Dozens of affordable housing and homelessness advocates attending NLIHC’s 2018 Housing Policy Forum: Building the Movement braved the DC snow storm and descended on Congress on March 21. The core messages of the 2018 NLIHC Lobby Day advocates were the importance of protecting and expanding investments in affordable housing programs for households with the lowest incomes, defeating proposals to cut housing benefits to those most in need, and ensuring equitable access to housing for all. Advocates emphasized the need to fully fund programs like Section 8 Housing Assistance, public housing, the national Housing Trust Fund, Housing Choice Vouchers, and the HOME Investments and Partnerships program. They shared experiences, like low income tenants living in public housing with deteriorated plumbing systems and warped exterior structures, to emphasize the need for increased resources for affordable housing. Advocates also addressed the harmful impacts that minimum rents and administratively burdensome and inefficient work requirements would have on the most vulnerable populations, most of whom already work or cannot work because of physical limitations. Advocates also called for full and immediate implementation of HUD’s Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule. The snow did not deter more than 75 advocates from visiting their House and Senate offices, armed with NLIHC data on every state and congressional district in the country and copies of recent NLIHC publications, like The Gap: A Shortage of Affordable Homes report.
Maine Governor Janet Mills signed into law on February 12, a bipartisan bill (L.D. 1645) sponsored by House Assistant Majority Leader Ryan Fecteau that will create a new state affordable housing tax…February 18, 2020
From the Field: Washington Advocates Urge Lawmakers to Address the State’s Housing and Homelessness Crisis
More than 600 advocates across the state of Washington gathered at the capitol in Olympia on February 3, urging lawmakers to take bold action to expand access to affordable homes and end homelessness…February 10, 2020
The District of Columbia Housing Authority (DCHA) has plans to sell its headquarters location to a developer who proposes to build approximately 1,000 homes in the gentrifying NoMa (North of…February 3, 2020