Green New Deal Proposal Would Enshrine a Right to Housing in Law

Last week, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) stood outside the U.S. Senate building in Washington with a small army of housing-rights advocates and public housing residents to announce an ambitious plan to remake public housing in the United States.

The reputations of public housing communities were maligned by officials averse to all types of public assistance, justifying further cycles of disinvestment and deterioration in the mid-20th century and beyond. And disinvestment has made conditions worse. For example, homes owned by the New York City Housing Authority are borderline unlivable, according to the Regional Plan Association, and in need of $45.2 billion for repairs over the next 20 years. NYCHA houses more than 400,000 people.

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