Advocating for the AHCIA—The Tools You Need

On April 15, Senators Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Todd Young (R-IN), Ron Wyden (D-OR), and Rob Portman (R-OH) and Representatives Suzan DelBene (D-WA), Jackie Walorski (R-IN), Don Beyer (D-VA), and Brad Wenstrup (R-OH), introduced the Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act (AHCIA) of 2021, bipartisan legislation to strengthen and expand the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (Housing Credit). 

Our Advocacy Strategy

The ACTION Campaign has been building broad cosponsorship and exploring legislative vehicles to move our Housing Credit priorities from the AHCIA forward, including through infrastructure legislation like the Build Back Better Act or other annual legislation that includes tax provisions. The best way to achieve this goal is to continue building our support in Congress for the AHCIA.

Tools for Advocacy

ACTION has created an advocacy toolkit that includes a number of fact sheets, including the impact of the Housing Credit on specific communities and issue areas using national, state, and district level data. There are also email templates and messaging points that are shared on our blog, under the category “Advocacy Actions.” Another helpful resource for advocates is the AHCIA video series, which includes an explanation on each of the bill’s provisions.

Join Us!

One of the most important ways we can strengthen our ask to congressional decisionmakers is to expand our membership. There is no cost for organizations to join the ACTION Campaign and it is your one-stop for all things AHCIA, including the latest legislative news. Please help us by encouraging your partners to join and sharing our posts on social media.

We encourage our ACTION members to reach out with any questions, including on congressional contacts, bill or policy impact, or additional resources that would be helpful in your advocacy.

Ayrianne Parks

Ayrianne Parks is the senior director of public policy at Enterprise Community Partners. The ACTION Campaign is co-chaired by Enterprise and the National Council of State Housing Agencies.

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