The Opportunity Starts at Home multi-sector affordable homes campaign has launched a sign-on letter calling on Congress to expand the national Housing Trust Fund (HTF) to at least $3.5 billion annually through comprehensive housing finance reform legislation. Expanded funding for the HTF is a key policy priority of the campaign, as described in its recently released policy agenda. Expanding the supply of homes affordable to the lowest-income renters is a critical element of any successful strategy to solve America's housing affordability crisis.
The campaign’s multi-sector Steering Committee organizations are original signatories alongside NLIHC: Catholic Charities USA; Children’s Defense Fund; Children’s HealthWatch; Community Catalyst; Food Research & Action Center; NAACP; National Alliance to End Homelessness; National Alliance on Mental Illness; National Association of Community Health Centers; National Association of Social Workers; National Education Association; National League of Cities; and UnidosUS. These organizations are jointly urging increased investments in the HTF because the research is clear that when people have access to safe, decent, affordable housing, their health, educational, economic and other outcomes improve significantly.
The campaign is urging national, state, and local organizations from many sectors to sign the letter supporting the HTF. We are particularly interested in securing support from organizations in non-housing sectors, such as education, health, civil rights, anti-poverty, food security, veterans, criminal justice, LGBTQ, faith-based, and more.
Please add your organization’s name to the letter. And engage your non-housing partners about the importance of the HTF and urge them to sign onto this multi-sector letter as well. Contact Mike Koprowski, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Chantelle Wilkinson, email@example.com, for more information.