Kamala Harris proposes $100B grant to help minorities attain home ownership

Sen. Kamala Harris, D-CA, speaks to the media following the NBC, MSNBC, Telemundo Democratic presidential debate in Miami, Florida on Thursday, June 27, 2019. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI

July 7 (UPI) — Democratic Presidential candidate Kamala Harris proposed a $100 billion U.S. Housing and Urban Development grant to provide up to $25,000 for down payment and closing costs.

Harris said the program would target low-income, first-time home buyers and would help racial minorities experience home ownership. To qualify, homeowners would have to rent or live in historically redlined communities that haven’t historically rented or leased to minorities.

“So we must right the wrong and — after generations of discrimination — give black families a real shot at home ownership — historically one of the most powerful drives of wealth,” Harris said at a speech in New Orleans.

The $100 billion investment would provide assistance to an estimated 4 million people.

Harris would also bring stronger penalties for anti-discrimination laws.

Black Americans have been “institutionally and historically deprived legally from having access” to housing, the greatest source of assets and wealth.

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Owning a home helps families send their children to college by using equity in their home to pay for tuition. Families who don’t own a home have to get student loans with outrageous interest rates.

Also on Saturday, rival Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren revealed a plan to diversify businesses that receive government contracts. The federal government awards $500 billion in contracts that provide employment for 25 percent of the nation’s workers each year. Warren wants to ensure that these contracts are given to a diverse workforce that includes women and minorities.

“It’s up to the federal government to say what the terms of those contracts are,” Warren said. “It’s not enough to talk the talk about equal pay for equal work. It’s not enough to talk the talk about the diversity of your work force. You’ve got to walk the walk, or you’re not getting these federal contracts.”

7 COMMENTS

  1. “So we must right the wrong and — after generations of discrimination — give black families a real shot at home ownership — historically one of the most powerful drives of wealth,” What an ignorant statement. Millions of African Americans own homes Literally!!! Millions!!! She’s just another bleeding liberal who wants to steal billions from the taxpayers so those that don’t have jobs…don’t want jobs…have probably never worked…Can get yet another thing handed to them. THERE IS NO WRONG TO RIGHT YOU IDIOT!!! When are blacks going to stop this victim crap???? NOBODY alive today was a slave nor a slave owner. How about this?! You clean up your acts, your neighborhoods and your lives! Stay home and get a job and be father’s and mother’s, build up your credit like everyone else and then maybe you’ll be considered for a loan! The Irish don’t play the victim! Nor do the Japanese or Chinese in this country and they have every right to if you do. GO….TO….WORK!!!!

  2. Nailed it to the extreme, what more is there to say except that democratic politicians have ran on the same beat a dead horse theme for 45 years.

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