Campaign Urges Congress to Include Emergency Assistance Funding in Coronavirus Response

The Opportunity Starts at Home multi-sector affordable homes campaign sent a letter on March 12 to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), urging them to include emergency assistance funding to help prevent housing instability and homelessness as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. This letter was sent to congressional leadership as they consider a legislative spending package aimed at addressing the impact of the coronavirus. The letter was signed by nearly 50 leading national organizations from the campaign’s multi-sector Steering Committee and Roundtable.

The campaign also released a new podcast episode featuring Dr. Barbara DiPietro, senior director of policy at the National Health Care for the Homeless Council, who speaks about the intersection between housing and the coronavirus pandemic. “Our housing crisis is a public health issue,” said Dr. DiPietro.  “People experiencing homelessness should be a priority population in our emergency response to the coronavirus.”

The letter is at:  

The podcast episode is at: