National Housing Trust Launches "Where Will We Live?" Campaign
The National Housing Trust, in partnership with Enterprise Community Partners and People's Action, is launching a special effort to elevate housing issues at the federal, state and local level using an grassroots campaign strategy called: "Where Will We Live."
NHT’s Community Engagement Team is meeting with affordable housing residents, property staff, maintenance crews and community members, visiting communities in numerous states and Washington, D.C. During these meetings, we learn the stories of residents and stakeholders – their background, experiences, struggles, goals, and values. From these stories, we begin to understand the impact that stable housing has made in their journey.
The stories are being shared with elected officials, community members and the local constituents. These compelling narratives highlight how affordable housing directly impacts the lives of low-income families. These are not numbers, facts or figures; these are people -- working adults, seniors, students, immigrants, refugees and single parents.
Capturing a narrative is only part one of Where Will We Live. Additionally, we are collaborating with a wide array of
groups that are helping to amplify affordable housing as a platform to opportunity.
Through roundtable discussions, residents, multifamily housing owners, community leaders, cross-sector organizationsand local officials are discussing the needs and concerns related not only to affordable housing, but greater community needs such as education, health, community development and safety. This multi-industry, cross sector collaboration amplifies affordable housing as a platform issue in combination with other high-profile issues.
The lack of safe and healthy affordable housing is not a one-sector issue. We are raising the voices of those who are most impacted through a collaborative approach by education, health, and sustainability advocates.
Affordable housing facts, figures and statistics inform us, but it’s the families whose lives are most effected who will make the case in a way that cannot be ignored. Together, we will help low-income families move out of poverty and live in affordable, quality, healthy homes that provide them with access to opportunity.