Igniting a National Conversation

Mayors and CEOs for U.S. Housing Investment is igniting a national conversation that reminds the nation that housing is pro-family, pro-jobs and pro-investment.

Reinforcing that the Federal Government has a Role and Must be a Partner

We need the federal government, businesses, and local governments to collaborate in new ways to ensure that federal housing and homeless assistance resources are sustained.

Bringing the Private Sector to the Table

The Mayors and CEOs for U.S. Housing Investment are bringing the private sector to the table as powerful partners that understand how investing in our communities leads to economic growth, a stronger workforce, and stronger cities.

Advocating to Make a Difference

Our coalition is advocating to influence major policy and funding reforms for housing and homeless programs at the federal level.

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Quotes from U.S. Mayors
Steve Benjamin Steve Benjamin Mayor of Columbia, SC
People are moving back home to American cities, and with a revitalized urban core comes significant displacement and a need for more social services, two dynamics we’re working through in Columbia. And while the revitalization is by design, so are the local, data-driven solutions we are implementing to ensure Columbia is a city for all people, including residency bonuses for first responders and smart new uses of Community Development Block Grant monies to attract other new affordable and workforce housing investment and financing. But we need the federal government as our partner, investing in affordable housing at scale in Columbia and in cities, suburbs and rural areas across our country. Mayors & CEOs for U.S. Housing Investment is the vehicle to get that done, harnessing the power of cities and businesses to repatriate America’s tax dollars from Washington and back into our local communities.
Michael Hancock Michael Hancock Mayor of Denver, CO
“We are working tirelessly to make our housing market work for everyone who calls our city home, and we need to pull on every lever we can to offer more affordable options to our people. By coming together to advocate for more investments in affordable housing here in Denver and across the country, we can better provide individuals, families and those in need of a good home to call their own with the support they need to build their lives and build their futures.”
Robert Garcia Robert Garcia Mayor of Long Beach, CA
“Seniors, working families, college students and all those experiencing homelessness in Long Beach deserve their opportunity to have an affordable home in our City. And while nobody could predict the economic damage of our current pandemic, the reality is that California has not built enough housing to sustain our dynamic population growth. And while Long Beach has made progress, to truly meet the scale of demand, we need the federal government as our partner. I join with my fellow mayors and business leaders in inviting Washington to join us in pulling together and pulling forward toward a brighter tomorrow for all our residents.”
Keisha Lance Bottoms Keisha Lance Bottoms Mayor of Atlanta, GA
“It is my honor to join other leaders across the nation to advocate on behalf of the homeless and those struggling with housing affordability. Issues of this scope are too enormous for one office or organization to tackle alone. With the assistance of our business community, local leaders can speak with a louder voice and discover innovative ways to improve the quality of life for the people we serve. Having recently launched a series of heritage owner-occupied rehab housing programs, I look forward to partnering with this coalition as we work together to actualize the promise and basic dignity of housing equity.”
Cassie Franklin Cassie Franklin Mayor of Everett, WA
"Everyone in Everett deserves to feel safe and to believe in the opportunity of a home. We are ahead of the curve in bringing innovative, collaborative answers to the complex problems facing our City and the nation. Still, we have a long way to go, and we will not have lasting success without the active participation of, and investment by, all players: local and national businesses and local, state and federal governments. Mayors & CEOs for U.S. Housing Investment is the right platform for mayors and businesses to identify solutions any city can replicate - and so earn the federal government's investment in their promise."
Jenny A. Durkan Jenny A. Durkan Mayor of Seattle, WA
"Seattle understands that our affordable housing and homelessness crisis is unprecedented and demands equally extraordinary tools and resources to solve it. Our approach to build as much affordable housing as possible must be multi-dimensional and draw on strong partnerships between the public and private sectors. But Seattle and communities across the country can only succeed long-term if the federal government joins America’s cities and business in getting involved and invested. That’s why we’re a part of Mayors & CEOs for US Housing Investment."
Darrell Steinberg Darrell Steinberg Mayor of Sacramento, CA
“Cities across the country are entering into innovative public-private partnerships with private industry to urgently, creatively and comprehensively address the homeless crisis. In Sacramento, Sutter Health has stepped up to provide critically needed resources for permanent housing, service-rich temporary shelters, and cutting-edge assertive outreach. Together, Mayors and CEOs are embarking on a campaign to advocate for the resources and policies we know work to address the crisis.”
Libby Schaaf Libby Schaaf Mayor of Oakland, CA
“Mayors and business leaders have a unique understanding of the needs in the community, and the economic barriers which hold cities back from reaching their goal of creating stable and thriving communities. The creation of a bipartisan coalition made up of elected officials and CEOs, working in concert with nonprofit leaders and policy experts, will send the strong message to our federal government that investing in affordable housing and programs to prevent homelessness, will lead to economic growth, a better trained and prepared workforce, and stronger, more resilient cities.”
Lucy Vinis Lucy Vinis Mayor of Eugene, OR
"Many cities are struggling with housing affordability and availability, redevelopment and expansion of neighborhoods, investments in infrastructure, and concerns about pricing out and marginalizing sectors of their communities. All cities struggle with continuing reductions in federal support for building and renovating subsidized housing. The U.S. can fix this problem through an optimistic willingness to embrace opportunities before us — and funding them — at the city, state and, yes, federal level. Eugene joins this coalition to ensure the federal government returns to its role as a collaborator and investor in helping solve our country’s biggest challenges — because this is undoubtedly one of them."
London N. Breed London N. Breed Mayor of San Francisco, CA
"I am proud to join my mayoral peers and our business counterparts in Mayors and CEOs for US Housing Investment to fight for resources to address our affordable housing and homeless crises. Cities, suburbs and rural towns cannot solve these mounting problems alone -- it will take investment from the federal government and business community. Americans must have access to affordable and stable housing and we must invest in mental health and addiction treatment services. Now is time for the federal government to act on these pressing issues and Mayors and CEOs for US Housing Investment provides the platform to achieve results."
Muriel Bowser Muriel Bowser Mayor of Washington, DC
“In Washington, DC, we are committed to ending homelessness and expanding access to safe and affordable housing. As leaders across the country work to tackle these issues, we recognize that the best thing we can do for our residents and communities is to come together, share our solutions and investments, and support and multiply the programs and ideas that are working. We recognize that by investing in affordable housing, we are investing in safer, stronger communities and building new pathways to the middle class for our most vulnerable residents.”
Karen K. Goh Karen K. Goh Mayor of Bakersfield, CA
"The pandemic has presented unprecedented challenges in addressing the growing concerns of housing affordability and homelessness across our great nation. Through collaboration with our local, state, and federal partners, we are building a better Bakersfield, and that means continuing to invest in affordable housing construction paired with integrated support and case management services. But we need Washington’s partnership to make the systemic changes that our city and our country need. I’m pleased to join my fellow mayors and America’s business leaders in this coalition to garner the support required to implement meaningful solutions."
Todd Gloria Todd Gloria Mayor of San Diego, CA
"In San Diego, we’re working together to clear barriers, incentivize housing production near transit and jobs, prioritize affordable housing on surplus City land, and convert hotel rooms into supportive housing to get people experiencing chronic homelessness off the streets. Strategies like these must coalesce nationally with all hands on deck – local, state, and federal governments working with the private sector to solve this social and economic crisis. I’m proud to join my fellow mayors and our nation’s business leaders in calling for a sustained, committed plan to ensure that everyone has a stable and affordable place to call home."
Martha Guerrero Martha Guerrero Mayor of West Sacramento, CA
"West Sacramento is working to grow a city where the issues central to the lives of our people are reflected in the plans we make and the progress we achieve. Reversing the housing crisis and addressing homelessness will require large and regular investments, and while state resources have helped open up more housing through Project Roomkey this covers solely temporary, emergency shelter options on the path to permanent housing. To create a more enduring, lasting solution, we need the federal government as our partner, and I look forward to working with my fellow mayors to get this done."
Jerry Dyer Jerry Dyer Mayor of Fresno, CA
"We’ve brought together Fresno's best — government experts, local non-profits, and homeless advocates widely known in the community — to help get all our neighbors safely housed as quickly as possible. But homelessness in our city has grown in recent years, and the scope of the challenge demands much more, including the partnership of the federal government. This is not a partisan issue but an American one, and I believe that by bringing our country's mayors together with the leaders of top American companies, we can work with Washington to unlock greater federal investment in housing."
Ted Wheeler Ted Wheeler Mayor of Portland, OR
"As Portland continues to grow into a truly global city, housing is without question the single most important challenge we face. Housing connects people to employment, kids to schools, and families to institutions across our community. Safe, affordable housing allows families to do the one thing that families need to do more than anything else: spend time together. That is Portland’s and my top priority – and I will work to make sure it is a top priority for the federal government, too."
John Giles John Giles Mayor of Mesa, AZ
“Unfortunately, and all too often, too many people in our cities struggle to know where they will next find a roof to sleep under or food to eat. I’m excited to join with the Mayors and CEOs for U.S. Housing Investment initiative to shine a powerful light on these challenges and work towards solutions that will empower those in need while ensuring strong, safe communities.”
Lori Lightfoot Lori Lightfoot Mayor of Chicago, IL
“The Chicago Recovery Plan and our recently-approved budget boost funding for affordable housing programs, as well as increase resources for mental health, homelessness and other social services. However, in order to truly solve the U.S.’s systemic affordable housing challenges, we must work together to pursue lasting, scalable solutions that go beyond any one city’s pandemic-constrained budget. That’s why we need the collaboration of our partners from the federal government. I look forward to working with my fellow mayors to secure this partnership and tackle the chronic challenges facing our communities once and for all."
David Holt David Holt Mayor of Oklahoma City, OK
“We believe that Oklahoma City can continue to thrive only if we find common purpose. This includes investing in truly affordable housing as a means to curb homelessness in our city and across America. And while it’s local government’s job to explain this complex issue to our neighbors and why investment is right for OKC, we can only address the scale of this problem with the federal government as a strong, consistent partner. I look forward to working with my fellow mayors and business leaders to make this happen.”
Jim Kenney Jim Kenney Mayor of Philadelphia, PA
"We’re building a Philadelphia that works for every neighborhood - and that begins with the opportunity for a safe roof over your head. Decades of work unfortunately show that government cannot solve homelessness and the need for affordable housing alone – and neither can business. Now the two are joining forces to make what we hope will be substantial progress in these related and vexing issues."
Sam Liccardo Sam Liccardo Mayor of San Jose, CA
"Silicon Valley consistently ranks among the nation’s three most expensive housing markets. Although we’ve housed nearly 8,000 homeless residents since 2015, even more of our neighbors are being pushed out into the street.  Too many of our parents work multiple jobs just to pay their rent. But Silicon Valley is also innovative and resilient. We’ve worked to balance strong jobs and population growth by adopting inclusionary housing policies, requiring that new market-rate developments reserve a percentage of new units for affordable housing or pay a fee to help fund construction of new affordable housing. We’re passing strong renter protection ordinances, rapidly scaling construction of backyard homes, expanding tiny home communities, and facilitating innovative construction methods to build more affordable housing more rapidly. We’re making progress. Since we released our housing plan for 25,000 new homes by 2022, we’ve gone to the others to boost affordable housing funding, and this March, they’ll consider a measure that will invest nearly $70 million annually into affordable housing solutions.   But much more needs to be done to meet this enormous problem at its scale. Cities need the federal government as a partner that predictably invests in affordable housing to ensure all Americans have the opportunity for an affordable roof over their heads and the promise of a new tomorrow."
Vi Lyles Vi Lyles Mayor of Charlotte, NC
“Charlotte is a city with housing challenges that affect many sectors of our workforce. As Mayor of Charlotte, I am delighted to ‘roll up my sleeves’ with fellow mayors and CEOs across this country to work collaboratively to develop bipartisan affordable housing solutions that will promote opportunity and growth for all residents. By investing in diverse price point housing, we will ensure opportunities for upward economic mobility, while creating stronger neighborhoods and safer communities.”
Lily Mei Lily Mei Mayor of Fremont, CA
"Every day, people ask me about homelessness and its increasing visibility in Fremont, as seen in the 2019 Point in Time Count conducted in the Bay Area and throughout the U.S. While there is no “silver-bullet” solution, we also know that we will not solve this complex issue by sitting on the sidelines, asking who or what is the answer. This is a societal issue – one that’s growing in Fremont and across the nation especially in recent years – and we need to forge the answer ourselves. Yet as Fremont, the state of California and other state and local governments across the country invest to turn this trend around, so must the federal government do its part, because no city or state can tackle this national crisis alone. On behalf of the residents of Fremont, I join Mayors & CEOs for U.S. Housing Investment with the goal of ensuring that all residents have the opportunity for a front door they can walk into, a roof over their head, an address where they can receive a paycheck, and a home where they can raise a family."
Kate Gallego Kate Gallego Mayor of Phoenix, AZ
"We know that more affordable housing and wrap-around health services are the most straightforward solutions to end homelessness in Phoenix and across the U.S. But all stakeholders – local governments, the federal government, and businesses – must invest greater time and resources to make this concept a common reality. In Phoenix, we’re exploring the creation of entirely new incentives for affordable housing construction, and I believe that this powerful coalition of my fellow mayors and our great business community will help to generate new ideas to solve one of our nation’s greatest problems."
Eric Garcetti Eric Garcetti Mayor of Los Angeles, CA
“An affordable place to live should be within reach for everyone in America who dreams of making a better life for themselves their family. Too many cities across the country are facing an unprecedented housing crisis. We are here to call on leaders in Washington to develop new revenue streams and incentives that communities need to build and preserve the affordable housing that all of our communities deserve.”
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No one should have to choose

Stable and affordable housing allows low- to moderate-income individuals the opportunity to pursue financial stability, which supports business and economic growth in local communities. But current programs and federal funding are not meeting the demand, as one in four families that rent in our country are a paycheck away from homelessness, and families can no longer afford safe places to live. That is why local leaders need to develop partnerships with the Federal government, philanthropies, real estate and housing developers and other businesses to amplify the voices of struggling families and individuals, and to recognize that affordable housing is an investment in stable and thriving communities. No one should have to choose between homes they cannot afford, long commutes, lower scoring schools, and sometimes even basic necessities like food and medication.

We’re changing the conversation

For the first time, Mayors and CEOs for U.S. Housing Investment brings top elected city
officials and diverse business leaders together to highlight housing issues, oppose funding
cuts, and advocate for critical tools to advance public-private partnerships to support
affordable housing and address homelessness.

As a public-private partnership, this coalition sends a powerful message that investing in new and existing housing programs benefits all of us. Together, we are helping give a voice to our neighbors served by these programs and reminding Congress and federal officials that helping hard working people helps create strong, safe communities.

Working together

In order to meet our objectives, our coalition works locally in our cities and on a federal level with Congress and the Administration through a united national agenda comprised of three main elements:

Coalition → Policy → Communications

The bipartisan mayors helping to lead this campaign represent geographically diverse urban, rural and suburban municipalities. The coalition also engages a variety of stakeholder groups, thought leaders, and academia, including the National Alliance to End Homelessness, Enterprise Community, the African American Mayors Association, the Los Angeles Community College District, the League of California Cities and more.

A Coordinated Effort

To connect our work in each city and ensure Mayors and CEOs have the policy and communications support they need, Holland and Knight LLP and National League of Cities (NLC) coordinate the coalition as executive committee members. Should you have any questions, please contact:

Eve O’Toole with Holland & Knight
Brooks Rainwater with NLC