Poll: Americans Put a High Priority on Affordable Housing

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WASHINGTON, November 4--

A poll commissioned by the Housing America Campaign and the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) indicates that 86 percent of Americans believe the provision of affordable housing is an issue of high priority in their community; nearly 25 percent cite having a decent affordable place to live as their top priority. The poll also indicates that two-thirds of Americans believe the nation is on the wrong track when it comes to providing a decent home and suitable living environment for every American family; however, only half of the respondents indicated that the issue was important when choosing a candidate to vote for this election cycle.

"It is apparent the American people recognize the importance of having an affordable, decent place to live for everyone," said John Zogby, Chairman and Chief Insights Officer for Zogby International. "However, they also believe our nation's leaders are not tackling the issue effectively. It is interesting to note, given the fact that 69 percent say the issue of providing affordable housing is important, that the issue was not an overriding concern when deciding on a candidate to support in the upcoming election."

"At NAHRO, we believe the federal government plays an essential role in providing affordable housing for every American," said Saul N. Ramirez, NAHRO's Chief Executive Officer. "As our electorate is split on many policy issues, we will work hard to ensure they realize how vital affordable housing is to the American economy. The responsible and publicly accounted for use of housing and community development funding at levels commensurate with current needs can create jobs, stimulate local economies, and assist a wider, more economically-diverse segment of the population with critical housing needs."

The Housing America Campaign is a coalition of public, private and non-profit advocacy groups committed to raising awareness of the need for and importance of housing and community development programs. Housing America events will continue throughout the year in local communities throughout the country. For full poll results, click here. For more information on NAHRO's Housing America campaign, contact John Bohm at jbohm@nahro.org or Mary Barron atmbarron@nahro.org.