A home is more than just somewhere to sleep at night. It’s a stable foundation from which people can work to build better lives for themselves and their families. It’s a place where people can put down roots and team with their neighbors to create and maintain a supportive, thriving community. It’s a sanctuary that gives children a better chance to succeed in school, confident that they won’t be uprooted before they can develop and sustain relationships with teachers and friends. A home, in short, is somewhere that allows people to feel that they belong.
Alabama has a shortage of almost 90,000 affordable and available homes for residents with extremely low incomes, but the Alabama Housing Trust Fund (HTF) could reduce this shortfall and make dreams of home a reality for tens of thousands of families, seniors, veterans, and people with disabilities. This fact sheet examines how the HTF could improve lives and how the Legislature could develop a dedicated funding stream for those efforts.
For tens of thousands of low-income Alabamians, a home of their own is an unaffordable, inaccessible dream. Decades of stagnant earnings, combined with the rising costs of food, medicine, clothing and other essentials, have left safe, affordable housing out of financial reach for many low-income families, seniors, veterans and people with disabilities. The deadly tornadoes that swept across the state in April 2011 displaced thousands more from their homes. A new state law will provide Alabama with greater ability and flexibility to satisfy many of its unmet housing needs.
This fact sheet examines how the Alabama Housing Trust Fund will enhance the state's efforts to promote affordable housing and how the fund could obtain resources with which to meet those needs.
Alabama has a large shortfall of affordable housing for low-income families, seniors, veterans and people with disabilities. The state lacked more than 90,000 affordable and available homes for people with extremely low incomes, even before last year-s deadly tornadoes added that figure, according to the National low Income Housing Coalition. Legislators are considering a bill that would help Alabama address those unmet needs.
Low wages affect Alabama families in many ways, and one of the most basic is housing. Almost half of Alabama renters can't afford the monthly fair market rent for a two-bedroom apartment. And nearly half of the state's households don't make enough to buy a median-priced home. HB 512, a bill to establish the Alabama Housing Trust Fund, would help Alabama begin to turn these discouraging housing statistics around.
This 2008 report examines the shortage of appropriate, adequate and affordable housing in Alabama.
On the final day of the 2008 Regular Session, the Alabama House approved a House joint resolution establishing the Interim Alabama Housing Trust Fund Task Force.
This fact sheet describes the function of housing trust funds and outlines options the task force could pursue in developing sources of revenue to support affordable housing.
Alabama's Landlord-Tenant Law spells out what makes a rental dwelling livable and lists the basic rights and duties of both tenants and landlords.
Tenants' rights have been an Arise legislative priority since 1993. At that time, Alabama was one of only two states that failed to provide any protection to residential renters; by 2005, we were the only state denying all such protection.
This fact sheet compares two competing proposals for an Alabama landlord-tenant law.
Passage of the Alabama Uniform Residential Landlord and Tenant Act of 2006 capped a 13-year effort by Arise and other advocates to define the rights of renters in the state.