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U.S. Senate Passes Resolution: National Month for Renter

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On October 30, 2017, the United States Senate unanimously approved a resolution detailing the severity of America’s rental affordability crisis and calling for a national response involving all levels of government, the private sector, and the philanthropic community, supported by Make Room – a national campaign to address renter affordability. September 2017 and 2018 are designated  as “National Month for Renters.”

The resolution was introduced initially in the House as House Resolution 475, and passed as Senate Resolution 312. The U.S. Senate resolved that it: 

(1) "supports the designation of September 2017 and 2018 each as “National Month for Renters” to draw attention to the rental housing shortage in the United States;
(2) urges a truly national effort involving all levels of government, the private sector, and the philanthropic community to expand the supply of rental homes affordable to low- and moderate-income households;
(3) recognizes that subsidized rental housing programs implemented by the Federal Government only serve 1⁄4 of eligible renters and so are the equivalent of a lottery; and
(4) recognizes that expanding the supply of rental homes affordable to low- and moderate-income families, particularly when close to employment opportunities, will—

(A) help reduce commuting costs;
(B) restore the first rungs of the housing ladder;
(C) stabilize families and communities;
(D) promote equality of opportunity; and
(E) support greater economic growth and prosperity.”

Click here for more information from Make Room.   
Click here for the full text of the resolution. 

 
 

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