Opportunity Starts at Home is a long-term, multi-sector campaign to meet the rental housing needs of the nation’s low-income people.

Housing affordability is central to other national priorities, like health care, food security, education and more. Yet the gap between rents and incomes is growing, and this is compounded by unprecedented threats to federal housing assistance. Proven solutions to ending homelessness and housing instability exist – what’s missing is the political will to provide resources that will put these solutions into practice in communities across the nation.

The National Low Income Housing Coalition launched the Opportunity Starts at Home campaign together with the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Children’s HealthWatch, Make Room, and the National Alliance to End Homelessness, and with a steering committee of partners including Catholic Charities USA, the Children’s Defense Fund, Community Catalyst, the Food Research and Action Center, NAACP, National Alliance on Mental Illness, the National Association of Community Health Centers, the National Education Association, the National League of Cities and UnidosUS.

Campaign Goals

The goals of the Opportunity Starts at Home campaign are 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

Learn more about Opportunity Starts At Home

Memo to Members and Partners Articles

May 30, 2023

Research Reveals Impacts of Housing Mobility Program on Childhood Asthma

New research published by the JAMA Network finds that children with asthma whose families participated in a housing mobility program experienced significant improvements in their symptoms. Housing mobility programs are designed to address structural racism by helping families move to low-poverty…

May 22, 2023

OSAH Campaign Releases New Podcast Episode on Housing and Environmental Justice

The Opportunity Starts at Home campaign released a new podcast episode, “Housing Policy is Environmental Policy.” Episode forty-one in OSAH’s podcast series features a discussion with Dr. Sabrina Johnson, senior housing policy advocate at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NDRC). Dr. Johnson…

May 15, 2023

New Findings Show Californians without Stable Housing Make Health Tradeoffs

A study published by the University of California, Los Angeles’s Center for Health Policy Research finds that Californians experiencing housing instability during the pandemic were twice as likely as those not experiencing housing instability not to have health insurance and were also more likely…