With rents and home prices at record highs, the affordable housing crisis is a key issue in the 2020 election. As the election nears, there remains no plan to rebuild America’s crumbling infrastructure, electric vehicles and e-scooters are changing the way people get around, and climate change looms over every aspect of American life. In the run-up to Election Day—November 3, 2020—Curbed is keeping track of where the candidates stand on all the issues.
Aug 10, 2018, 3:15pm EDT
March 2, 2020
The U.S. has an affordable housing crisis. Here’s why
Market forces, policy decisions, and demographic changes have converged, making it more difficult to increase affordable housing for renters and buyers in U.S. cities.
February 25, 2020
Where the Democratic primary candidates stand on housing
The affordable housing shortage has made housing policy center stage in the 2020 election.
January 9, 2020
Where the Democratic candidates stand on climate policy
A key issue for 2020, finally with comprehensive plans.
January 2, 2020
With Castro out, which Democratic candidate will stand up for housing?
The former HUD secretary was a vocal advocate for addressing housing costs.
November 21, 2019
Housing should be funded like infrastructure. Now Congress has a plan for that
New bills and this week’s Democratic debate address the affordable housing crisis.
November 20, 2019
Would a universal basic income help you make rent?
The idea has gained momentum, but its effect on housing is hard to game out.
November 18, 2019
Elizabeth Warren updates housing plan with focus on renters
Tenant protections and public housing improvements highlight an addition to an already robust housing plan.
September 6, 2019
Hey Elizabeth Warren, lightbulbs do matter
The candidate downplayed energy-efficient lightbulbs during this week’s climate town hall, but switching to LEDs has indeed helped reduce U.S. household energy demand.
August 1, 2019
Americans spend too much money on housing. Why aren’t the candidates talking about it?
The topic has barely come up in the presidential debates, but it’s one of the biggest issues we face as a country
July 22, 2019
Cory Booker and Elizabeth Warren want to force cities to adopt YIMBY policies. Can they?
They have plans to try, but it’s unclear how effective they’d be.
July 8, 2019
How a census undercount shortchanges housing, medical programs for the poor
Missing Americans in the once-a-decade count can lead to cuts in local budgets and hamper important services.
July 8, 2019
Kamala Harris has a $100 billion plan to close the black homeownership gap
According Harris, four million people of color would benefit from down payment assistance.
June 28, 2019
YIMBY in action: How pro-housing policies became a political rallying cry
Birthed by the housing crisis, can a push to build more homes become the centerpiece of a political coalition?
June 25, 2019
Trump wants to deregulate local zoning. Housing advocates are skeptical
HUD Secretary Ben Carson, a professed YIMBY, will chair a council to study exclusionary land-use laws
June 24, 2019
Democrats are proposing a renters tax credit. Would it help or hurt renters?
It’s become a key component of Democratic housing plans, but experts say it could drive rents up further.
June 5, 2019
New affordable housing bill aims to add 1.9M units nationwide in the next decade
The Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act of 2019 would strengthen a pillar of federal housing support.
April 14, 2019
How Mayor Pete used good urbanism to revitalize South Bend
Behind the Rust Belt renaissance overseen by the Dem hopeful is a focus on placemaking and development policies.
March 20, 2019
How a San Diego YIMBY club changed city politics
A new political movement is shaking up city hall and setting the stage for a big election in 2020.
March 5, 2019
Ben Carson to leave HUD after 2020 election
Carson has been one of the few mainstays in the Trump administration.
December 11, 2018
Elizabeth Warren doubles down on affordable housing legislation
Along with Rep. Cedric Richmond, Sen. Warren introduced a House companion to the American Housing and Economic Mobility Act.
September 25, 2018
Senator Warren has a $450 billion plan to fix the housing crisis
The American Housing and Economic Mobility Act of 2018 addresses housing supply, discrimination, financing, zoning, and taxes.
August 10, 2018
Two senators are proposing national rent relief bills. Here’s why it matters
Cory Booker is the latest senator to propose tax credits for renters through his HOME Act.