Congress can pass housing tax credit to make housing affordable

Thanks to The Herald for keeping the housing crisis in front of us.

The recent editorial did a nice job summarizing a recent Herald Forum, bringing the experts to explore the issue “How do we housing within reach of everyone?” The Herald, Sept. 16).

With the large needs for affordable housing, it is not surprising Congress is proposing some solutions that will help the local efforts. U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell and Rep. Suzan DelBene have introduced legislation to encourage the building of millions of new units across the country, including our state. Addressing the speed to help keep people housed, a renter tax credit has been proposed. Similar to the expanded Child Tax Credit (that reached families immediately, cutting child poverty nearly in half, until it wasn’t renewed) a renter tax credit would reach low income renters so they no longer paid over 30 percent of their income for rent.

Currently, millions are paying over 50 percent of their income on housing, leaving little for food and other basics. No wonder homelessness is increasing. We can help by calling our representatives and senators (202-224-3121), thanking them for their efforts and asking them to pass these legislation initiatives. Our voices to those in power can make the difference!

Willie Dickerson


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