What a Powerful Week of Action! Wave of Local Actions Call for Increased Federal Investments in Affordable Housing

A Powerful Week of Action – Join us in DC on July 25th to Continue the Advocacy

From May 1 through May 8, thousands of advocates in dozens of cities and towns across the country raised their voices in support of increased investments in affordable homes for those with the greatest needs during the Our Homes, Our Voices National Housing Week of Action.

The Week of Action featured over 125 events and activities around the country, more than doubling the actions taken in 2017. Resident leaders and other advocates for affordable homes attended:

  • legislative meetings and participated in teach-ins,
  • rallies,
  • letter-writing campaigns,
  • housing builds,
  • candidate forums,
  • call-in days,
  • Tweetstorms,
  • trainings, and
  • socials.

Members of Congress heard from thousands of constituents by mail, phone calls, and emails and at events and meetings around the country. Advocates educated their members of Congress and other elected officials about the ways affordable housing has positively impacted their lives, and why more investments in affordable homes are needed. Legislators attending Our Homes, Our Voices events saw the direct benefits of affordable housing and spoke to their constituents about their commitment to addressing homelessness and housing poverty in America.

Together we generated media stories around the country and thousands of tweets and social media posts about Our Homes, Our Voices. Your active engagement on social media produced more than 16,000 impressions.

Thanks to the NLIHC for making this event a success.

Although this year’s Congressional Reception will not occur during the week of action, it is an important time for all of us to be together in DC to speak about how Opportunity Starts at Home.

Building on the success of the 2016 and 2017 New Jersey Congressional Receptions planning has begun for the July 25, 2018 Reception. 

Last year’s theme was “No Cuts to Housing.” Cuts are hurting our communities that serve low-income families, the homeless and those with special needs. This year will have two themes. The second will be Opportunity Starts at Home.

As Diane Yentel said when she spoke at the 2017 Supportive Housing Conference “the reception was one of the best advocacy initiatives of 2017 and it helped to make a difference.”

The impact of sequestration and budget cuts has reduced the budget of the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as well as other domestic programs. The lack of affordable homes and the resources needed to maintain existing public housing has created an affordable housing state of emergency in NJ.

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