NLIHC has launched Our Homes, Our Votes: 2020, a non-partisan project to urge presidential candidates to address the affordable housing crisis and its solutions and to engage more low-income renters in voting. Initially focusing on the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary, NLIHC will work with partners across the country to encourage all presidential candidates to put forward robust solutions to the nation’s affordable housing crisis. With the crisis having reached historic heights, most harming the lowest-income renters, it is time for all presidential candidates to prioritize this critical issue. NLIHC is partnering on the Our Homes, Our Votes: 2020 project with the Polk County Housing Trust Fund (PCHTF) and Housing Action NH to conduct meetings and town halls with presidential candidates to discuss housing affordability and solutions in their states.
Through a new Our Homes, Our Votes: 2020 website, NLIHC is tracking all candidates’ proposals and comments on the housing affordability crisis and sharing an Our Homes, Our Votes 2020 toolkit for NLIHC’s members, partners and allies across the country to similarly engage and capture candidate positions on ending homelessness and housing poverty in America and to engage more low-income renters and their advocates in the electoral process. The first Our Homes, Our Votes: 2020 event will be in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on June 15, 2019. The town hall event—hosted by Our Homes, Our Votes, Our Iowa—will feature presidential candidate Julián Castro.
Other Our Homes, Our Votes: 2020 events will be announced soon, as will new partnerships to engage low-income renters and their allies in nonpartisan efforts to increase voter registration and participation. In the meantime, see what presidential candidates are saying about affordable housing, read our press release on the project and use #OurHomesOurVotes2020 to amplify and keep the conversation going!