Rents are rising and incomes aren’t rising to match. Across the state, rates of homelessness are rising year after year. The federal government isn’t doing enough to help our neighbors who are struggling to keep a roof over their heads, evidenced by the fact that the proposed 2020 budget for HUD is down $8.6 billion from the 2019 budget.

We need more housing and different types of housing in this state to help keep people off the streets. We need to use our residential land more efficiently and provide truly affordable housing that working class people and retired folk can afford, housing that isn’t subject to the whims of the market.

In Congress, I will push for increased funding to keep people off the streets. Data tells us that the best way to save lives and end chronic homelessness is to simply house people. Give people the stability of a roof over their head and work with local agencies to provide wrap around services to help people get back on their feet.