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National League of Cities joins Opportunity Starts at Home campaign

Posted Aug. 20, 2018

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Gyna Bivens.

City Councilmember Gyna Bivens applauded the National League of Cities (NLC) for joining the steering committee for the Opportunity Starts at Home campaign, a multi-sector initiative focused on advancing federal solutions that address housing affordability.

NLC has long advocated for a federal partnership that works with city leaders to expand housing availability, provide rental assistance to low-income and vulnerable communities, and ensure that all residents have the opportunity for safe, decent and affordable housing.

As a steering committee member, NLC will work to drive the campaign to address the gap between rents and incomes in many parts of the country, and the growing political opposition and attacks on federal housing assistance programs.

“From cities large to small, we’re struggling with the consequences of the skyrocketing housing market, where many of our communities don’t have the security of stable housing,” Bivens said. “We need Congress to prioritize affordable housing and work with local partners to coordinate federal housing resources.”

Bivens, who represents District 5 in Fort Worth, is chair of NLC’s Community and Economic Development federal advocacy committee.

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