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

OSAH Campaign Participates in Webinar on Fighting Hunger with Housing

The Opportunity Starts at Home (OSAH) campaign participated in a webinar hosted by the Food Research & Action Center, an OSAH campaign partner, on November 16. Focusing on housing instability as a primary cause of hunger, the webinar drew attention to the intersections of hunger and…

OSAH Campaign Holds Virtual Event on the Year Ahead

The Opportunity Starts at Home campaign hosted a virtual event to share its newest campaign video and plans for 2024. The event, “Multi-Sector Advocacy: A Look Ahead,” was held on November 9 and was attended by more than 160 multi-sector advocates. Attendees heard from Luis Guardia of the Food…

OSAH Campaign Announces New Grant Opportunity for State-Based Organizations

The Opportunity Starts at Home (OSAH) campaign has announced a new grant opportunity for state-level organizations interested in expanding multi-sector partnerships and influencing federal housing policy. It is critical that elected officials in the U.S. Congress hear from their own constituents as…

Join Upcoming Opportunity Starts at Home Webinar on 11/9

Join NLIHC's Opportunity Starts at Home (OSAH) campaign on November 9 at 2:30 pm ET for “Multi-Sector Advocacy: A Look Ahead,” a virtual event that will unveil the campaign’s robust plans for 2024 and explore how advocates can become part of the movement for housing justice. During the virtual…