On November 25, the Milwaukee City Council unanimously passed a resolution endorsing the United for Homes campaign. Milwaukee becomes the sixth city council and ninth local government body to support the campaign.
Common Council President Michael Murphy introduced the resolution. Mr. Murphy, a member of the Milwaukee Housing Trust Fund Advisory Board, has long been a supporter of the National Housing Trust Fund (NHTF) and efforts to see it funded.
Prior to a vote at the full council, the Judiciary and Legislation Committee of the Common Council considered the resolution and heard supportive comments and testimony from advocates. Brian Peters of IndependenceFirst and Barbara Beckert of Disability Rights Wisconsin submitted a joint letter stressing the importance of the NHTF for addressing the housing needs of Milwaukee’s renters with disabilities.
“The funding of the NHTF would ensure that assistance reaches more households and helps those who need it most,” the letter stated. “The NHTF, by the virtue of targeting extremely low income households, will reach many families with a member with a disability.”
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, 1,840 organizations and elected officials representing all 435 Congressional Districts and the District of Columbia have endorsed the campaign.
NLIHC’s field team is available at firstname.lastname@example.org to assist advocates interested in pursuing United for Homes resolutions from their local governments.
A sample resolution is at http://nlihc.org/issues/mid/resolution
More information about United for Homes is at http://nlihc.org/unitedforhomes