June 22-26, 2001



WHEREAS, despite experiencing the greatest economic expansion in history, housing needs have reached an all-time high; and

WHEREAS, homelessness has increased 63 percent since 1990 and the number of children living in shelters has tripled; and

WHEREAS, working men and women and families in our cities are having a hard time finding affordable housing and elderly residents on fixed incomes are fearful of being priced out of their neighborhoods; and

WHEREAS, housing isn't a luxury, it is a fundamental right and Affordable Housing should be made a national priority; and

WHEREAS, affordable, healthy housing is at the core of strong communities; and

WHEREAS, Mayors are at the forefront in trying to address the housing crisis, putting forth strategies and resources to combat the problem, however cities can't do it alone,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the U.S. Conference of Mayors urges that Affordable Housing be made a National priority and that the following actions be taken to advance the goal of increasing affordable housing opportunities and access to housing:

  • Establish a Housing Production Program to assist cities with expanding and preserving the supply of rental housing for a mix of incomes.

  • Develop a set of tools and tax and other financial incentives to increase homeownership

  • Establish a preservation grant program that provides matching grants to states and localities for preservation and incentives to preserve the existing stock of affordable housing.

  • Maintain and expand housing and community development funding in federal and state budgets.

  • Ensure adequate federal resources are available for public housing so that it is fully utilized, safe and well maintained for those most in need.

  • Develop a national strategy to meet the comprehensive needs of the homeless individuals and families and seek expanded federal resources beyond the HUD budget to address these needs.

  • Ensure housing programs and policies address the needs of the growing elderly population.