When I decided to become a social worker, I didn't realize how devastating the housing crisis is in our community. Not only in our community, but all throughout America there is a housing crisis.

Since 1960, renters' median earnings have gone up 5% while rents have risen by 61% - and only 37 affordable and available rental homes exist for every 100 extremely low-income renter households. However, because of inadequate funding, only 1 in 4 eligible households can get rental housing assistance.

Recently, our community lost a very important housing grant that has affected a great deal of people we may love, know or care about.

Stable housing makes our lives and our communities better. It improves job performance and helps our children stay happy, healthy and safe. Kids do better in school when they have a reliable place to come home to.

I call on our senators and representatives in Washington to shift tax resources to support a "Renters Tax Credit" for low- and moderate-income families. We must address the affordable housing crisis and end poverty, starting right here in our community. We all deserve a safe, warm home.

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