At CSH, we are deeply committed to policies that address the pressing needs of families across the nation. That's why we are proud to voice our support for the Affordable Housing and Childcare Investment Act introduced by Representative Adam Schiff (D-C.A.) and co-sponsored by Reps. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.), Jimmy Gomez (D-C.A.), Juan Vargas (D-C.A.), and Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-N.J.).
This vital legislation aims to tackle the widespread, affordable housing and childcare center shortage head-on by investing significantly in the HOME Investment Partnerships Program. With annual funding of $1.5 billion for the next five fiscal years, along with an additional $500 million earmarked for constructing or renovating childcare facilities, this bill promises to make a substantial investment in families.
The proposed bill comes at a critical time, as the House appropriations recently proposed a staggering 67 percent cut to HOME funding. Such cuts would hinder an already insufficient pipeline of affordable homes and exacerbate the acute shortage of childcare facilities. By contrast, Rep. Schiff's bill offers a lifeline, ensuring that families have access to safe and affordable housing and quality childcare services.
HOME is a cornerstone federal grant program that empowers state and local governments to develop affordable housing and support services for low-income households. Through flexible grants, communities can address the unique needs of their residents, bolstering the availability of safe housing and fostering supportive environments that promote well-being.
Families face immense pressures to balance work, finances, and childcare responsibilities in today's challenging world. Access to affordable housing and quality childcare are not just a privilege for some; they are lifelines that enable families to flourish. When parents can secure homes they can afford, it alleviates financial stress and provides a stable foundation for their children to grow and thrive.
Additionally, reliable childcare allows parents the freedom to keep their jobs, knowing that their children are in nurturing hands. The relationship between affordable housing and quality childcare empowers parents to work and support their families and fosters a sense of security and well-being for the entire family unit. It's not just about having a roof over one's head or a place for children to spend their days—it's about making the American dream a reality where families can truly thrive, both economically and emotionally.
As Deborah De Santis, President and CEO of CSH, stated in a press release from Rep. Adam Schiff, "Families are at the center of every community." The Affordable Housing and Childcare Investment Act is an opportunity for Congress to stand up and support hardworking families everywhere. From our years of experience, we have witnessed firsthand how supportive housing and critical services like childcare can transform lives, empower individuals, and strengthen communities.
CSH proudly stands alongside other organizations, such as the National Education Association, American Institute of Architects Los Angeles (AIALA), City of Glendale, and LeadingAge, in supporting this crucial legislation. We commend Representative Schiff for his leadership in championing this cause, and we urge Congress to swiftly pass the Affordable Housing and Childcare Investment Act for the betterment of all.
Together, we must invest in the foundations of our society—housing and our families—to build a brighter, more equitable future for every individual and every community.
To read the press release from Rep. Adam Schiff, click here.
To read the full bill text, click here.