Housing Should Be Central to 2016 Elections

October 28, 2015

In a recent post for the How Housing Matters blog, the Urban Land Institute's Vice President of Housing Maya Brennan called for a more intense focus on housing issues in the political debates in the run-up to the presidential election next year. 

"Public opinion polls find that Americans want their elected officials to do more on housing," she says, citing several studies to that effect. She adds that the issues that are being talked about are often related to housing at the root level. "The evidence is clear: Where we live—both the home itself and where it is located—makes a tremendous difference in people’s health, educational, and economic outcomes."

Brennan hailed a recent campaign event organized by the J. Ronald Terwilliger Foundation for Housing America’s Families (which runs the How Housing Matters blog) in the early-primary state of New Hampshire, where candidates ranging from Democrat and former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley to Republican Governor of New Jersey Chris Christie to Libertarian-leaning Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky shared their views on housing issues. But she lamented the fact that the front-runners of both major parties were absent from the event.

"Let’s get housing back to the center of the debate where it belongs," she writes. "No matter the ideology, feasible policy approaches exist to dismantle the barriers holding so many Americans back—and holding the nation back. Housing is not a partisan issue; it is an American issue—and, indeed, a global issue."

Source: "Getting Housing in the Debate," How Housing Matters (Oct. 22, 2015)