Ignite a National Conversation
Mayors and CEOs for U.S. Housing Investment aims to ignite a national conversation that reminds the nation that housing is pro-family, pro-jobs and pro-investment.
Reinforce 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.
Bring the Private Sector to the Table
The Mayors and CEOs for U.S. Housing Investment aim to bring 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.
Sustain Advocacy to Make a Difference
Our coalition of Mayors and CEOs aims to sustain advocacy 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
"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."
“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.”
"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."
“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.”
"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."
"The shortage of affordable housing and homelessness is no longer an isolated problem in large cities, it is a growing national issue that needs to be addressed now. As city leaders, we need to reach out to our federal elected officials and the private sector to create meaningful solutions. Mayors & CEOs For U.S. Housing Investment is a leader in this national discussion and will positively influence changes at the federal level."
"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."
"Shrinking affordable housing supplies and growing homelessness are national problems reaching into communities of every size and stretching our resources past their limit. Local governments simply can't solve these problems on our own. I look forward to working with this national coalition in pushing the federal government to invest alongside us to ensure all Coloradans - all Americans - have a chance to find a place they can proudly call home. And I hope they find it in Thornton."
“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.”
“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.”
“It is my honor to join other leaders across the nation to advocate on behalf of the homeless and those struggling with housing affordability,” said Mayor Bottoms. “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.”
"In San Diego, our approach to reducing homelessness is housing first but not housing only. As cities like San Diego are taking new and different approaches to address homelessness, we are also investing significant local resources. More dedicated investment from Washington will make a tremendous impact on our ability to improve the lives of thousands of our most vulnerable residents.”
"The political and business leaders of Baltimore are obligated to address the lack of affordable housing and growing homelessness in our community. These problems might happen to any of us, and when they do, they are hazards to one’s own health but also the health of loved ones, friends and others around you. The good news is that we are working aggressively and collaboratively with Baltimore’s developers, faith community and other local leaders to turn these problems around - but we have so much work left to do. And as we continue this important work, we need the federal government alongside us, making the same kind of strong investments, creating the same kind of powerful public- private partnerships. Baltimore and the U.S. can get this done - but only if we work together and begin right now.”
"While West Sacramento is making progress to reducing homelessness and its effects on our city, we continue to see its impact on our residents both for the individuals who are homeless, but also safety and health for all the other community members as well. Our unsheltered homeless population dropped from 201 in 2009 to 126 in 2013 down to 87 in 2017 because of our focus on enforcement, to reduce the impacts of homelessness, and a housing first model, reducing the instances of homelessness in our city. The Mayors and CEO's for U.S. Housing Investment coalition advances our town's capacity to bring in additional resources while working with other municipalities across the United States and the private sector to advance solutions that address the needs of all West Sacramentans."
"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."
"The drop in affordable housing inventory and rise in homelessness is widespread across urban, suburban and rural America. As elected officials, we need to take action so that our cities can continue to form the strong foundation of our country, and that action must come from a coordinated effort involving every level of government. We cannot solve a problem of this scale without the federal government investing in housing at the scale the problem demands. Gary, Indiana, joins this important partnership to ensure that this happens."
“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.”
“Our economy is stronger and our society is more equitable when workers can afford to live near their workplaces and families are not forced to relocate due to housing costs. Here in Alexandria, Virginia, we have forged strong partnerships with nonprofit developers and appreciate voluntary contributions from private companies to build more affordable and workforce housing, and we have increased dedicated funding for this cause. The shortage of affordable housing is a national challenge, and I look forward to working toward national solutions with Mayors and CEOs for U.S. Housing Investment.”
“Charlotte is a city with housing challenges that affect many sectors of our workforce,” Mayor Vi Lyles said. “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.”
“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.”
"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."
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.
Let’s change the conversation
To start a new dialogue, the Mayors and CEOs for U.S. Housing Investment coalition, which is led by mayors and business leaders on the front lines, work 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 will send a powerful message that investing in new and existing housing programs benefits all of us. Together, we can help give a voice to our neighbors served by these programs and remind Congress and federal officials that helping hard working people creates strong, safe communities.
In order to meet these objectives, our coalition will work 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 and Enterprise.
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
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