive HUD’s efforts to enforce progress on housing desegregation (under its Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule) and ensure people’s right to challenge discriminatory policies in the courts (under its disparate impact rule).

Record on Housing

  • Oversaw the construction or preservation of 175,000 affordable housing units in New York City between 2002 and 2013
  • Incentivized development of affordable housing through inclusionary zoning
  • Created the Center for NYC Neighborhoods, which became a national model for foreclosure assistance
Mayor Pete Buttigieg

Housing Affordability

  • Invest in affordable housing for working families.
  • Reform land use rules that prevent affordable housing construction.

Douglass Plan

  • Proposes a 21st Century Community Homestead Act
    • Launches a public trust that would purchase abandoned properties and provide them to eligible residents in pilot citizens while also investing in the revitalization of surrounding communities.
    • Cities would place bids through HUD for comprehensive financing provided by a new Homeownership Fund.
    • Each pilot city would create a plan to work with local organizations and entrepreneurs to build facilities, infrastructure, and/or technology to spur job creation. The Homeownership Fund would fund infrastructure, facilities, or a jobs program that suits the profile of the region. 

Resiliency

  • Improve resiliency of communities with disaster preparedness and recovery efforts. 

Labor Policy

  • Create a national network of apprenticeships:
    • Double apprenticeships and expand access to other “earn-and-learn” opportunities (such as traditional and virtual apprenticeships, paid internships, and career and technical education programs for high schoolers).
    • Invest up to $5 billion over the next decade to ensure an apprenticeship program in a growing industry is available within 30 miles of every American.

Record as Mayor

Sen. Amy Klobuchar

Housing Policy

  • Increase investments in rural rental assistance.
  • Invest in the Housing Choice voucher program to make it available to all qualifying households with children.
  • Incentivize construction in high opportunity neighborhoods.
  • Give renters access to emergency funds for rent.
  • Protect the Community Reinvestment Act
  • Promote homeownership through down payment assistance and credit development.

Record in the Senate

Sen. Bernie Sanders

Housing Policy

  • Build affordable units
    • Invest $1.48 trillion over 10 years in the National Housing Trust Fund to build, rehabilitate and preserve the 7.4 million units needed to eliminate the housing gap
    • Invest an additional $400 billion to build 2 million mix-income social housing units administered through the National Affordable Housing Trust Fund
    • Expand USDA’s Section 515 program by $500 million to build new affordable developments in rural areas
  • Invest in public housing stock
    • Invest $70 billion to repair and modernize public housing (make it accessible and provide high speed broadband internet)
    • Repeal Faircloth Amendment to allow new public housing unit construction
  • Make rent affordable
    • Fully fund tenant-based Section 8 rental assistance at $410 billion over the next 10 years and make it a mandatory funding program for all eligible households
  • Support first-time home buyers
    • Invest an additional $2 billion at USDA and an additional $6 billion at HUD to create a first-time homebuyer assistance program that will increase home ownership.

Labor Policy

  • Pass the College for All Act to provide at least $48 billion per year to eliminate tuition and fees at four-year public colleges and universities, tribal colleges, community colleges, trade schools, and apprenticeship programs.

Record in the Senate: Support of NAHB Positions

  • Co-sponsored S. 1193, legislation to fix the rates for the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit
  • Co-sponsored S. 3083, Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act of 2016
  • Voted in favor of S. 1926 the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act
  • Co-sponsored H.R. 1661, Affordable Housing Credit
Tom Steyer

Housing Policy

  • Improve and increase the stock of affordable housing
    • Invest $47 billion per year in affordable construction and renovation through the Housing Trust Fund and Capital Magnet Fund
    • Increase the Low Income Housing Tax Credit allocations by 50% over the next five years
    • Establish a 4% housing credit floor for renovation projects, which will create more than 500,000 additional affordable rental units
    • Dedicate $10 billion per year to solve the housing crisis through the creation of the Ideas to Develop and Ensure Affordability Housing Competition, a grant competition designed to support innovative new solutions in streamlining, financing, technology and construction to end America’s housing crisis
    • Expand programs within the US Department of Agriculture’s Rural Housing Service and the Bureau of Indian Affairs Housing Improvement Program for affordable housing
    • Increase funding for Community Development Block Grants to resource programs that help with equitable local economic development, affordable housing, transit-oriented development, disaster resilience and infrastructure
    • Expand access to the Housing Choice Voucher Program
    • Provide relief for low- and middle-income renters through quarterly tax credit based on the local area Small Area Fair Markets Rents designation. Families who qualify can choose to use this credit either for rental payment assistance or to save for a down payment on a home mortgage.
  • Fight homelessness
    • Invest $8 billion in homeless assistance grants and case management
    • Build strong partnerships with local governments, improve data collection and technology infrastructure, and expand upon the work of the Interagency Council on Homelessness and Continuum of Care hand in hand with local officials and advocates
  • Build family wealth
    • Encourage densification that builds and shares equity, including incentives for accessory units, 2-4 unit construction, co-living houses and cooperatives, land trust ownership models, and other creative densification solutions.
    • Create a revolving fund to provide down payment assistance to public servants
    • Ensure that individuals and families have access to financial products that will help keep housing stock in individual and family hands
  • Develop climate-smart communities
    • Ensure that by 2030, 100% of new residential buildings are zero-carbon buildings and retrofit 100% of existing residential stock to zero-carbon buildings by 2045
    • Provide $156 billion in funding to previously redlined neighborhoods to build equity for homeowners, reduce environmental pollution, and grow community economic strength through well-paid, clean energy jobs
    • Mobilize $195 billion for clean affordable housing and communities, urban parks and greenspace, and universal renter displacement climate disaster insurance
    • Issue $250 billion over the course of 10 years in new National Health Communities Climate Bonds and direct the funds to implement transformative climate-smart urban design such as: transit-oriented development, affordable housing, parks and public open spaces, urban gardens and local regenerative food systems, local clean energy generation, resilient clean water systems, and holistic solutions to reduce the need for super-commuting
    • Mobilize $650 billion in federal and private investment for clean freight, public transit, intercity rail and fleet purchasing incentives, competitively directing federal resources toward cities, counties and regions that have prioritized integrated climate-smart community planning
Sen. Elizabeth Warren

Housing Plan

  • Bring down rental costs by 10% by addressing the root causes of the problem: a severe lack of affordable housing supply, and state and local land-use rules that needlessly drive up housing costs.
  • Invest $500 billion over the next ten years to build, preserve, and rehab units that will be affordable to lower-income families. 
  • Invest $500 million in rural housing programs.
  • Invest $2.5 billion in the Indian Housing Block Grant and the Native Hawaiian Housing Block Grant to build or rehab 200,000 homes on tribal land.
  • Invest $4 billion in a new Middle-Class Housing Emergency Fund, which will support the construction of new housing catering to middle-class renters in communities with severe housing supply shortages.
  • Incentivize state and local governments to eliminate unnecessary rules that drive up the cost of home construction.

Labor Plan

  • End worker misclassification as independent contractors.
  • Adopt a broad joint employer standard under The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
  • Narrow the definition of supervisor in the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) so that more employees gain collective bargaining rights.
  • Provide more overtime pay to workers by reviving and expanding the Obama-era overtime rule.
  • Protect the Davis-Bacon Act and support project labor agreements.
  • Prohibit forced arbitration agreements and class action waivers in contracts.
  • Expand the ability of states to enact stronger worker protection laws by limiting the scope of federal preemption in certain areas.
  • Significantly strengthen enforcement of worker protection laws.

Education Plan

  • Provide debt relief to existing student borrowers.
  • Provide universal free college for 2- and 4-year public colleges.

Military Housing Plan

  • Every military base will have a housing office staffed with advocates for the service member. That office will have independent authority to inspect housing on base to ensure that it is safe, clean, and meets all state and local requirements.
  • Military tenants will get a "bill of rights," in writing, when they move in. The first of those rights is that families can withhold payment for landlords who don’t play by the rules.

Record in the Senate

  • Introduced the American Housing and Economic Mobility Act bill, which serves as the basis of her housing plan.
    • Invest $445 billion in the Housing Trust Fund to build, rehabilitate, and operate affordable housing to extremely low-income households (ELI) over the next 10 years.
    • Create incentive fund for state and local governments to eliminate/reduce land restrictions.
    • Improve homeownership rates for minorities.
  • NAHB statement on Warren’s housing bill.
Andrew Yang

Zoning

  • Work with localities to relax zoning ordinances for the purpose of increasing the development of affordable housing.
  • Encourage the building of new innovative housing options like micro-apartments and communal living for people in high-density urban areas.
 
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