Brown Hosts Toledo Roundtable as He Works to Make Housing More Affordable, Fight Housing Discrimination

Toledo Housing Roundtable

Ohioans Can Visit Brown’s Website HERE to Share Their Housing Stories, Policy Ideas

TOLEDO, OH – Today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) hosted a roundtable discussion in Toledo as he asks for Ohioans to share their stories about the obstacles facing individuals and families struggling to find and afford a home. Wages have not kept pace with housing costs, and whether they rent, own, are trying to save for a down payment or are trying to age with dignity in their own homes, Ohioans are finding it harder to afford housing that meets their needs.

Brown is asking Ohioans to share their stories as he continues to work on policies to make housing more affordable and reverse discriminatory policies that keep Ohioans from accessing quality housing.

“We have an affordable housing crisis in Ohio, and all over the country. We need a housing system that works for everyone, whether they’re renting or want to buy a home, no matter who they are, what kind of work they do, or where they live. That’s why I’m asking Ohioans to share their stories with me as we work to turn those conversations into policy ideas that help Ohio workers and Ohio families,” said Brown.

Brown was joined on today’s call by Ohioans who have struggled to secure quality, affordable housing as well as housing experts, advocates, and local leaders to discuss ways to improve access to housing in Ohio.  

“Affordable housing is the cornerstone of economic prosperity,” said Ms. Demetria Simpson, President and CEO of the Lucas County Metropolitan Housing Authority. “When housing is affordable, it improves the quality of individuals’ lives, economic benefits in the community, better health outcomes, and our children do better in education. It is the right time for a serious conversation about affordable housing in our community.”

Brown has been a leader on housing issues in Ohio and around the country. 

Brown has introduced several bills to address hosing and homelessness, including the Fostering Stable Housing Opportunities Act, the Housing for Homeless Students Act and the Eviction Crisis Act.

Brown has also criticized the President’s housing finance plan, which would make housing more expensive and harder to get for Ohioans. President Trump’s housing finance plan would hurt working Ohioans across the state – from Ohioans renting and wanting to buy a home to Ohioans who own a home and someday want to sell it.

In July 2019, Brown sent a letter to President Trump suggesting ways his Administration could work in a bipartisan way to prevent and end homelessness.