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Housing Iowa Conference

Opportunity Starts At Home

September 4, 2019, 3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Mike Koprowski, National Low Income Housing Coalition/Opportunity Starts at Home


The National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) launched the Opportunity Starts at Home multi-sector campaign in collaboration with a long list of cross-sector national partners to address the rental needs of low-income Americans.

The gap between rents and incomes is growing, as evidenced by the recent 2019 Out of Reach report, which illustrates that rental housing continues to be out of reach for millions of low-wage workers and other extremely low-income renters.

On average, a full-time worker in Iowa must earn $15.44 per hour to afford a modest two-bedroom apartment at the fair market rent. This is compounded by unprecedented threats to federal housing assistance.

Housing affordability is central to achieving better health, higher educational attainment and longer lifetime earnings. It makes sense that leaders from health care, education, civil rights and many other sectors are ready to join in the advocacy to advance solutions to make homes affordable to low-income individuals.

Learn how you can join Opportunity Starts at Home’s effort to advance federal housing solutions that:

  • Bridge the growing gap between renter incomes and rising housing costs

  • Provide aid to people experiencing job losses or other economic shocks to avert housing instability or homelessness

  • Expand the affordable housing stock for low-income renters

  • Defend existing rental assistance and other targeted housing resources from harmful cuts

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