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    Rep. Ilhan Omar proposes "Housing for All"

    Rep. Ilhan Omar on Twitter: "No one in the wealthiest county in the world should be forced to sleep on the streets.
    Today I am introducing the Homes for All Act, a bold 21st century vision to build 12 million new public & affordable housing units and guarantee housing as a human right. #HomesforAll https://t.co/muWeTfnqLT" / Twitter


    She states in the tweet's video that "To arrive and see people sleeping on the side of the street is something that has stayed with me" and she wants to insure that nobody will be in such a state.

    Ilhan Omar on Twitter: "It’s past time we guaranteed housing as a human right.
    So today, I’m introducing the #HomesForAll Act to:
    🏘️ Green-light construction of 12 million public and affordable housing units
    ⬇️ Drive down costs throughout the market
    🌎 Create a new vision for public housing in the U.S. https://t.co/jULuvKLfbo" / Twitter

    noting
    HuffPost Politics on Twitter: "Rep. Ilhan Omar wants to build $1.2 trillion of new public housing bill as the most ambitious piece of Green New Deal legislation to date. It's the marquee proposal in a wave of progressive housing bills coming out this year. https://t.co/fRXf8hfqU7" / Twitter
    noting
    Ilhan Omar Pitches $1 Trillion For Green Public Housing | HuffPost

    After noting AOC's proposed GND upgrade of public housing,
    Omar’s bill, dubbed the Homes For All Act, goes further. Over a decadelong timeline, it outlines plans to build 9.5 million new units of public housing at the cost of about $800 billion. The legislation earmarks $200 billion for a federal Housing Trust Fund to build 2.5 million new affordable housing units available for low-income families. Another $200 billion would establish a Community Control and Anti-Displacement Fund at the Department of Housing and Urban Development to provide grants to local governments to combat the effects of gentrification.
    The housing is to be “designed, built, and operated to the highest possible environmental standards.”

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    Homes for All Act | United States Congress | United States Government

    IO will likely get a lot of support from GND supporters.
    Omar said she plans to appeal to her more moderate colleagues to “rewrite their legacies” and correct for the injustices that came from Democrats’ rightward shift nearly three decades ago. She compared the dynamic to criminal justice reform, invoking the Democrats and Republicans who supported draconian laws in the 1990s that punished millions of mostly minority men for nonviolent offenses and who are now considering ways to reverse the trend.

    “This is their opportunity to make amends,” she said. “Sometimes we don’t have the foresight of the harm some of the policies we propose could have. They are now presented with some of those harms that they’ve caused and they get to fix it.”
    She could also advocate it as creating a lot of construction-worker jobs.

    The bill comes a week after Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) released the so-called Green New Deal for Public Housing Act, a joint bill to spend, by one estimate, $172 billion over the next 10 years to upgrade the nation’s 1.2 million federally-owned rental units with clean power, efficient appliances and plumbing that won’t leach lead into water. Reps. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.), Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), Chuy Garcia (D-Ill.), Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) and Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) are expected to introduce more proposals in the months to come.
    Although Mitch McConnell will likely block these bills as "socialism", they could be useful for campaigning on in 2020.

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    As to how to pay for it,

    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Twitter: "“But how are we going to pay for the Space Force?”
    Oh wait sorry - we only ask that when it comes to healthcare, education, and saving the planet. https://t.co/J4Z1QVrDue" / Twitter


    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Twitter: "Just so we’re clear.
    Things we FIND money to pay for:
    ✅ $2T in tax cuts for billionaires
    ✅ $210 Billion Trade War
    ✅ $XX? Space Force (who cares how much, right?)
    Things We Refuse to Pay for:
    ❌ Just Recovery for Puerto Rico🇵🇷
    ❌ Medicare for All
    ❌ Tuition-Free College" / Twitter


    Cuomo presses Ocasio-Cortez on healthcare - YouTube starting at 8:11 - AOC notes that existing systems also have costs, along with Medicare for All. She gets into such costs as the effects of lower productivity, and why military adventures are exempted from fiscal discipline.
    Why are our pockets only empty when it comes to education and healthcare for our kids? Why are our pockets only empty when it comes to 100% renewable energy which is going to save our planet and allow our children to thrive? We only have empty pockets when it comes to the morally right things to do. When it comes to tax cuts for billionaires and when it comes to unlimited war, we seem to be able to invent that money very easily. And to me, it belies a lack of moral priorities that people have right now, especially the Republican Party.
    Chris Cuomo responded "And that's why they have elections."

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    It's really not that expensive or complicated to construct basic housing. A short, 20x8x8 foot shipping container can easily be fitted with a small bathroom, kitchenette and bedroom. They're cheap, and built like tanks, should anyone want to construct a hi-rise.
    For the sybarites, there are the standard 40' containers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seyorni View Post
    It's really not that expensive or complicated to construct basic housing. A short, 20x8x8 foot shipping container can easily be fitted with a small bathroom, kitchenette and bedroom. They're cheap, and built like tanks, should anyone want to construct a hi-rise.
    For the sybarites, there are the standard 40' containers.
    Are you familiar with the Nakagin Capsule Tower in Tokyo? It was envisioned around a similar concept - replaceable identical capsules around a core that provides access and utilities.


    As to "housing for all", how will it work? Can I demand housing I can afford anywhere or will it be based on where you are located when the legislation goes into effect? I.e. can I demand to live in Manhattan or will just those already living in Manhattan be able to do so, even if they now inhabit a cardboard box in the borough?

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    Actually, there are shipping container communities and detached houses all over the world. Just google.

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    It won't matter. Until we fix the problem of mental health in the US, there will be homeless. Many mentally ill people don't want to be in a house, and the laws don't allow them to be interned against their will anymore. So they roam. Very sad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seyorni View Post
    It's really not that expensive or complicated to construct basic housing. A short, 20x8x8 foot shipping container can easily be fitted with a small bathroom, kitchenette and bedroom. They're cheap, and built like tanks, should anyone want to construct a hi-rise.
    For the sybarites, there are the standard 40' containers.
    In most cities, that will violate regulations. Insufficient insulation. Needs proper plumbing, wiring. Also needs 8-12 ft wide side walks next to the road segment it occupies, plus sufficient parking space. Must also withstand natural disasters like earthquakes or tornadoes. Also needs a nice appearance to pass the neighborhood review process. Not to mention passing the environmental impact study. We are talking about $100's of thousands, perhaps millions, in improvements here.

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    But they're easy to insulate, and basic plumbing and wiring are pretty simple. Sidewalks and parking aren't necessarily required and, like I said, they're built like tanks, and designed for rough handling and stacking. Tornadoes and earthquakes won't even dent them. They're like small mobile homes on steroids -- and a considerable improvement over the tent and tarp encampments typical of the homeless.

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    Ilhan is a treasure and the best Congressperson we have.

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