Resources for affordable housing are at great risk. We need to change the way we advocate, develop a more effective strategy and build a broader coalition beyond traditional housing stakeholders.
That's why in 2017 NHT, in partnership with Enterprise Community Partners launched a special effort to elevate housing issues at the federal, state and local level using a grassroots campaign strategy called: Where Will We Live?
Capturing and Amplifying a Narrative
NHT’s Community Engagement Team is meeting with affordable housing residents, property staff, maintenance crews and community members, visiting numerous states and Washington, D.C. During these meetings, we are learning their stories – their background, experiences, struggles, goals, and values. From these stories, we are beginning to understand the impact that stable housing has made in their journey.
These 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 -- nurses, students, immigrants, refugees and single parents.
Capturing a narrative is only part one of Where Will We Live. Additionally, we will bring together and collaborate with a wide array of groups that will amplify affordable housing as a platform issue.
Through roundtable discussions, residents, multifamily housing owners, community leaders, cross-sector organizations and local officials can discuss 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.
Affordable housing facts, figures and statistics inform us, but it’s the families whose lives are most effected who will take the fight to a level 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.
This work is made possible thanks to the generous support of the JPB Foundation and Funders for Housing Opportunity (FHO).
For more information about Where Will We Live, please contact NHT Communications Manager Halley Henry.
Residents, community organizations, developers, and nonprofits alike all have a role to play in the Where Will We Live campaign. Click here to see how you can raise the voices and issues of those in affordable housing.
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