The federal government played a major role in creating homelessness by cutting tens of billions of dollars from affordable housing programs beginning in the early 1980s. Relying on the market to deliver affordable housing has only worsened the problem.
Since then, every federal plan to address homelessness has primarily focused on “fixing” homeless people rather than the broken housing system. This approach – part of the broader war against the poor ushered in by Reagan – has institutionalized a vicious cycle of homeless policy. As a result, millions of people live without housing in the U.S. every year — including well over a million children.
WRAP’s housing campaign attempts to reverse this trend by unifying communities under the simple premise that every person deserves a safe place to call home. Our first step was to create Without Housing: Decades of Federal Housing Cutbacks, Massive Homelessness and Policy Failures 2006 to reframe the national debate on homelessness, affordable housing, and governmental funding priorities, the great response from the report push us to update Without Housing: Decades of Federal Housing Cutbacks, Massive Homelessness and Policy Failures Update 2010.
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We then launched a mass public education campaign, building relationships with thousands of people across the country. Having laid this groundwork, we’re now organizing around these demands to win federal reinvestment in affordable housing programs.
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2022 Housing Survey
What is the Housing Survey and why are we doing it?
Housekeys Action Network Denver together with Western Regional Advocacy Project are doing an outreach survey to hear from people without housing about desires and needs for housing. This survey will gather input on what kinds of housing houseless people want, how that housing should be accessed, and other housing policies.
We are doing this survey…
-To gather information and input from people who have experienced houselessness about what housing we should be fighting for.
-To build a foundation for housing legislation or policy/practice changes needed in housing.
-To build a movement of houseless and poor people fighting for housing for all.
What do we mean by Outreach?
We believe firmly that the fight for housing must be directed by the priorities of those needing that housing. In order to do this we must meet people where they are at, listen, and document what folks say. This is what we will be doing through outreach with this Housing Survey.