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Dear Members, Partners and Friends,
Thank you for registering for NLIHC’s 2020 Housing Policy Forum, scheduled to take place on March 25-27. Other NLIHC events planned that week include our state partners’ meeting, a special session for resident leaders, a Capitol Hill Day, and our annual Housing Leadership Awards Reception.
With coronavirus spreading in the United States, and with the health and safety of all attendees, their families, and their communities as our top priority, we are regretfully cancelling the Housing Policy Forum and Capitol Hill Day and postponing the Housing Leadership Awards Reception. We will refund you 100% of your registration fee and will process your refunds soon.
This is an extremely difficult decision given how hard the NLIHC team has planned for what I am certain would have been an outstanding conference, and how much we were looking forward to reconnecting, learning, strategizing, and building power with all of you. But you have important work to do back home in your communities, and we need our movement to end homelessness and housing poverty to be healthy and strong.
There is still much we don’t know about the virus and its spread, and health professionals are providing practical ways people can protect themselves and their communities (see: https://bit.ly/2TFCUSA). Here’s what we do know: the CDC has issued guidance advising that people over 60 years old or those with underlying health conditions should avoid crowds. Many of our conference participants meet this definition. Additionally, the CDC recommended issuing guidance that seniors and people with underlying health issues not fly on commercial airlines because of the coronavirus, but the White House would not allow such guidance to be issued. We take this guidance from our country’s leading health professionals very seriously.
Ultimately, we concluded that we simply cannot risk having our gathering contribute to illness for you or for the people and communities you work with back home.
If you have already scheduled time during Capitol Hill Day with your member of Congress or their staff, keep the time on your calendars and turn the meeting into a call!It is as important as ever to share our policy priorities with policymakers.A rescheduled webinar on NLIHC’s policy priorities - when we’ll launch our new Legislative Action Center - will take place on Wednesday, March 18 at 3:00 p.m. ET. You can register at this link.
Washington, DC – A diverse range of organizations from various sectors announced a new campaign today to increase affordable housing for America’s most vulnerable communities.
The Opportunity Starts at Home campaign launched today at the National Low Income Housing Coalition’s (NLIHC’s) Housing Policy Forum in Washington, DC. With financial support from the Funders for Housing and Opportunity, NLIHC launched this new multi-sector affordable homes campaign together with the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Children’s HealthWatch, Make Room, and the National Alliance to End Homelessness, and with a steering committee that includes Catholic Charities USA, Children’s Defense Fund, Community Catalyst, Food Research and Action Center, NAACP, National Alliance on Mental Illness, National Association of Community Health Centers, National Education Association, and UnidosUS.
Stakeholders from multiple sectors are increasingly recognizing the importance of affordable housing to their own priorities and goals. The Opportunity Starts at Home campaign seeks to mobilize powerful new constituencies beyond housing to ensure that people with the lowest incomes have access to safe, decent, affordable housing in neighborhoods where everyone has equitable opportunities to thrive.
Recent NLIHC research shows the U.S. has a shortage of 7.2 million rental homes affordable and available to extremely low income (ELI) renters, and 11 million ELI renter households are severely housing cost-burdened, spending more than half of their incomes on housing. There are only 35 affordable and available rental homes for every 100 ELI households nationwide, and no state has an adequate supply of affordable rental housing for the lowest income renters. Just one out of four eligible low income households receives federal housing assistance.
The consequences of America’s affordable housing crisis are spilling over into many other areas like the education, health care, civil rights, anti-hunger, homelessness, and anti-poverty sectors. By combining voices and expertise, leading organizations from these sectors seek to build a broad national movement that promotes federal policies that protect and expand affordable housing.
The long-term goals of the campaign are to promote federal policies that:
The campaign will also act to defend against funding cuts and harmful policy changes in existing low income housing programs.
Opportunity Starts at Home is also working to strengthen the capacities of multi-sector state coalitions that share the campaign’s goals. The campaign has already issued capacity-building grants to partners in seven states: California, Idaho, Maine, New Jersey, Ohio, Oregon, and Utah.
“The time to act is now,” said Diane Yentel, NLIHC president and CEO. “The housing affordability problem has reached historic heights. Federal housing assistance is chronically underfunded and faces increasing threats. It’s time for those who believe that everyone in America deserves a safe and affordable home to join in a movement that will ensure fundamental opportunities for people most in need.”
“UnidosUS is dedicated to improving opportunities for Latinos and we’re especially proud of our work over the past 50 years to empower Latinos to contribute and to share in the nation’s economic opportunities,” said Eric Rodriguez, UnidosUS vice president for policy and advocacy. “A good home is the foundation for many of those opportunities: a better education for our children, enhanced employment opportunities, and a safe and stable place for families to live. We joined Opportunity Starts at Home because too many hardworking families struggle to keep a roof over their heads and it will take all sectors of society to make progress and ensure that more Americans, including Latinos, have a place to call home.”
“The United States cannot say we cherish our children when millions of extremely poor children each year suffer through homelessness or are denied access to safe and affordable housing,” said Richard Hooks Wayman, national executive director of the Children’s Defense Fund. “Research shows that half of our intelligence potential is developed by age four. Positive child development is linked to a sense of safety, predictability, and routines. We must do our part to ensure that children have housing stability during a critical stage of development. We must do our part to ensure that housing in this nation is affordable and accessible. And we must do our part to ensure that investments in affordable housing production that keep children safe and secure is continued.”
“NAMI is proud to be a part of this multi-sector housing campaign because access to decent, safe and affordable housing is a critical need for people living with a mental illness,” said Andrew Sperling, director of legislative and policy advocacy at the National Alliance on Mental Illness. “It is simply not possible to achieve recovery and a full life in the community without stable housing. Given the current threats to rental assistance programs it is critical that NAMI joins with our partners across so many diverse sectors to fight for policies and future investments in affordable rental housing programs.”
“NEA is committed to the three million members and the 50 million students we serve and are pleased to support programs, campaigns and initiatives that are in support of students, educators and families,” said Lily Eskelsen Garcia, president of the National Education Association. “We understand and know firsthand the impacts affordable and stable housing have on student success. We also know that given the wages and income of some of our members, it impacts where they work as well as their own families.”
“The NAACP is proud to join this multi-sector housing campaign as it aligns with our goal of economic equality in housing,” said Derrick Johnson, president and CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). “The research is increasingly clear that housing affects all aspects of a quality life; therefore, federal housing policy is very important for the people we serve. We find that threats to federal housing assistance are unprecedented and this campaign will indeed shed a brighter light on the needs of all people.”
“Housing affordability is one of the greatest challenges facing our nation. It limits economic mobility, reinforces racial inequities, reduces health and education outcomes, and is a primary driver of homelessness in the United States,” said Nan Roman, president and CEO of the National Alliance to End Homelessness. “The Opportunity Starts at Home campaign brings together an unprecedented multi-sector coalition, focused on increasing critically needed federal investments in affordable housing. We are honored to be part of this important effort.”
“No one should be without a safe and stable home, which is why the Opportunity Starts at Homecampaign is so critical, especially now,” said Ali Solis, president and CEO of Make Room Inc. “By partnering with organizations from the healthcare, housing and education sectors who share our mission, Make Room hopes to accelerate our goal of creating a country where everyone has a home that they can afford. We are honored to be part of this important campaign.”
“Too often, the issues of housing, health, education and income security are considered in silos, separate from one another,” said Doug Rice, senior policy analyst for the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. “But a home is much more than just four walls and a roof; it’s the pathway to a healthier, more prosperous, and more secure life, and something that far too many Americans cannot attain. We are excited to join forces with leaders in so many fields to advance effective solutions to help our nation’s most vulnerable.”
“A stable, affordable home is a prescription for good health,” said Dr. Megan Sandel, principal investigator with Children’s HealthWatch. “Children’s HealthWatch is excited to join our colleagues on the Opportunity Starts at Home campaign to identify solutions that provide access to safe, decent, affordable housing in neighborhoods where everyone has equitable opportunities to thrive.”
Learn more about the Opportunity Starts at Home campaign at: www.OpportunityHome.org
Opportunity Starts at Home is a new national multi-sector campaign to generate widespread support for federal policies that protect and expand affordable housing.
Established in 1974 by Cushing N. Dolbeare, the National Low Income Housing Coalition is dedicated solely to achieving socially just public policy that assures people with the lowest income in the United States have affordable and decent homes.
Courtesy of Opportunity Starts at Home, NLIHC
Wednesday, November 1, 2017
2200 Southwood Drive, Nashua, NH
We invite you to be a part of the second New England Lead Conference taking place on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 in Nashua, NH. Hosted by the New England Lead Coordinating Committee, the conference will include a variety of educational sessions focusing on lead prevention, policy, model programs, outreach, the EPA’s Renovation, Remodeling and Repair Rule (RRP), lead abatement, compliance, and the economics of lead poisoning.
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October 4, 2017 in Events, Local Interest
The Narragansett Times: Dziobek steps down as Welcome House director
By KENDRA GRAVELLE Sep 29, 2017
SOUTH KINGSTOWN—When Joseph Dziobek accepted the position of executive director of Welcome House of South County nearly three years ago, he had expected the job would make for a simple transition into retirement.
But what was intended as a part-time gig turned into much more than that for Dziobek, who this week left his post.
“It’s been a challenge,” said Dziobek, whose last day on the job was Monday. “And it’s been very satisfying—I feel very close to the people who have been a part of it.”
Dziobek, 66, took the job at Welcome House after retiring from his career as CEO of Fellowship Health Resources. He said he intended only to stay for two or three years.
October 4, 2017 in Local Interest
Final Days to Register: 2017 Housing Fact Book Release
Date: Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Luncheon: 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Location: Rhode Island Convention Center, 1 Sabin Street, Providence RI
October 3, 2017 in Events, Local Interest
Rhode Island College: The Defamation Experience
Monday, October 30, 2017
5:00PM - Doors Open
6:00PM - Performance
SPONSORED BY: THE DIVISION OF COMMUNITY EQUITY AND DIVERSITY AND THE DIVISION OF STUDENT SUCCESS
THE PLAY * THE DELIBERATION * THE DISCUSSION
September 27, 2017 in Events, Local Interest
NLIHC: Sign Letters to Support Equitable Housing Recovery after Devastating Hurricanes
Help ensure that low income people and neighborhoods are treated fairly after Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. A broad coalition of national, state, and local organizations is calling on Congress, FEMA, and HUD to ensure that the federal response to Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria is complete and equitable for everyone, especially families and individuals with the lowest incomes who are often the hardest hit by disasters and have the fewest resources to recover afterwards.
September 27, 2017 in Local Interest, National News
Roger Williams University: Social Justice Month Events
Thursday, Oct 19
Mary Tefft White Center
How Housing Works
4:00pm – 6:00pm
Sponsored by Housing Works RI and RWU Chief Diversity Officer
Keywords: socioeconomic status, race, jobs, housing, equity
Workshop with Brenda Clement, Director of Housing Works Rhode Island and Ame Lambert, RWU Chief Diversity Officer.
An overview of housing issues in Rhode Island and connections to the larger social justice agenda.
September 25, 2017 in Local Interest
Providence Journal: People on the move for the week of Sept. 17
Posted Sep 13, 2017 at 5:34 PM
Updated Sep 13, 2017 at 5:34 PM
Rhode Island LISC
Rhode Island Local Initiatives Support Corportation has welcomed two new employees. Jeremiah O’Grady, of Lincoln, joined LISC as program officer after spending more than 12 years at ONE Neighborhood Builders as real estate project manager and director of asset management and operations.
Liz Klinkenberg, of Warwick, was hired as communications director. She brings more than 15 years of public relations experience to her new position, including work for The Miami Herald and The Providence Journal.
The Providence American: Reed Announces $300k in Community Development Grants for NeighborWorks Affiliates
WASHINGTON, DC – In an effort to promote healthy, vibrant neighborhoods across Rhode Island, U.S. Senator Jack Reed today announced an additional $300,000 in federal funding for three Rhode Island-based affiliates of NeighborWorks America (NeighborWorks). These federal funds will help NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley, ONE Neighborhood Builders, and West Elmwood Housing Development Corporation to provide affordable housing opportunities, generate job growth, and enhance economic stability for working families. Earlier this year, Senator Reed also helped to secure over $750,000 in federal funding for NeighborWorks affiliates in Rhode Island, bringing total NeighborWorks investment in the state to above $1 million for fiscal year 2017.
September 21, 2017 in Federal News, Local Interest
The Providence American: Providence Unveils PVD Gives Donation Station
PROVIDENCE, RI – Mayor Jorge O. Elorza today joined members of the City Council, public safety officials, and community leaders who have been named to the PVD Gives commission for the unveiling of the City’s first Donation Station at Kennedy Plaza. The retrofitted parking meter is one of ten stations that will be installed across the city to collect funds that will support local organizations that provide housing and services to those in need.
“PVD Gives and the new Donation Stations make it easier to give back,” said Mayor Jorge Elorza. “Our collective generosity can make all the difference in the lives of those striving to get back on their feet. I encourage visitors and residents to chip in and be part of the solution.”
September 21, 2017 in Local Interest
Providence Journal: Report: New England losing 65 acres of forestland per day
By Steve LeBlanc / Associated Press
Posted Sep 19, 2017 at 11:21 AM
Updated Sep 19, 2017 at 11:21 AM
BOSTON — New England has been losing forestland to development at a rate of 65 acres per day — a loss that comes at a time when public funding for preservation of open land, both state and federal, has also been on the decline in all six states.
That’s the conclusion of a report released Tuesday by the Harvard Forest, a research institute of Harvard University.
The study found public funding for land conservation in New England dropped by half between 2008 and 2014 to $62 million per year, slightly lower than 2004 levels.
These changes could help offset the impact of the lowered corporate tax rate from 35% to 21%, which effectively reduces the value of Housing Credits to corporate investors. Some experts estimate that the lowered corporate tax rate will significantly reduce investor demand for the Housing Credit and could result in 20,000 fewer homes being built under the program annually.
Courtesy of NLIHC
The success of so many state and local ballot initiatives show strong voter support for affordable housing. Every state and local win moves us closer to ending homelessness and housing poverty. Each new alliance and achievement creates partnerships and momentum for more.
Before the end of 2018, Congress will conclude its work with one more “lame duck” session and many legislative matters to address, including the FY19 HUD and USDA spending bills, a disaster recovery package for communities impacted by Hurricanes Florence and Michael, tax extenders, and other must-pass legislation.
Then, after two years of single-party control, Congress will be split between the two major political parties. Given the highly politically charged environment, this will likely mean gridlock and possibly government shutdowns over funding measures. With their larger majority, Republicans in the Senate will likely advance a conservative agenda, including reforms to entitlement programs and deep funding cuts. Democratic control of the House will provide an important firewall against final passage of these efforts. Progress will require compromise from both sides, and bipartisan efforts and agreements may be possible on key issues, including housing.
Incoming policymakers will better reflect the diversity of our country, one of its greatest strengths. Among others, the new Congress will include: the first Muslim and Native American women, the first lesbian Native American congresswoman, the youngest woman elected to Congress, and the first Somali-American. Texas is sending its first two Latinas to Congress and both Massachusetts and Connecticut are sending its first African-American women to Congress. Tennessee elected its first woman senator, and Maine and Guam their first women governors. Colorado elected the first openly gay governor.
With Democrats in control of the House, leadership of key committees with jurisdiction over affordable housing will shift to some longtime champions for our issues, including Representatives Maxine Waters (D-CA), Nita Lowey (D-NY) and Richard Neal (D-MA). We have strong relationships with these incoming committee chairs and will work with them and others to expand housing resources for the lowest income people in their districts and across the nation.
Seizing this moment
With the mid-terms over, the outlines of the 2020 presidential election are becoming clear. As we press policymakers on the nation’s affordable housing crisis, leading senators — including those with presidential ambitions - are putting forward bold solutions. After decades of chronic underinvestment by Congress, it is remarkable that presidential hopefuls are now using their platforms to elevate the housing crisis for the lowest income people and its solutions.
Local momentum and a national spotlight provide a once-in-a-generation opportunity to build the broad-based political support needed to enact transformative solutions. This is a tremendous opportunity — to engage and amplify new partners in support of expanded housing investments for the lowest income people; to strengthen existing partnerships and build new ones; to further elevate the affordable housing crisis in the national dialogue; to work with bipartisan champions in Congress to shape and advance solutions; and to hold policymakers at all levels, both those in office and those who hope to be, accountable.
Yesterday’s election results show that we can achieve the investments and policy changes necessary to end homelessness and housing poverty. Until now, we as a country have chosen not to. But voters are increasingly demanding new choices, and policymakers are heeding the call. With your continued partnership, support, advocacy and organizing, we will seize this moment and achieve bold solutions to end the housing crisis, once and for all.
Thank you for your incredible work and dedication. You are an inspiration.
As the number of confirmed Novel Coronavirus cases in the United States and around the world continue to climb, we at NLIHC – like many of you – are becoming increasingly concerned about the recently declared pandemic’s impact on the communities we serve. People experiencing homelessness living in shelters or in encampments, immigrants, very low-income people, people living with disabilities, and all marginalized populations throughout the country are at high risk of exposure and serious illness. As the members of this group already know, disasters consistently reveal that the most marginalized communities are those the most hurt by disasters and the least likely to be helped afterward. Nothing indicates that the current crisis will be any different. As after other major disasters, NLIHC and the Disaster Housing Recovery Coalition (DHRC) will work to ensure a just and equitable response and recovery. In keeping with that goal, the normal business of the DHRC will be supplemented by news, educational opportunities, and updates on the Novel Coronavirus pandemic.
As Congress debates a bill addressing the spread of the virus and its effect on the economy this week, we are urging congressional leaders to include multiple recommendations dealing with the housing and financial needs of low-income individuals. These recommendations include the creation of additional homeless assistance grants and increasing the number of housing units and shelter beds available for people experiencing homelessness, the creation of an emergency assistance fund to help prevent evictions, a moratorium on evictions and foreclosures, as well as equal access to healthcare, housing, food assistance, and any other services provided in response to the pandemic. These recommendations will continue to be expanded in the coming weeks as congress reacts to the widening scale of the pandemic.
In addition, the latest news, updates, and guidance, on the pandemic and housing issues is available here on NLIHC’s website. The site will be updated in the coming days and weeks as new developments emerge. These updates will also be available through the weekly update in a new coronavirus section.
The DHRC will hold a national webinar on Coronavirus and Housing/Homelessness on Monday, March 16, at 2:30 pmET, to share local, state and federal updates, and to plan for the advocacy ahead. Register for the webinar at: https://bit.ly/39GZAHD. We will have guest speakers from impacted areas, city and federal departments, and Capitol Hill. We’ll send an agenda in advance of the call to those who have registered. Feel free to forward this invitation to others who would be interested in participating.
Additional updates below.
Disaster Housing Recovery Update,Wednesday, March 11,2020
· The Department of Agriculture announced that they would be relaxing some requirements of its summer meals program – allowing for eligible children to receive free meals through the program even if schools are closed.
· Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said that any economic relief package amid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak must include funds to help support housing. The Senate Democrats’ proposal includes many of the recommendations drafted by the NLIHC.
· Politico is reporting that the Trump Administration isheavily considering issuing a disaster declaration – clearing FEMA to respond to the outbreak. However, he worries that doing so would contradict his messaging about the outbreak.
· An article in Scientific American breaks down the unique medical risk the coronavirus poses for individuals experiencing homelessness.
· An idea posited in an op-ed in the LA Times calls for homeless outreach workers to double as public health officers.
· The City of San Francisco has created a $5 million fund focused on reducing the risk of exposure to the virus for marginally housed seniors, people with underlying health conditions, and individuals experiencing homelessness, living in shelters, single-room occupancy hotels (SROs), and Permanent Supportive Housing. Some of this funding has been used to provide RVs for individuals experiencing homelessness or who cannot otherwise quarantine safely.
· San Francisco Supervisor Dean Preston will be introducing legislation placing a moratorium on evictions during the current public health emergency.
· San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo introduced a proposal to prevent evictions while the Coronavirus emergency is occurring. The California Apartment Association said that they would support a commonsense moratorium on evictions. The moratorium would take effect upon passage and remain in effect for 30 days with the possibility of extensions.
· Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan is utilizing her public health emergency authority to expand shelter capacity for individuals experiencing homelessness. Over 100 additional spaces will be created at designated sites throughout the city.
· Seattle is also halting any power or water shut-off’s due to nonpayment during the city’s coronavirus emergency.
· In King County, one of the epicenters of the outbreak in the United States, a move by the county government to purchase a hotel to house patients in isolation is drawing legal and political opposition from a city government and a nearby car dealership.
· New York has not made any moves to increase shelter capacity or prevent eviction. The NYC Department of Health did release guidance for dealing with the virus in congregate settings.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
· Steps Healthcare Facilities Can Take Now to Prepare for Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)
· Interim Guidance for Homeless Service Providers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
· Interim Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendations for US Community Facilities with Suspected/Confirmed Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Department of Housing and Urban Development
· Infectious Disease Toolkit for CoCs
· Interim Guidance for Homeless Services Practitioners
· Questions to Assist CoCs and Public Health Authorities to Limit the Spread of Infectious Disease in Homeless Programs
· Specific Considerations for Public Health Authorities to Limit Infection Risk Among People Experiencing Homelessness
· Eligible ESG costs for Infectious Disease Preparedness
· FEMA Administrator Pater Gaynor spoke to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure today in a hearing on FEMA’s priorities for 2020 and beyond. The hearing covered a wide variety of topics, from flood insurance reform to staffing levels.
· Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA), a senior member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, introduced the “FEMA Disaster Preparedness Improvement Act” (H.R.6071) to increase FEMA support for disaster preparedness and emergency response to California and other states. Congressman Mike Thompson (D-CA) is the bill’s original cosponsor.
· The potential impacts of displacement and gentrification were already a concern for some Tennessee communities. There is concern that these efforts will exacerbate now that families are dealing with storm damages.
· Real estate speculators hoping to cash-in on a Nashville Opportunity Zone were quick to move into tornado damaged neighborhoods. The speculators offered cash to buy damaged homes, reaching disaster-affected households even before Disaster Recovery Centers could be set up.
· Nebraska officials provided updates regarding ongoing recovery efforts close to one year after damaging floods. Providing access to affordable housing is a “top priority” in their recovery efforts as they continue to work on their long-term disaster recovery plan.
· Nebraska officials are working together to stop predatory landlord practices that have resulted from last year’s flooding. Work continues to be done throughout the area with a focus on long term housing recovery needs.
· The Government of Puerto Rico, the Central Office for Reconstruction, Recovery and Resiliency (COR3) and FEMA have partnered together to open a Joint Field Office in Ponce. This office will serve as a central point of coordination and decision making close to the earthquake-impacted areas. The aim of the office is to receive and capitalize on all the federal assistance they are eligible for under the law.
· A Hurricane Maria Memorial, honoring the victims of Hurricane Maria, is in progress. The monument would stand in Stand in Battery Park City, New York, and designs can be viewed online.
· The State of Texas has appealed FEMA’s denial of Texas' Major Disaster Declaration request for Public Assistance for Tropical Storm Imelda. The Governor initially requested a Presidential Disaster Declaration for Individual Assistance for six Texas counties in October 2019. Although that request was approved, a subsequent request for Public Assistance, submitted by Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) Chief Nim Kidd in December of 2019, was denied.
· Rebuild North Carolina is seeking feedback for their state draft action plan that would spend $542 million in disaster recovery funding for storm damage from Hurricane Florence. The state can begin using the funds to implement Hurricane Florence recovery programs following the current comment period and approval of the action plan by HUD.
· Advocates in North Carolina are suggesting there is more to disaster recovery efforts that housing and jobs. Though those are vital, there are hopes to include funding for mental health and community rebuilding efforts simultaneously in the state’s latest recovery Action Plan.
· Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) introduced the Fairness in Disaster Relief Act, the bill would authorize the President to reimburse local governments for qualified interest payments. The legislation is a companion to the U.S. House bill that Congressman Neil Dunn introduced in November. Officials hope this bill would reduce the cost burden felt by cities.
· Hurricane Irma: The Office of Disaster Recovery (ODR), in collaboration with the Virgin Islands Housing Finance Authority (VIHFA) and WTJX-TV Channel 12 (WTJX), has announced the launch of new television programming to provide the public with the most up to date information on the territory’s progress towards recovery. “Recovery in Focus,” aims to provide viewers with the most recent developments in the Office of Disaster Recovery’s five priority areas: hospitals, schools, roads, housing and power as well as other critical projects that impact the daily lives of residents.
· Texas 2019 Flooding: The City of San Marcos has declared affordable housing, public services, and public facilities as key priorities for CDBG funds. This is one of the major efforts to repair from their 2019 flooding.
Courtesy of NLIHC
NLIHC and a group of other leading national organizations seeks a campaign director to lead the building and implementation of a new, long-term multi-sector campaign that will address the housing needs of the nation’s most vulnerable households.
Background: After a year-long planning process and with the input from education, health, children’s, anti-poverty, faith-based, and civil rights organizations, the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC), the National Alliance to End Homelessness, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Make Room, and Children’s Health Watch have initiated a dynamic, long-term, multisector Campaign to meet the housing needs of the lowest-income people.
This is a critical moment in federal housing policy. Support for addressing rental affordability has gained momentum over the past several years. Potentially powerful new constituencies -- in the health care, education, veterans, aging, child welfare, child poverty, faith, and other communities -- are recognizing the impact the inability to afford decent housing has on the wellbeing of the people they serve. At the same time, there are unprecedented threats to federal housing assistance.
In the face of these opportunities and challenges, multi-sector advocates have come together to launch a long-term Campaign to address the entrenched shortage of housing affordable for the lowest income people. Together, strengthened and expanded coalitions nationally and in priority states will pursue a coordinated strategy to educate policymakers, the media, and the public about the problem and its practical solutions and the impact the solutions will have on the quality of life not only of low-income people, but of the country more broadly.
The Campaign will be a long-term, multi-faceted effort to create a new national multisector coalition that works closely with strengthened state-based organizations to impact federal policy. It will deploy policy analysis and development, communications, and informing to impact opinion leaders and policymakers. It will be staffed and operated out of NLIHC. The Campaign’s steering committee will represent education, civil rights, anti-poverty, children’s issues, faith based, disability, seniors, veterans, city/state government associations and veterans, and resident leaders, among others. The goals of the Campaign will be to:
1. Fill the gap between rents and incomes for the most vulnerable households through a variety of rental assistance strategies that include rental subsidies to landlords and tax credits.
2. Prevent destabilizing housing crises through the creation of flexible short-term tools for low-income homeowners and renters for whom short-term crises like the loss of a job or a health emergency can jeopardize housing stability.
3. Create more housing affordable to the lowest income people through deeply income-targeted production programs such as the national Housing Trust Fund.
4. Defend against funding cuts and harmful policy changes in existing low-income housing programs.
Job Description: The Campaign director will have a leadership role in building a long-term national, multi-sector Campaign to meet the rental housing needs of the nation’s most vulnerable households. The director will work closely with the Campaign’s five principal partners and Steering Committee members to create a robust national movement around the Campaign’s goals and plan. With the principals and the Steering committee, the director will create a national Campaign structure, reach out to potential partners, develop and implement communications strategies, coordinate state grantee partners, undertake national policy informing efforts, coordinate events, and act as a principal spokesperson. In addition, the director will administer the Campaign, supervise Campaign staff, coordinate the work of the principal partners, and lead fundraising efforts (with strong support of the principal partners). The Campaign director will be a national voice for affordable housing for the most vulnerable people and a leader capable of developing and sustaining a national movement.
Responsibilities: The Campaign director will provide day-to-day direction and oversight of the Campaign, including the following responsibilities.
· Coordinate and oversee the work of the Campaign staff;
· Help to build and maintain a cooperative, productive coalition structure, including close coordination with the Campaign’s partners, the Steering Committee, and a larger network of cooperating organizations;
· Refine and carry out the Campaign plan in coordination with the Campaign’s partners;
· Develop creative and effective communications and policy Campaign plans and take oversight responsibility for implementing those plans;
· Ensure the effective integration of a state-based Campaign infrastructure into national efforts;
· Ensure effective partner sub-grants management: ensure sub-grantees are carrying out the terms of their grants and are effectively and appropriately using the grants provided to achieve intended deliverables and outcomes;
· Assist in, and provide strategic guidance for, ongoing fundraising efforts (including the development of proposals) that enable the Campaign to grow;
· Provide periodic reports to the Campaign’s partners, Steering Committee members, and relevant others about the Campaign’s progress, including comprehensive donor reports;
· Engage in public speaking in support of the Campaign and represent the Campaign with the media, as needed;
· Manage the Campaign’s budget and expenditures; and
· Other duties as assigned.
· A bachelor’s degree in a pertinent field, advanced degree preferred;
· A minimum of five years previous experience leading, or playing a critical role in, one or more campaigns;
· Proven experience building or leading a large, diverse coalition of cooperating organizations;
· Significant experience in building partnerships between organizations with different substantive priorities;
· Substantial experience developing and implementing integrated strategies involving coalition-building, grassroots infrastructure deployment, creative communications, and political mobilization;
· A demonstrated capacity as a strategic thinker as well as a creative formulator of ongoing tactics pursuant to an overall strategy;
· An effective communicator, both orally and in writing;
· Experience in leading, or significantly assisting in, philanthropic fundraising;
· Previous experience harmonizing substantive ideals with the practical pursuit of achievable, incremental opportunities; and
· An ability to work in a diverse, high-speed environment.
Compensation and Benefits: An equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, NLIHC offers a competitive salary and benefits package. This is a full-time position located in Washington, DC. It is a contract position with the possibility of extension.
Status: Full-time (exempt) contract position
Reports to: President and CEO of NLIHC
Job Application Process: Candidates for the Campaign director position should send a cover letter, resume, and two writing samples to: Paul Kealey, Chief Operating Officer, NLIHC, 1000 Vermont Avenue, N.W., Suite 500, Washington, D.C. 20005 at firstname.lastname@example.org. The cover letter should describe the candidate’s interest in, and relevant experiences for, the position, and it should include salary requirements and the names and contact information for at least three people serving as candidate references. (NLIHC will not contact references before consulting with the candidate.)
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