Public Policy Education and Advocacy
In a world of uncertain economic times and limited resources, it is more important than ever to ensure that there are affordable housing options for families and individuals in need for generations to come. Mercy Housing is working to be a catalyst that causes our nation's leaders to find ways to dramatically increase capacity and production to close the gap that exists between the supply and demand for affordable housing.
An essential component of Mercy Housing’s 2010-2014 Strategic Plan is its Public Policy Education and Advocacy goal. Mercy Housing’s goal is to support efforts to promote policies—both legislative and regulatory-- aimed at improving housing opportunities for those in need. Mercy Housing will engage every level of the organization to use our experience to develop and promote national, state and local policies aimed at narrowing the housing affordability gap of multifamily rental homes for lower and moderate income persons and stabilize communities. We will work with other practitioners and advocates to advance our goal.
2014 PUBLIC POLICY PRIORITIES
- Priority One: Advocate proactively in support of funding for HUD and USDA Rural Development housing programs.
- Priority Two: Champion the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) and New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) that are the foundation of affordable housing and community development.
- Priority Three: Promote the availability of community capital to support a robust affordable rental housing sector, including reform of the GSEs or successor entities.
- Priority Four: Advocate for federal programs that build on affordable housing to lift our residents out of poverty.
- Priority Five: Improve federal support for Community Development Financial Institutions like Mercy Loan Fund by advocating for more resources, participation and access, and improvements to the CDFI operating environment.
Learn more about Mercy Housing's 2014 Public Policy Priorities