Jan 14, 2019
As Diane Yentel, President of the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) explains on Power Station, Only 1 in 4 households that need and are eligible for housing assistance, gets it. They are the winners in what is basically a housing lottery. Lowest income Americans who need project-based housing subsidies and public housing are the focus of NLIHC's research, analysis, education and policy advocacy. They are also part of the organizational infrastructure that NLIHC has created to advocate for increased investment in affordable housing. NLIHC not only includes voucher recipients on its Board of Directors, it prioritizes their engagement on Capital Hill, in state capitals and in the electoral process. Now, in the face of the longest government shutdown in US history, resources generated through the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and US Department of Agriculture (USDA) are at risk. Diane tells us how the Campaign for Housing and Community Development Funding (CHCDF), a collaboration of 70 high-profile organizations and industry experts, has reached out to Congress about the impact of the shutdown on their constituents. Diane points out that this movement has reached a tipping point: Congressional interest in, and understanding of America's housing needs is growing and will be a factor in our national 2020 elections. Don't miss this conversation!