And Why Opportunity Starts at Home is Especially Important to Children
It is not only adults who worry about finding housing for their families. When a family is without affordable housing, the children can inherit these adult worries. This is neither good for a children’s health nor their education. That is why opportunity starts at home is the key to a healthy society for all of us.
- Students with stable homes tend to be able to concentrate better in school.
- They usually are more carefree and can therefore be more creative and imaginative. In fact, they are proven to have a better chance at graduating from high school.
- Having the stability that comes with a home increases a child’s ability to concentrate, gives them a place to relax, and reduces stress.
The United States faces a shortage of 7 million affordable homes. Only 35 homes are affordable/available for every 100 low-income families. Many families are pushed into homelessness, debt, or rent homes they cannot afford.
The Opportunity Starts at Home Campaign aims to address the problems of the affordable housing crisis.
“Home is a child’s universe. Unless we come together to advocate for solutions, many kids won’t have the stability and security that my student finally found,” according to Lily, author of Lily’s Blackboard for the NEA.
The Campaign does not rely solely on the work of housing advocates, but brings together:
- civil rights organizations,
- health-care providers, and
- more to further their movement.
Its agenda includes repairing and modernizing existing housing, expanding rental assistance for low-income families, and protecting the national Housing Trust Fund.
In 2012, 4 million Americans were lifted out of poverty by housing assistance. However, the decisions being made by the Trump administration may actually push Americans in the opposite direction into poverty. President Trump’s executive order to triple the cost of rent for the poorest households is just one example of public policy that will increase poverty.
You can respond to the needs of America’s poor households by signing the Opportunity Starts at Home’s call to action. And you can even become part of the campaign.
Every American can fulfill their civic duty by advocating for housing.. Another opportunity for New Jerseyans is to join us for the 2018 Congressional Reception.
On July 25th, a Congressional Reception will be held at the Dirksen Senate Auditorium in Washington D.C. This event will allow New Jersey Residents who are working poor, below the poverty line and or impacted by homelessness to urge their elected officials in Washington to make No Cuts to Housing and remind them that Opportunity Starts at Home.
Click here for more information about the Congressional Reception. You can also follow @OppStartsatHome in order to learn more about the National Low Income Housing Coalition’s Opportunity Starts at Home Campaign. Follow the event with these hashtags #NJHillDay #NoHousingCuts and @OppStartsatHome.