“The year 2018 was a one of extraordinary challenges, significant wins and new possibilities,” wrote NLIHC President and CEO Diane Yentel in the preface to the report. “Despite the challenges, I’ve never felt so hopeful we will achieve big, positive change together – indeed we already are.”
Diane reviews the threats and challenges of 2018: the administration’s attack on the social safety net and attempts to slash funding to key HUD programs; the new wave of natural disasters destroying homes, lives and communities; the deterioration of public housing due to insufficient funding; and the worsening housing crisis and rise of homelessness in many communities.
Despite these threats and challenges, Diane shares, 2018 was one of significant achievements and momentum-building. NLIHC and our members and partners succeeded in defeating the administration’s most harmful proposals; secured a 10% increase in HUD funding to the benefit of tens of thousands of additional low-income families; protected the national Housing Trust Fund and positioned it for greater investments in it in the future; secured numerous affordable housing and tenant-protection wins in state and local elections; grew public and policy-maker awareness about the need and solutions; influenced significant pieces of legislation; and more.
The report showcases NLIHC’s:
- Launch of the Opportunity Starts at Homes multi-sector affordable homes campaign with leader-organization partners in health, education, civil rights, child welfare, faith and other sectors.
- Leadership of the second annual Our Homes, Our Voices National Housing Week of Action with more than 130 events and activities in 35 states around the country.
- Progress on the Our Homes, Our Votes nonpartisan voter and candidate engagement project.
- Leadership of the Disaster Housing Recovery Coalition, its growth to more than 800 national and local organization members, and its policy work to ensure equitable housing recovery for those most in need.
- 2018 Housing Policy Forum on building the affordable homes movement at which Senators Corey Booker (D-NJ) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Color of Law author Richard Rothstein, and political analysist Charlie Cook spoke, and many affordable housing experts, advocates, practitioners, and resident leaders engaged with the forum’s hundreds of attendees.
- Media engagement efforts, resulting in more than 6,100 news stories (print, online, radio, and television) throughout the county relying on NLIHC’s expertise and citing our research publications, Out of Reach, The Gap: A Shortage of Affordable Homes, and others.
- Partnership with and support for NLIHC’s 62 state partners around the country and leadership of important national advocacy coalitions like the Campaign for Housing and Community Development, the national Housing Trust Fund Policy Committee, and the Housing and Criminal Justice Reform Task Force.
- And much more.
Read the full report at: https://bit.ly/2L3WEL8