Democratic candidates debate plans to solve affordable housing crisis

New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and billionaire Tom Steyer discussed how to implement affordable housing during the fifth primary debate of the 2020 presidential election. / Getty Images / Forbes

By Brenda Richardson | Forbes

While the lack of affordable housing continues to plague the country, the question of what Democratic presidential candidates plan to do to help solve the crisis drew significantly different responses Wednesday during the fifth primary debate of the 2020 election cycle in Atlanta.

Here’s what three presidential candidates had to say last night about the persistent crisis in housing affordability. 

Sen. Elizabeth Warren: “Our housing problem in America is a problem on the supply side. And that means that the federal government stopped building new housing a long time ago, affordable housing. Also private developers, they’ve gone up to McMansions. They are not building the little two-bedroom, one-bath house that I grew up in. The garage converted to be a bedroom for my three brothers. So I’ve got a plan through 3.2 million new housing units in America. Those are housing units for working families, for the working poor, for the poor poor, for seniors who want to age in place, for people with disabilities, for people who are coming back from being incarcerated.” 


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November 2019