In regards to a recent letter to the editor in favor of more accessory dwelling units, I would agree with the comment made in the letter that there is an issue with affordable housing. We have an affordable housing crisis on our hands across the nation, not just in Washington.
One possible solution is a renter’s tax credit at the federal level. A renters’ tax credit would cap out-of-pocket rent and utilities expenses, so that low-income families can afford a safe place to live without sacrificing other basic needs. Renters tend to earn less and yet our tax code leaves them behind while providing more subsidies to wealthier homeowners.
It would make a huge difference in the lives of many hard-working Americans who are not able to afford owning a home. I hope that this new Congress will work together to provide a piece of key legislation aimed at directly addressing the affordable housing crisis and helping people get out of sleeping in cars and off the streets.
University City, Mo.