should have the right to a minimum level of decent housing.
They should feel safe and secure in their homes. Their
homes should be rat free and at least lead-safe, if
not lead-free. It should have access to open space that
kids can play in without fear. To achieve this, we need
to both renovate and restore vacant houses, and build
new affordable housing. We can also help low-income
city homeowners with renovation projects designed to
improve the overall condition of neighborhoods.
a Delegate, I will appeal to residents to volunteer
their specialized skills to contribute to a housing
effort throughout the district, and eventually throughout
the city. I will ask architects and engineers to donate
their design and planning skills. I will ask contractors
to train unemployed, underemployed and homeless citizens
to do renovation and construction work. I will contribute
my real estate knowledge to target areas where our investment
will pay off the most.
IMPORTANCE OF OWNERSHIP
is cheaper than renting. Landlords must pay their mortgage
payment, maintain the property and make a profit. Generally
speaking, owners also take better care of property than
renters. When factoring in the social costs of housing
problems, it could be a lot cheaper than public housing
could create a special financing program, starting on
a small scale at first, to get loans for people that
might not qualify otherwise.