Thursday, September 18, 2014

Growing the housing movement

by Maya Brennan, National Housing Conference

With more than 80 years behind it and countless more ahead, the affordable housing movement is rich with NHCers, as our esteemed Conrad Egan collectively calls NHC staff. NHCers know the important role that safe, decent, and affordable housing plays in our lives. We know that the housing movement needs options for all income levels, communities, and needs. And we know that solving the nation’s affordable housing challenges is possible.
Maya moderating at NHC's Veterans Housing Convening.
She will be missed!

We can solve the nation’s housing challenges by strengthening and growing the housing movement. Housing has a place on every policy agenda from transportation to health, aging to child wellbeing, veterans to disasters and emergency management. Safe, decent, and affordable housing meets human needs, grows economies, improves health and wellness, supports children’s education, enriches quality of life as we age, and helps individuals plan for and reach financial goals.

Since I joined NHC as a research associate in January 2007, I have had the privilege of working on all of these issues and more. Now I am ready to pass the baton to the next energetic and thoughtful housing researcher. Help grow the housing movement by applying for a job on NHC’s research team. Or join NHC or the Young Leaders in Affordable Housing at a membership level that’s right for you. 

As with all departing NHCers, I will take with me not just a box of mementos but a wealth of knowledge and a vision for the future. Together we can strengthen housing solutions and improve opportunities for people and places to thrive.  

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