This summer, NLIHC and the Campaign for Housing and Community Development Funding organized the Our Homes, Our Voices National Housing Week of Action. From July 22 to July 29, groups across the country – from Miami, Florida to Palmer, Alaska and beyond – hosted more than 60 rallies, press conferences, letter writing campaigns, and other events to let their members of Congress know why affordable housing matters to their communities. They invited elected officials on site visits to shelters and affordable housing communities, held teach-ins to inform their peers and neighbors about local housing issues, and called and wrote to Congressional offices urging robust funding for HUD and USDA affordable housing programs. We are grateful to all of you who work tirelessly to call for increased investments in affordable homes for those with the greatest need.
Capitol Hill Rally
As a part of the Our Homes, Our Voices National Housing Week of Action, NLIHC hosted a rally on Capitol Hill with affordable housing advocates. Emily Martinuik of the Corporation for Supportive Housing; Steve Thomas of the Faces of Homeless Speakers Bureau; Nan Roman of The National Alliance to End Homelessness; Waldon Adams, Advocacy Fellow at Miriam’s Kitchen; Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Rep. Joyce Beatty (D-OH); Rep. Charlie Crist (D-FL); Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO); Rep. Adriano Espaillat (D-NY); Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA); Rep. David Price (D-NC); Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH); and Rep. Mark Takano (D-CA) spoke at the rally in favor of increased investments in affordable housing.