The ACTION Campaign’s district fact sheets, which show the impact of the Housing Credit for each congressional district, have been updated with the latest available data. Advocates may use these district fact sheets when meeting with representatives in D.C. or at home during August recess.
Each district fact sheet provides a district-level snapshot of the number of homes developed or preserved with the Housing Credit, as well as estimates on the resulting number of jobs supported for one year, tax revenue generated, and wages and business income generated. The fact sheets also detail state-level data on the ongoing need for affordable housing, providing the number of renter households that pay more than half of their monthly income on rent and the number of hours a minimum wage worker has to work to afford a modest one-bedroom apartment. The district fact sheets are a useful advocacy tool for the Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act, providing the estimated additional affordable homes that could be built over the next ten years in each state through a 50 percent increase in Housing Credit allocation authority, which is a provision of the 2019 House bill (H.R. 3077).
With nearly 11 million households still paying more than half of their income towards rent, and the average minimum wage worker working 103 hours per week in order to afford a modest one-bedroom apartment, there is still an immense need to expand the Housing Credit. Nationwide, the Housing Credit has financed more than 3 million apartments, providing affordable homes to 7.4 million low-income families and supporting 3.6 million jobs.
Utilize these district fact sheets as an advocacy tool to share the positive impact of the Housing Credit at home, and visit ACTION’s website to access the many other advocacy resources available.
For more advocacy tips and to hear the latest from D.C., be sure to tune into ACTION’s monthly call on Friday, August 2. For any other questions about finding or using ACTION resources, including the updated district fact sheets, please email email@example.com.