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Power Station


Jan 28, 2019

As Mike Koprowski, National Campaign Director of Opportunity Starts at Home  says, eyes widen on Capitol Hill when they see the logos on our letterhead. That is because policymakers are not used to seeing powerful nonprofits outside of the housing sector advocate for a housing centered policy agenda. Now, the paradigm is changing and for an important reason. The data makes the case that decent and affordable housing is foundational to the well-being and economic security of all communities. A growing understanding of the intersectionality of social and economic justice concerns has moved the nation's leading civil rights, education, health and children's organizations to join and shape the agenda of the Opportunity Starts at Home campaign. Mike and Campaign Coordinator Chantelle Wilkinson joined Power Station to talk about this dynamic coalition and about Within Reach, its just-released policy agenda. Within Reach is a comprehensive template for solving the housing crisis for lowest income Americans. It advocates for demand side, supply side and prevention solutions, including new initiatives that create resources for lowest income tenants when emergencies arise. A shift in the housing conversation is happening. Presidential nominees are making affordable housing key issues in their campaigns. National organizations with their own critical agendas are joining forces to promote federal housing investment. Hear how the National Low Income Housing Coalition, NAACP, UnidosUS, National Education Association, Children's Defense Fund and others are raising their voices and being heard.