Advocate for Affordable Housing Today

The Housing Credit:

The #1 Way Affordable Housing is Financed

The Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (Housing Credit) is our nation’s primary tool for financing affordable rental housing in rural, suburban, and urban communities alike. A successful public-private partnership, the Housing Credit has financed 3.5 million affordable homes since 1986, serving 8 million low-income households, including families, veterans, seniors, people with disabilities, and people who were formerly homeless.

The AHCIA:

Legislation to Provide More Affordable Homes

The Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act (AHCIA, S.1136/H.R.2573) is bipartisan legislation to strengthen the Housing Credit and provide as many as 2,015,000 additional affordable homes over the next 10 years, generating nearly 3 million jobs, $346 billion in wages and business income, and $120 billion in tax revenue. Congress should enact the AHCIA to ensure the Housing Credit can serve more low-income households.

Infrastructure Legislation:

An Opportunity to Expand and Strengthen the Housing Credit

The Biden Administration has released an infrastructure proposal that includes an expansion of the Housing Credit, and Congress is beginning to work on infrastructure legislation that could include substantial investments in affordable housing. Building support for the AHCIA is the best way to ensure that any infrastructure legislation includes provisions to expand and strengthen the Housing Credit.

Ask Your Members of Congress to Sign On to the AHCIA

Ask your member of Congress, or those who represent the areas in which you work, to sign on to the AHCIA using the information below. If your member of Congress has already signed on, make sure to thank them for working to expand affordable housing in your community! See the co-sponsors of the Senate AHCIA (S.1136) here, and the co-sponsors of the House AHCIA (H.R.2573) here. If you don’t know who represents you, find out here. If you need any assistance, contact us.

AHTCC members can contact us for assistance with email advocacy. We provide email templates and a staff directory so members can directly engage congressional staff who cover the Housing Credit. Constituents can also send emails to congressional offices through their Senators’ and Representative’s websites.

In your email, let the staff know if you are a constituent or how much work your organization has done in the corresponding district or state. Request that the member of Congress support the bipartisan Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act (S.1136 in the Senate and H.R. 2573 in the House) to provide residents with critically needed affordable housing and to strengthen the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit. Feel free to provide local examples, state- or district-specific data, additional details about the AHCIA, and our AHCIA summary.

Congressional offices track each call they receive to determine which issues constituents care most about. You can find Senate phone numbers here and House phone numbers here.

Phone calls can be short and direct. Provide your name and organization, and let the staff know if you are a constituent or how much work your organization has done in the corresponding district or state. Request that the member of Congress support the Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act (S.1136 in the Senate and H.R. 2573 in the House) to provide residents with critically needed affordable housing and to strengthen the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit. Feel free to provide personal anecdotes, state- or district-specific data, and/or additional details about the AHCIA. Provide your contact information in case congressional staff would like to follow up, and confirm that you would like a written response if asked.

Engaging members of Congress or congressional staff in property events is the best way to show the benefit of the Housing Credit in their home state or district. Events can include groundbreakings, grand openings, property tours, property anniversaries, and more, and may take place virtually or in-person. The AHTCC helps members engage congressional delegations in property events – please contact us for assistance.

Learn more about how our members are celebrating property milestones virtually:

See examples of how we engage members of Congress virtually through our Charles L. Edson Tax Credit Excellence Awards and more on our YouTube page.

Virtual and in-person congressional meetings are important for introducing new staff to the Housing Credit and affordable housing policy, and answering detailed questions that may decide whether a member of Congress will provide support for the Housing Credit.

COVID-19 has prevented the AHTCC from hosting our biannual advocacy fly-ins, where AHTCC members from across the country fly to Washington, DC, to advocate for the Housing Credit directly on Capitol Hill. However, we will be hosting a virtual fly-in soon. See our events page for updates.

For AHTCC members, the AHTCC also facilitates virtual congressional meetings outside of our fly-in schedule. Please contact us for more information.

Raising the voices of Housing Credit residents can help to educate congressional offices about the importance of affordable housing and the critical need to provide more affordable housing. Do you have resident stories you’d like us to share? Please let us know. See our resident stories webpage for examples.

To learn how to develop resident stories, see the Where Will We Live Storytelling Toolkit and Resident Story Gallery.

Share Your Support for the AHCIA on Social Media

Click the images below to download, and don’t forget to use #HousingCredit and tag us at @AHTCCoalition.