Driving Change in Housing Policies With Advocacy and Organizing

Posted by Stanford Social Innovation Review on November 15, 2022

Two housing justice advocates discuss different approaches to policy change and the importance of centering the voices of people most affected by systemic barriers and inequities in housing.

Advocacy and organizing for racially equitable housing policies is a cornerstone of building a just housing system in the United States.

Since 2017, Funders for Housing and Opportunity (FHO), a funder collaborative that believes a stable, affordable home is the foundation for health, opportunity, and justice, has directed about a third of its $17 million in grants to policy advocacy and organizing. This strand of FHO’s work has advanced 103 housing policies (with 52 enacted) and although FHO funds aren’t used for lobbying, helped to preserve and leverage more than $124 billion in public investments.

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