BuzzFeed News: Opinion: The Crushing Cost Of Rent Should Be 2020's Big Issue
Since 1960, renters' incomes have increased by only 5% while rents have risen 61%. Whoever wants to be president should say how they'll solve this crisis.
It's hard to remember the last time affordable rents received consistent national attention, but the tide is finally turning. In recent months, prominent presidential contenders — Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, and Elizabeth Warren — have proposed ambitious solutions, and are speaking substantively about the issue on the campaign trail. They shouldn't be alone in this: According to the numbers, all 2020 presidential hopefuls would be wise to make it a top-tier priority.
The vast majority of the public — a full 85% — believe that ensuring everyone has a safe, decent, affordable place to live should be a “top national priority,” according to a recent national poll commissioned by the Opportunity Starts at Home campaign. This view is strong across the political spectrum — from 95% of Democrats to 87% of independents and 73% of Republicans. Eight in ten people also say that both the President and Congress should “take major action” to make housing more affordable for low-income households.
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