Amy Klobuchar is a Senator from Minnesota, serving since 2006. Prior to the Senate, she served for 8 years as the Hennepin County Attorney. Her affordable housing plan primarily calls for existing programs to receive greater funding, provide downpayment assistance to promote homeownership, promote rural.affordable housing development, and expand access to affordable senior housing. Her plan would also increase tenant rights, expand a voucher mobility program that helps low-income renters move to high-opportunity neighborhoods and make a major investment in homelessness assistance grants.
Klobuchar proposes providing access to legal counsel for people facing evictions and prohibiting discrimination and blacklisting based on prior eviction court cases. She would also expand the groups protected under the Fair Housing Act. These include outlawing discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, or veteran status.
In addition, Klobuchar proposes reinstating the Office of Fair Lending and Opportunity’s enforcement and oversight powers to go after discriminatory lending institutions. She would also restore the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule. Delayed by the Trump administration, it would require cities to identify patterns of segregation and propose concrete steps to reverse segregation.
Klobuchar’s housing plan would “strengthen rural rental assistance programs” and “increase investments in rural housing supply.” This includes housing programs serving Native Americans. She also proposes increasing access to housing program information in rural areas. Klobuchar would also encourage increased private investment in affordable rural housing.
Klobuchar proposes expanding the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program so that all eligible households with children will receive assistance.
Klobuchar’s plan calls for expanding access to affordable senior housing. She supports retrofitting existing housing to meet the needs of an aging population. She would also promote access to safe financial products that facilitate aging in place.
Klobuchar advocates a “major investment” in homelessness assistance grants for emergency and long-term housing. She would also increase access to supportive services. In addition, Klobuchar would focus resources on reaching underserved populations, like rural households, domestic violence survivors, and people who have criminal records.
Klobuchar proposes downpayment assistance and credit development to promote homeownership among more low-income households. Credit development includes things such as using information besides just a credit score to establish a borrower’s creditworthiness, such as paying phone bills, rent and utilities on time. Klobuchar also proposes a Single-Family Tax Credit. This credit would encourage purchase and investment in single-family homes located in distressed neighborhoods.
Klobuchar proposes portable savings accounts funded through an employer set-aside. The funds saved can be used for non-routine, emergency expenses that may lead to someone being unable to pay their housing costs. One eligible use would be the costs of challenging an eviction notice.
Amy Klobuchar proposes expanding the current state allocations for the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program to support the construction of more rental units affordable to low-income renters.
Klobuchar would provide incentives for new construction under the program in high-opportunity areas.
Amy Klobuchar would prioritize funding to localities that implement zoning laws that favor the construction and preservation of affordable housing.