Congressional leaders are working to enact an infrastructure and economic recovery package that could include significant investments in affordable housing at a scale not seen in generations. To ensure that these housing investments are transformational, it is critical that policymakers prioritize solutions that fix the gaps in our federal housing safety net and address the underlying causes of America’s housing and homelessness crisis: the widening gap between wages and housing costs, the severe shortage of homes affordable to the lowest-income and most marginalized renters, and racial disparities in housing and other sectors.
National Low Income Housing Coalition, and our partners in the HoUSed and Opportunity Starts at Home campaigns, will host a congressional briefing on Thursday, September 9 at 3pm EST. Speakers will discuss findings from recent NLIHC reports – Out of Reach: The High Cost of Housing and The Gap: A Shortage of Affordable Homes – and what local, state, and national data on America’s housing crisis tell us about the solutions that are needed most.
Speakers will also share insight into the top housing priorities for NLIHC and our HoUSed and Opportunity Starts at Home campaigns in any infrastructure bill: expanding rental assistance by $180 billion, providing at least $70 billion to preserve public housing, and investing at least $45 billion for the national Housing Trust Fund.
Chair Maxine Waters will provide opening remarks.
•Curtis H. Johnson, Jr., Vice President of Housing Strategy, Catholic Charities USA
•Harry Lawson, Director of the Human and Civil Rights Department, National Education Association
•Emma Mehrabi, Director of Poverty Policy, Children’s Defense Fund
Sarah Saadian, Vice President of Public Policy, National Low Income Housing Coalition
•Dan Threet, Research Analyst, National Low Income Housing Coalition