New National Public Opinion Poll Shows Vast Majority of Americans Believe Affordable Housing Should be a “Top National Priority”

The NLIHC-led Opportunity Starts at Home multi-sector affordable homes campaign recently commissioned a national public opinion poll to assess people's thoughts and perspectives on issues related to housing affordability. The poll found that 85% of Americans believe ensuring everyone has a safe, decent, affordable place to live should be a “top national priority.” Eight in ten say that the president and Congress should “take major action” to make housing more affordable for low-income households. The campaign will unveil the full results of the poll at NLIHC’s March 27-29 Housing Policy Forum: Seizing the Moment for Bold Solutions in Washington, DC. Register for the Forum today; the pre-event registration closes tomorrow, March 19.

The Opportunity Starts at Home poll is the first in several years to thoroughly assess the extent to which the American people consider housing affordability to be a problem in their communities; whether they have had to make trade-offs in other areas of their lives because of costly rents/mortgages; whether they expect action from elected officials; whether they are more likely to vote for a candidate that has a detailed plan to address the problem; and how open they are to the specific policy solutions outlined in the campaign's policy agenda. The poll will inform policymakers about how the public views the issue of housing affordability and specific policy solutions.

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