Iowa Housing Partnership Responds to Trump’s Tweet on Housing in the Suburbs

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Iowa’s Economic Future is Dependent on a Variety of Housing Options for all Wage Earners.

DES MOINES, Iowa, July 30, 2020 – The Iowa Housing Partnership, an alliance of nearly 300 Iowa businesses, organizations and advocates promoting affordable housing, responded to President Trump’s tweet on Wednesday that stated “ I am happy to inform all of the people living their Suburban Lifestyle Dream that you will no longer be bothered or financially hurt by having low income housing built in your neighborhood.”

“President Trump’s uninformed comments are an opportunity for the public and policymakers to learn more and understand the important role affordable housing plays in the economic strength of Iowa’s future,” states Dan Garrett, Chair of the Iowa Housing Partnership, and a Vice President with WNC & Associates, Inc, which provides private equity for affordable housing. “False claims that affordable housing decreases property values and increases crime reinforces negative stereotypes, perpetuates housing inequity and will serve as a roadblock to future economic growth.”

The Capital Crossroads project of the Greater Des Moines Partnership noted in their Regional Workforce Housing Strategy that: “For the Des Moines economy to grow over time, a sufficient supply of housing, meeting the needs and desires of regional workers, is required.”

The facts are clear:

People working in their community should also be able to live in their communities. Garrett said, “These are Iowans we see every day, from daycare workers taking care of our children, to the clerk at our neighborhood grocery store, to the bank tellers of our community banks”

The Iowa Housing Partnership is a non-profit organization comprised of businesses, nonprofits and advocates seeking to expand the quality and availability of affordable housing in Iowa.

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Rachel Ong
The Rafferty Group || Advocacy Strategies
515-829-2775