Last Month, the campaign’s multi-sector Steering Committee sent a letter to Majority Leader McConnell, Minority Leader Schumer, Speaker Pelosi, and Minority Leader McCarthy, urging them to include at least $5 billion for the national Housing Trust Fund (HTF) and at least $15 billion for public housing capital in any potential infrastructure package.
The campaign’s Steering Committee consists of leading national organizations from an array of sectors – education, health, anti-poverty, civil rights, anti-hunger, child welfare, faith, anti-homelessness, social work, municipal governance, criminal justice, and more. It speaks volumes that these organizations, each with their own concerns and perspectives, are joining forces to advocate for greater affordable housing investments through emerging legislative opportunities like the infrastructure package.
Policymakers from both sides of the aisle agree that a significant investment in infrastructure should be a top priority. To maximize impact, a broad infrastructure package should contain resources to construct and preserve affordable housing for people with the lowest incomes. Investing in affordable housing infrastructure will not only help vulnerable people better afford a place to live, but will also address substandard conditions, reduce other public costs, create job opportunities, promote economic mobility, and stimulate economic growth.