It seems impossible to put a price on the joys that a family home can bring. A neighborhood BBQ, your son getting his own bedroom, a place to host your daughter’s graduation party—none of these appear to be made out of dollar signs. But for families struggling to find housing, any housing that they can afford, these benefits do come a price point that is consistently, painfully out of reach.
The National Low Income Housing Coalition is organizing a National Week of Housing Action from July 22-29 to call attention to those struggling to make enough money to have a place to call home. Homelessness and affordable housing are issues that go hand-in-hand. Months of heart-wrenching apartment and house hunting to find something they can afford go by before any family, youth or individual is forced to live out of their car or on the street. It’s an issue that affects people in every community nationwide, and made even more perilous by potential federal government budget cuts.
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In honor of this week, we’ll be introducing you to the stories of four families who have experienced the uncertainty and terror that homelessness brings as well as the security and freedom that a home brings. They are more than their tragedies. They are family movie nights, neighborhood parties and new days. And it’s all thanks to affordable housing programs like those at UMOM, and to people like you who support them.