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2020 Presidential Candidate Housing Plans

There is no county in the nation where a full-time worker earning the federal minimum wage could afford to rent a two bedroom home without spending more than 30% of their income. 2020 Presidential Candidates Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Pete Buttigieg, Andrew Yang, Tulsi Gabbard, Michael Bloomberg, Amy Klobuchar, and Tom Steyer present their plans to make secure, affordable housing more accessible.

2020 Candidates on Homelessness

On any given night in 2018 more than 550,000 people experiencing homelessness in America. 2020 presidential candidates propose policies to end veteran homelessness, fully fund homeless shelter programs, and creating and expanding homeless prevention and assistance services. 

2020 Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders
Bernie Sanders on Homelessness
2020 Presidential Candidate Elizabeth Warren
Elizabeth Warren on Homelessness
2020 Presidential Candidate Andrew Yang
Andrew Yang on Homelessness
2020 Presidential Candidate Tulsi Gabbard
Tulsi Gabbard on Homelessness
2020 Presidential Candidate Tom Steyer
Tom Steyer on Homelessness
2020 Presidential Candidate Amy Klobuchar
Amy Klobuchar on Homelessness

2020 Candidates on Tenants Rights and Eviction

2020 Presidential candidates make proposals to protect a tenant's right to housing, create paths for formerly incarcerated individuals to find and keep housing, and empower tenants in cases of eviction.

2020 Presidential Candidate Joe Biden
Joe Biden on Tenants Rights and Eviction
2020 Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders
Bernie Sanders on Tenants Rights and Eviction
2020 Presidential Candidate Elizabeth Warren
Elizabeth Warren on Tenants Rights and Eviction
2020 Presidential Candidate Pete Buttigieg
Pete Buttigieg on Tenants Rights and Eviction
2020 Presidential Candidate Tom Steyer
Tom Steyer on Tenants Rights and Eviction
2020 Presidential Candidate Amy Klobuchar
Amy Klobuchar on Tenants Rights and Eviction

2020 Candidates on Housing Construction and Preservation

America's aging stock of federally supported affordable housing is unable to serve demand. 2020 Presidential Candidates propose new construction and rehabilitation through the Public Housing program, fully funding the Housing Trust Fund and Capital Magnet Fund, and structuring incentives for private developers to build dense and transit-oriented housing.

2020 Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders
Bernie Sanders on Housing Construction and Preservation
2020 Presidential Candidate Elizabeth Warren
Elizabeth Warren on Housing Construction and Preservation
2020 Presidential Candidate Pete Buttigieg
Pete Buttigieg on Housing Construction and Preservation
2020 Presidential Candidate Andrew Yang
Andrew Yang on Housing Construction and Preservation
2020 Presidential Candidate Tom Steyer
Tom Steyer on Housing Construction and Preservation

2020 Candidates on Wealth Building

Low-income families lack methods to build and sustain wealth and are subjected to "welfare cliffs" where the programs intend to lift low-income families from poverty disincentivize increasing income and self-investment. 2020 candidates propose universal basic income, homeownership bonds, and federally funded savings accounts.

2020 Presidential Candidate Elizabeth Warren
Elizabeth Warren on Wealth Building
2020 Presidential Candidate Pete Buttigieg
Pete Buttigieg on Wealth Building
2020 Presidential Candidate Andrew Yang
Andrew Yang on Wealth Building
2020 Presidential Candidate Tom Steyer
Tom Steyer on Wealth Building
2020 Presidential Candidate Amy Klobuchar
Amy Klobuchar on Wealth Building

2020 Candidates on Zoning Reforms

The creation of affordable housing in high opportunity areas is often stymied by local "Not In My Back Yard" zoning laws enacted to protect the assets property owners. 2020 candidates propose incentives for localities to reform their zoning laws in favor of affordable housing construction.

2020 Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders
Bernie Sanders on Zoning Reforms
2020 Presidential Candidate Elizabeth Warren
Elizabeth Warren on Zoning Reforms
2020 Presidential Candidate Pete Buttigieg
Pete Buttigieg on Zoning Reforms
2020 Presidential Candidate Andrew Yang
Andrew Yang on Zoning Reforms
2020 Presidential Candidate Amy Klobuchar
Amy Klobuchar on Zoning Reforms

2020 Candidates on Homeownership

Homeownership is increasingly only accessible to wealthy households. 2020 Presidential Candidates propose policies that would make mortgages more consumer-friendly, expand protections under the Fair Housing Act, provide downpayment assistance, and help low-income households build assets.

2020 Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders
Bernie Sanders on Homeownership
2020 Presidential Candidate Elizabeth Warren
Elizabeth Warren on Homeownership
2020 Presidential Candidate Pete Buttigieg
Pete Buttigieg on Homeownership
2020 Presidential Candidate Tom Steyer
Tom Steyer on Homeownership
2020 Presidential Candidate Amy Klobuchar
Amy Klobuchar on Homeownership

2020 Candidates on Housing Choice Vouchers

The housing choice voucher program is the federal government's largest rental assistance program. However, the program is underfunded and oversubscribed to the point that 7 in 10 eligible households are unable to receive assistance. 2020 Presidential Candidates propose expanding the program to cover all eligible households.

2020 Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders
Bernie Sanders on Housing Choice Vouchers
2020 Presidential Candidate Elizabeth Warren
Elizabeth Warren on Housing Choice Vouchers
2020 Presidential Candidate Pete Buttigieg
Pete Buttigieg on Housing Choice Vouchers
2020 Presidential Candidate Tom Steyer
Tom Steyer on Housing Choice Vouchers
2020 Presidential Candidate Amy Klobuchar
Amy Klobuchar on Housing Choice Vouchers

2020 Candidates on Rural Housing

High rates of poverty, poor quality of housing, and access to affordable mortgages drive the need for investment in affordable, rural housing in America. 2020 presidential candidates make propose solutions that would fully fund USDA Rural Housing Service programs, provide direct loans to rural homebuyers, and expand rural rental assistance programs.

2020 Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders
Bernie Sanders on Rural Housing
2020 Presidential Candidate Elizabeth Warren
Elizabeth Warren on Rural Housing
2020 Presidential Candidate Tom Steyer
Tom Steyer on Rural Housing
2020 Presidential Candidate Amy Klobuchar
Amy Klobuchar on Rural Housing

2020 Candidates on Low Income Housing Tax Credits

The federal government's largest affordable housing construction program, the Low Income Housing Tax Credit program aims to create low-income housing opportunities in decent, stable, and low-poverty neighborhoods. 2020 presidential candidates propose expanding funding allocations and enacting policy changes that would encourage more development under the program.

 

2020 Presidential Candidate Elizabeth Warren
Elizabeth Warren on Low Income Housing Tax Credits
2020 Presidential Candidate Tom Steyer
Tom Steyer on Low Income Housing Tax Credits
2020 Presidential Candidate Amy Klobuchar
Amy Klobuchar on Low Income Housing Tax Credits

2020 Candidates on Public Housing

The number of public housing homes has dropped by more than 250,000 since the 1990s. While close to 60,000 of those units have been converted to more reliably funded housing assistance programs, the remainder has been permanently lost due to long term funding shortfalls. 2020 presidential candidates propose policies to preserve and rehabilitate existing public housing as well as guide the program toward sustainability.

2020 Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders
Bernie Sanders on Public Housing
2020 Presidential Candidate Elizabeth Warren
Elizabeth Warren on Public Housing

2020 Candidates on Rent Control

Rent Control is the process of capping the rate at which rents can increase with the goal of preventing low- and moderate-income households from being priced out of housing in quality neighborhoods. 2020 presidential candidates propose policies that would create a national standard for rent control based on inflation or provide incentives for localities that implement rent controls.

2020 Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders
Bernie Sanders on Rent Control
2020 Presidential Candidate Elizabeth Warren
Elizabeth Warren on Rent Control

2020 Candidates on Renters Tax Credit

While implementation and eligibility differ between candidate proposals, a Renter Tax Credit would give renter households a credit worth the difference between 30% of their income and the rental cost of the unit. 

2020 Presidential Candidate Tom Steyer
Tom Steyer on Renters Tax Credit

2020 Candidates on Senior Housing and Aging In Place

By 2030, 1 in every 5 Americans will be aged 65 or older. The nation's stock of affordable senior housing, as well as housing bundled with senior supportive services, will continue to be oversubscribed without additional investment. 2020 presidential candidates propose expansions for existing senior housing programs in addition to creating safe financial vehicles for elderly homeowners.

2020 Presidential Candidate Elizabeth Warren
Elizabeth Warren on Senior Housing and Aging In Place
2020 Presidential Candidate Amy Klobuchar
Amy Klobuchar on Senior Housing and Aging In Place

This resource focuses on 2020 Presidential Candidates polling greater than 1% in the latest national Emerson poll. Candidates are presented in order of polling percentage then by last name. Candidates polling below 1% and candidates without published housing plans may not be included. Analysis on the Trump Administration and 116th Congress' impact on affordable housing are available in Affordable Housing Online's FY20 HUD Budget estimator.

Policy Coverage of Candidates Polling below 1% or with suspended campaigns: