Urge Congressional Leaders to Attend NLIHC Briefing on Bold Solutions to Expand Housing Trust Fund to End the Housing Crisis
The National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) encourages advocates to ask their senators and representatives to attend our upcoming congressional briefing on “Bold Housing Solutions: Opportunities to Expand the National Housing Trust Fund.” The briefing will be held on Monday, October 29, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. ET in the Capitol Hill Congressional Visitor Center Room SVC 201.
Click here for the contact information that you need to reach out to U.S. Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and your Representative and urge them to attend the October 29 briefing.
- Congress will have several legislative opportunities in 2019 to expand the national Housing Trust Fund (HTF.)
- The HTF is the first new resource in a generation exclusively targeted to building and preserving rental homes for extremely low-income people. Housing finance reform legislation, infrastructure investment proposals, and new bills like Senator Warren’s (D-MA) “American Housing and Economic Mobility Act of 2018” could all provide outstanding opportunities to expand this important affordable housing resource.
Speakers at the briefing will include:
- Jennifer Hollar, director of Policy and Special Projects, Vermont Housing and Conservation Board;
- Shauna Sorrells, CEO, Housing Opportunities Commission of Montgomery County, MD;
- Mary Tingerthal, commissioner, Minnesota Housing Finance Agency; and
- Ed Gramlich, senior advisor, NLIHC. The discussion will be moderated by Sarah Mickelson, senior policy director, NLIHC.
The speakers will discuss the findings from NLIHC’s new report, Getting Started: First Homes Being Built with 2016 National Housing Trust Fund Awards and share how initial HTF investments are improving local communities. Speakers will also share how legislative opportunities to expand the HTF would help address the underlying cause of the affordable housing crisis – the severe shortage of rental homes affordable to people with the lowest incomes.
When reaching out to New Jersey’s U.S. Senators and your U.S. Representative, let them know that NLIHC reports that in Getting Started, six projects in New Jersey have used HTF grant awards to build or preserve a total of 20 rental homes for extremely low-income households. A project in Millstone, New Jersey is featured in the report. New Jersey had five “medium” sized awards – amounts greater than $500,000 but equal to or less than $1 million.