ACTION ALERT: Support universal, stable, affordable housing at the federal level!

Congress and the White House will soon get to work on the “American Recovery Plan,” a potentially $3 trillion infrastructure and recovery package. This presents a tremendous opportunity to advance many of the HoUSed Campaign’s bold housing solutions!.

To ensure stable, affordable housing is universally available, Congress must include in any infrastructure and recovery bill these priorities:

  1. An expansion of rental assistance to every eligible household.

  2. $70 billion to repair public housing for current and future generations.

  3. At least $40 billion for the national Housing Trust Fund to build and preserve homes affordable to people with the lowest incomes.

Your advocacy is needed! Please sign your organization on to a national letter to urge Congress to support these investments! The deadline to sign this letter is April 9!

And ask your senators and representatives to join a Dear Colleague letter led by Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Congressman Ritchie Torres (D-NY), calling on Congress to include the HoUSed campaign’s priorities in the American Recovery Plan. The letter is open to members of Congress, who can sign on by contacting Matt Traylor at Matthew_Traylor@merkley.senate.gov or Christopher Jerrolds at Christopher.Jerrolds@mail.house.gov. The deadline is next Tuesday, March 30.

Background:

The HoUSed campaign advocates for four solutions to America’s housing crisis: expanding rental assistance to every eligible household; increasing the supply of affordable housing for people with the lowest incomes; providing emergency housing assistance to help stabilize families in a crisis; and strengthening and enforcing robust renter protections. Learn more about the campaign here.

Our first and best opportunity to advance some of these bold housing solutions is in the American Recovery Plan, a soon-to-be-released infrastructure and recovery proposal from President Biden to combat the climate crisis, advance racial equity, and “build back better.” To achieve these ambitious goals, Congress must address the urgent housing needs facing extremely low-income households, disproportionately Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC), by including in any recovery package the HoUSed campaign’s infrastructure priorities.

This infrastructure and recovery legislation is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to invest in proven affordable housing solutions – including rental assistance, public housing, and the national Housing Trust Fund – at the scale necessary.

Take Action today!

  1. Sign your organization on to a national letter in support of the national HoUSed campaign and the bold solutions needed to end homelessness and housing poverty. The deadline to sign is April 9!

  2. Ask your senators and representatives to join a Dear Colleague letter led by Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Congressman Ritchie Torres (D-NY), calling on Congress to include the HoUSed campaign’s priorities in the American Recovery Plan. The letter is open to members of Congress, who can sign on by contacting Matt Traylor at Matthew_Traylor@merkley.senate.gov or Christopher Jerrolds at Christopher.Jerrolds@mail.house.gov. The deadline is next Tuesday, March 30.

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