Last week, 20 potential Democratic nominees for President took the debate stage in Miami over two days to discuss everything from taxes to health care to foreign policy. Largely absent was one of America’s most pressing issues: affordable housing.
Housing affordability is a key challenge in communities across the country and should be at the forefront of our national conversation. A study from Harvard University released last week found that one third of U.S. households are cost-burdened, meaning they spend more than 30 percent of their incomes on housing. A Pew Study found that the number of rent-burdened households has doubled since 2001, as more and more low-income and middle-income families are unable to afford one of the most basic human needs: a roof over their head.