Our Homes, Our Voices: Mobilizing for Affordable Homes at July 26, 2017 Congressional Reception
The affordable housing crisis in New Jersey and across the country has reached new heights and now is the time to mobilize for our homes, out voices. The National Day of Action on July 29th will provide us the opportunity to speak with one voice.
The heightened crisis brings devastating consequences for low income seniors, people with disabilities, and families with children struggling to get by.
Only 1 in 4 households in need of housing assistance receives it.
This leaves over 8 million of the lowest income families paying more than half of their limited income for their home.
These families are one emergency, one missed day of work, or one illness away from being unable to pay the rent.
These families face eviction and, often, homelessness.
At a time when we should be increasing federal investments in affordable homes and community development, President Trump proposes to slash vital U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) resources. These resources house low income people and revitalize distressed communities.
Now is the time to act – to raise our voices to defeat these harmful cuts and ensure that everyone, especially those with the lowest incomes, has an affordable place to call home.
NLIHC – together with its members, national and state partners, mayors and other elected officials, and others – will work with advocates across the nation to hold coordinated events in local communities to mobilize a groundswell of support for greater investments in affordable homes and community development.
As a follow up to the July 26, 2017 Congressional Reception, you can also plan an event in your community on July 29. NLIHC will feature your event on its new website, to direct local supporters to you and to inspire others to plan activities.
When planning your own local event, you can choose to carry out one or more of several different activities, including:
In-District Meeting with Member of Congress/Congressional Staff
Letter Writing Campaign
To support your efforts, NLIHC will provide:
Sample materials, including talking points, tweets, op-eds, press releases, and letters inviting elected officials to participate;
Social media images and content;
Posters that can be printed out; and
Help promoting your local event.
Diane Yentel, President and CEO of NLIHC encourages us. “We have our work cut out for us. The threats to critical affordable housing resources that serve the lowest income people are immediate and severe. We must redouble our efforts – not only to protect, preserve, and defend vital housing programs, but to expand them.”