Federal Action Agenda – Housing

Our nation’s cities, towns and villages face a housing crisis. Across the country, subsidized and affordably priced homes for rental and homeownership are disappearing as a result of the strong forces within the housing market. New affordable units are not being built fast enough to meet current or projected needs. A widening gap between wages and rents is accelerating the loss – and fueling an increase in homelessness. 

Cities cannot solve the crisis of lost housing alone. In fast-growing cities, wages are not keeping up with housing costs, leading to a dearth of affordable housing. We must create additional units of affordable housing. In slower growth legacy cities, there is a persistent high rate of vacant and blighted housing that is aging beyond repair due to general economic disruption and the aftereffects of the foreclosure crisis. 

NLC calls on Congress to help communities reverse the loss of affordable and workforce housing by modernizing policies and increasing investment in federal housing programs. 

Action and Legislation

  • Support S. 3030 to Stem the Rate of Evictions 
    NLC calls on the Senate to cosponsor S. 3030, the Eviction Crisis Act, introduced by Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO). The bill would create several grant programs to prevent at-risk tenants from being evicted and establish consumer protections.  
     
  • Support S. 3083 to Help End Homelessness Among Families with Young Children 
    NLC calls on the Senate to cosponsor S. 3083, the Family Stability and Opportunity Vouchers Act, introduced by Senator Todd Young (R-IN). The bipartisan bill would create an additional 500,000 housing vouchers specifically designed for low-income families with young children to expand their access to neighborhoods of opportunity with high-performing schools, strong job prospects, and other resources.  

Resources

  • Report: Homeward Bound: The Road to Affordable Housing 
    NLC’s 2019 Housing Task Force compiled a report, featuring an analysis of the factors that caused the housing crisis, case studies of cities implementing innovative solutions, and recommendations for both local and federal leaders. 
Additional Resources:
  • Report: Local Tools to Address Housing Affordability: A State-by-State Analysis
    Local leaders are unified in their call to improve housing opportunities for all — because every person not only wants a place to call home, they deserve it.