The mayors of 14 major cities are joining with a number of CEOs to call on the federal government to invest more money into affordable housing and homeless services.
The coalition is launching an effort called “Mayors & CEOs for U.S. Housing Investment,” which the group bills as a “first-of-its-kind coalition of local government and business leaders collaborating to advance public-private partnerships that tackle affordable housing and homelessness and actively oppose current funding cuts.”
The group includes the mayors of Los Angeles, Oakland, Sacramento, San Diego, and San Francisco, California; Mesa and Phoenix, Arizona; Little Rock, Arkansas; Aurora and Denver, Colorado; Washington, D.C.; and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The effort was initiated last year by San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, who died suddenly late last year.
“An affordable place to live should be within reach for everyone in America who dreams of making a better life for themselves their family,” said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. “Too many cities across the country are facing an unprecedented housing crisis. We are here to call on leaders in Washington to develop new revenue streams and incentives that communities need to build and preserve the affordable housing that all of our communities deserve.”
The mayors are joined in the initial effort by the CEOs of Airbnb, Sutter Health, and GHC Housing Partners, one of the nation’s largest affordable housing providers.
“Airbnb is built on the foundation of creating community through belonging and we’re honored to stand with a bipartisan group of mayors and businesses from across the country dedicated to improving communities by addressing affordable housing and homelessness,” said Nathan Blecharczyk, co-founder and chief strategy officer of Airbnb. “Our experience has shown the best solutions are often the result of the public and private sectors working together, and so we are particularly proud to be working with this coalition to identify and fund innovative ideas that work.”