We fight to ensure that every person, regardless of their background, identities, or income, has a safe, affordable, quality place to live in a community that they can feel safe in and connected to.
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According to a 2019 report by the National Low Income Housing Coalition there are only 42 affordable and available homes per 100 extremely low income (ELI) renter households in Pennsylvania. We have seen these numbers play out within our membership. The pandemic made it so that many of our members could not pay their rent and many fell behind. The state of PA then received hundreds of millions of dollars in relief money to support renters in paying the rent they owed but much of that money was used for other budget items such as prisons instead. We know that the only way to address these issues is through grassroots organizing.
This is why we are spearheading an effort to create a statewide coalition of grassroots organizations to build power for housing justice work led by tenants and low-income homeowners in PA. The vision is to end the housing crisis in PA; improve material conditions for low-income, working class, immigrant, and communities of color across Pennsylvania; shift public narrative to center those most directly impacted by the housing crisis, and mobilize and activate tenants and small homeowners across the state ensure all PA residents have a safe, stable, comfortable place to live that meets their needs. We have also been supporting tenants in applying for rental assistance and holding the state accountable to ensure all the money allocated gets in the hands of tenants and not be used for other budget items.
For the next year we will be working to build the power we need to win campaigns in the future. Our goals for the year include: