One of the biggest barriers to economic prosperity for America’s lowest-income families is the lack of decent, accessible, and affordable homes. Research shows that when people have a stable, decent, and accessible home that they can afford, they are better able to find employment, achieve economic mobility, age in place, perform better in school, and maintain improved health.
Proposals to slash federal housing benefits would leave even more low-income people without a stable home, making it harder for them to climb the economic ladder and live with dignity. Congress should reject proposals to take away housing benefits and instead enact proven solutions to help struggling families earn more and get ahead. This starts with expanding—not slashing—investments in affordable homes, job training, education, childcare, and other policies to help families thrive.

Memo to Members and Partners Articles

January 30, 2019

Concrete Steps Congress Can Take To Solve America’s Housing Crisis

The National Low Income Housing Coalition released today Opportunities to End Homelessness and Housing Poverty in the 116th Congress, a memo to incoming senators and representatives on concrete steps they can take to help address one of the most critical issues facing extremely low income families…

December 17, 2018

Congress Strips Additional Work Requirements for SNAP before Passing Farm Bill

Congress passed an $867 billion farm bill, after a proposal that would have made cuts and placed stronger work requirements for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP or food stamps) benefits program was rejected. The House approved the bill by a vote of 369-47 after the Senate had…

December 3, 2018

NLIHC Signs SAVE for All Campaign Principles

NLIHC has signed the Strengthening America’s Values and Economy (SAVE) for All Campaign principles. The campaign brings together national, state and local advocacy groups, service providers, faith-based organizations, policy experts, and labor and civil rights organizations from every state to…