Sen. Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) is unveiling what some housing experts are calling one of the most ambitious Senate proposals to tackle high rent prices. (Melina Mara/The Washington Post)
Democratic politicians at both the state and federal level are pushing plans to dramatically expand the government’s role in addressing unaffordable housing costs, as rent prices hit new highs in major American cities and the party’s increasingly young and urban base embraces big social programs.
In Illinois and New York, gubernatorial candidates are touting proposals that would free cities to impose rent controls on housing units, a policy also backed this year by the Democratic parties of Washington State and California.
California’s Democratic nominee for governor is calling for 3.5 million new housing units in the state, an enormous escalation of the housing plans under incumbent Gov. Jerry Brown (D). And on Capitol Hill, Sen. Kamala D. Harris (D) on Thursday will unveil federal legislation to give at least 13.3 million families new tax credits to subsidize their rents in what experts say is one of the most far-reaching housing bills recently introduced in Congress.More