The Opportunity Starts at Home multi-sector affordable homes campaign has issued a sign-on letter calling on Congress to increase investments in the national Housing Trust Fund (HTF) to at least $3.5 billion annually through comprehensive housing finance reform. Growing the HTF is a key priority of the campaign’s recently developed policy agenda because increasing the supply of homes affordable to the lowest-income renters, as the HTF is designed to do, is essential to solving America's housing affordability crisis.
NLIHC and the campaign’s other multi-sector Steering Committee organizations are the original signatories: Catholic Charities USA; Children’s Defense Fund; Children’s HealthWatch; Community Catalyst; Food Research & Action Center; NAACP; National Alliance to End Homelessness; National Alliance on Mental Illness; National Association of Community Health Centers; National Association of Social Workers; National Education Association; National League of Cities; and UnidosUS.
In addition to the Steering Committee, more than eighty other multi-sector organizations have signed on as well, including: Anti-Poverty Network of New Jersey, Dignity Health, Florida Legal Services, Healthy Schools Campaign, Justice in Aging, NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice, Oregon Food Bank, Strive Together, Unity Health Care, and many more.
The research is clear that when people have access to safe, decent, affordable housing, outcomes improve in virtually every other area of their lives, which is why these organizations are urging action on the HTF.
Help secure additional multisector support from education, health, civil rights, anti-poverty, food security, veterans, criminal justice, LGBTQ, faith-based, and other organizations.
Please add your organization’s name to the letter, share with your non-housing partners about why the HTF is so important for America, and urge them to sign on. Contact Mike Koprowski, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Chantelle Wilkinson, email@example.com, for more information.