An America where every family, regardless of wealth or background, can live in a decent, safe, and affordable home.
To advance public policies that support broad access to affordable housing. Achieving this goal requires comprehensive, sustained action at all levels of government to address the severe shortage of affordable homes for both rent and sale, while ensuring that America’s lowest-income families can obtain the housing assistance they need.
LET’S GET TO WORK
Housing matters—a lot. The shelter that a home provides is, of course, a basic necessity of life. But the home is much more: it is the very platform from which we engage our neighbors and the wider community. Stable, affordable housing can lead to significant social benefits like better health and improved academic performance by children. Affordable homes located in good neighborhoods can serve as the springboard for upward mobility. For millions of Americans, the home is likely to become an essential workplace, one of the enduring legacies of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Unfortunately, securing decent, safe, and affordable housing continues to be a struggle for far too many families. Millions of low-income households pay unsustainable rents, often in excess of 50% of their income. Millions of other families, frequently working multiple jobs, simply cannot afford to buy their first home. Each day, hundreds of thousands of Americans live on the streets as part of a growing homeless population. As one of the world’s wealthiest and most powerful countries, America can and must do better.
In passing the 1949 Housing Act, members of both political parties came together and set forth a clear national objective: “the achievement as soon as feasible of a decent home and a suitable living environment for every American family.” Today, more than 70 years later, isn’t it time that this powerful aspiration finally became a reality? Let’s get to work!