As friends and supporters of the National Low Income Housing Coalition know, our staff educate Members of Congress about the housing problems of poor people in our country and encourage them to enact legislation to solve these problems. Our voice on Capitol Hill is essential to protecting and increasing low income housing resources.
As a 501(c)(3) organization, however, NLIHC is constrained in the amount of direct and grassroots lobbying we can do. Since our early days in the 1970s, we have had both 501(c)(3) (Low Income Housing Information Service) and 501(c)(4) (National Low Income Housing Coalition) entities. In 1996, these two entities were merged into the National Low Income Housing Coalition 501(c)(3) and a new National Low Income Housing Policy Center 501(c)(4) was established.
The Policy Center allows us to advocate with federal lawmakers on socially just federal housing policy beyond the constraints under which a 501(c)(3) nonprofit must operate. (Contributions to the Policy Center are not tax deductible.)