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

July 15, 2019

National League of Cities Urges Action on Housing Affordability

The National League of Cities (NLC) Housing Task Force published a report, Homeward Bound, urging major action at all levels of government to solve the nation’s housing affordability crisis. Homeward Bound contains an analysis of the factors that caused the housing crisis, case studies of cities…

July 1, 2019

Point of View: This is Our Moment – by NLIHC President and CEO Diane Yentel

This is a critical time for our housing movement and our country, when we face both extraordinary challenges and exhilarating possibilities. Despite the challenges – maybe because of them - I’ve never felt so hopeful, or so certain that we will achieve big, positive change together. In fact, we…

July 1, 2019

Criminal Justice & Housing Fact Sheet Now Available!

The Opportunity Starts at Home multisector affordable homes campaign collaborated with JustLeadershipUSA to publish a downloadable “Criminal Justice/Housing” fact sheet on its website. JustLeadershipUSA, which is dedicated to cutting the nation’s correctional population in half by 2030, is the…