Homelessness is a crisis that affects all of us. Take California, for example, where nearly half of our country’s unsheltered homeless reside. Homelessness has become such a cause for concern, that for the first time in the state’s history, homelessness is ranked as a top issue for Californians according to a new survey by the Public Policy Institute of California. By comparison, the same percent of people ranked the economy as the top issue.
But California isn’t the only state working through this problem. According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s annual report to Congress, as of 2018 there are approximately 550,000 people experiencing homelessness across the United States; it is an alarming statistic that is impacting too many of our communities.
At the very center of it, eradicating homelessness is not just a moral obligation – it’s about helping our neighbors when they need it most. And Congress should be hard at work not only recognizing problems, but also executing solutions to this crisis – as well as a myriad of other critical issues – crippling our communities. Sadly, however, rather than focus on important matters like supporting one of our most vulnerable populations, House Democrats are trying to score political points by fixating on click-bait issues, like an unfounded impeachment.
Their leadership has yet to offer any solutions to minimize this pressing crisis, but Republicans are working to get to one of the root causes of homelessness by making housing more affordable for Americans across the country.
Earlier this year, the administration created the Council on Eliminating Regulatory Barriers to Affordable Housing which is committed to and working towards removing hurdles that inhibit Americans’ ability to rent or buy a home. The Council is:
- Working in tandem with State, local, and tribal leaders to identify these obstacles;
- Monitoring how Federal, State, and local regulations affect the ability to create more affordable housing;
- And upon the President’s direction, will step in to reduce federal regulatory barriers that obstruct the production of cost-efficient homes.
Our communities are in despair, and Americans crave solutions to this crisis. Rather than play political games, House Democrats should join Republicans in their efforts to reduce homelessness throughout our communities because Americans deserve better.