Tax credit for renters would help close housing gap

Affordable housing across the U.S. is a crisis indeed (“Press officials for affordable housing solutions,” The Herald, June 7).

Nationwide, only 37 affordable and available rental homes exist for every 100 extremely low-income renter households. It’s worse for the merely low-income renters. Stable housing improves job performance and helps our kids stay happy, healthy and safe, and they do better in school. Between 2006 and 2015, the median income in Washington state has increased 3 percent, but the median rent increased by 18 percent.

Did you know that nearly half of all renters spend more than 30 percent of their income on rent? The great news is that our very own Sen. Maria Cantwell, U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene and many other bipartisan U.S. Senate and House legislators across many states have recently introduced sweeping legislation to help solve the housing issue. This new bill, the Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act of 2019, works to expand and strengthen the decades old bipartisan-supported Affordable Housing Tax Credit.

For Washington state alone, this new housing bill would provide more than 11,000 jobs and add over $1 billion to our state’s economy in wages and business income. We can call the Washington, D.C. offices of Sen. Cantwell (202-224-3441), and Rep. DelBene (202-225-6311) to thank them. And we can ask Sen. Patty Murray (202-224-2621) to sign on to the bill if she hasn’t already. The aide who takes the call will be happy to relay your short message.

Donna Schindler Munro


Talk to us

More in Opinion

Editorial cartoons for Tuesday, Jan. 26

A sketchy look at the news of the day.… Continue reading

Ian Terry / The Herald

Brian Henderson, of Renton, plugs in his Kia Soul EV electric vehicle at a charging station in Sultan on Wednesday, June 7. Henderson and a group of fellow electric car drivers made the trip from Everett's City Hall to Spokane's City Hall late last week in an effort to raise awareness about convenient charging locations along U.S. Highway 2.

Photo taken on 06072017
Editorial: Yes to gas tax hike, but this has to be the last

Transportation needs must be funded, but the gas tax is dwindling as a sustainable revenue source.

Comment: Compromise still Biden’s best bet to win needed aid

His $1.9 trillion package won’t get 60 votes in the Senate, but there are deals that could.

Harrop: Biden’s border plans must offer discipline, humanity

To secure support for his reforms Biden should back E-Verify to limit further undocumented workers.

Comment: Ratings, advertising are how to get Fox’s attention

Government shouldn’t try to rein in the network’s falsehoods; leave that to viewers and businesses.

Election workers protected vote integrity; there was no fraud

Sometimes it’s a good idea to drill down to the basics. In… Continue reading

Qualified immunity in police shootings should end

No one is above the law in the United States of America.… Continue reading

Arlington Fire Chief Dave Kraski outside Station #46 downtown. (Arlington Times)
Editorial: Arlington voters should approve fire agency merger

Merger of its fire department with North County Fire will maintain those services affordably.

The U.S. Capitol building is prepared for the inauguration ceremonies for President-elect Joe Biden as the "Field of Flags" are placed on the ground on the National Mall on Monday, Jan. 18, 2021. in Washington, DC. Approximately 191,500 flags will cover part of the National Mall and will represent the American people who are unable to travel to Washington, for the inauguration. (Joe Raedle/Pool vias AP)
Editorial: The oath we must take after every election

We can’t address solutions to our challenges until we accept the election of those who represent us.

Most Read