Independent senator and 2020 candidate Bernie Sanders previewed his affordable housing plan over the weekend. The plan, which will be released in full in the coming weeks, would expand and improve federal housing programs and set a national rent control standard. He is also calling for $50 billion in grants for local authorities to establish community land trusts, and would invest in outreach and other services to address the homelessness crisis. The plan calls for a federal investment of $2.5 trillion over a decade, which would be paid for through a tax on the wealthiest Americans — the top one-tenth of 1%. Sanders addressed a Nevada chapter of a plumbers and pipefitters union Saturday.
Sen. Bernie Sanders: “In America tonight, over 500,000 Americans are either sleeping out on the streets or are in homeless shelters — and that includes 7,500 people right here in Nevada — because there is not housing available to them and because they lack the money to pay for the housing they need, in the wealthiest country in the history of the world.”
Last week, reports emerged that Trump is planning a major crackdown on California’s homeless population, which may include razing tent camps and creating government-run facilities. Trump and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson will be in San Francisco and Los Angeles this week to promote so-called support homeless opportunity zones.