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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,” which enables state-level organizations across the country that are pursuing multi-sector efforts focused on housing policy to earn a formal endorsement from the national campaign.
We are thrilled to welcome both Housing Action Illinois and Prosperity Indiana as state partners of the Opportunity Starts at Home campaign,” said Mike Koprowski, National Campaign Director.  “Together, we will build a broad-based movement to end housing poverty and homelessness.”
Where you live affects everything in your life, from your job and education to your health and ability to raise a family,” said Sharon Legenza, Executive Director of Housing Action Illinois. “Housing Action Illinois is excited to join this campaign because working across sectors is essential to creating communities where everyone can thrive.”
By uniting housing advocates with multisector partners dedicated to improving health, social justice, and economic mobility, we will build stronger communities that benefit all Hoosiers,” said Jessica Love, Executive Director of Prosperity Indiana. “We are excited to expand our alliance and build on the momentum of this national movement to ensure more Americans have the opportunity to prosper with access to safe, stable affordable housing.”
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New Report: National League of Cities Urges Action on Housing  Affordability
The National League of Cities (NLC) Housing Task Force recently published a new report, entitled “Homeward Bound,” which urges major action at all levels of government to solve the housing affordability crisis.  NLC is one of 16 national organizations on the campaign’s Steering Committee that are working shoulder-to-shoulder to elevate the importance of housing. 
Over 20 local leaders and elected officials from across the country came together to form the NLC Housing Task Force.  The report contains an analysis of the factors that caused the housing crisis; case studies of cities implementing innovative solutions; and recommendations for both local and federal leaders.  In particular, the report highlights the growing recognition that housing is a prerequisite for opportunity and health, and argues that local leaders cannot solve the problem alone.
“This crisis is affecting the quality of life for people throughout our nation, and the time to act is now,” writes Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser in the report’s foreward.  “All levels of government need to face this housing crisis head-on.”
With respect to its federal recommendations, the report identifies five policy strategies: (1) immediately stabilize and stem the loss of public and affordable housing; (2) follow emergency intervention with passage of a long-term, standalone federal housing bill that authorizes ten years of new funding for pilot programs that advance housing for all; (3) support innovation and modernization of land-use and planning at the local and regional level; (4) fix inequities in housing development and the housing finance system; and (5) and support scalable innovation and financing for cities, towns and villages.  Many of the recommendations align with the campaign’s national policy agenda, which further advances the call for more robust and equitable federal action.
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New Multi-Sector Fact Sheets Added to Campaign Website! 
The campaign recently uploaded four new multi-sector fact sheets on its website, further showcasing the many intersectionalities of housing policy.  The four newest fact sheets are: Housing & Criminal JusticeHousing & Environment; Housing & Disability Rights; and Housing & Domestic Violence.
Each fact sheet compiles landmark research to help policymakers, opinion leaders, and the public understand the deep connections between housing and many other national priorities, from healthcare to education to economic growth.  Housing advocates are strongly encouraged to download these fact sheets to help them reach out to potential allies in other fields and make the case for cross-sector collaboration.  To broaden the movement for affordable homes, we must ensure that allies in other sectors fully appreciate the extent to which housing affordability influences their own priorities and goals.
To see the full list of fact sheets, please click here.

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