LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Senator Todd Young is introducing bipartisan legislation to tackle what he calls an affordable housing crisis. He spoke to community leaders at the Jeff Center Monday morning about his new bill.
The bill would create a task force to analyze the impacts of affordable housing and make recommendations to Congress. Senator Young said during roundtable conversations with community officials and educators, an unexpected theme of affordable housing kept coming up.
To tackle the issue, he hopes this task force can understand the impact affordable housing, or the lack thereof, has on other areas of life and government programs. Young believes a lack of affordable housing has negative consequences on educational performance, economic mobility and healthcare among Hoosiers.
"(The lack of affordable housing) is at a crisis level," said Young. "It leaves Hoosier families with fewer dollars to spend on essentials like healthcare, groceries and other important expenses."
He hopes the task force will discover what he said research already shows.
"If we discovered that lack of affordable leads to poorer educational outcomes or health outcomes, that would be an argument for scaling up more affordable housing solutions to save money with respect to healthcare and educational services," said Young.
Sen. Young also spoke with Greater Lafayette organizations, like Homestead and Lafayette Transitional Housing, who work to prevent homelessness. Young says the task force would evaluate and quantify the impact of housing costs on government programs.
He hopes the legislation will be passed out of the Senate and on the president's desk by the end of year.
A blue ribbon commission will then have 18 months to produce a recommendation to congress. Young hopes those recommendations would then soon be signed into law.