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Housing Partnership Network promotes policies that enhance the long-term sustainability, growth and impact of entrepreneurial, high-performing housing and community development nonprofits. Policy makers value our members because of their success using public and private resources to drive innovation and large-scale impact. Policy makers regularly seek our feedback and recommendations to improve the effectiveness of housing and community development programs.
HPN’s President and CEO Tom Bledsoe has testified before the Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance of the House Financial Services Committee on May 12 at a hearing titled “The Future of Housing in America: A Comparison of the United Kingdom and the United States Models for Affordable Housing.” The purpose of the hearing was to discuss this HPN report, which compares the affordable housing models of the United States and the United Kingdom. The testimony explained why institutions that combine social mission and private enterprise are an important and effective part of the affordable housing delivery system and made policy recommendations to strengthen social enterprises in the U.S.
Lessons of the International Housing Partnership is an issue brief that compares the affordable housing system in the United Kingdom to that in the United States and draws from the comparison five public policy recommendations for policy makers in the United States. This paper is grounded in HPN’s extensive experience as part of the International Housing Partnership which hosts annual international meetings with affordable housing leaders from the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia.
Our Olmstead issue brief on community-based care and housing for people with disabilities serves as a guide for nonprofit housing providers, advocates and partners in the public and private sectors. Based on the Supreme Court's 1999 Olmstead vs. LC decision, the brief explores challenges and opportunities arising from supportive housing reforms - and showcases three HPN members: IFF, Common Ground and Gulf Coast Housing Partnership.
Our members have identified policy and funding priorities that would enable them to substantially expand their impact. This framework is described in greater detail in Toward a Housing Policy Reform Agenda, which offers a paradigm for expanding the role of high-capacity nonprofits in the production and preservation of affordable housing, the revitalization of neighborhoods, and the creation of economic opportunities for low-income families and individuals.