Detroit -- Today, ahead of the sixth Democratic debate, 21 candidates for statewide and local office endorsed the Homes Guarantee plan that supporters say would guarantee safe, accessible, and sustainable homes for all. The Homes Guarantee was released in September amidst brewing grassroots activity around the affordable housing crisis -- yet to date, only seven minutes of total time for all five Democratic debates have been dedicated to talking about housing.
Action Center on Race and the Economy. “Frankly, it’s disgusting that anyone can make billions of dollars from luxury apartment buildings full of empty units while so many people are sleeping on the streets or struggling to pay their rent -- and it’s a lie that we can’t afford to provide every single person living in the United States with a safe, sustainable, accessible, and affordable place to live.”“Housing should not be a commodity -- full stop,” said Maurice BP-Weeks, Co-Executive Director of
“We have the chance to put housing in the hands of the people, protect tenants, and start to address the harm caused by hundreds of years of racist housing policy,” said Tara Raghuveer, Housing Campaign Director at People’s Action and Director of the KC Tenants. “We crunched the numbers and we have the plan. Now, all we need is the political courage to put it into practice -- and we’re looking for all of the Democratic candidates to address the housing crisis tonight.”
The following candidates endorsed the Homes Guarantee platform:
On Twitter, prominent activist accounts such as @AdyBarkan, @_pamcampos, @shawnsebastian, @alexisgoldstein, @jljacobson, @rafaelshimunov, @MsPeoples, @acrecampaigns, @PplsAction, @CVHaction, @DataProgress, @policylink, @democracycollab, @TheNextSystem and more tweeted their support of the platform and called on the DNC to make sure to focus the conversation on housing. Twitter activity can be followed using #HomesGuarantee and #DemDebate.
In addition to the federal policy, a number of organizers in states including Michigan, New York, Illinois, Arizona and Oklahoma are starting to push for statewide versions of the platform.
If put into place, supporters of the Homes Guarantee program say it would nationally: