Opportunity Starts at Home is a long-term, multi-sector campaign to meet the rental housing needs of the nation’s low-income people.

Housing affordability is central to other national priorities, like health care, food security, education and more. Yet the gap between rents and incomes is growing, and this is compounded by unprecedented threats to federal housing assistance. Proven solutions to ending homelessness and housing instability exist – what’s missing is the political will to provide resources that will put these solutions into practice in communities across the nation.

The National Low Income Housing Coalition launched the Opportunity Starts at Home campaign together with the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Children’s HealthWatch, Make Room, and the National Alliance to End Homelessness, and with a steering committee of partners including Catholic Charities USA, the Children’s Defense Fund, Community Catalyst, the Food Research and Action Center, NAACP, National Alliance on Mental Illness, the National Association of Community Health Centers, the National Education Association, the National League of Cities and UnidosUS.

Campaign Goals

The goals of the Opportunity Starts at Home campaign are to advance federal housing solutions that:

  • Bridge the growing gap between renter incomes and rising housing costs
  • Provide aid to people experiencing job losses or other economic shocks to avert housing instability or homelessness
  • Expand the affordable housing stock for low-income renters
  • Defend existing rental assistance and other targeted housing resources from harmful cuts

Learn more about Opportunity Starts At Home

Memo to Members and Partners Articles

May 23, 2022

Research Finds Access to Affordable Housing Impacts Infant Mortality Rates

Healthy Beginnings at Home, a pilot research program, published a study showing that expanding affordable housing resources significantly improves infant health outcomes. The researchers surveyed 100 respondents who were pregnant and who had experienced housing instability or homelessness in the…

May 16, 2022

AARP Submits Letter in Support of “Eviction Crisis Act”

The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) submitted a letter supporting the “Eviction Crisis Act” – a bill that would create new tools to help end evictions – to Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Rob Portman (R-OH). The letter details how the bipartisan bill would address a range of…

May 9, 2022

OSAH Campaign Releases New Podcast Episode on History of the Fair Housing Act

The Opportunity Starts at Home campaign released a new podcast episode, “The History of the Fair Housing Act.” The thirty-third installment in OSAH’s podcast series, the new episode features a discussion with Dr. Alexander von Hoffman, an urban planner and historian at the Harvard University…