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

January 19, 2021

New Report Identifies the Housing Goals Essential for Upward Economic Mobility

A recent report released by the Urban Institute finds that housing is necessary for families and individuals to achieve upward mobility. The authors urge communities, practitioners, and policymakers to broaden housing policy considerations to include a person’s power, autonomy, and value in their…

December 22, 2020

Campaign Launches Call to Action, Sends Letter to CDC Director

The Opportunity Starts at Home multisector affordable homes campaign sent a letter on December 16 to Dr. Robert Redfield, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), urging him to take immediate action to prevent a catastrophic wave of evictions this winter by extending,…

December 14, 2020

Children’s Defense Fund Publishes Blog on Expiring Eviction Moratorium

Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) published a new blog warning policymakers that millions of children will be at risk of losing their homes if the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) eviction moratorium is not extended. The blog highlights that children facing housing instability –…