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Child Anti-Poverty Advocates are Housing Advocates

CHILD ANTI-POVERTY ADVOCATES ARE HOUSING ADVOCATES Housing is the foundation for successful outcomes in all areas of life and low-income children need safe, affordable, and accessible housing to develop physically and cognitively, learn in school, and grow in a healthy and secure environment (Children’s Defense Fund, 2023). Affordable Housing Lifts Children and Their Families Out […]

February 2024 Newsletter: State Grantees, New Campaign Coordinator, Health & Housing, Climate & Housing, Seniors & Housing

NEW VOICES FOR AFFORDABLE HOMES Campaign Welcomes New State Grantees The campaign has awarded capacity-building grants to seven state-based organizations that will work to advance the national campaign’s goals. Each grantee will use its funding to expand its state’s housing coalition to include stakeholders from non-housing sectors, including the health, education, racial equity, labor, food […]

OSAH Campaign Announces 2024 State Partner Grantees

NLIHC’s Opportunity Starts at Home (OSAH) campaign has awarded capacity-building grants to seven state-based organizations that will work to advance the national campaign’s goals. Each grantee will use its funding to expand its state’s housing coalition to include stakeholders from non-housing sectors, including the health, education, racial equity, labor, food security, climate, faith, and anti-poverty […]

Multi-Sector Advocacy: A Look Ahead

Join Opportunity Starts at Home (OSAH) on November 9 at 2:30 pm ET for “Multi-Sector Advocacy: A Look Ahead,” a virtual event that will unveil the campaign’s robust plans for 2024 and explore how advocates can become part of the movement for housing justice. During the virtual event, the OSAH campaign will release its newest […]

New Grant Opportunity for State-Based Organizations

The campaign announces a new grant opportunity for state-level organizations interested in expanding multi-sector partnerships and influencing federal housing policy. It is critical that elected officials in the U.S. Congress hear from their own constituents as well as national advocates about the need for stable, affordable housing. The new grant will support such involvement by providing […]

CAMPAIGN’S STATEMENT ON THE REINTRODUCTION OF THE FAMILY STABILITY AND OPPORTUNITY VOUCHERS ACT 2023

Washington, DC – On April 25, Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Todd Young (R-IN) reintroduced the Family Stability and Opportunity Vouchers Act, which would create an additional 250,000 housing vouchers specifically designed for low-income families with young children to expand their access to neighborhoods of opportunity with high-performing schools, strong job prospects, and other […]

Campaign Sends Letter to Congressional Leadership Urging Leaders to Reject Budget Cuts

On April 21, the campaign sent a letter to Congress urging them to reject any proposal to cut domestic spending, including investments in affordable housing and homelessness, or cut housing benefits by imposing artificial time limits, work requirements, or rent increases. It is unacceptable to balance the federal budget by slashing programs that help the […]

“History Doesn’t Repeat Itself, But It Often Rhymes” The Coming Threat of Dramatic Budget Cuts and the Impact on Affordable Housing

As the 118th Congress gets underway, the federal debt ceiling has taken center stage. In early January, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen announced that the United States would soon breach its debt limit and only ‘extraordinary measures’ by the Treasury Department were preventing a government default. She also emphasized that those measures were temporary, with a […]

Campaign Outlines Priorities for 118th Congress

The campaign submitted a memorandum to members of the 118th Congress urging policymakers to address one of the most critical issues facing people today: the lack of decent, stable, affordable rental housing. The memorandum outlines the housing crisis facing those with the lowest incomes while also sharing research on the multi-sector impacts of the lack of […]

Criminal Justice Reform Demands Housing Reform: HUD’s New Plan to Make it Easier for People with a Criminal Record to Find Housing

In the last fifteen years, criminal justice reform has become a major focus for policymakers in the United States. Reflecting the broad recognition that previous policy choices have led to unjust and unsustainable levels of mass incarceration—marred by blatant racial disparities—Congress has passed major pieces of federal legislation, including the First Step Act (2018), the […]

Campaign Statement on the Inflation Reduction Act

President Biden has now signed the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, and while there is certainly much to commend in this proposed legislation, such as hundreds of billions for climate and energy programs, expanding healthcare subsidies, and lowering the cost of prescription drugs, Congress missed an extraordinarily rare opportunity to address a primary driver of […]

Campaign Sends Letter to Congressional Leadership

On June 13, the campaign sent a letter to Congress urging robust housing investments in any future reconciliation legislation for housing vouchers, public housing, and the national Housing Trust Fund (HTF. Specifically, the campaign recommends expanding rental assistance by $25 billion to serve over 300,000 households; investing $65 billion to repair the nation’s public housing infrastructure […]

Campaign Partners Sign Letter to Congress Urging a Major Expansion to Rental Assistance In Final FY23 Spending Bill

On April 22, the campaign sent a letter to appropriators urging to include in their FY23 spending bills President Biden’s budget request to expand Housing Choice Vouchers to an additional 200,000 households. Rental assistance is a critical tool for helping people with the lowest incomes afford decent, stable homes, and avoid homelessness. But due to chronic under-funding […]

Lofty Rhetoric, Prejudiced Policy: The Story of How the Federal Government Promised — and Undermined — Fair Housing

The federal government has long recognized the importance of housing to the lives of all Americans. Unfortunately, this recognition has been consistently accompanied by outright complicity in the establishment and perpetuation of residential segregation and the resulting inequities. For over a century, the federal government has carried out, reinforced, or intentionally ignored discriminatory practices and […]

Campaign Sends Letter to Congressional Leadership

On January 27, the campaign sent a letter to Congress urging robust investments in the Build Back Better Act for housing vouchers, public housing, and the national Housing Trust Fund. Specifically, the campaign recommends expanding rental assistance by $25 billion to serve over 300,000 households; investing $65 billion to repair the nation’s public housing infrastructure for […]

Still Want to Build Back Better? Don’t Remove Housing.

In mid-December 2021, Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) publicly announced that he would not support the House-approved Build Back Better framework in its current form. In doing so, he suggested that his Democratic colleagues in Congress and the White House were not taking his concerns at face value. Manchin has largely avoided publicly listing his specific […]

Expert Interview: Dr. Claudia Solari

Claudia D. Solari is a senior research associate in the Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center at the Urban Institute, where she studies housing instability. Solari specializes in social inequality and demography, with a focus on homelessness, low-income housing, mixed-income housing, neighborhood inequality and segregation, and housing crowding. Recently, Dr. Solari and her colleagues have […]

Veterans Advocates are Housing Advocates: Issue Brief

Among potential policy priorities, programs for veterans enjoy high levels of public support. While this mandate has often gone unfulfilled in the past, a recent series of federal efforts have substantially increased investments in programs addressing veteran homelessness. These programs, spanning the last decade, have resulted in notable successes along with some shortcomings. As a […]

Campaign Sends Letter to Congressional Leadership

On October 6, the campaign sent an updated letter to Congress urging robust investments in the Build Back Better Act for housing vouchers, public housing, and the national Housing Trust Fund. Specifically, the campaign recommends expanding rental assistance by $90 billion to serve an additional one million households; investing $80 billion to repair the nation’s […]

Children’s HealthWatch Releases New Policy Briefs on Eviction and Unstable Housing

On September 23, Children’s HealthWatch, in partnership with the Opportunity Starts at Home campaign, released two new policy briefs that highlight research on the health, educational, and financial consequences of eviction and unstable housing among families with children and call on Congress to pass evidence-based policies that promote access to stable, affordable homes. Authored by […]

2021 Public Opinion Poll on Housing Instability

The campaign commissioned a national public opinion poll through The Tarrance Group to assess the public’s opinions and perspectives on issues related to housing affordability and potential policy responses. The poll surveyed 1,000 adults nationwide between June 28 and July 1, 2021. To read the press release, click here.  Fact Sheet To download the fact […]

New Poll Reveals Strong Bipartisan Support for Action on Housing Affordability

Washington, DC – Today, the Opportunity Starts at Home campaign released the results of a national opinion poll revealing that the public is deeply concerned about the housing affordability crisis and favors decisive government action.  The Tarrance Group, one of the most widely respected Republican strategic research and polling firms in the nation, conducted the poll on behalf […]

Education Advocates are Housing Advocates: New Issue Brief, Survey, and Podcast

The campaign released a new issue brief, survey, and podcast on the connection between educational outcomes and housing. These resources are aimed at deepening the understanding of advocates and policymakers about the connection between student achievement and housing stability. Issue Brief: The issue brief explores three primary channels in which housing influences educational attainment. These […]

Campaign Sends Letter to Congressional Leadership

On August 31, the campaign sent a letter to congressional leadership urging them to 1) expand rental assistance by $180 billion, 2) invest $70 billion to repair the nation’s public housing infrastructure, and 3) invest $45 billion in the national Housing Trust Fund. The letter was signed by 43 leading organizations from an array of sectors, […]

The Connection Between Housing and Health

Researchers weigh in on the relationships between housing and well-being–and how policies recently introduced in Congress can make a big difference. When thinking about the multi-dimensional impact of housing on peoples’ lives, several examples may come easily to mind. Where you live affects what jobs are available to you and the length of your commute. […]

Interview: The Qualitative Research Behind Opportunity Vouchers with Dr. Stefanie DeLuca

The Family Stability and Opportunity Vouchers Act is a bipartisan bill sponsored by Senators Van Hollen (D-MD) and Young (R-IN) that would create new rental vouchers for low-income pregnant people and families with children under age 6 who meet certain criteria (a recent history of homelessness or housing instability, living in an area of concentrated […]

Eviction Crisis Act: What It Is and Why It Matters

On June 23, 2021, a bipartisan group of senators–Michael Bennet (D-CO), Rob Portman (R-OH),  Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Todd Young (R-IN)–reintroduced the Eviction Crisis Act, a critical piece of legislation aimed at addressing the nation’s eviction crisis. The legislation contains several promising provisions including the creation of an Emergency Assistance Fund — funded at $3 […]

CAMPAIGN’S STATEMENT ON THE REINTRODUCTION OF THE EVICTION CRISIS ACT

Washington, DC – On June 23, 2021, Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Rob Portman (R-OH), along with Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Todd Young (R-IN), reintroduced the Eviction Crisis Act, which creates new tools to help end the nation’s continuing eviction epidemic.  Among various other promising provisions, the legislation includes the creation of an Emergency Assistance Fund to […]

Family Stability and Opportunity Vouchers Act: What It Is and Why It Matters

Senators Van Hollen and Young have reintroduced a bipartisan bill that expands rental assistance to 500,000 additional families with young children. The Family Stability and Opportunity Vouchers Act was originally introduced in December 2019 to build upon the successful funding of the Housing Choice Voucher Mobility Demonstration Act during Fiscal Year 2019. The bill’s reintroduction […]

Campaign Sends Letter to Congressional Leadership

On June 14, the campaign sent a letter to congressional leadership urging them to 1) expand rental assistance to every eligible household, 2) invest $70 billion to preserve public housing. and 3) provide $40 billion to build new homes through the national Housing Trust Fund. The letter was signed by 43 leading organizations from an array of […]

CAMPAIGN’S STATEMENT ON THE REINTRODUCTION OF THE FAMILY STABILITY AND OPPORTUNITY VOUCHERS ACT 2021

Washington, DC – On June 9, 2021, Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Todd Young (R-IN) reintroduced the Family Stability and Opportunity Vouchers Act, which would create an additional 500,000 housing vouchers specifically designed for low-income families with young children to expand their access to neighborhoods of opportunity with high-performing schools, strong job prospects, and other resources.  […]

Gender Equity & Housing

Gender Equity advocates ARE housing advocates. Fair access to safe, accessible, and affordable housing in integrated neighborhoods is vital to the wellbeing of women and girls. Housing impacts health, education, food security, employment, and access to public programs that help families with low incomes meet their basic needs. Women head 75 percent of households served […]

Zero to Three Releases Brief on the Impact of the Eviction Moratorium on Babies

On March 22, Zero to Three released a brief on the impact of the eviction moratorium on babies. The brief explores the greater risk of eviction faced by families with children, developmental impacts of housing instability and homelessness, which people are covered by the moratorium, and what needs to be done to keep babies housed. […]

Seniors & Housing

“Older adult renters are more likely to spend a large share of their income on rent than the population as a whole, and these rental cost burdens place them at increased risk of housing instability and homelessness. Due to discrimination and higher rates of poverty, Black and Latinx older renters are more likely than white […]

Campaign Sends Letter to Congressional Leadership

On January 26, the campaign sent a letter to Majority Leader Schumer, Minority Leader McConnell, Speaker Pelosi, and Minority Leader McCarthy urging them to 1) provide $30 billion in emergency rental and utility assistance; 2) provide $28 billion in new funding for Housing Choice Vouchers; 3) provide $6 billion in new funding for Emergency Solutions Grants; […]

Campaign Sends Letter to President-Elect Biden

On January 15, the campaign sent a letter to President-elect Joe Biden, urging him to take immediate action to prevent a catastrophic wave of evictions by issuing an Executive Order extending, improving, and enforcing, until the end of the pandemic, the federal eviction moratorium.  The letter was signed by 63 leading organizations from an array […]

Campaign Sends Letter to CDC Director

On December 16, the campaign sent a letter to Dr. Robert Redfield, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), urging him to take immediate action to prevent a catastrophic wave of evictions this winter by extending, improving, and enforcing the federal eviction moratorium.  The letter was signed by 53 leading organizations from […]

November 2020: Memo to Biden Transition Team; Racial Equity Fact Sheet; and More

    Take Action Today View this email in your browser. NEW VOICES FOR AFFORDABLE HOMES   Campaign Outlines Priorities for Biden Transition Team On November 12, the campaign sent a memo to President-elect Biden and his transition team, urging the new administration to address affordable housing challenges for people with the greatest needs within […]

Campaign Outlines Priorities for Biden Transition Team

On November 12, 2020, the Opportunity Starts at Home campaign sent a memo to President-elect Biden and his transition team, urging the new administration to address affordable housing challenges for people with the greatest needs within its first 100 days in office. Throughout the presidential campaign, President-elect Biden focused on the importance of affordable housing […]

Racial Inequities in Housing

Decades of structural racism have created tremendous racial disparities in housing, and that legacy continues to shape the present landscape.  Racial disparities in housing manifest in several ways: Housing Affordability We know that people of color are more likely than white households to be extremely low-income renters and that people of color disproportionately struggle to […]

September 2020: Expanding State Campaigns, Restarting Congressional Negotiations, and More

    Take Action Today View this email in your browser. NEW VOICES FOR AFFORDABLE HOMES   Campaign Launches Grant Opportunity for New State Affiliates This week, the campaign launched a grant opportunity for state-level organizations interested in expanding multi-sector partnerships and influencing federal housing policy.  Not only is it critical for federal elected officials […]

National Federal Eviction Moratorium Takes Effect Today!

    Take Action Today View this email in your browser. NEW VOICES FOR AFFORDABLE HOMES   National Federal Eviction Moratorium Takes Effect Today!  A federal eviction moratorium issued by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) takes effect today, September 4, extending vital protections to tens of millions of renters at risk of eviction for […]

August 2020: COVID-19 Advocacy; New Podcast; Education and Housing; and More!

    Take Action Today View this email in your browser. NEW VOICES FOR AFFORDABLE HOMES   Campaign Urges Congress to Enact Housing Resources & Protections in Next COVID-19 Relief Package Despite the growing threat of mass evictions, displacement and homelessness, Congress adjourned for August recess, leaving millions of renters and people experiencing homelessness without […]

Leading Healthcare Organizations Urge Congress to Enact Housing Resources & Protections in Next COVID-19 Relief Package

On August 6, 2020, leading organizations from the health sector sent a letter to Congress urging vital housing resources and protections in the next COVID-19 relief package.  Specifically, the letter calls for robust emergency rental assistance, a national eviction moratorium, and expanded funding for homeless assistance.  “Without action from Congress,” the letter reads, “we are […]

July 2020 Newsletter: Time Is Running Out. Engage Congress Now!

    Take Action Today View this email in your browser. NEW VOICES FOR AFFORDABLE HOMES   Time is Running Out! Urge Elected Officials to Include Vital Housing Resources & Protections in Next Relief Package  There is little time left to negotiate and enact the next COVID-19 relief package.  Now is the time to urge […]

CAMPAIGN STATEMENT ON THE SENATE REPUBLICAN’S PROPOSED RELIEF PACKAGE

Washington, DC – Yesterday, Senate Republicans proposed an inadequate and unacceptable coronavirus relief package that fails to include resources and protections to ensure struggling renters can stay in their homes and to get people experiencing homelessness rapidly housed.  Up to 23 million renters are on the brink of eviction, and every day of inaction puts more of […]

Join Us for Virtual Lobby Day – July 21

    Take Action Today View this email in your browser. NEW VOICES FOR AFFORDABLE HOMES   Participate in Virtual Lobby Day! Tell Congress to Include Vital Housing Resources in Next COVID-19 Relief Package We are hosting a Virtual Lobby Day on July 21, 2020 to urge Congress to include the campaign’s top housing priorities […]

Housing is Health: A Renewed Call for Federal Investments in Affordable Housing for Families with Children

On June 30, partners of the Opportunity Starts at Home campaign published a new peer-reviewed commentary in Academic Pediatrics that calls on pediatricians to advocate for more robust and equitable affordable housing investments.  Authored by experts at the National Low Income Housing Coalition and Children’s HealthWatch, the commentary highlights the decades of research demonstrating the […]

CAMPAIGN URGES SENATE TO ACT ON COVID-19 RELIEF PACKAGE

On June 1, 2020, members of the campaign’s Steering Committee and Roundtable sent an updated letter to congressional leadership urging the Senate to immediately consider vital housing provisions contained within the HEROES Act and move with urgency towards passage of a final COVID-19 relief bill. Read the letter below: To download, click here.

NEW POLLING: Americans Highly Concerned About Housing Instability and Want Major Action

    Take Action Today View this email in your browser. NEW VOICES FOR AFFORDABLE HOMES   New Opinion Poll Shows the Public is Highly Concerned About Housing Instability During COVID-19 & Expects Major Action  WASHINGTON, DC — Today, the campaign released the results of a major national public opinion poll that it recently commissioned […]

2020 Public Opinion Poll on Housing Instability During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The campaign commissioned a national public opinion poll through Hart Research Associates to assess the public’s opinions and perspectives on issues related to housing instability during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The poll surveyed 1,212 adults nationwide between May 15-20, 2020. To read the press release, click here.  Below you will find a fact sheet; the survey […]

POLL: THE PUBLIC HIGHLY CONCERNED ABOUT HOUSING INSTABILITY DURING COVID-19; EXPECTS MAJOR ACTION FROM CONGRESS

Washington, DC – Today, the Opportunity Starts at Home campaign released the results of a national public opinion poll that it recently commissioned through Hart Research Associates.  The poll reveals that Americans are deeply concerned about housing instability as a result of the coronavirus outbreak and expect major action from Congress to prevent evictions and homelessness.  The vast […]

Campaign’s Priorities Included in “HEROES Act”; More Work To Do!

    Take Action Today View this email in your browser. NEW VOICES FOR AFFORDABLE HOMES “HEROES Act” Includes Campaign’s Priorities; Help Us Keep the Momentum Going!  Yesterday, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) unveiled the Democratic proposal for the next coronavirus relief package, called the “HEROES Act.”  Thanks to your advocacy, the “HEROES Act” […]

Campaign Urges $100 Billion in Emergency Rental Assistance in Next COVID-19 Relief Package

On May 6, 2020, members of the campaign’s Steering Committee and Roundtable sent a letter to Majority Leader McConnell, Minority Leader Schumer, Speaker Pelosi, and Minority Leader McCarthy urging Congress to include the “Emergency Rental Assistance and Rental Market Stabilization Act” in the next coronavirus relief package.  The bill, proposed by Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), […]

LEADERS IN HEALTH, EDUCATION, HUNGER, FAITH, CIVIL RIGHTS, ENVIRONMENT, AND MORE URGE HOUSING RESOURCES IN NEXT COVID-19 RELIEF PACKAGE

WASHINGTON DC – The Opportunity Starts at Home campaign applauds Congress for recently enacting the “Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act)” to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. This response package included $12 billion in housing and homelessness funding to help prevent an outbreak among people experiencing homelessness and to provide resources and […]

Campaign Urges Critical Housing Investments in “Phase 4” COVID-19 Relief Package

On April 13, 2020, members of the campaign’s Steering Committee and Roundtable sent a letter to congressional leadership urging critical housing/homelessness resources in the potential forthcoming “Phase 4” coronavirus relief package.  Signatories include leading national organizations from a range of sectors, such as education, healthcare, civil rights, faith, criminal justice, food security, municipal governance, child […]

Campaign Expresses Support for “Pathway to Stable and Affordable Housing for All Act”

On March 17, the campaign’s multi-sector Steering Committee sent a letter to the Senate and House sponsors of the “Pathway to Stable and Affordable Housing for All Act,” (S.2946/H.R.5813), which would effectively end homelessness through full funding for rental assistance, robust investments in the national Housing Trust Fund, and expanded funding for homelessness programs.  The […]

Campaign Urges Congress to Include Emergency Assistance Fund in Coronavirus Response

On March 12, the campaign sent a letter to Majority Leader McConnell, Minority Leader Schumer, Speaker Pelosi, and Minority Leader McCarthy urging them to include emergency assistance funding to help prevent housing instability and homelessness as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.  This letter was sent to congressional leadership as they are considering a legislative […]

LGBTQ Equity and Housing Fact Sheet

Research is increasingly clear that stable, affordable housing is a critical driver of positive outcomes in many areas of life, but such housing is much less assured for the LGBTQ community.  Despite well-documented and consistent reports of discrimination against LGBTQ people in housing rentals and purchases, in the majority of states there are no explicit […]

Housing is Health in 2020, The Year of the Nurse

By Kristine Gonnella, Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives at the National Nurse-Led Care Consortium The World Health Organization declared 2020 as “The Year of the Nurse and Midwife” in honor of the 200th birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing. Nightingale’s legacy exemplifies the nursing profession’s embodiment of compassion and commitment to […]

January 2020 Newsletter: Briefing on Capitol Hill; Press Club Event; and More!

    Take Action Today View this email in your browser. NEW VOICES FOR AFFORDABLE HOMES   U.S. Senators, Experts, and Advocates Convene on Capitol Hill to Discuss Bipartisan Solutions to the Housing Crisis The campaign hosted a congressional briefing on Capitol Hill on January 14 to discuss two major bipartisan housing bills recently introduced in […]

Campaign Hosts Panel Discussion at The National Press Club

Washington, DC – Yesterday, the Opportunity Starts at Home campaign hosted a panel discussion at the National Press Club with senior leaders from the National League of Cities, Catholic Charities USA, Children’s HealthWatch, National Women’s Law Center, and National Low Income Housing Coalition to discuss the prioritization of housing affordability in the national agenda.  The event, […]

Campaign Hosts Event at National Press Club

On January 16, 2020, the Opportunity Starts at Home campaign hosted an event at the National Press Club in Washington DC entitled “Broadening the Movement: Housing as a National Priority in 2020.” Speakers included: Diane Yentel, President and CEO, National Low Income Housing Coalition Irma Esparza Diggs, Senior Executive and Director of Federal Advocacy, National […]

U.S. Senators, Experts, and Advocates Convene on Capitol Hill to Discuss Bipartisan Solutions to the Housing Crisis

Washington, DC – Yesterday, the Opportunity Starts at Home campaign hosted a Congressional Briefing on Capitol Hill to discuss the two major pieces of bipartisan housing legislation that were recently introduced in the Senate: the Eviction Crisis Act and the Family Stability and Opportunity Vouchers Act.  The briefing was attended by roughly 100 Hill staffers and […]

Campaign Statement for the Record: House Financial Services Committee Hearing

On January 14, 2020, the House Financial Services Committee held a hearing entitled: “On the Brink of Homelessness: How the Affordable Housing Crisis and the Gentrification of America Is Leaving Families Vulnerable.”  The campaign submitted a statement for the record, which you can read below. To download, click here.

Big Wins at the End of 2019! We’re Ready for 2020…

    Take Action Today View this email in your browser. NEW VOICES FOR AFFORDABLE HOMES   Dear Friends,   2019 was a breakthrough year for the Opportunity Starts at Home campaign, and none of it would have been possible without your ongoing support and advocacy.  We are heading into 2020 with tremendous momentum toward […]

CAMPAIGN’S STATEMENT ON THE INTRODUCTION OF THE FAMILY STABILITY AND OPPORTUNITY VOUCHERS ACT

Washington, DC – On December 18, 2019, Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Todd Young (R-IN) introduced the Family Stability and Opportunity Vouchers Act, which would create an additional 500,000 housing vouchers specifically designed for low-income families with young children to expand their access to neighborhoods of opportunity with high-performing schools, strong job prospects, and other resources.  […]

Proposed Emergency Assistance Fund a Promising Approach to Reducing Evictions

By: Ife Floyd, Senior Policy Analyst at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities This piece was originally posted by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.  To view the original article click here. A job loss, illness, or car breakdown shouldn’t threaten a family’s housing, but that’s the reality for many Americans with low incomes […]

CAMPAIGN’S STATEMENT ON THE INTRODUCTION OF THE EVICTION CRISIS ACT

Washington, DC – On December 12, 2019, Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Rob Portman (R-OH), along with Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Todd Young (R-IN), introduced the Eviction Crisis Act, which creates new tools to help end the nation’s continuing eviction epidemic.  Among various other promising provisions, the legislation includes the creation of an Emergency Assistance Fund to […]

Campaign Urges Housing Question During The Fifth Presidential Debate

In preparation for the fifth Democratic presidential debate hosted by MSNBC and The Washington Post in Atlanta, the campaign’s multi-sector Steering Committee sent letters to the four moderators (Andrea Mitchell, Rachel Maddow, Kristen Welker, and Ashley Parker) urging them to ask the presidential candidates how they intend to address the growing housing affordability crisis. To […]

National Women’s Law Center

The National Women’s Law Center fights for gender justice — in the courts, in public policy, and in our society — working across the issues that are central to the lives of women and girls.  NWLC uses the law in all its forms to change culture and drive solutions to the gender inequity that shapes […]

Campaign Urges Housing Question During The Fourth Presidential Debate

In preparation for the fourth Democratic presidential debate hosted by CNN and The New York Times in Westerville, Ohio, the campaign’s multi-sector Steering Committee sent letters to the three moderators (Erin Burnett, Anderson Cooper and Marc Lacey) urging them to ask the presidential candidates how they intend to address the growing housing affordability crisis. To […]

UnidosUS Releases New Report on Latino Rental Housing Affordability

On September 27, 2019, UnidosUS – a Steering Committee member of the Opportunity Starts at Home campaign – published a new report entitled “Calling It Home: Latino Rental Housing Affordability.” This report provides key findings from the interviews with these households, including first, the rental experience of Latino families, specifically the general experience of Latinos […]

Housing is Safety

By: National Network To End Domestic Violence  Housing is safety for survivors of domestic violence and their children. Access to housing allows victims to break free from abusers and escape homelessness. This is life-changing – and lifesaving – for everyone in the family: I noticed a little boy in shelter wasn’t acting himself. I asked him […]

September 2019 Newsletter: Congressional Briefing, New Blogs, and Health/Housing Research

      Take Action Today View this email in your browser. NEW VOICES FOR AFFORDABLE HOMES   Campaign Partners in Healthcare, Child Welfare, and Local Government Speak at Opportunity Starts at Home Congressional Briefing The campaign hosted a congressional briefing on September 18 featuring three of its Steering Committee members: Children’s HealthWatch, Children’s Defense […]

Campaign Urges Housing Question During The Third Presidential Debate

In preparation for the third Democratic presidential debate hosted by ABC and Univision in Houston, the campaign’s multi-sector Steering Committee sent letters to the four moderators (George Stephanopoulos, David Muir, Linsey Davis, and Jorge Ramos) urging them to ask the presidential candidates how they intend to address the growing housing affordability crisis.  

National LGBTQ Task Force

The National LGBTQ Task Force advances full freedom, justice and equality for LGBTQ people. The National LGBTQ Task Force educates federal policymakers about the need for non-discrimination protections that ensure the whole person is able to advocate for themselves when discriminated against, wherever that discrimination takes place. They work with a wide range of progressive […]

Why Affordable Housing Matters for Environmental Protection

By: Khalil Shahyd – Senior Policy Advocate, Natural Resources Defense Council Having safe, healthy, and affordable housing options is integral to ensuring low-income families have access to sustainable livelihoods, and quality education, and health care. Now, we are beginning to realize the critical role of affordable housing in reducing the negative impacts of climate change while […]

Steering Committee Applauds Budget Deal and Urges Congress to Prioritize Housing Assistance

Today, the Opportunity Starts at Home campaign’s multi-sector Steering Committee sent a letter urging Congress to prioritize housing assistance for the nation’s most vulnerable people – and the Housing Choice Voucher and public housing programs, in particular – for additional resources when it negotiates final appropriations legislation for FY20. Please read the letter below: To […]

Blog: Healthcare Providers Must Elevate the Housing/Health Connection

By: Patricia Martin, D.O. Since my first month as a family physician in Washington, D.C. about two years ago, I have cared for a gentleman (Mr. B) with diabetes.  He has a Master’s degree in theology, a car, health insurance, an impeccable understanding of his own medical conditions, and an enviable gift for poetry which he […]

July 2019 Newsletter: New State Partners, Fact Sheets, and More!

      Take Action Today View this email in your browser. NEW VOICES FOR AFFORDABLE HOMES   Campaign Welcomes Housing Action Illinois and Prosperity Indiana as New State Partners!  The campaign is excited to announce two new state partners: Housing Action Illinois and Prosperity Indiana.  Both organizations were recently selected through the campaign’s “Endorsement Application,” […]

Campaign Urges Housing Question During Presidential Debate

In preparation for the second Democratic presidential debate hosted by CNN in Detroit, the campaign’s multi-sector Steering Committee sent letters to the three moderators (Don Lemon, Dana Bash, and Jake Tapper) urging them to ask the presidential candidates how they intend to address the growing housing affordability crisis.

Domestic Violence & Housing Fact Sheet

Domestic violence can cause housing instability and homelessness for women and their children.   “Victims of domestic violence struggle to find permanent housing after fleeing abusive relationships. Many have left in the middle of the night with nothing but the clothes on their backs, and now must entirely rebuild their lives. As long-term housing options […]

Environment & Housing Fact Sheet

To Solve the Climate Crisis, We Must Solve the Housing Crisis “The relationship between housing and transportation emissions is not complicated…By making housing shockingly expensive near jobs and transit, cities force low-income and working-class people to live far away from where they work…People who are priced out move further away, resulting in sprawl that covers […]

Disability Rights and Housing Fact Sheet

PEOPLE with disabilities ARE OFTEN “priced out” of sTABLE, AFFORDABLE, ACCESSIBLE housing “Nationally, the average rent for a modest one-bedroom rental unit was $861, equal to 113% of the national average monthly income of a one-person Supplemental Security Income (SSI) household. This finding confirms that in 2016 it was virtually impossible for a single adult […]

May 2019 Newsletter: Housing as Infrastructure, New Steering Committee Member, and More!

      Take Action Today View this email in your browser. NEW VOICES FOR AFFORDABLE HOMES   Campaign Sends Letter to Congressional Leadership Urging Housing Investments Via Infrastructure Package On May 16, the campaign’s multi-sector Steering Committee sent a letter to Majority Leader McConnell, Minority Leader Schumer, Speaker Pelosi, and Minority Leader McCarthy, urging […]

JustLeadershipUSA

JustLeadershipUSA (JLUSA) is dedicated to cutting the US correctional population in #halfby2030. JLUSA empowers people most affected by incarceration to drive policy reform.  JLUSA is the first organization in the country to call for the correctional system to be halved, and has inspired a movement of people and new organizations to follow our mission toward decarceration. […]

April Newsletter

      Take Action Today View this email in your browser. NEW VOICES FOR AFFORDABLE HOMES   Campaign Unveils National Polling Results; Finds Vast Majority Believes Housing Affordability Should Be “Top National Priority”  During a plenary session on March 28 at the National Low Income Housing Coalition’s annual Housing Policy Forum, the Opportunity Starts […]

2019 Public Opinion Polling on Housing Affordability

On March 28, 2019, the campaign released the results of a national public opinion poll that it commissioned through Hart Research Associates.  The poll is the first in several years to extensively assess the extent to which the public considers housing affordability to be a problem in their communities, whether they have had to make […]

Poll: The Public Overwhelmingly Believes Housing Affordability Should Be a Top National Priority; Expects Congress and President to Take Major Action

Washington, DC – Today, the Opportunity Starts at Home campaign released the results of a national public opinion poll that it recently commissioned through Hart Research Associates.  The vast majority of the public (85%) believes that ensuring everyone has a safe, decent, affordable place to live should be a “top national priority.”  This view is strong […]

Campaign State Partner in Idaho Publishes Chartbook To Raise Awareness About the State’s Housing Affordability Challenges

The campaign’s state partner in Idaho, the Idaho Asset Building Network (IABN), recently released its “Housing Affordability Chartbook,” an unprecedented report which explores the housing affordability crisis in the state and contains substantial research on the multi-sector spillover impacts.  The chartbook is designed to broaden the housing affordability movement in Idaho by informing multi-sector partners, […]

Mesothelioma.com: Good Housing Is Needed For Good Health

According to The National Center for Health in Public Housing, over 2 million residents live in public housing across the country.  Public housing was initially developed to offer safe, decent rental homes for the lowest income households – roughly 36% of public housing households include someone with disabilities; 37% are children; and 16% are seniors.  […]

The Campaign Hosts Congressional Briefing to Unveil “Within Reach” Policy Agenda

The campaign hosted a congressional briefing on January 24 with over 110 Capitol Hill staffers and advocates to unveil the release of its national policy agenda, “Within Reach.”  “Within Reach” identifies short- and long-term policy strategies essential for Congress to act on to address the affordable housing crisis in America. NLIHC President and CEO Diane Yentel […]

Leading National Organizations in Housing, Health, Education, Civil Rights and More Release Plan to Tackle America’s Affordable Housing Crisis

Washington, DC – Today, leading national organizations from the housing, education, health, civil rights, anti-hunger, anti-poverty, and faith-based sectors released a new report which calls for an ambitious federal response to the nation’s housing affordability crisis. Over the past year, these organizations have joined together through Opportunity Starts at Home, an unprecedented multi-sector campaign to advocate […]

AARP

For many Americans age 50 and older, a single event – a lost job, a health crisis, the loss of a spouse or partner – can quickly lead to catastrophic circumstances on many fronts. We don’t want anyone to have to choose between eating and keeping the lights on or seeking medical care. That’s why […]

Butler Family Fund

Alleviating Poverty, Making a Difference Butler Family Fund envisions a world where members of society do not have to choose between housing and food, and where everyone can have faith in the justice system. Butler Family Fund focuses on the inequities of homelessness and the criminal justice system. Butler Family Fund invests in organizations, partnerships, […]

December Newsletter

16 Cosponsors in Senate for Affordable Housing Task Force Legislation The “Task Force on the Impact of the Affordable Housing Crisis Act” (S.3231) now has 16 bipartisan cosponsors, indicating significant momentum in the Senate to create an affordable housing task force to deeply study the nation’s crisis and to articulate robust solutions, as called for […]

Catholic Charities USA

The Catholic Charities ministry in the United States is designed to help people in need at both the local and national level. Our 164 member agencies faithfully serve the unique needs of communities in 2,631 different locations, while our national office, Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA), supports member agencies through knowledge-sharing and network gatherings. CCUSA also […]

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities is a non-partisan research and policy institute which works at the federal and state levels on fiscal policy and public programs that affect low- and moderate-income families and individuals.

November Newsletter

Listen to the Latest Podcast Episodes Available Now on iTunes Episode 7 features Andrew Sperling, Director of Legislative and Policy Advocacy at the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). NAMI is the nation’s leading voice on mental health. Mr. Sperling discusses NAMI’s commitment to housing affordability issues, why NAMI joined the campaign’s Steering Committee, the […]

Children’s Defense Fund (CDF)

The Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit child advocacy organization that has worked relentlessly for more than 40 years to ensure a level playing field for all children. CDF champions policies and programs that lift children out of poverty; protect them from abuse and neglect; and ensure their access to health care, quality […]

Children’s HealthWatch

Children’s HealthWatch is a nonpartisan network of pediatricians, public health researchers, and child health and policy experts committed to improving the health of young children and their families by informing policies that address and alleviate economic hardships–focusing in particular on hunger, unstable housing, difficulty affording home energy and the sacrifices families make between paying for […]

Utah Housing Coalition Hosts First Multi-Sector Congressional Panel

The Utah Housing Coalition (UHC) hosted its first congressional panel on affordable housing under the banner of the Opportunity Starts at Home multi-sector affordable housing campaign. (UHC is one of the seven state grantees of the national campaign.) The panel focused on the deep intersections between housing, hunger, education, and healthcare in urban and rural […]

Task Force on The Impact of the Affordable Housing Crisis Act

By: Evan Carmen, Assistant Director for Aging Policy, B’nai B’rith International Since I started my job at B’nai B’rith International, I have written several blogs being critical of the Trump Administration and Congress’ proposals to cut funding from affordable housing. Over the past twenty months, there have not been many opportunities to applaud our elected representatives […]

Leading National Organizations in Education, Civil Rights, Healthcare and More Join in a Campaign to Increase Affordable Housing Across America

Washington, DC – A diverse range of organizations from various sectors announced a new campaign today to increase affordable housing for America’s most vulnerable communities. The Opportunity Starts at Home campaign launched today at the National Low Income Housing Coalition’s (NLIHC’s) Housing Policy Forum in Washington, DC. With financial support from the Funders for Housing and Opportunity, NLIHC launched […]

Community Catalyst

Community Catalyst is a national non-profit advocacy organization working to build the consumer and community leadership that is required to transform the American health system. Community Catalyst believes that this transformation will happen when consumers are fully engaged and have an organized voice. Since 1998, Community Catalyst has provided leadership and support to state and […]

October Newsletter

Take Action! Send a Letter to Congress to Support a Bipartisan Task Force On July 18, 2018, U.S. Senators Todd Young (R-IN), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), and Angus King (I-ME), along with Senators Dean Heller (R-NV), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Doug Jones (D-AL), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Marco Rubio (R-FL), and Chris Coons (D-DE) introduced S.3231, Task Force […]

FRAC

The Food Research & Action Center is the leading national nonprofit organization working to eradicate poverty-related hunger and undernutrition in the United States. FRAC believes: lead efforts to identify and communicate the connections among poverty, hunger, and obesity among low-income people; conduct research to document the extent of hunger, its impact, and effective solutions; seek […]

Funders for Housing and Opportunity

Funders for Housing and Opportunity (FHO) is a cross-sector, non-partisan, national funder collaborative with a shared vision: That all renters, regardless of income, can afford safe, stable housing in communities that support better health, economic mobility, and educational achievement. FHO believes that a stable home is so much more than a commodity. Housing is a […]

Campaign Hosts Inaugural Roundtable Meeting

On Tuesday, September 18, the Opportunity Starts at Home campaign hosted its first Roundtable meeting. Representatives from 70 multi-sector organizations, including housing, education, healthcare, civil rights, anti-poverty, seniors, faith-based, anti-hunger, veterans, LGBTQ, and more have joined this new initiative designed to foster cross-sector engagement. “America’s affordable housing crisis demands broad, multi-sector attention,” said Mike Koprowski, […]

Opportunity Starts at Home: State Campaigns in the Spotlight!

Coalition Building in California Housing California has been building the capacity of regional partners to educate and engage residents of affordable housing developments in policy advocacy through its Residents United Network (RUN). RUN is a collaboration between Housing California and the Center for Community Change’s Housing Trust Fund Project. This year’s multi-sector partnership with Opportunity Starts at […]

Derrick Johnson Discusses Opportunity Starts at Home

Derrick Johnson, president and CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), explains the importance of housing to the civil rights community, why racial inequities cannot be tackled without addressing housing, and why housing is a key priority for the NAACP.

National Alliance to End Homelessness

The National Alliance to End Homelessness is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization whose sole purpose is to end homelessness in the United States. Using research and data to find solutions to homelessness; NAEH works with federal and local partners to create a solid base of policy and resources that support those solutions; and then helps communities […]

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

What is NAMI? NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. What started as a small group of families gathered around a kitchen table in 1979 has blossomed into the nation’s leading voice on […]

July Newsletter

The US Conference of Mayors Endorses The Campaign “Communities across the country are challenged by ongoing federal disinvestment in affordable housing. The research is clear that housing is inextricably linked to nearly every measure of having a quality life.”  –US Conference of Mayors At its 86th annual meeting, the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) passed a […]

NAACP

Founded February 12, 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest, largest and most widely recognized civil rights organization. It’s more than half-million members and supporters throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, leading grassroots campaigns for equal opportunity and conducting voter mobilization.

National Association of Community Health Centers

Founded in 1970, the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to enhance and expand access to high-quality, community-responsive health care for America’s medically underserved and uninsured populations. NACHC represents the nation’s network of over 1,400 Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), which serve over 27 million people in […]

Bob Greenstein Discusses Opportunity Starts at Home

Bob Greenstein, founder and president of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, discusses the affordable housing crisis, why it demands a multi-sector response, why it demands federal action, and how we build the political will to implement robust solutions.

National Association of Social Workers

Founded in 1955, the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is the largest membership organization of professional social workers in the world, with more than 120,000 members. NASW works to enhance the professional growth and development of its members, to create and maintain professional standards, and to advance sound social policies.

National Education Association

The three million members of the National Education Association, the nation’s largest professional organization, work at every level of education—from pre-school to university graduate programs. NEA members also include retired educators and students preparing to become teachers. NEA has affiliates in every state and more than 14,000 communities all across America.

Opportunity Starts at Home: State Campaigns in the Spotlight!

To continue to broaden our multi-sector effort, the Opportunity Starts at Home campaign selected seven state partners to receive capacity-building grants to broaden and diversify each state’s housing coalition to engage other sectors. This effort will ensure that each state has active coalition members from the healthcare, education, civil rights, anti-poverty, and other sectors, in […]

National League of Cities

The National League of Cities was founded in December 1924 by 10 state municipal leagues that saw the need for a national organization to strengthen local government. As the organization’s membership expanded, NLC activities evolved and broadened to include a National Municipal Policy that guides the organization’s advocacy work in Washington, D.C., on behalf of […]

For students, opportunity starts with having a home

By Lily Eskelsen García, President of the National Education Association One of my favorite photos is of the students I taught at a homeless shelter in Salt Lake City. I will never forget the day one of the kids returned to the shelter after his family found affordable housing. He was so excited to tell […]

National Low Income Housing Coalition

The National Low Income Housing Coalition is dedicated solely to achieving socially just public policy that assures people with the lowest incomes in the United States have affordable and decent homes.  Founded in 1974 by Cushing N. Dolbeare, NLIHC educates, organizes and advocates to ensure decent, affordable housing for everyone.  NLIHC goals are to preserve existing federally […]

Opportunity Starts at Home campaign introduces the “Opportunity Roundtable”

The Opportunity Starts at Home campaign held a multi-sector event on May 10 in Washington D.C. to officially introduce its “Opportunity Roundtable.” More than eighty individuals attended the event, including representatives from organizations representing education, healthcare, civil rights, anti-poverty, faith-based, veterans, homelessness, and other sectors. The event opened with welcoming remarks from NLIHC President and CEO Diane […]

UnidosUS

UnidosUS, previously known as NCLR (National Council of La Raza), is the nation’s largest Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization. Through its unique combination of expert research, advocacy, programs, and an Affiliate Network of nearly 300 community-based organizations across the United States and Puerto Rico, UnidosUS simultaneously challenges the social, economic, and political barriers at […]

Opportunity Roundtable

What is the Opportunity Roundtable? The Opportunity Roundtable is a new initiative which enables the Opportunity Starts at Home campaign to raise awareness about the intersections of housing and other sectors, continually expand its multi-sector network, and reach a diverse array of new stakeholders. Which Types of Organizations Should Join the Roundtable? Organizations that participate […]

Opportunity Starts at Home Newsletter (May 2018)

May 2018 What is Opportunity Starts at Home? The Opportunity Starts at Home campaign is a longterm, dynamic, multi-sector housing campaign to meet the rental housing needs of the nation’s lowest income people. Various sectors are recognizing that affordable homes are inextricably linked to their own missions and priorities. Students do better. Patients are healthier. […]

FRAC Chat: Opportunity Starts at Home

By Jim Weill | FRAC President The Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) has joined with a diverse group of national organizations to launch a new Opportunity Starts at Homecampaign to expand affordable housing options for America’s most vulnerable communities. This multi-sector campaign launched on March 20 at the National Low Income Housing Coalition’s (NLIHC) Housing […]

Child Watch® Column: Child Opportunity and Stability Starts at Home

By Marian Wright Edelman Fifty years ago this week the Civil Rights Act of 1968, also known as the Fair Housing Act, became law after passing Congress in the wake of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s assassination. The Fair Housing Act prohibited discrimination in the sale, rental and financing of housing based on race, religion, […]

Anti-hunger advocates ARE housing advocates

“Families are borrowing from already-limited food budgets to keep a roof over their heads” Quoted from Children’s HealthWatch, Hunger and Affordable Housing  “Severely cost-burdened renters are 23 percent more likely than those with less severe burdens to face difficulty purchasing food (Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University, 2017). Conversely, NewYork City families with affordable […]

A Stable, Affordable Home is a Prescription for Good Health

By: Dr. Megan Sandel, Principal Investigator, Children’s HealthWatch As a doctor, I know that a stable, affordable home is a prescription for good health. This was recently instilled by my work at the GROW Clinic at Boston Medical Center, which takes care of kids underweight for their age. One of my patients at age 2 […]

Opportunities for Latino Families Start at Home

  By: UnidosUS For the last 50 years, UnidosUS has worked to empower Latinos to contribute to our nation’s prosperity and share in its economic opportunities. We believe the stability and security provided by a good home is an important building block for our community to thrive: children can focus at school, workers can concentrate […]

What is Opportunity Starts at Home?

Housing affordability is central to other national priorities, like health care, economic growth, food security, education, civil rights, and more. But the affordable housing crisis has reached historic heights, most negatively impacting low-income people. Federal housing assistance is already chronically underfunded and currently faces unprecedented threats. • 1 in 4 renters – 11.4 million households […]

Opportunity Starts at Home. Our Advocacy Starts Now.

By: The National Alliance to End Homelessness The Opportunity Starts at Home campaign is a long-term effort. Its strategy centers on improving federal policy: how can we incentivize and fund successful interventions that create sustainable housing for everyone?

It’s Time to Broaden the Affordable Housing Movement

By Mike Koprowski, Campaign Director for Opportunity Starts at Home  A safe, decent, affordable home is a foundation of opportunity, but it’s out of reach for far too many.  The evidence is quite clear that we are witnessing a severe housing affordability crisis in America, and its consequences are spilling over into many other sectors such […]

Recruit New Voices

Chances are high that if you’re reading this website, you’re already in the housing sector.   But the point of the Opportunity Starts at Home campaign is to broaden the movement to many other sectors that also have a vested interest in affordable housing for low-income people.  And we need housing advocates to help recruit […]

Add Affordable Housing to Your Organization’s Priorities

At its core, the Opportunity Starts at Home campaign is about getting various sectors (i.e., education, health, civil rights, economic mobility, veterans) to understand the importance of affordable housing, to acknowledge that their own goals are inextricably tied to affordable housing, and to prioritize federal policies that protect and expand affordable housing. Our nation needs […]

Housing Affordability Challenges

AMERICA IS EXPERIENCING A HOUSING AFFORDABILITY CRISIS “In no state, metropolitan area, or county in the U.S. can a worker earning the federal or prevailing state or local minimum wage afford a two-bedroom rental home at fair market rent by working a standard 40-hour work week.” (NLIHC, 2021) The 2021 national Housing Wage is $24.90 […]

Broadening the Movement: A Multi-Sector Response

The nature and magnitude of the severe shortage of affordable homes demands a broad, multi-sector response. Housing affordability is central to achieving better health, higher educational attainment, and longer lifetime earnings.  It makes sense that leaders from health care, education, civil rights and many other sectors are ready to join in the advocacy to advance […]

National Policy Agenda

To download the full report, click here. To have your organization endorse the National Policy Agenda, click here.  

Campaign Goals

The goals of the Opportunity Starts at Home campaign are to advance federal housing solutions that: Bridge the growing gap between renter incomes and rising housing costs Provide aid to people experiencing job losses or other economic shocks to avert housing instability or homelessness Expand the affordable housing stock for the lowest income renters Defend […]

Stable, Affordable Housing Drives Stronger Student Outcomes

Education advocates ARE housing advocates. Educators know that student achievement is maximized when students can go home to stable, affordable housing. Stable, Affordable Housing Drives Stronger Student Outcomes. “Low-income children in affordable housing score better on cognitive development tests than those in unaffordable housing (Newman & Holupka, 2015). Researchers suggest that is partly because parents […]

Good Housing is Good Health

Health care advocates ARE housing advocates. Quality affordable housing can be a “vaccine” which prevents long-term health problems and promotes healthy, productive lives. We all want a good, affordable home in a strong neighborhood. Good housing is good health.  But when a family’s housing situation is unaffordable and unstable, chances to lead a healthy life […]

Ending Housing Discrimination is the “Unfinished Business” of Civil Rights

Racial Equity advocates ARE housing advocates. Ending housing discrimination is the “unfinished business” of civil rights. Racial inequities are deeply rooted in housing segregation.   As Sherrilyn Infill, President of the NAACP Legal Defense & Education Fund, said: “Housing discrimination is the unfinished business of civil rights.  It goes right to the heart of our […]

Affordable Housing Enables Moving to Opportunity

Affordable housing enables moving to opportunity, which improves long-term life outcomes Economic mobility and anti-poverty advocates ARE housing advocates.  Safe, affordable housing enables low-income people to climb up the income ladder and achieve the American Dream. A landmark study by Harvard economist Raj Chetty demonstrates the enormous positive impact that affordable housing can have on […]

Housing Investments Spark Economic Stimulus and Job Creation

Housing investments spark economic stimulus and job creation Economic productivity advocates ARE housing advocates. Investments in affordable housing are a proven catalyst for economic growth, job creation, and development. According to a literature review by The Center for Housing Policy, the creation of affordable housing increases employment (direct jobs such as construction and indirect jobs […]

Anti-homelessness Advocates ARE Housing Advocates

Access to affordable housing increases stability for vulnerable households and helps avert homelessness. Significant bodies of research show that rental assistance decreases the likelihood that low-income households falls into homelessness. “Extensive research demonstrates that housing subsidies solve homelessness for the majority of families…The continuing crisis in affordable housing has led to a situation in which all […]

Criminal Justice and Housing Fact Sheet

Criminal justice reformers ARE housing advocates.  Individuals transitioning out of the criminal justice system need a good place to call home so that they can reconnect with society and rebuild their lives.   Every year, over 600,000 people return to their communities from prison and face myriad challenges – primarily, profound housing insecurity (Prison Policy Initiative, […]

The Affordable Housing Need for Veterans is Large

The affordable housing need for veterans is large Veterans advocates ARE housing advocates.  After having served our country bravely, veterans need access to good affordable housing so that they can thrive in the very neighborhoods they swore to defend. “On a single night in January 2012, 62,619 veterans were homeless in the United States, representing […]