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Economic Impact of Housing Trust Funds Attracts Attention

New approaches to drawing attention to the economic benefits from investing in affordable homes add some punch to this not-so-easy to digest data.

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Winter Newsletter: Charlotte, NC Voters Approve $15 Million Bond for Housing Trust Fund

Read about the victory in Charlotte, as well as wins in San Jose, CA, Minneapolis, MN, and Massachusetts in the Winter 2015 newsletter.

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VICTORY! FHFA Directs Funding to NHTF

The Federal Housing Finance Agency directs Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to begin setting aside and allocating funds to the National Housing Trust Fund.

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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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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

On December 11, 2014, the FHFA directed Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to set aside and allocate funds to the National Housing Trust Fund.  The primary focus of the National Housing Trust Fund Campaign is now increasing ongoing funding to 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.