Rep. Ilhan Omar: ‘No Reason We Can’t Guarantee the Right to Affordable Quality Housing to Everyone’

By Staff | January 29, 2019 | 6:58pm EST
Rep. Ilhan Omar (Getty Images/Alex Wong)

( - Rep. Ilhan Omar (D.-Minn.) said in a Tweet she sent out Sunday that the government should guarantee everyone a “right” to affordable housing.

“In the richest country in the world there’s no reason we can’t guarantee the right to affordable quality housing to everyone in the U.S.,” Omar said.

“And in 116th Congress, this should be a top priority,” she continued.

She made this statement following up on a statement Rep. Rashida Tlaib had made in a Tweet expressing empathy for homeless people experiencing freezing weather in Detroit.

Omar retweeted Tlaib’s Tweet that said: “Freezing temperatures in Detroit and snow is on the way. Please be mindful of those experiencing homelessness. Here are some place where folks can find shelter and…”

“This week in MN, we’re expecting -60 wind chills,” Omar said in her retweet of Tlaib’s Tweet. “In this life-threatening frigid cold weather, my heart aches knowing there are people living in cars, under bridges, and if lucky, couch hopping.”

“Our homelessness crisis is not a crisis of scarcity, but a crisis of moral clarity,” she said.

She followed that with another Tweet: “Our homeless crisis is America’s dirty little secret. This year we’ll spend 700 billion on the military. With an investment of up to 20 billion we could house every homeless person in the U.S.”



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