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What I’m doing about the housing crisis

Everyone needs a safe place to call home. But that need is not being met for more than 400,000 Americans who are experiencing homelessness.

Oregon and the United States are in a housing crisis, and the burden of this crisis falls heavily on working families, veterans, low-income earners, and disabled individuals.

We must invest more in affordable housing and homelessness services, and it's something I work on every day in Congress.

I have been advocating for more affordable housing options, fighting to secure additional funding for emergency shelters and re-housing support, and working to protect manufactured homeowners from predatory lending practices like high-interest rates.

But this is about more than just making more housing available; it's about helping people get what they need to thrive.

Recently Senator Wyden and I introduced a bill that allocates $500 million for the construction or retrofitting of child care facilities within affordable housing developments, with priority given to rural areas and child care deserts.

I also just introduced legislation to help people experiencing homelessness overcome common barriers to accessing SNAP food assistance, like a lack of transportation to the program's offices to apply for benefits.

These are crucial steps in the right direction, and there's a lot more that needs to be done. It's going to take leaders at every level of government coming together to solve this problem.

As Co-Chair of the Congressional Caucus on Housing, I'm aiming to fundamentally change the housing landscape in this country. I won't stop fighting until everyone has a safe place to call home.

Thank you for standing with me,


Posted on June 20, 2023.

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Suzanne knows what it’s like to struggle to make ends meet. She worked her way through community college, university, and law school. She started her career at Legal Aid and worked as a consumer rights attorney. Throughout her career she’s been a leading advocate for public education, protecting the environment, and civil rights. She’s fighting for a better future for all Oregonians.

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