Is The Marshall Plan A Model To Solve The Affordable Housing Crisis?

a dutch postage stamp with commemorative text within it
1997-05-27 Marshall Plan stamp 80 cent photo by U.S. Embassy The Hague is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0
A 1997 Dutch postage stamp commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Marshall Plan.

Following World War II, the United States committed 12 billion dollars over 4 years to rebuild Europe. It was then quite a chunk of the country’s annual budget and more like 100 billion of today’s dollars. That was the Marshall Plan, named after U.S. Secretary of State George Marshall.

Today, the U.S. national housing situation is dire for everyone except well off Americans. At the lower end of the income scale, millions of citizens are a financial mishap or two from homelessness. With American resources far greater than they were post-WWII, is it not time for for the country to invest enough in its own economy to wrestle one or a thousand national housing crises (however the problem is best defined) to the ground?

What about a domestic Marshall Plan? California Governor Gavin Marshall is certainly on board. Try Strong Calls For National Affordable Housing Leadership On Both Sides Of The Atlantic

And here’s another opinion courtesy of The Hill: Why Not A Marshall Plan For Affordable Housing?