Are you a state-level organization engaged in multi-sector partnerships to advocate for better affordable housing policies? If so, this is for you!
The Opportunity Starts at Home multi-sector affordable homes campaign has launched an “Endorsement Application.” The Endorsement Application is an opportunity for state-level organizations across the country that are pursuing multi-sector efforts focused on housing policy to earn a formal endorsement from the national campaign. We know there are existing multi-sector efforts happening across the country, and we want to identify that work, raise its visibility, and help encourage and support its ongoing success. And by expanding the number of state partners affiliated with Opportunity Starts at Home, we will strengthen our overall advocacy campaign.
Such an endorsement would codify a state partner’s multi-sector work under the Opportunity Starts at Home umbrella. Those chosen for endorsement will be considered formal state partners of the campaign and featured on the national website. They will also participate in cohort learning experiences with other states and gain access to resources, networks, and technical assistance from the national campaign.
Opportunity Starts at Home is currently providing support and financial assistance to seven state partners: Housing California, Idaho Asset Building Network, Maine Together, the Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey, the Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio, Oregon Housing Alliance, and the Utah Housing Coalition.
Receiving this endorsement from the national campaign does not, however, come with financial assistance at this time. The national campaign would need to secure more funds before it could provide financial assistance to any additional state partners beyond the seven mentioned above. Those already earning the status of endorsement would, though, receive special consideration (though not a guarantee) if and when additional funds become available. We are actively fundraising so that we can eventually expand financial assistance to additional state partners.
If you are interested in applying for an endorsement from Opportunity Starts at Home, please email the national campaign director, Mike Koprowski, at [email protected], and he will schedule a brief exploratory conversation with you. After the exploratory conversation, the application itself will be made available to you.
To learn more about the Endorsement Application, including very important eligibility criteria, please click here.
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