In this June 1, 2019, photo, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., speaks during the 2019 California Democratic Party State Organizing Convention in San Francisco. Booker is releasing a new housing proposal that includes a tax credit designed to help make rentals more affordable as well as zoning changes and new funding aimed at boosting construction of units for low-income renters. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Booker's affordable housing plan: Tax credit, zoning changes

June 05, 2019 - 8:02 am
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Cory Booker has released a housing proposal that includes a tax credit designed to help make rentals more affordable plus zoning changes and new funding aimed at boosting construction of units for low-income renters.

The New Jersey senator's plan was released Wednesday and builds on legislation he introduced last year in the Senate that would establish a new refundable renters' credit. That benefit would kick in to help limit lower- and moderate-income renters' housing bills to no more than 30 percent of their income.

Booker's housing plan also includes new spending to help lower-income renters obtain legal representation in eviction proceedings.

Booker launched his 2020 campaign in February. He says housing is "very personal" to him, citing his family's battle with racial bias during a move to New Jersey during his childhood.