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

November 22, 2021

Research Shows Housing and Neighborhoods Shape Child Poverty

Children’s HealthWatch recently released a new research article that explores the connection between housing and child poverty. The article reviews how historical housing policies are linked to child health outcomes, examines four key housing domains that impact child and family health, and…

November 8, 2021

National Poll Supports Build Back Better Act

The Opportunity Starts at Home campaign recently released a national public opinion poll that found strong majorities of people support key housing policy proposals in the “Build Back Better Act.” The legislation contains major housing investments that the public supports based on the poll…

November 1, 2021

Campaign Launches New “Build Back Better” Take Action Page

The Opportunity Starts at Home multi-sector affordable homes campaign recently launched a new “take action” page to support historic housing investments proposed in the new framework for the “Build Back Better Act.” The framework was announced by President Biden on October 28. Advocates can send…