Each year, the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) launches an advocacy campaign to advocate for affordable housing and community development programs. This year NAHRO has set an ambitious goal of sending 50,000 letters to congress during the month of August.
We are facing an unprecedented affordable housing crisis in communities across the country. According to the 2022 State of the Nation’s Housing Report by the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University, rent increased 12% nationwide last year and 46% of renter households pay more than 30% of their incomes in rent, with 24% paying more than half their income. Households of color are disproportionally rent burdened. NAHRO has solutions that work. We thank Congress for its continued support for the programs administered by the nation’s public housing agencies, affordable housing providers, and community development organizations. Investments in programs like the Emergency Housing Voucher program have kept over 25,000 families housed, the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit has created 3.6 million homes for over 8 million families, and public housing provides 1.2 million families with a home. These investments by Congress make a huge difference in NAHRO communities and for households across the country.
NAHRO recommends the following actions to strengthen the housing tools congress made available to address our current housing crisis:
Address Housing Scarcity
Expand Access to Housing Choice Vouchers
Increase Housing Voucher Effectiveness
Preserve Public Housing
Pass Timely, Robust Annual Appropriations
Send an advocacy letter on these topics each week from the Action Alert Center to speak up for your community!