Support efforts to make rental assistance universally available to all eligible households
In an effort to revitalize the nation and ensure a more equitable recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, President Biden has released a $1.8 trillion companion bill to the $2.5 trillion American jobs plan that was released last month. The plan—which the Biden administration is calling the American Families Plan—would invest in education, child care, paid leave and more. Notably, this measure includes a $213 billion investment in the nation’s affordable housing structure.
Although this allocation of funds brings the country a step closer to ameliorating the housing crisis, it still remains that only one in four households eligible for and in need of housing assistance receives any. In direct opposition to President Biden’s housing platform, the plan does not include a proposal to make rental assistance universally available to all eligible households. The American Families plan poses a great opportunity for policymakers to further extend the parameters of the measure to ensure that unhoused people and renters with the lowest incomes have an affordable and accessible place to call home.
What can you do to help?
- You can take action by signing your organization on to a national letter urging Congress to support investments in affordable housing at: https://tinyurl.com/zbau4kee
- On Monday May 3, join the National Low Income Housing Coalition HoUSed campaign call to learn more about how to advance long-term solutions to end the housing crisis and achieve housing justice. Register here!
- Engage with and share talking point materials from the Opportunity Starts at Home campaign here.