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Delgado wants Feds to fix housing issues

Sep 11, 2019 11:51 pm
Patricia R. Doxsey reports for the Daily Freeman that the message from Rep. Antonio Delgado on a conference call with reporters Sept. 10, was that the federal government should do more for adequate affordable housing opportunities. Delgado called for more investment by the government in affordable housing programs, and more, or stricter, regulations for how private developers can use federal funds. Delgado has been on something of an affordable housing listening tour, with a town hall-style meeting Sept. 4 at Bliss Towers in Hudson. Putting restrictions on short-term rentals would be a first step for Delgado. "When it comes to things like Airbnb, there are currently no federal restrictions," he said. "That drives the cost of the housing up in the surrounding area and it takes housing away from people who live in the community.... The federal government hasn’t made any meaningful, robust investment in affordable housing in about 30 years.” The larger problem, Delgado said, was that the government has its interests backwards. "We have a severe imbalance in the interest of private capital and the interest of public good," he said. Read more about this story in the Daily Freeman.