Every year, Family Promise Affiliates provide temporary housing, meals, and countless other services thousands of children and parents in emergency situations. But for families to rise above cyclical poverty, further action is required to overcome systemic issues like lack of affordable housing and jobs that don't pay a living wage. Family Promise is committed to addressing programs and policies that impact low-income families daily.
Voices Uniting mobilizes and supports Family Promise clergy, volunteers, and former guests as advocates for public policies that alleviate poverty and promote economic stability of low-income families. Through this program, collectively raising our voices in the public policy arena, we create substantial and lasting changes that will affect the lives of millions of families in need.
For information on the issues addressed by Voices United please see use the links below or contact us.
Current Issues for Voices Uniting:
We want to pass The Homeless Child and Youth Act of 2015
(H.R. 576 and S. 256) to amend HUD's definition of homelessness to include children recognized as homeless by other federal programs such as health, education, domestic violence, youth and early childhood education. Learn more...
Fact: In school year 2012-13, nearly 1.3 million public school children ages 6-18 were identified as homeless; yet HUD identified only 236,690 persons in families (including adults) as homeless in the point in time count that same year.
The National Housing Trust Fund (NHTF) was signed into law by President Bush in 2008, but has never been funded. Family Promise encourages Affiliates to educate their boards and volunteers about the importance of funding the NHTF so that necessary affordable rentals can be created. Learn more...
Fact: For every 100 extremely low income (ELI) renter households, there are only 31 affordable and available units.