OSAH State Grantees in Action: Spotlight on Colorado and Idaho

The Opportunity Starts at Home campaign supports 21 state campaigns that build state-level multi-sector coalitions and leverage those partnerships to advance federal housing policy goals. State campaigns are instrumental to the campaign’s mission to build a movement with stakeholders from many sectors to generate widespread support for federal policies that correct long-standing racial inequities and economic injustices by ensuring quality housing for people with low incomes. Recently, partners in Colorado and Idaho have undertaken new collaborations with their multi-sector coalitions. 

The Colorado Coalition for the Homeless (CCH) and other Opportunity Starts at Home partners have released a documentary highlighting the intersectional nature of housing instability. The documentary explores the impacts of being unhoused and of the criminalization of homelessness, as well as the responsibility of policymakers to address housing instability. An article about the documentary was released by the Public News Service (PNS). Presently, the article is estimated to have reached an audience of over 1.4 million people. Watch the documentary here and read the PNS article here

The Idaho Asset Building Network hosted a Day of Action to elevate the need for robust housing investments in the final fiscal year 2023 spending package. The Day of Action took place on August 25. Partners engaged in a press conference and social media campaign and used an email action tool to contact members of Congress, while also holding meetings with Congressional staff.

Learn more about state campaigns here.