Ty's family moved from plantation to plantation, landing wherever his dad found work as a tractor driver. One of the houses he grew up in was just a shack on a dirt road next to a cotton field. When they first moved in, there was no indoor bathroom. Eventually, the plantation owner knocked a hole in the wall and pulled a portable bathroom up to cover the opening.
Housing is the largest expense for most families and for homeowners, the biggest purchase they will make in their lifetimes. Where a person lives affects the jobs available to them, the schools their children can attend, and the kinds of communities in which they can live. That’s why we have to get housing policy right at the state and federal level. My first priority is to see that all Mississippians have the opportunity to live in affordable housing that provides safety and essential comforts to them and their families, as well as access to good jobs and safe, prosperous communities.
Today, the U.S. has a shortage of 7 million rental homes affordable for and available to extremely low-income renters, whose household incomes are at or below the poverty guideline.
According to the National Low Income Housing Coalition, here in Mississippi, for every 100 extremely low-income renter households, there are only 58 affordable and available rental homes. This is leaving many of our fellow citizens living in substandard housing–or in danger of being out on the street.
For too many Mississippians, housing is either unavailable or unaffordable. From the Gulf Coast to the Mississippi Delta and beyond, Mississippians should be able to find quality housing and be able to pay their rent or mortgage.
Ty knows the current housing situation in Mississippi is unacceptable. In the U.S. Senate, he will fight to deliver quality, affordable housing for all Mississippians. That's why he will work to cut middle class taxes and fight for more funding for affordable housing for all Mississippians.
That’s why, as your next Senator, Ty will give priority to:
Ensuring affordable housing that provides safety and essential comforts to Mississippians and their families is available to all our citizens.
Changing FEMA rules to ensure homeowners on our Gulf Coast can repair and upgrade their homes to keep them in compliance with codes and resistant to storm damage.
Supporting new construction, infill construction, and rehabilitation of older homes/buildings to provide an incentive for people to move to Mississippi–to come back to our state–to take advantage of our high affordability in areas outside of housing.