LIHCA is a coalition of Alabamians that joined together to address the housing crisis in our state and increase housing opportunities for those with the greatest financial need.
Registration for the 2015 Housing Works! Conference is Open!
Please join us November 12-13 in Gulf Shores for the 2015 Housing Works! Conference. If you are interested in submitting a presentation or would like to be a sponsor or vendor for the conference, please check out the conference website.
For additional questions, please contact Jenny Camp at (205) 939-0411 x208.
Join us for LIHCA's Listening Tour!
LIHCA will kick off its statewide Listening Tour in Birmingham on July 15th. Please join us as we learn about the housing concerns and successes of working families, housing providers, advocates, local officials and policy makers around Alabama. LIHCA plans to use the information gathered from these sessions to inform its upcoming legislative agendas and workshops. We hope you can join us and please bring a friend!
Birmingham: July 15
Enterprise: July 27
Mobile: July 28
Florence: July 30
Please check back for additional dates!
The Housing Trust Fund Website is Live!
Please visit www.alabamahousingtrustfund.org and learn more about LIHCA's dedicated revenue campaign for the Alabama Housing Trust Fund. Any and all information pertaining to the Alabama Housing Trust Fund can be found on the Housing Trust Fund website. It will be updated more often than this website.
For updates on the housing trust fund campaign, please follow us on Facebook and Twitter (@LIHCAlabama)!
NLIHC Releases 2014 Out of Reach Report
The 2014 Out of Reach report confirms what many of us already know - that Alabama rents are too high for many of our working families, seniors, and persons with disabilities. For additional information, please read LIHCA's press release or view the report here.
Thanks to everyone who participated in our trainings last week! We had a great time and are excited about all of our new advocates as we gear up to secure dedicated revenue for the Housing Trust Fund!
The Messaging Matters training is designed to equip you and your organization with the knowledge, skills and messages needed to effectively advocate for a dedicated revenue source for the Alabama Housing Trust Fund.
Wondering if you should join us? Whether you are a seasoned advocate or a new to the cause, these trainings will hone your messaging skills and make you a more effective advocate.
Click here to read the informational flyer.
Check back for additional training opportunities! If you would like to schedule a training for your staff or community, please contact Matt Knierem at (205) 939-0411 or email@example.com.
United for Homes Campaign
United for Homes is the campaign to fund the National Housing Trust Fund with revenue raised from modifications to the mortgage interest deduction (MID). Want to learn more? Visit the United for Homes website.
LIHCA has partnered with Disability Rights & Resources, the Montgomery Center for Independent Living, and Collaborative Solutions, Inc. to bring this valuable resource to Alabama!
ALHousingSearch.org is a new service that provides access to information about rental housing opportunities in Alabama. Alabamians can search for FREE to find rental housing! Property providers can use this FREE service to advertise properties in great detail. Listings include pictures, map links and even information about nearby amenities like parks, schools and hospitals.
The service can be accessed online or via toll-free phone and fax and is supported by a toll-free, bilingual call center that assists individuals who lack access or don’t feel comfortable using the Internet.
* Add and update listings with a quick, toll-free phone call or via the Internet.
* Include details and photos to highlight your listings
* Help avoid extra calls by removing listings from public view immediately when rented.
* Have trained call center staff assist potential tenants with locating your listings.
* Easily manage a detailed online inventory of units.
The ACDD Advocate released an article about the public launch of ALHousingSearch.org. To access this article, please click here.
The 2013 Alabama Statewide Housing & Homelessness conference was a huge success! Thanks to everyone who joined us at the Grand Hotel in Point Clear! Below please find the PowerPoint presentations from the conference.
10 Minute Innovations in Rural Homelessness Services
Building Tools to Expand Housing Opportunities in Alabama
From Service Provider to Housing Provider
HMIS Data Quality and Performance Measurement
Homes for Heroes
Housing Affordability Challenges and Solutions for an Aging Alabama
Increasing the Power of your Organization to Provide Homelessness Services
Mental Health First Aid
Moving Beyond Continuum of Care-Maximizing Your Community's Resources
Opening Plenary - Michael German, Birmingham Field Office Director, HUD
Planning and Implementation of a Centralized-Coordinated Assessment with ESG Grantees
Strategies to Prevent Eviction for Your Clients
The Olmstead Decision - Implications for Housing Providers
Transforming a Community One Neighborhood at a Time
What Can the Housing Trust Fund Do For Alabama Communities?
Alabama Housing Trust Fund
LIHCA is excited to announce that, as of May 14, 2012, Alabama has a housing trust fund! Many thanks to all of our members who reached out to their legislators during the session. Thanks also go to Representative Patricia Todd, the sponsor of the bill and our legislative champion, Senators Arthur Orr, Linda Coleman, and Jimmy Holley for helping move the bill through the Senate, and LIHCA's partners Alabama ARISE, Alabama Association of Habitat Affiliates, ALAEH, AARP, and the Alabama Asset Building Coalition.
To read LIHCA's press release, click here.
To view the final bill, click here.
To read an article about LIHCA's advocacy efforts, click here.
Click here to view LIHCA's Fact Sheet on Why Alabama Needs a HTF.
Housing Trust Funds are an innovative way to fund the production, preservation, and rehabilitation of affordable housing units. Even though we have a Housing Trust Fund, it does not have any funding for housing activities. We need to capitalize the Housing Trust Fund in Alabama to give working families, seniors, people with disabilities, and other Alabamians in need the opportunity to live in a safe, decent, and affordable home.
Want to learn more about what a housing trust fund is? Click on the links below.
AHTF. There's nothing else like it
Housing Trust Fund Information from Alabama Arise
Housing Trust Fund Project, Center for Community Change
Do you know who your legislators are? If the answer is NO, find out at the Alabama State Legislature's website.
National report card ranks Alabama worst
for child homelessness
Action needed in State Legislature to fund
proven housing programs
A study by the National Center on Family Homelessness ranks Alabama the worst state in the nation for child homelessness. The study took into consideration the following indicators: extent of and risk of child homelessness, child well-being, and state policy and planning efforts.
LIHCA urges our state legislators to take action and end the tragedy of child homelessness in Alabama. Children deserve an opportunity to succeed in school and in life, which begins with a place to call home.
LIHCA is advocating that the State Legislature establish a housing trust fund, a strategy that 42 other states have in place to provide funding to housing programs proven to prevent and end family homelessness. Please join us by calling your legislators and asking them to support a housing trust fund in Alabama.
Click here for the National Center on Family Homelessness' state rankings on child homelessness.
Click here for the full report.
Click here for LIHCA's press release about the report.
Who we are:
affordable housing crisis in Alabama has reached staggering
proportions. Based on data from the National Low Income
Housing Coalition, Alabama has an estimated shortage of
44,673 affordable and available housing units.
Compounding this problem is the fact there is no clear
policy or statewide coalition designated to address this
A number of local and statewide advocates have created
the Low Income Housing Coalition of Alabama (LIHCA) to
address the housing crisis and increase housing opportunities
for Alabamians with the greatest financial need.
the Board of Directors is comprised of 17 statewide
advocates who are working together to implement LIHCA's
mission to increase housing opportunities for Alabamians
with the greatest financial need.
more information about upcoming LIHCA events or to become
a member of LIHCA, please visit the links below and to
WEATHERIZATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM IN ALABAMA
The Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) is designed to reduce energy costs for individuals by improving the energy efficiency of their homes. This program is available through a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy and is administered by the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs. Individuals are eligible if their income is below 200% of the federally established poverty level. For more information on this program, click here>>
HUD releases National Housing Trust Fund Proposed Regulations
HUD has released its proposed regulations for the National Housing Trust Fund and has a public comment period open until December 28, 2010. To read the proposed regulations, click here>>.
HUD releases "Worst Case Housing Needs" Report to Congress
HUD has released its latest study, Worst Case Housing Needs 2007: A Report to Congress. This is the 12th in a series of reports designed to measure the scale of critical housing problems facing low-income American rental households. To access this report, click here>>
National Housing Trust Fund Needs Funding
National Low Income Housing Coalition is urging Congress to provide initial funding for the National Housing Trust Fund. For more information on how to sign on to this letter, please click here>>
Housing Trust Fund signed into law on July 30, 2008.
President Bush signed into law the Housing and Economic
Recovery Act of 2008 (H.R. 3221). This is the comprehensive
housing bill containing the Housing Trust Fund and its
initial dedicated source of funding. For more information
about the National Housing Trust Fund, please visit the
National Low Income Housing Coalition’s website
at http://www.nlihc.org or the Center for Community Change’s website at http://www.communitychange.org.
A Report by Alabama Arise
Released: July 23, 2008
LIHCA hosts an annual meeting for its members. Please check back for a date for the 2012 meeting.
If you are interested in attending a membership meeting but are not yet a member, please fill out the membership form at the left of this page and send it in to LIHCA. For more information, please contact Ashley Kerr at 205-939-0411 Ext. 205.
Are you interested in reading the minutes from a previous meeting? Please click on the links below to access previous meeting minutes.
July 16, 2008
September 11, 2008
November 5, 2008
February 19, 2009
May 7, 2009
October 15, 2009
February 18, 2010
May 20, 2010
August 19, 2010
November 9, 2010
November 9, 2011
TOWN HALL MEETINGS
LIHCA wants to go on the road! if you think your town can host a meeting. If
you are interested in hosting a Town Hall meeting to introduce
LIHCA to your community, please contact Matt Knierim at 205-939-0411 Ext. 208 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please check back periodically for an updated schedule.
LIHCA Thanks Its Past and Present Supporters
Alabama Asset Building Coalition
City of Birmingham
Community Action Partnership of North Alabama
Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham
Daniel Foundation of Alabama
Jessie Ball duPont Foundation
Mike & Gillian Goodrich Foundation
Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation
Southern Poverty Law Center