On November 20, the City Council of Austin, Texas, passed a resolution in support of the United for Homes campaign. Austin becomes the fifth city to officially endorse the campaign, joining Cleveland, Minneapolis, Rochester NY, and Seattle.
“Affordability is a major concern in Austin, and in many other cities around the country,” said Council Member Chris Riley, the lead sponsor of the resolution. “This initiative gives Austin the opportunity to join with other cities in calling for action at the federal level to address the serious housing issues we’re seeing in our communities.”
The resolution was first introduced by Commissioner Will Krueger to the Austin Human Rights Commission, which unanimously recommended it to the City Council. It then passed with unanimous support through the Community Development Commission before going on to the full Council. The measure was supported at each committee by advocates from Accessible Housing Austin!, the Texas Homeless Network, and the Texas Low Income Housing Information Service.
“There was enthusiasm from other commissioners and clear support from the Austin community,” said Krueger. “This resolution was easy to advocate for because it calls for meaningful action to address an urgent problem in Texas and throughout the country.”
United for Homes is the campaign to change the mortgage interest deduction to help more low income homeowners and to raise revenue to fund the National Housing Trust Fund. To date, 1,803 organizations and elected officials representing all 435 Congressional Districts and the District of Columbia have endorsed the campaign.
NLIHC’s field team, firstname.lastname@example.org, is available to assist advocates interested in pursuing United for Homes resolutions from their own local governments.
A sample resolution to adapt for use in your community is at http://nlihc.org/issues/mid/resolution.
To learn more about United for Homes, go to http://nlihc.org/unitedforhomes.