On Monday, a group of bipartisan legislators, tenants, housing advocates, and community members gathered at the Indiana Statehouse for the second annual Housing Advocacy Day and the launch of the Indiana Tenants Association. The event was hosted by the Hoosier Housing Needs Coalition, Hoosier Action, and Patchwork Indy, and was sponsored by The Ross Foundation.
The rally was led by Derris “Dee” Ross, a member of the Indiana General Assembly’s Housing Task Force and the founder of The Ross Foundation, The Indianapolis Tenants Rights Union, and the Indiana Tenants Association. Participants included tenants with personal stories of the lack of affordable and stable housing in Indiana and housing advocates who called on the Indiana General Assembly to support policies that ensure all Hoosiers have a safe, healthy, and affordable place to live.
During the rally, attendees heard from Rep. Doug Miller (R-Elkhart), Sen. Fady Qaddoura (D-Indianapolis), and Rep. Sue Errington (D-Muncie), who are all authors of housing reform legislation this session. The speakers emphasized policies working to strengthen Indiana’s habitability standards and tenant protections.
The event also marked the launch of the Indiana Tenants Association, a statewide coalition of local tenant organizations working to defend and advance the rights of Indiana tenants to safe, decent, and affordable housing.
There is already a housing shortage, and the solution to that is NOT to tilt the balance even further against the landlords. Look what happened in South Bend: $400 apartments got refurbished and cleaned up when the government intervened, and suddenly those were $1000 apartments and the residents got evicted and couldn’t find anywhere else as affordable.
Why does anyone think the same policy at the state level is going to work any better?
Socialists/liberals never learn from their mistakes; it’s always someone else’s fault.