Lift Your Voice to Protect Our Homes and Communities
Now is the time to begin planning for the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC)’s Our Homes, Our Voices National Housing Week of Action, May 1-8, 2018.
The Week is the perfect time to hold groundbreaking and ribbon cutting ceremonies and other celebrations. It is also a wonderful opportunity to invite your member of Congress to visit and tour your housing sites. Voter registration drives are another a great way to get involved.
Last year, during the Our Homes, Our Voices National Housing Week of Action, NLIHC members, national and state partners, mayors and other elected officials, and concerned individuals across the country hosted more than 60 rallies, press conferences, letter writing campaigns, and other events.
These actions had the goal of defeating harmful federal affordable housing funding cuts and telling members of Congress why affordable housing matters to our communities.
This year’s Our Homes Our Voices National Week of Action will build on last year’s successes by bringing more attention to the severe shortage of homes affordable to the lowest income people. The Week of Action will urge for increased investments in proven solutions.
Far too many families are struggling to keep a roof over their heads. Nationwide, more people are choosing to rent their homes than ever before. But our investments in affordable housing have not kept pace.
As a result, millions of people do not have an affordable place to call home and half a million people, including families with small children and unaccompanied youth, are living on the street, in shelters, or in their cars on any given night.
Only one out of every four families in need receive housing assistance. And, our nation’s affordable housing infrastructure is deteriorating and is often inaccessible to people with disabilities. Every state and congressional district is impacted.
With the growing affordability challenges occurring in many American cities coupled with the existing shortage of affordable homes for the most economically vulnerable community members that impacts every community in the United States, we must expand not reduce federal funding for proven U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD.)
Investing in affordable housing produces long-term benefits, from increased employment and economic mobility to improved health and better education. Instead of reducing our nation’s investments in affordable housing, we should make a bold and sustained commitment to ensure that everyone has a safe, accessible and affordable home.
Congress must reject any proposed cuts to housing benefits and should instead fully invest in affordable housing resources that help low income families keep a roof over their heads.
Federal investments in affordable housing have widespread and significant benefits in communities across the country. From employment and economic mobility to health and education, all areas of life are improved when individuals and families have access to a decent and stable home.
Rental assistance has demonstrably reduced homelessness for people with low incomes.
The Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey is the lead agency for the National Week of Action in New Jersey. Date, location and more details to follow. For more information contact Arnold Cohen.