Blumenauer urges federal action on housing
U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer, an Oregon Democrat, released a report Thursday suggesting solutions to long-standing federal housing issues.
"The United States has never recognized that housing, like food and health care, is a fundamental human right," Blumenauer said at a press conference Thursday morning.
Blumenauer's 26-page report, titled "Locked Out: Reversing Federal Housing Failures and Unlocking Opportunity," lays out almost two dozen recommendations to improve access to affordable housing and decrease homelessness. It calls for the federal government to quadruple public housing capital funding, double federal homeless assistance funding and expand protections against unjust evictions.
"Some may look at these recommendations and say, 'Well, they're not in our capacity. They're too ambitious.' But the cost of inaction is far greater," Blumenauer said. "From increased health care cost to environmental impacts to decreased quality of life."
Local officials, including Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury, spoke at Thursday's press conference about how increased federal involvement in housing would help communities.
Oregon Public Broadcasting is a news partner of the Portland Tribune. You can read their story with a link to the report here.
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