I agree with Willie Dickerson in his letter “Address the causes of hunger” about steps we can take in our tax code to help people in poverty. In addition to the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit, our members of Congress can also help by passing a Renters Tax Credit.
Many people are unaware of a growing housing crisis in America. Since 1960, American renters' median earnings have gone up 5 percent while rents have risen by 61 percent - and only 37 affordable and available rental homes exist for every 100 extremely low-income renter households. However, because of inadequate funding, only 1 in 4 eligible households can get rental housing assistance.
Stable housing makes our lives and our communities better. It improves job performance and helps our children stay happy, healthy, and safe. I call on Senators Blunt and Hawley as well as Representatives Clay and Wagner to shift tax resources to support a Renters Tax Credit for low- and moderate-income families.
Cynthia Changyit Levin
Town and Country