By Elizabeth Zach, RCAC staff writer

Multifamily housing
Photo by by Larry D. Moore

At least three presidential hopefuls—former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro, along with Sens. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)–have presented detailed proposals that would encourage or pressure communities to create more affordable housing.

Their plans address the increasing number of American voters who cannot afford to buy homes, or those who spend more than 50 percent of their income on housing costs.

The proposals also reflect the disparity between minority and white homeownership rates, and how this affects overall prosperity.

“The effects extend beyond homeownership,” writes Zion Campbell, a state and local policy intern and Jacob Share, a public policy intern, both with Enterprise. “It has kept African-Americans out of high-opportunity neighborhoods with access to better schools, jobs, transit and quality health care.”

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