NAHRO President’s Statement on the American Families Plan
In response to the release of the White House’s fact sheet on the American Families Plan, NAHRO President Sunny Shaw made the following statement:
NAHRO applauds the American Families Plan’s provisions on universal preschool and other educational resources, affordable child care, expanded school meal programs, and other initiatives that will give children and families the additional support they need to thrive. When children and families thrive, the communities and the country thrive. Universal preschool access, equitable education funding, and access to resources such as healthy food are all priorities that NAHRO supports in its 2021 legislative agenda and in its diversity, equity, and inclusion policy framework.
This plan does not include dedicated housing resources for families, namely a robust expansion of the federal housing voucher program. Safe, affordable housing is a fundamental stabilizing force in everyone’s life. Without a stable place to live, it’s much more difficult to keep afloat, much less succeed.
NAHRO, which was established in 1933, is a membership organization of 20,000 housing and community development providers and professionals throughout the United States. NAHRO members create and manage affordable housing for low- and middle-income families, and support vibrant communities that enhance the quality of life for all. They administer more than 3 million homes for more than 8 million people.