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Housing is not a partisan issue. Everyone needs an affordable, safe, secure home - this goal is supported by members of both major parties, by rich and poor residents, by business executives and labor officials and by constituencies as diverse as education and healthcare, transportation and environmental quality.
But creating homes that are affordable for low and moderate income households requires a broad range of support. Local, state and federal governments can help provide the funding, legal and administrative resources needed to create housing, but this must be complemented by funding from private corporations and philanthropy.
Also essential is the support and leadership provided by volunteers and contributors, people who dedicate their time, talents and money to organizations that promote and create affordable housing, supportive housing and solutions to end homelessness. And perhaps most important, it requires participation by informed members of the public who are able to articulate why a safe, secure affordable home is vital, how and where it can be created, and why we all lose if it is not.
In short, this effort needs champions willing to stand up to and educate those who don't yet realize the importance of affordable housing to their communities, or who are motivated by misconceptions about affordable housing – what it is, what it looks like, and who needs it.
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