So I've been looking at Bernie's housing plan some more: https://berniesanders.com/issues/housing-all/
In addition to all the new affordable and mixed income housing it builds, here's a few other interesting points:
1. Protection for renters: The plan caps rent increases to the higher of 3% or 1.5 times the Consumer Price Index, with waivers only available if landlords can demonstrate an investment in the property that improves the living conditions accordingly. This is a national cap but states and cities can pass stronger ones if they like. The plan also requires "just-cause" for evictions, so that landlords can't evict someone arbitrarily or vindictively. A bunch of other stuff for renters as well but I thought these were the most interesting points.
2. Fighting against gentrification: The plan has some measures to combat gentrification, mostly summed up as removing exclusionary and restricive zoning laws and replace them with laws designed to promote the integration of communities across race, socioeconomic status, etc., as determined by a new office in the Department of Housing and Urban Development that works directly with the affected cities. The funding for the housing in the bill is actually contingent upon whether the projects will actually produce this integration, as well as upon public transportation access, so as to reduce congestion in cities. In addition to the zoning technique, the plan also fights gentrification by putting a 25% tax on properties sold within 5 years of purchase with no owner in them, dubbed the House Flipping Tax, a 2% Empty House Tax on any owned properties that are vacant (to incentivize more properties being put on the market), and "circuit breakers" on property taxes that freeze the property taxes as the property values in a gentrifying neighborhoods rise (to prevent long-time residents from getting priced out of their own home over property tax).
3. Helping First-time Homebuyers: Since millions of people now feel like they'll never be able to afford to own a home (myself included), the plan includes funding for a first-time homebuyers assistance program, to the tune of $8 billion dollars spread across the HUD (for urban homebuyers) and the USDA (for rural homebuyers).
4. Other Neat Stuff: The plan makes data on evictions, rent increases, and safety violations available to the public for large landlords. It regulates mortgages to prevent them from being mass sold to vulture funds, increases enforcement of consumer protections against predatory loan sharks, and assists those who are still struggling with mortgages as a result of the 2008 crash. Federal funding for projects under the bill prioritizes those projects that have walkable communities and that reduce urban sprawl, to create more efficient and livable cities. Oh, and the first 25,000 affordable housing units under the plan will be set aside exclusively for homeless people.
So yeah, it's not just a "Housing For All" bill, it's a "Make Housing Easier And Better For Everyone" bill.