Kamala Harris Proposes $100 Billion Grant to Help Black Families Become Home Owners
Taking aim at the racial wealth gap in the U.S., Democratic
presidential candidate Kamala Harris proposed a $100 billion program to
help black families and individuals buy homes.
at the Essence Festival in New Orleans on Saturday, Harris said the
program would help with down payments and other costs associated with
The program, she estimated, would help 4 million families who
live or rent in historically red-lined areas, or those where loans are
often refused because borrowers are seen as poor financial risks.
“We must right the wrong, and after generations of
discrimination give black families a real shot at home-ownership —
historically one of the most powerful drivers of wealth,” Harris said.
program, which would be administrated by the Department of Housing and
Urban Development, would give grants of up to $25,000 to families with
incomes of up to $100,000, or as much as $125,000 in high-income
communities. Harris said the plan would, over time, reduce the wealth
gap between black and white families by one-third.