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    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.



    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.


    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.


    Messaging Matters!

    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 matt@collaborative-solutions.net.


    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.


    ALHousingSearch.org

    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.

    Thank you!

    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.

    aAHTF. 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:

    The 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[1]. Compounding this problem is the fact there is no clear policy or statewide coalition designated to address this matter…until now.

    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.

    Currently, 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.

    For more information about upcoming LIHCA events or to become a member of LIHCA, please visit the links below and to the left.


    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>>


    GOVERNMENT UPDATES

    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
    The 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>>

    National 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.


    Media


    LOCKED OUT

    A Report by Alabama Arise
    Released: July 23, 2008

    View Report >>


    MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS

    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 matt@collaborative-solutions.net.

    Please check back periodically for an updated schedule.


    LIHCA Thanks Its Past and Present Supporters

    Alabama Asset Building Coalition
    www.alabamaabc.org

    City of Birmingham
    www.informationbirmingham.com

    Community Action Partnership of North Alabama
    www.capna.org

    Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham
    www.foundationbirmingham.org

    Daniel Foundation of Alabama
    www.danielfoundationofalabama.com

    Jessie Ball duPont Foundation
    www.dupontfund.org

    Mike & Gillian Goodrich Foundation
    www.mggoodrichfoundation.org

    Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation
    www.mrbf.org

    Regions Bank
    www.regions.com

    Southern Poverty Law Center
    www.splcenter.org

    CFGBAAN