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

January 23, 2023

Article Identifies Rising Sea Levels as Threat to Affordable Housing

Housing Matters, an initiative undertaken by the Urban Institute, has published an article, “Rising Sea Levels Are Threatening Affordable Housing. What Can Local Governments Do?,” tracing the impact of rising sea levels on access to affordable housing. The article shows that the threat posed by…

January 17, 2023

OSAH Welcomes New Partners in Alabama, Alaska, and Maryland

The Opportunity Starts at Home (OSAH) campaign has welcomed three new state grantees: the Low Income Housing Coalition of Alabama, the Alaska Coalition on Housing and Homelessness, and the Maryland Center on Economic Policy. The three new organizations join a cohort of 26 state partners working to…

January 9, 2023

New Study Reveals Impacts of Evictions on College Students in Texas

A new study released by the Child Poverty Action Lab (CPAL) found that students at Dallas College in Texas who experienced eviction were more likely to drop out of college and less likely to re-enroll compared to students who were not evicted. The study, which examined the relationship between…

December 19, 2022

New Study Explores How Housing Impacts Gun Violence, Health, and Safety

Recent research published by JAMA Internal Medicine finds a direct link between housing remediation and the reduction of gun violence in neighborhoods. The study focused on abandoned houses in predominantly Black neighborhoods in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Houses were randomly selected by…