During last night’s first presidential debate between President Donald Trump and Vice President Joe Biden, neither candidate addressed the problem of housing instability across the nation, which has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
In response, the New York State Association for Affordable Housing (NYSAFAH), which represents hundreds of member firms that collectively manage tens of thousands of affordable homes statewide, released the following statement from its president and CEO, Jolie Milstein:
“We were disappointed that last night’s debate did not address housing instability resulting from higher nationwide unemployment rates related to COVID-19 and the related economic downturn.
“Housing stability serves as the foundation of mental, physical, economic, and educational well-being. Millions of Americans do not have access to an affordable place to live and want to hear how the candidates plan to create equitable housing markets in their communities.”
Formed in 1998, the New York State Association for Housing (NYSAFAH) is the trade association for New York’s affordable housing industry statewide.
Our 375 members include for-profit and nonprofit developers, lenders, investors, syndicators, attorneys, architects and others active in the financing, construction, and operation of affordable housing. Together, NYSAFAH’s members are responsible for most of the housing built in New York State with federal, state, or local subsidies.
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