We have been honored to lead the Millennial Housing Commission during the past 17 months as we performed a
thorough re-examination of the federal role in meeting the nation’s housing challenges at Congress’ request.
The 22 commissioners appointed to this task were drawn from across the country and from across the spectrum of
housing ideologies and experience. We are particularly pleased, therefore, to have achieved concurrence among all
but one of the appointed members. [Click here to obtain a copy of the “Dissenting Statement to the Report of the Millennial Housing Commission,” by Commissioner Robert Rector.] The Commission included former elected officials; participants on previous
national commissions; housing researchers, builders, managers, and owners; planners and public administrators;
and leaders of community development organizations. Our findings and recommendations obviously reflect the
great diversity of philosophy and experience represented, but on one thing we all agree—we unequivocally care
about housing and some fundamental precepts.
First, housing matters. It represents the single largest expenditure for most American families and the single
largest source of wealth for most homeowners. The development of housing has a major impact on the national
economy and the economic growth and health of regions and communities. Housing is inextricably linked to access
to jobs and healthy communities and the social behavior of the families who occupy it. The failure to achieve
adequate housing leads to significant societal costs.
Second, there is simply not enough affordable housing. The inadequacy of supply increases dramatically as one
moves down the ladder of family earnings. The challenge is most acute for rental housing in high-cost areas, and
the most egregious problem is for the very poor.
We recognize that our country is engaged in a war that affects our vital interests, and that we have experienced a
serious economic downturn from which we are entering a tentative recovery. There is a serious public debate as to
which tax and spending policies will best support the sound fiscal management that our nation requires. Even
within this context, resources for affordable housing provide important economic, social, and societal benefits.
The inexorable growth in the numbers of families, of those working in service sectors, and of immigrants seeking to
take part in the American Dream—coupled with community opposition to high-density development, the
gentrification or abandonment and deterioration of an increasing percentage of our housing stock, and the
growing affordability gap between haves and have nots—require that the Government of the United States
seriously address the question of how our society can produce and preserve more housing for more American
families in a more rational, thoughtful, and efficient way in the decade ahead. As affordable housing production
is increased within the context of healthy, inclusive communities, the economy is strengthened, more families share
common American values, and economic opportunity is increased for many.
We are pleased to present the Millennial Housing Commission’s recommendations, which we hope will engage the
elected officials of our democracy to meet these challenges.
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The Millennial Housing Commission’s enabling statute terminated the Commission on August 31, 2002. Thereafter, inquiries can be directed to Conrad Egan at firstname.lastname@example.org