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.
Research shows that having a stable home reduces recidivism rates among ex-offenders, but renters across the country continue to find themselves barred from housing due to discrimination based on…May 10, 2019
From the Field: Coalition for Nonprofit Housing and Economic Development Hosts Housing Advocacy Day in Washington, DC
The Coalition for Nonprofit Housing and Economic Development (CNHED), an NLIHC state partner, hosted its annual housing advocacy day at the Washington, DC, City Council on April 24. CNHED holds this…April 29, 2019
The 2019 Maryland Legislative Session ended on April 8 with a number of victories for affordable housing advocates. The final 2020 Budget passed by the legislature includes $27 million for Rental…April 29, 2019