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 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.
Learn more about Mercy Housing’s Public Policy Priorities (PDF)
Public Policy Priorities
- Priority One: Advocate for HUD and USDA Rural Development Funding. These programs support millions of low-income families and we seek an increase in funding for beneficial regulatory and legislative changes to multifamily affordable housing and community development programs.
- Priority Two: Champion the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC). This has been a foundation for the nation’s community development and affordable housing for over three decades – annually financing over 3 million affordable homes and creating and sustaining 140,000 jobs, while spurring millions of dollars in increased community income and tax revenues. LIHTC is a powerful means to crucial funding for Mercy Housing and our partners.
- Priority Three: Pioneer affordable housing as a platform for improved health. Combining healthcare partnerships with preventative health and wellness programming reduces hospital visits, increases longevity, and improves quality of life.
- Priority Four: Improve federal support for Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs). We advocate for more resources, participation and access, and improvements to CDFIs by partnering with CDFI Coalition and Opportunity Finance Network (OFN).
- Priority Five: Support charitable giving through philanthropy and community partnerships. We actively engage with citizens, community leaders, and grassroots organizations to foster healthy communities. Donations support our resident programming — a key component of our mission and long-term commitment to positive impact.