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Lutheran Adocacy

God’s Work. Our Hands. Our Voice: Faith and Advocacy

New on Advocacy Skillshare: Read about ELCA’s God’s Work, Our Hands day of service.

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Fall Newsletter: California Affordable Housing Advocates Win with Boomerang Strategy

Read about victories in local communities across California, as well as wins in Lexington, Kentucky and Richmond, Virginia in the Fall 2014 Newsletter.

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New research on messages to galvanize an economic justice movement

Implications for housing & homeless advocates of messages that generate the strategies, leaders and moral urgency to build a movement.

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Summer Newsletter: Florida Puts State Housing Trust Fund Back on Track

Read about housing trust fund victories and advances in Florida, Minnesota, Washington DC, Hawaii, Vermont, Pennsylvania, and California.

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Housing Trust Funds: A Growing Movement

There are now 47 states with housing trust funds, as well as the District of Columbia, and more than 600 city and county housing trust funds…

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HTFP launches campaign tool chest: AdvocacySkillshare

Check out our new blog intended to enhance and accelerate the cross-pollination of ideas, tactics and strategies that effectively advance housing and homeless advocacy.

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Get involved with United for Homes!

Join the campaign to secure dedicated revenue for the National Housing Trust Fund today!

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What Are Housing Trust Funds?

Housing trust funds are distinct funds established by city, county or state governments that receive ongoing dedicated sources of public funding to support the preservation and production of affordable housing and increase opportunities for families and individuals to access decent affordable homes.  Housing trust funds systemically shift affordable housing funding from annual budget allocations to the commitment of dedicated public revenue.   While housing trust funds can also be a repository for private donations, they are not public/private partnerships, nor are they endowed funds operating from interest and other earnings.  Click here to learn more.

National HTF

Thanks to years of dedication and hard work from housing advocates across the country, Congress established the National Housing Trust Fund in 2008.  The primary focus of the National Housing Trust Fund Campaign is now securing funding to capitalize the NHTF.  To learn more, click here.

How HTFs Work

The popularity of housing trust funds is attributable in large part to their inherent flexibility. They can be designed to serve the most critical housing needs in each community, whatever those may be.  Defining the key elements of your housing trust fund proposal is a critical first step toward establishing a housing trust fund that will be efficient, effective, and responsive to your community’s needs. To learn more, click here.


Publication and Resource Library

The Housing Trust Fund Project provides a wide array of resources available for download to assist in the development and an implementation of housing trust funds. For links to an example document library, Housing Trust Fund Project publications, and our Newsletter archive, click here.