This week, as part of NLIHC’s Membership Month, we highlight the ways our members “open the door to dialogue and collaboration.” Though participation in numerous NLIHC-led coalitions, campaigns and events, NLIHC’s individual and organizational members join forces to grow the support for providing more decent, accessible, affordable homes for the lowest income people in America.
NLIHC members open the door to collaboration by participating in NLIHC campaigns, events and coalitions such as the multi-sector Opportunity Starts at Home campaign; Our Homes, Our Voices National Housing Week of Action; Our Homes, Our Votes nonpartisan civic engagement project; Disaster Housing Recovery Coalition; Campaign for Housing and Community Development Funding (CHCDF); fall and spring state partner convenings; annual Housing Policy Forum and special Resident sessions; congressional briefings and meetings; and much more.
NLIHC’s members open the door to dialogue with legislators and their staffs. House members incorporated recommendations from the Disaster Housing Recovery Coalition in disaster recovery legislation this spring. NLIHC and CHCDF members called on Congress to reject the administration’s proposal to reduce HUD’s FY18 budget by 15% and instead to significantly boost that funding, and Congress responded with a 10% increase. Members’ voices were heard by a number of legislators, including Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA), who recently introduced legislation to create a bold new renters’ tax credit.
NLIHC’s members also open the door to dialogue by hosting local events that engage their elected officials. Metro Housing Boston and the Citizens' Housing and Planning Association hosted a panel discussion during the Our Homes, Our Voices National Housing Week of Action in which Congresswoman Katherine Clark (D-MA) participated. Housing Vermont helped organize a housing redevelopment kick-off event during the Week of Action at which Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Representative Peter Welch (D-VT) discussed the importance of affordable homes for all. These are just two of numerous examples.
You too can open the door to collaboration and dialogue by joining NLIHC and helping grow the network! Share how you are involved in collaborating with NLIHC this week or let us know you joined! Please tweet @NLIHC and use #MembersAreTheKey, #JoinNLIHC and/or #NLIHCMember. For more ideas on how to spread the word during NLIHC Membership Month, visit: http://nlihc.org/membership-month
Have questions about Membership Month or want to check the status of your membership? Please contact NLIHC’s Field Team at: firstname.lastname@example.org