When former U.S. Speaker of the House Tip O'Neil said, "All politics is local," he meant the success of politicians depends on their ability to influence the voters they represent. Likewise, local issues steer policy conversations at local, state and federal levels. Such is the case when it comes to ending homelessness and increasing the affordable housing inventory in local Arizona communities. The Arizona Housing Coalition seeks to expand the capacity of local housing and homelessness advocates and policy makers through education, engagement, and sharing of best practices and toolkits. We support our members through forums, networking opportunities and meetings with local elected and appointed officials, to fuel solutions for the housing problems of low-income Arizonans.
• Disseminate our Housing Affordability Handbook
In 2023 we released an update of Housing Affordability: Handbook for Arizona Cities [right-click to open]. This handbook is available to members and stakeholders as a guide for creating affordable communities across Arizona. It lays out the barriers to housing development and provides financial tools as well as strategies to increase our affordable housing supply.
• Support local efforts to mitigate zoning and community opposition
The number one problem in affordable housing today is lack of supply. There are plenty of new homes being constructed - but not homes that are affordable for hard working families. Local efforts to increase the supply starts with communication, communication, communication. And listening. The same is true for addressing the increase in individuals and families living on the streets or in shelters. We must work together to address the barriers, challenges and solutions to achieve lasting success.
• amplify local best practices
Arizona's local municipalities are adopting innovations to address the affordable housing crisis and overcoming barriers to development and restoration. The Arizona Housing Coalition will work to identify, elevate, and amplify the work of local partners in addressing housing insecurity for replication by other statewide stakeholders. Standing on the shoulders of giants in our field is how we can respond most effectively and rapidly to urgent issues.
Advocacy is the heart of what we do.
At the direction of our Board of Directors and our Advocacy Committee, we closely monitor issues and policies at our state's Capitol and are ready to act to advance sound policies and laws which stem the root causes of homelessness and create more affordable housing opportunities throughout Arizona. We are proud of the power the Coalition’s voice holds at our nation's Capitol, our state Capitol, and in our communities.
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