It was in 1974 when Cushing Dolbeare convened the Ad Hoc Low Income Housing Coalition, bringing together representatives of labor, faith-based, and human services organizations to protect the interests of the lowest income people in major changes to federal housing policy that occurred that year. This was also the year the Section 8 program and Community Development Block Grant program were enacted. For 40 years, we have not veered from our focus on the housing needs of the lowest income people.
Throughout 2014, we will be looking back at the past 40 years of low income housing policy and NLIHC’s leading role, and we will be moving forward with our mission of achieving socially just public policy that assures that the lowest income people have affordable and decent homes.
We are cautiously optimistic that 2014 will be another watershed year for federal housing policy with the potential that the National Housing Trust Fund will be implemented at long last. It will be the first new federal housing production funding specifically targeted to extremely low income people since Section 8 was enacted 40 years ago. NLIHC will keep moving forward until there is enough funding to end the housing shortage once and for all.
Whether you have been a part of NLIHC for many years or are joining NLIHC this year, we thank you for your support.
Check back for more updates throughout the year.