After House Democrats unveiled the outline for a $760 billion infrastructure package, NLIHC President and CEO Diane Yentel sent a letter to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, urging them to include $5 billion for the national Housing Trust Fund and $70 billion for public housing to build and preserve rental homes affordable and accessible to America’s lowest-income households. The infrastructure plan does not currently include these resources.
One of the most critical issues facing extremely low-income families today is the lack of decent, accessible, and affordable housing. The underlying cause of our nation’s affordable housing crisis is the shortage of homes affordable and accessible to America’s poorest seniors, people of color, people with disabilities, families with children, and other individuals. In many communities, the lack of affordable housing for the lowest-income households has led to increased evictions and, in worst cases, homelessness.
An infrastructure package presents an important opportunity to help end homelessness and housing poverty by investing resources to build and preserve rental homes affordable to the lowest-income people.
Diane’s letter is at: https://bit.ly/2U9sOdf
More about the proposed infrastructure package is at: https://tinyurl.com/sqtxvhb