Rep. Ilhan Omar announces guaranteed ‘Homes For All’ legislation to solve ‘moral stain’ of homelessness

Rep. Ilhan Omar is making her socialist colleagues proud with the latest proposal to give things away on the American taxpayers’ dime.

The Minnesota Democrat announced that the solution for the “moral stain” of homelessness in America is to “guarantee” that every person would have a place to live, touting new legislation in a “Homes For All” package.

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Omar addressed the issue when a member of the audience posed a question about public housing during a congressional town hall for women of color on Thursday.

“Will you commit to building millions of social housing units and reinvesting in public housing so that everyone can live with dignity?” the woman asked Omar at the “Women of Color Lead the Way” conference in Washington, D.C.

The progressive lawmaker responded by praising the “really good question” and recounting her experiences arriving in the U.S. as a refugee from Somalia when she was young.

“You know, I tell the story often about when I first came to America and how completely distraught I was to see homeless people sleeping on the side of the streets. Because I never imagined that I would come – leave a refugee camp, come to the United States – and the first thing I would see would be homeless people,” she said.

“And so it is a moral stain on our country that we have half a million or more people facing homelessness and that we have millions of people who are living with the stress, the worry of being evicted because they may not be able to pay for rent,” Omar continued.

She went on to announce the introduction of the Homes For All legislation to rousing audience applause.

Omar hoped the proposal would “guarantee a home for everyone by investing federal dollars in the creation of millions of homes.”

“My legislation will hopefully also repeal the cap that is in place to building public housing and make sure that we are able to create more public housing,” she added. “I also have legislation that is to help the 17 million people who live in mobile homes, who every single year risk losing their home to make sure they have a first right to buying the land where their mobile home is on so that they are not going to end up being homeless.”

Omar noted that the housing giveaway courtesy of American taxpayers was introduced in Congress by none other than her “sister in service,” New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

“So I am really excited about the legislation that my sister in service has introduced, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. And we collectively in the Progressive Caucus, mainly The Squad — plus few — are going to be rolling out a Homes for All package, each one of us,” she said, referring to the group of first-term, progressive Democratic congresswomen which also includes Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan.

Omar promised that the legislation would “deal with many of the systematic problems that we have in our housing, that we have in our policies that lead to abusive landlords, many of the problems that we have that is associated with incarceration and our public housing policies.”

“And so I am really excited for the opportunity to work on this legislation and get it done so that we don’t have an Ilhan that arrives in America and gets to see — have it be the first thing she sees, people sleeping on the side of the streets in a country where people come to seek prosperity and hope,” she concluded.

No telling how The Squad plans to successfully add untold billions to America’s already bloated debt, but California’s solution for the homeless crisis within its borders has not offered a promising example. A 10-year construction plan in Los Angeles saw the approval of $1.2 billion to build apartments for the homeless but three years later, the first building has yet to be completed and the rampant homelessness in the area continues to threaten the way of life for Los Angeles residents.

“At an average cost of $531,373 per unit – with many apartments costing more than $600,000 each – building costs of many of the homeless units will exceed the median sale price of a market-rate condominium. In the city of Los Angeles, the median price for a condo is $546,000, and a single-family home in Los Angeles County has a median price of $627,690,” USA Today reported.

A meeting this week to address housing for the homeless in the northwest San Fernando Valley turned into a heated debate over the location of proposed homes, which many feared were too close to nearby elementary schools and other homes, according to Los Angeles Daily News.

Meanwhile, Omar’s “guaranteed” homes for all giveaway was met with well-deserved criticism and sarcasm on Twitter.

 

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