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 opened the event with an overview of the U.S. housing affordability crisis and a description of the campaign, as well as an explanation of the various policy strategies recommended.
“We all have a stake in solving the housing affordability crisis,” said Ms. Yentel. “Other sectors are increasingly recognizing that they cannot be fully successful unless more people are affordably housed.”
Mike Koprowski, national campaign director of Opportunity Starts at Home, then moderated a panel discussion featuring senior leaders from the campaign’s Steering Committee:
- Jim Weill, president of the Food Research & Action Center;
- Angelo McClain, CEO of the National Association of Social Workers;
- Mike Wallace, director of community and economic development at the National League of Cities;
- Mary Kusler, senior director of the center for advocacy at the National Education Association; and
- Allison Bovell-Ammon, deputy director of policy strategy at Children’s HealthWatch.
These leaders from different sectors explained why their organizations joined the campaign and discussed how housing is deeply connected to their respective fields of work.
“As housing costs have gone up, it’s harder for people to pay for the food they need. Families are constantly struggling with these tradeoffs,” said Mr. Weill. “We cannot accomplish our goal to end hunger without affordable, stable housing.”
View a recording of the congressional briefing at: https://bit.ly/2sJt1oi
Read the “Within Reach” policy agenda at: https://bit.ly/2WaBYVi
Read the January 25 press release: https://bit.ly/2S4MdeC