February 11, 2020

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Bipartisan Bill to Establish Affordable Housing Task Force

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) cosponsored the Task Force on the Impact of the Affordable Housing Crisis Act, which aims to better understand and respond to America’s housing affordability crisis by creating a bipartisan housing task force. The task force would evaluate and quantify the impact of housing costs on other government programs and provide recommendations to Congress on how to increase affordable housing options in order to improve life outcomes.

“We have an affordable housing crisis in Nevada, and we need all hands on deck. This task force will help Congress understand the scope and scale of the problem and its impact on every facet of Americans’ lives. The task force’s findings will help inform policy solutions, improve existing federal programs, and provide relief for struggling families. I’m proud to join this bipartisan effort to address one of the greatest challenges facing the Silver State.”

The Task Force on the Impact of the Affordable Housing Crisis Act was introduced by Senators Todd Young (R-Ind.), Angus King (I-Maine), and Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.).

BACKGROUND:

Specifically, the Task Force on the Impact of the Affordable Housing Crisis will:

  1. Evaluate and quantify the impact that a lack of affordable housing has on other areas of life and life outcomes for individuals living in the United States, including education, employment, income level, health, nutrition, access to transportation, and poverty level in the neighborhood in which individuals live, regional economic growth, and neighborhood and rural community stability and revitalization.
  2. Evaluate and quantify the costs incurred by other federal, state, and local programs due to a lack of affordable housing.
  3. Make recommendations to Congress on how to use affordable housing to improve the effectiveness of other federal programs and improve life outcomes for individuals living in the United States.

The Task Force on the Impact of the Affordable Housing Crisis Act includes supporters from over 70 organizations.

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