Affordable Housing Advocacy and Seattle Housing Policy
Unfortunately, the lack of decent and affordable housing is felt most by the poor of the United States. Affordable Housing Advocacy works to save rental housing, improve it, and add to it. Creating balanced communities and making a good impact is one of the main goals for Affordable Housing Advocacy programs.
Advocacy efforts can influence the outcomes of decisions, allocating resources, and the passing of legislation. Affordable Housing Advocacy organizations work to put together activities for their members in order to make an impact in struggling communities. Most of which include promoting the issue among social networks, calling or writing to members of Congress, writing letters to the editors of local newspapers, attending town hall meetings hosted by Seattle’s or other city’s representatives, and meeting with a member of Congress or their staff members on important issues. Obtaining the federal funds necessary is critical for organizations looking to serve low-income people, which is why engaging in affordable housing advocacy is critical to promoting a sound housing policy for residents of Seattle, Bellevue, Redmond, Sammamish, etc.
Speaking of Seattle, the city is under way with attempts to improve the Seattle Housing Policy. The policy is geared towards promoting housing opportunity and choice throughout the city. In order to afford rental housing, the Seattle Housing Policy ensures that the greatest number of quality, affordable housing units are preserved or produced each funding round. By preserving housing, the Seattle Housing Policy wants to contribute to fixing the nationwide homelessness problem by providing housing services to individuals and families who suffer from homelessness, criminal records, or other barriers to adequate housing. Decent housing doesn’t stop at the homes, but expands to the community as well, which is why the Seattle Housing Policy is worded to provide stable and healtnhy living environmkents where low-income individuals and families can thrive with culturally relevant and linguistically competent services. Access to education, employment, affordable transportation, and other opportunities and amenities are also crucial for making a sustainable housing environment that promotes happy communities.
The goal of the Housing Development Consortium is to bring the Affordable Housing Advocacy efforts and the measures outlined in the Seattle Housing Policy together. The lack of housing for those with little is staggering compared to those with housing and plenty more to spare. The gap between those who have and those who have little is becoming wider, but the Housing Development Consortium wants to close that gap. Organizations can be more efficient and powerful when they work together, which is exactly why the Housing Development Consortium wants to be the middle man to foster collaboration, and inevitably an even bigger impact on the lack of housing for low to middle income workers of the United States. Developing companies may fight against the HDC’s efforts in an attempt to garner profit, but the real profit is reached when communities fight to change things for the better. Taking care of its lowest-income earning people is the best way to strengthen a community for growth, and the Housing Development Consortium wants to join other non-profits in providing that strength on a higher level together.