Making Housing Accessible to All
Having lived through a period of homelessness as a child, Candace saw first hand how hard it is to recover from losing a home, and she benefited from programs that helped her family escape homelessness. Today, too many families continue to struggle with homelessness and housing insecurity, and the programs Candace benefitted from aren’t sufficient. Over the last 30 years, rents have gone up while wages have stagnated, and Americans have seen greater and greater portions of their incomes eaten by housing costs.
With our fast-growing population, Texas is facing an affordable housing crisis. Nearly half of Texans spend more than 30% of their household income on housing costs, exceeding the recommended level by experts. The largest obstacle we face is on the supply side, as there are just 30 units available per 100 Extremely Low Income (ELI) renters, according to the National Low Income Housing Coalition.
We are in desperate need of more affordable housing, and we need to remove unnecessary zoning laws that drive up the costs of construction. In the wealthiest nation in the world, Candace believes that no one should be without shelter.
In Congress, Candace will:
- Increase our investment in and the supply of housing for middle-class and lower-income families(by making Section 8 housing vouchers an entitlement program; currently only 1 in 5 families eligible for affordable housing under federal rules actually has access to a unit because of affordable housing scarcity, Candace’s plan would tackle housing segregation and combat housing insecurity for families across Texas.
- Fight for protections against housing discrimination based on race, sexual orientation, marital status, or gender identity