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Housing

Housing is a foundational social determinant of health. Redlining, segregation, and gentrification are major ways that health disparities have emerged and are sustained in the U.S. over time. Research has shown that those experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity face substantially higher risk of physical and mental illness and have consistently higher health care expenditures due to higher rates of chronic disease and emergency treatment usage. TRCC highlights policies and housing interventions that improve housing stability and health outcomes while decreasing healthcare costs and advancing health equity.

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DASH (Decent, Affordable, Safe Housing for All) Act

S. 680 - Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR)

  • Introduced on 3/27/23

  • 5 Co-Sponsors as of 8/4/23

Description

This bill would: 

  • Address the housing crisis by establishing a Housing Choice Voucher for individuals or families experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness with incomes under 50 percent of the area’s median income. 

  • Provide voucher recipients with access to health care services including mental health, dental, and vision, substance use disorder treatment and assistance in enrolling in Medicare or Medicaid, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or other economic assistance programs. 

  • Provide recipients with access to family self-sufficiency programs, credit or housing counseling, education services including credit recovery, and transportation to any of these services. 

  • Allocate $10 billion in the Housing Trust Fund (HTF) for the next ten years to states to acquire, develop or rehabilitate deeply affordable housing. 

  • Include funding for a pilot program to invest in innovative, cost-effective and efficient building methods to reduce the cost of developing affordable housing. 

  • Strengthen the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) by preserving and protecting current LIHTC properties, dramatically expanding production, and extending housing to those at extremely low incomes. 

  • Establish a Renter's Tax Credit and Middle-Income Housing Tax Credit (MIHTC) and would invest in homeownership in underserved communities with new tax credits and downpayment assistance, including a down payment tax credit for first-time homebuyers.  

Status

  • The bill was referred to the Committee on Finance.

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