NLIHC’s letter alerted housing staffers to the severe lack of affordable housing available to extremely low income household who are homeless. “In the United States today, there are 10 million extremely low income (ELI) renter households (with incomes of 0 to 30% of the area median) and only 6.2 million rental homes they can afford (paying no more than 30% of their income for their housing). The number of ELI households has grown by more than 20% in just a two year period,” said NLIHC.
Members of the group wrote, “When we fail to implement successful and long-term solutions to homelessness, we pay the price - with our limited public funds and with the lives of men, women, families, youth, and veterans who sleep on the street.”
The Corporation for Supportive Housing sent a letter on the impact that cuts could have to veterans and the National Alliance to End Homelessness wrote their letter on how the recession has exacerbated unemployment and homelessness. The National Coalition for the Homeless, the National Network for Youth, Horizons for Homeless Children, the National Center for Family Homelessness, the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, Health Care for the Homeless, and the National Center for Housing and Child Welfare will also send letters as part of this campaign.
View NLIHC’s letter: http://www.nlihc.org/doc/NLIHC_HAG_Letter_A_Day.pdf
View all of the letters at: http://documents.csh.org/documents/policy/LetterADay.pdf