With congressional champions and national, state, and local partners, NLIHC on March 23 launched the HoUSed campaign to advance anti-racist policies and achieve the large-scale, sustained investments and reforms necessary to ensure renters with the lowest incomes have an affordable and accessible place to call home. Learn more about the campaign here.
The HoUSed campaign advocates four solutions to America’s housing crisis:
- Expanding rental assistance to every eligible household
- Increasing the supply of affordable housing for people with the lowest incomes
- Providing emergency housing assistance to help stabilize families in a crisis
- Strengthening and enforcing robust renter protections.
Congress and the White House will soon get to work on the “American Recovery Plan,” a $3 trillion infrastructure and recovery package to combat the climate crisis, advance racial equity, and “build back better.” To achieve these ambitious goals, Congress must address the urgent housing needs facing extremely low-income households, disproportionately Black, Indigenous and people of color, by including in any recovery package the HoUSed campaign’s infrastructure priorities:
- Expansion of rental assistance to every eligible household
- $70 billion to repair public housing for current and future generations
- At least $40 billion for the national Housing Trust Fund to build and preserve homes affordable to people with the lowest incomes
The American Recovery Plan is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to invest at the scale necessary in proven affordable housing solutions – including rental assistance, public housing, and the national Housing Trust Fund.
Your advocacy is needed. We encourage you to take action to ensure any infrastructure and recovery package includes robust resources to ensure affordable and stable housing is universally available! Here’s how to act:
- Sign your organization on to a national letter in support of the national HoUSed campaign and the bold solutions needed to end homelessness and housing poverty. The deadline to sign is April 9.
- Ask your senators and representatives to join a Dear Colleague letter led by Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Congressman Ritchie Torres (D-NY), calling on Congress to include the HoUSed campaign’s priorities in the American Recovery Plan. The letter is open to members of Congress, who can sign on by contacting Matt Traylor at [email protected] or Christopher Jerrolds at [email protected]. The deadline is Tuesday, March 30.
Learn more about the HoUSed campaign and how to get involved at: https://bit.ly/3f7fqkl
Read a one-pager on the HoUSed campaign at: https://bit.ly/3tPoZID
Learn more about the HoUSed campaign’s infrastructure priorities at: https://bit.ly/3si5gRr
Sign your organization on to a national letter in support of the HoUSed campaign at: https://sforce.co/3fb25Y0