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

September 25, 2023

Children’s Defense Fund Releases Report on Housing’s Impacts on Children

Children’s Defense Fund released a report, “The State of America’s Children,” that identifies housing and homelessness as key issues impacting child poverty. The report reveals that 1.1 million students experienced homelessness during the 2020-2021 school year, approximately 75% of whom were Black…

August 28, 2023

New Research Explores Connections between Residential Segregation and Health

A new article published in Health Affairs examines the connections between residential segregation and health. The paper shares an overview of the history of segregation in the U.S., explains the links between segregation and health disparities, summarizes the literature on the connections between…